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Series: Xanth #1
Published by Del Rey on February 12th 1977
Source: Own book
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Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled.
According to the Good Magician Humfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave...
I previously wrote <a href=”http://www.ramblingreviews.com/my-love-hate-relationship-with-the-xanth-series-series-review/”>a series review about Xanth</a>.
I’m re-reading most of the Xanth series as part of my Read all the Books challenge: the reviews will be even shorter and pithier than my usual short pithy reviews 🙂 and will serve more as a reminder and a placeholder for which books I’ve re-read and when.
So, I don’t want to re-hash what I said in my series review, but I’ll mention a few major points.
First, Piers Anthony is a sexist pig, his writing is sub-standard, but he’s an absolute wiz at creating a fantasy world that works. The humor can be so-so at times, but he’s a creative genius, and you have to take the books with a grain of salt. So he’s a pig, and there’s a scene in this book that should just DIE, and the constant, never ending sex jokes just are out of control and get old, but he’s aiming his audience at teenager boys and let’s face it, teenage boys are horny.
As others have said, you either love or hate these books. I still don’t know where I fall as an adult, but I loved them as a kid, have fantastic memories of reading them as a teenager, and for that reason I guess I still like them as an adult, as much as I hate them.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: