FRACTAL MODE by Piers Anthony


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Anthony's latest series (beginning with Virtual Mode, 1990) started life as a fantasy involving parental neglect and child abuse, but here it meanders off into standard reality-hopping adventure. Our heroes--abused 14-year-old Colene from Earth; Darius of the sympathetic magic; Seqiro the telepathic horse; and Provos, who remembers only the future--fall across the "modes" (realities) to magic-world Oria, where the highly magical Nona, the ninth child of a ninth child, hopes to overthrow the "despots" by transforming their male "animus magic into female anima" magic. To achieve this, Nona must journey to Earth (where Colene will save a friend from special abuse and torture) to learn about fractals--Oria, you see, is part of a fractal universe, and Nona must be able to orient herself in order to effectively wield her magic. Not too much more than a fantasy Time Tunnel--our heroes fall away into a new adventure at the end of each episode--displaying the usual Anthony rewards and drawbacks.
Pub Date: Jan. 9th, 1992
ISBN: 0441251269
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Ace/Berkley
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1991


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