Three Complete Xanth Novels: A Spell for Chameleon; The Source of Magic; Castle Roogna (Xanth Series Books 1, 2, & 3)
by Anthony, Piers
774 pp. 8vo. Jacket art by Keith Parkinson. Includes the first three Xanth novels: A Spell for Chameleon, The Source of Magic, and Castle Roogna. "Xanth is a fantasy world created by author Piers Anthony for a series of novels. A Spell for Chameleon is the first book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. In this adventure, Bink is banned from Xanth and exiled into drear Mundania (the non-magical portion of Earth) for his apparent lack of a magic talent. He eventually returns in the company of Chameleon, a woman whose intelligence and beauty vary inversely depending on the time of the month, and the evil magician Trent who was exiled 20 years earlier for attempting to usurp the throne of Xanth. Eventually, and to his great relief, Bink discovers that he possesses what is perhaps the most powerful talent of all: he cannot be harmed by any magic; fate always conspires to keep him safe. However he must now make the hardest decision of his life: whether to help stop Trent from becoming King of Xanth, or help him succeed. The Source of Magic is the second book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. This novel begins one year after the events of A Spell for Chameleon, and describes the adventures of Bink after he has settled down with his pregnant wife, Chameleon. King Trent had appointed Bink the Official Researcher of Xanth at the end of the previous book, and given him the task to discover Xanth's source of magic. After many hazards, Bink and his companions succeed but Bink makes a moral choice that ends up destroying the magic of Xanth. Castle Roogna is the third book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. The castle itself is also the residence of the present King of Xanth. Dor, son of Bink is a 12 year old magician and next in line to inherit the throne of Xanth. To teach him the skills he will need to rule the kingdom, King Trent sends him on a mission 800 years into Xanth's past to find the ancient and mysterious Zombie Master. Dor travels to the past via the magic tapestry of Castle Roogna and inhabits the body of an invading mundane barbarian. While in the past Dor is accompanied by a (not normally) giant spider named Jumper, who had been drawn into the tapestry with him and meets his current governess Millie the ghost, a short time before her unfortunate demise. Dor must use his magic and every other resource he possesses to help beat back an invading wave of mundanes and find a way to restore Millie's zombie lover to life back in the present."
Keywords: FICTION FANTASY ADVENTURES SERIES XANTH PUNS CENTAURS DRAGONS MAGICAL LAND Pages lightly toned. Wings Books, 1994. Reissue. Near Fine/Near Fine. Parkinson, Keith. (Inventory #: 2173037)
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