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Night Mare (The Magic of Xanth, No. 6) Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1987


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345354931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345354938
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,351 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

From the Inside Flap

Although the Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth, Mare Imbrium discovered that ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Exiled to the day world with a message for King Trent, Mare met the relentless, unforgiving Horseman. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare!

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

Another fun romp through Xanth, with even a poke at fandom.
Granny Turtle
Did not really enjoy this Xanth Book, I think from here on out the series goes downhill and is pretty much just a money grab.
Kip G. Kwiatkowski
Without a doubt this is my favorite book ismy favorite book of the series thus far.....a must read.....★★★★★
estella cash

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ultimatum9@aol.com Joanthan Smith on June 14, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Piers has done it again! I have read all of his Xanth books up to this one. They are all good, but this one has more happening in it than the others! Mundane barbarian warriors think they've gone to war with a rival territory. Wrong! Well, they can't pull out now, so they decide to see if they can take over Xanth. A mysterious person keeps putting the kings in a trance and nobody know's how. It's up to a night mare to set Xanth back to the way it use to be!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Imbrium had lost her edge to scare. This might not seem so bad to us, but Imbri was a night mare, a bringer of bad dreams. It seemed that after acquiring half of a soul, her will to frighten had been shoved out. Also, her secret desire to see a rainbow didn't help much either. So her sire, the Night Stallion, retired her from dream duty for two reasons: her edge was lacking, and he had a mission for her. That mission was to save Xanth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2013
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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. The book was still interesting and I did pick up on little subtleties I missed as a teenager. Whether you are young or old a good book.
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Imbrium is the main character of this story. She's the author's first female protagonist in this series, and though she is a horse (a night mare to be exact), she's still handled with the same sort of disrespect that Anthony frequently frames his female characters. At one point she is made powerless because a man tricks her into being dominated by him (he gets on her back and fits her with a bit, and she can't escape), and later the same man turns out to be a shapeshifter who dominates her by shifting into his horse form while she's "in season." Convenient, no, that the female's one weakness is her complete inability to resist the sexy man? Her urges overcome her and she's done in by her own attraction! This is the kind of thing that makes a lot of these books sound like a disturbing boy fantasy. That stuff can really be dangerous. But I'll look at the story too.

It's pretty inventive, though transparent in places. I still like the "gourd" world--the dream underground of sorts where nightmares come from. It was very clear that the man wearing a gold band was the same person as the horse wearing it, so I don't know what Anthony was trying to pull with that revelation. I also thought the succession of kings was interesting . . . the existing king was in an apparently hypnotic state and couldn't rule any more, so the successor got on the throne, and one by one their consciousnesses were captured by the Horseman. The rule was that Xanth could only be ruled by a Magician-class talented person. And when they start running out of possible kings, oh dearie me, it strikes them to wonder . . . hey, maybe we could get chicks to do it! Girl kings! No one ever thought of that before, even though the definitive factor for eligibility was supposed to be their magical strength.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristal on January 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is my favorite of the Xanth novels... Anthony's storytelling is at its best. he weaves all kinds of little twists and turns into the plot, and I was surprised at the ending. an excellent fantasy novel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
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This work of fantasy is tremendously creative. It is consistently inventive and imaginative. Piers Anthony is a master of writing original fantasy. All of his Xanth novels exude creativity and inventiveness.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to get, because it is actually three Xanth books in one. The first one, Centaur Aisle, is the fourth book in the series, and continues the mix of humorous puns, romance, and fantasy adventure as Dor is left in charge of Xanth as King Trent takes a "vacation" to Mundania (Earth). However, when the King goes missing, Dor must set out to find him, so he treks to the Southern most reaches of Xanth, the entrance to Mundania is of course to the North.
Book 5 Ogre, Ogre is a endearing tale of an Ogre who goes out on a quest, but forgets what it was he was questing for near the start of his trek. Nothing to fear though, everything works out in the end.
Book 6, Nightmare is a story about one "horses" dream to see the rainbow. Before she can though, she must save Xanth from the latest wave of Mundanians, Solve the problem of the disapearing Kings, and deal with the dastardly Horse man. All will be revealed by the end of the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By estella cash on May 28, 2014
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I have really enjoyed imbri in this book! Without a doubt this is my favorite book ismy favorite book of the series thus far.....a must read.....★★★★★
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