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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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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!
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345354931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345354938
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ultimatum9@aol.com Joanthan Smith on June 14, 1998
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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
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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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The author originally intended when he published the first "Xanth" comic fantasy novel, "A Spell for Chameleon" in 1977 that the series would be one trilogy. However, the series was a huge hit with fans and publishers - Piers Anthony is supposed to have said that the reason he is still writing Xanth books is to keep his publishers happy as the series is the only thing they ever pestered him for. "Night Mare" was the sixth book in the series, rounding off a second loose trilogy set between fifteen and twenty-five years after the first book. "Night Mare" is also the second of many books in the series to be told from the perspective of a most unlikely hero or heroine - in this case Imbri the Night mare, who was briefly introduced at the start of book five "Ogre, Ogre" when she was caught and ridden by a nymph called Tandy. Of the subsequent books - the series is still going strong thirty-seven years, as many books, and millions of copies after the start - other have been told from the viewpoint of a goblin, golem, spider, harpy, wicked queen, demoness, and even the Demon Xanth himself.

"Night Mare" and all the other books in the series are set in a magical land called Xanth, a peninsular which usually looks a bit like Florida but as is shown in the map at the start of this book, can sometimes appear like other peninsulars such as Italy or Korea. All the human residents of Xanth have a magic talent, which may vary from trivial to immensely powerful and from extremely useful to being a downright liability. The fauna, flora and geography of the land are based on a combination of legends and puns.

The story begins as the Night Mare Imbri is trying to bring a bad dream to a naughty goblin, and not making a particularly good job of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristal on January 24, 2000
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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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