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Crewel Lye (Xanth Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Piers Anthony
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jordan was a ghost in Castle Roogna now. Although once he had been the most valorus of knights--that is, until he was betrayed by two wily magicians and the woman he loves. Now, if he only can remember how he was killed, he'll be able to reassemble his body. And he is getting impatient....


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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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Jordan was a ghost in Castle Roogna now. Although once he had been the most valorus of knights--that is, until he was betrayed by two wily magicians and the woman he loves. Now, if he only can remember how he was killed, he'll be able to reassemble his body. And he is getting impatient....

Product Details

  • File Size: 1418 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345345991
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 26, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFOFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive Xanth book February 4, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Crewel Lye" is the eighth book in Piers Anthony's "Xanth" series, and in some ways, it is the most impressive of the first nine. Most of the Xanth books take place in a reasonably well-define timeline that we might call the "present." This actually spans quite a long time, since the main character in Xanth-1, Bink, is 25 years in that book, but around 60 in Xanth-9. But "Crewel Lye" takes place **400** years earlier, so it doesn't have the benefit of a lot of the usual Xanthian touches that prop up other books. (By Xanthian touches, I mean things like finding out how to get into Good Magician Humfrey's castle so as to get an Answer.)
Anyway, in the "present" time, Jordan is a ghost, which means that he died with unresolved issues. When little Princess Ivy asks what happened, he tells her the story of his demise. Thus, most of the book is actually narrated in the first-person, which is different from the other Xanth books, and a nice change of pace. First-person narration forces a writer to be disciplined about observations, thoughts, etc., because only those of one person can be related to the reader. This is important for this book, because the "cruel lie" that does Jordan in actually has a different interpretation, one that Jordan doesn't realize, but the reader can figure out. It makes for a very clever ending, even if it becomes somewhat obvious.
Jordan's story -- he is a barbarian who wants an adventure -- is full of action and violence, some intrigue, some romance (or just plain offscreen sex), and even though I was concerned that I wouldn't get to read about the usual Xanth characters, I was engrossed in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A crazy adventure August 16, 2000
By Dennis
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Crewel Lye is about the journey of Jordan the Barbarian. Like all Xanth books, this one is comical and full of puns. Since Jordan's talent is full regeneration, it adds an interesting viewpoint through the eyes of a person who doesn't care if he gets killed(he'll just come back). I think that anyone who reads the Xanth series should definitely read this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy book December 2, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book several years ago and wrote a review of it then, but didn't post my name. Here is the review I wrote:
"Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn" is the first, and so far the only, Xanth book that I have read. I can't wait to get my hands on another of this series. I loved Piers Anthony's use of puns. In this book a barbarian ghost tells a young girl living in the castle he inhabits the story of his life. This is a well-written,easily readable, humorous, fantasy that is too good to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great fantasy book. August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Crewel Lye: A Caustic yarn is the first, and so far the only, Xanth book that I have read. I can't wait to get my hands on another of this series. I loved Piers Anthony's use of puns. In this book a barbarian ghost tells a young girl living in the castle he inhabits the story of his life. This is a well-written,easily readable, humorous, fantasy that is too good to put down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A romance for the ages April 22, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Taking a slightly different path, Piers Anthony's Crewel Lye is the story of Jordan the Ghost. Those who read the series, will remember that Jordan plays a key role in "dragon on a pedestal" and this book is his personal story. In Xanth, ghosts are people or things that have unresolved issues at the time of their deaths. Several years after the events of Dragon, Jordan meets Ivy at the magic tapestry and she convinces him to tell her his story.

Four hundread years before, Jordan was a barbarian in search of adventure. For that he leaves his home and his girlfriend. While adventuring, his magical talent comes to bear and he uses it extensively. Jordan's talent is that he heals from every injury in a brief amount of time. That carries forward onto death even - and indeed, Jordan dies during this story! - multiple times!!

Jordan hears that Castle Roogna is where adventures can be found and makes his way there. When he arrives he is given a quest and some magical help, and he is off to the races. As it turns out, his quest is to retrieve the King's daughter and bring her back to the castle to wed one of the magicians. However, this being a Xanth book, there are many twists and turns and puns to get through. The King's daughter, it turns out, is not interested in coming back. Not only that, but the first time she meets Jordan, she poisons him and then throws his body into the Gap Chasm.

No suprise then, that Jordan falls in love with her, captures her, and takes her back to the castle. Many more interesting adventures are in store with lots of puns along the lines of quicksand (which makes you go fast - obviously), and slow sand (the reverse of quicksand).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super All Time Favorite January 23, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Years ago, I saw my grandmother reading this book (we're devour books together) and I asked how it was. She handed it to me and told me to keep it--because I wouldn't want to return it to her and she could get another copy, which she did purchase!

I was enchanted. There is no other word for it. This exceptionally "punny" book is hilarious. My son went as a "baseball bat" for Halloween the year before last, if that says anything! To this day I'm always buying Crewel Lye (though it's not the first in the series, and I had such fun catching up!) for friends and family (well, there's not many readers left without a copy these days.) I must have bought this book at least eight times now, if not more.

I think the Xanth series should be required reading, it really taught me how much I could love the genre. You won't go wrong with Crewel Lye, in fact, you might just end up hooked!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love these books! so hard to find, reasonable deal
Published 1 month ago by DANA MUSSER
5.0 out of 5 stars and i love them. i received it at a fast speed
i have read these books before, and i love them. i received it at a fast speed.
Published 2 months ago by tmass
1.0 out of 5 stars Women's bodies are more decorative than functional. Actual quote.
Ah, punny titles. I wonder if he thinks of the titles first and then writes a book to match? Seems like it.

This book features Princess Ivy again. I like Princess Ivy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Swank Ivy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great version
Sections of sentences are missing between pages and it jumps around when the page is split into three e-pages so the second page is sometimes third! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Catherine Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series
The Author has a way of getting you involved in the story as well as the different characters feelings and desires, all while using silly puns and word play that will keep you... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brian Messmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book
I began reading Piers Anthony when I was a teenager. As an adult I wanted to go back and reread the stories to see if my perception had changed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Very good condition! Love the story! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice story with fantasy roots.
Published 17 months ago by Skillert
4.0 out of 5 stars the Storkes life
the Stork has the hardest job and it was good to find out Ive has a sister who was raised well
Published 17 months ago by Cowgirl Christine
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing among the Xanth books
I've been rereading the entire Xanth series, and "Crewel Lye" is not up to par.

Piers Anthony rarely has a "light touch", but this time his laying it on too heavily even... Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by Stephan the eclectic reader
1.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking?
Seriously, I am quite the fantasy reader. However, this piece of dribble should not have ever been published. It is one of the WORST books I have ever read- in any genre. Read more
Published on January 19, 2005 by SkarredAngel
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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.

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