This, the fourth book in the Incarnations Of Immortality series, has to be the most compelling. It begins in a travelling circus in India, where we first meet the main character Mym, a mysterious character who gradually throughout the book we get to know, like and sympathise with due to a speech impediment. Mym befriends, and falls in love with, a young and beautiful musician called Orb, with whome we met as a child in the previous Incarnations book "With A Tangled Skein". It is soon uncovered that Mym is actually a prince and is soon taken away from his new found love by his dying father to take up the throne. Mym eventually, after some rebellion, falls in love with the princess Rapture who his father chose to be his arranged bride. Soon enough (although quite predictably) Mym is chosen to become Mars the Incarnation of War, with which he accepts as his oppinions of war are fairly strong. The author then takes us on a sombre and rather grisly realistic journey, showing war, both in Myms homeland and the rest of the world, from the heroisms to the heartbreaking tragedies of battle. The book is excellently written, and is a fantastic collaboration between real life and fantasy/fiction, bringing home the realities of life and humanity. Readers of the first three Incarnations books will enjoy this one as much as the others, and it keeps the story flowing so well that you can't wait to get your hands on the next one.