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Product Details

  • Series: Xanth (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (September 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345352467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345352460
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Piers Anthony [Xanth] -- Piers Anthony redefined the fantasy series when he launched his Xanth books--they're(quite simply) pun for the whole family!

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor

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Dor agreed to act as King of Xanth so long as Trent was gone for a week. But the weeks passed and Trent did not return. Dor knew he had to rescue his king but with no magic powers, how could it be done...?

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Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans.In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.

Customer Reviews

I loved it when i was a kid and i still love it fifteen years later.
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I always walk away from his final pages feeling good about life and hungry for more books like this.
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This is a fantastic story of adventure with plenty of humor and romance thrown in for good measure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Wallach VINE VOICE on May 28, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dor is growing up and King Trent is providing him with occasional opportunities to practice his Kingship skills as we all know from previous books that Dor is the designated heir for King Trent. So, at the beginning of the book, King Trent informs Dor that he will be going on a secret trade mission to Mundania and Dor needs to take over the Kingship while Trent is away. To camouflage everything, Trent tells everyone that he and Iris are taking a long needed vacation. The whole absence is supposed to be for only a week.

Dor takes over and finds out that being a King is not as easy as it seems. As a matter of fact, there are implications and complications for every seemingly minor decision that is brought to Dor's attention. So, Dor does the best he can and seems to do a fair job of it especially since his magical talent is very helpful! The week passes by and Dor is ready the give up his throne ... but Trent does not return!!!

Another two weeks pass by and Dor is beside himself with worry. Not only that, but Trent's daughter Irene is also sick with worry and since she is Dor's constant companion, it is hard for him to ignore the issue. Another factor that complicates life is that Dor is now 16 and Irene is 15 and she is developing into quite a beautiful girl while Dor is also developing into a man and is starting to notice that Irene has developed in some very interesting shapes and intriguing ways!

Finally, Dor and Irene cannot stand it any more and they resolve to search out where Trent is and rescue him if necessary. But, another complication arises, it seems that a new Magician has been detected in the very south of Xanth and that needs to be investigated immediately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett age 9 on February 9, 2000
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Centaur Aisle is one of the best books I have ever read. I've read all of the Xanth novels and Centaur Aisle is the prized one. If you like Harry Potter and you're waiting for the next book to come out, these books will keep you going!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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This wasn't one of Anthony's better Xanth novels and while I liked the way Irene handled herself I don't particularly like the way Anthony tends to depict women. He may be sexest but the book was good enough to get over that and enyoy the charecters. I really liked the ogre who was delightfully stupid and the centaurs who were (usualy) painfully smart. And, no offense intended to the author, but couldn't he cut out just a tad of the smutty jokes and sexual inuendo so some if the younger reader's mothers, such as mine, will have less reasons to complain about their kids reading it? But if you don't mind that doen't let this review keep you from reading it.-Elia
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
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16 year old Prince Dor must fill in as temporary king while King Trent and Queen Iris are away on business in Mundania. Two wweks pass, no Trent. Dor decides he (Trent) must have been captured. He gathers a search party, consisting of an ogre, a golem, a centaur, and Princess Irene, who is way more than willing to be Dor's Queen. The party set's off to the Good Magician Humfrey, to ask how they could rescue Trent. Humfrey tells them to seek the Centaur Aisle. So they set off toward Centaur Isle in the south. Mundania, of course, lay to the north. Ingenious plot, as always. Piers Anthony never fails to bring his immortal characters to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LibKat on April 6, 2010
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Xanth is a great and very quirky series and this is my favorite book of the entire series. I think the earlier Xanth books were the best and this one was always great with its hints of romance and puns. Love this book.
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People often say that the first three books of the Xanth series are the best, but I think the series topped at book number four. Centaur Aisle is Xanth in its finest hour: full of puns (but not TOO many), a lively group of magical youths as the heroes, a clever and thoughtful plot - and all topped off with an adventure of awesome scale.
Dor is sixteen and is like any other teenager: he hates studying, is annoyed by the "palace brat" Irene, and worries about becoming a competent and honorable adult. The only difference between him and that kid down your street is that he can talk to your chair as if it were a regular person, and he's posed to become the next King of Xanth, a land of magic. However, when the rightful king disappears in the dreary land of Mundania (*gasp* they have NO magic!), Dor is forced to take responsibility before he's ready and set out on a rescue mission with his group of friends.
This is Xanth after Mr. Anthony has stretched his legs, and before he started overdoing it. The plot actually IS a plot, and it's smart. Readers get to read about new aspects of Xanth's magic, but none of it is too ridiculous or lame as to be laughable, as is the case far too often with the newer Xanth novels. My favorite parts of the book, however, was the depth of emotion that Anthony carefully tried to lay down on the pages.
Xanth is a fantasy series, and accordingly, the emotions presented in most of its stories are either light and shallow, or too far removed from reality to actually make you feel like you could relate to the character. But this novel managed to move away from that symptom - at least even temporarily in parts - and depicted scenes with genuine human reactions.
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