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Product Details

  • Series: Xanth
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345349369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345349361
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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

From the Inside Flap

There is trouble in Xanth again. The Gap Dragon had escaped and was ravaging across the land, the forget-spell was causing mass amnesia, three-year old Ivy was headed right for a hungry dragon. Could things get any worse? Probably....

More About the Author

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

Piers ANthony is one of my favorite authors.
Marie
Piers Anthony even added some interesting words from, possibly, a "Xanth Dictionary" to make it fun.
Ash
I read this book as a kid and wanted to read it again as an adult.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Turtleback
I have enjoyed several books in the Xanth series, but this book surpasses them all. The innocence and pure love and trust of princess Ivy rise above the trials of her magical world, including malevolent creatures and frightening punnish circumstances. I repeatedly found myself agonizing over Ivy's fate, only to cheer when she, Stanley, and Hugo, by their friendship and bravery, surmounted the obstacles set before them. No other book I have read has had the power to bring me to tears with its emotional beauty one moment, and make me roll on the floor in laughter the next. The magical and punishingly hilarious characters and plants fit together in a satisfactory mesh that delights and astoninishes. _Dragon on a Pedestal_ is a lovely book that can be enjoyed by any Mundane adult or child who has a fine appreciation for true character and the intricacies of the English language. Anthony has created a very special adventure, for which I thank him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started reading books by Piers Anthony at the age of 13 after I read "Dragon on A Pedestal". That was three years ago and I'm still facinated by the fun and mythical world of Xanth. Heck, if I where up to me I'd live there. A facinating book that should be read again and again. Long live Piers Anthony!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As it says above, this is the best fantasy book EVER! It displays a problem from the start, and although some of what happens next COULD be predicted, Ivy and her group encounter surprise after surprise that adds to the books tenseness and excellence. The dialog is, and always has been, funny, the characters are well brought out, and the finale brings together joy, sadness, anxiety, in other words, this has the best ending a book could have. It really brings out your feelings for the characters. If you have ever heard of Piers Anthony and don't read this book, you're insane!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "pangloss_" on September 21, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I very much enjoyed the first few Xanth novels. In those early novels, Anthony combined a well thought-out world, engaging characters, and a humourous tone to make eminently readable books. He lost the spark somewhere along the way, however. The later books, like this one, are simply going through the motions. Take Princess Ivy, for example. Early characters -- like Bink in A Spell for Chameleon -- had unique characteristics and abilities that they had to learn to use to resolve the challenges facing them. With Ivy, Anthony cops out. Her "special power" basically boils down to an ability to cause anything to happen that she desires. Not surprisingly, having given himself this incredible crutch, Anthony feels no need to put much thought into the plot of the book or to devise creative ways for his characters to resolve problems. What, there's a giant chasm blocking the characters' passage? That's ok, Ivy has decided that someone has the ability to sprout wings and fly them across....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Wallach VINE VOICE on March 24, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's the seventh book in the Xanth series and I believe that the author has hit his stride. This book is a lot of fun to read and can cause uncontrolled chortling to all who read it. Highly entertaining!

The storyline is only a vehicle towards bombarding and barraging you with puns. Nonetheless, here it is: It is five years since the conclusion of the NextWave war and the marriage of Dor and Irene and they are now blessed with a precocious three year old called Ivy. Dor is now King of Xanth and he is travelling to Castle Zombie to have a council of war to figure out what to do about the marauding Gap Dragon who appears to have come out of the gap. Since everything in Xanth is related to everything else, this is actually a long delayed outcome of that episode where the demon Xanth left for a short while. That caused a reduction in the strength of the forget spell and so on.

While travelling, Irene has a horrible vision of seeing Ivy between two pedestals: One with Mare Imbri on it, and the other is a Dragon (hence the name of the book). At this exact moment in time, it turns out that in addition to the Gap Dragon, little whorls of the forget me spell are spinning out of control and they can wipe your memory clear and cause all kinds of mischief. In our case, Ivy ends up affected and goes wandering off.

Not only that, but the Good Magician Humfrey is also indisposed. It turns out that he likes to take a sip of Fountain of Youth water every so often to maintain himself as a 100 year old. Unfortunately, this time he takes his 8 year old son Hugo with him. When they are at the Fountain, the Gap Dragon finds them. Hugo tries to save the day by splashing the Dragon with the water, but he also manages to splash a quantity on Humfrey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Much as I enjoyed this entry in the Xanth series, in retrospect, it seems as if it marked that point when the series began to turn to pure comedy, then to flat-out farce---which was unfortunate. The most recent entries in the series have been so plotless as to be nearly unreadable.
"Dragon on a Pedestal", though, is a charming book about a little girl who gets lost in a terrifically dangerous wilderness, surviving only by her innate good nature---coupled with a Sorceress-level magical talent, of course. Co-starring the Gap Dragon, a.k.a. Stanley Steamer.
Very cute.
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