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Question Quest (Xanth Novels) School & Library Binding – October 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Xanth Novels
  • School & Library Binding: 359 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833581988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833581983
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,616,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony has written over one hundred books. His first fantasy, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award for best novel in 1977, and commenced his acclaimed Xanth series. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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

Piers Anthony is a fantastic author.
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Question Quest still gets five stars but if you are reading the Xanth books back-to-back this one is a bit repetitive.
SimonCityRoyal
I love the Xanth Series, though to begin with I read several of them out of order.
J. Conn

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book showed the the history of Xanth in a very cool way, through the eyes of Magician Humphry. I loved how it slowly got into a predicament and how it was cleverly solved in the end. It showed what happened to Castle Roogna over the years and how Humphry was taught by demons and how he wrote the book of answers. It is, in my view, one of the best Xanth books ever written, and it gives you a lot of information on the history of Xanth and how Humphry lived it. Although it is a great book, if you are just starting to read the series, you should begin with the first book, A Spell for Chamelion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Conn on September 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love the Xanth Series, though to begin with I read several of them out of order. While each one is a fine stand alone novel, the more you know the better, and this book helped until I got all caught up. Again, lots of puns and fun stuff, but the best part of this book for regular Xanth readers is the Answer of who the Good Magician is and where he came from. Appearing in every book (i think) he is the director of quests, the all-knowing Oz to whom everyone turns for Answers, and this book give you the when, who and how of his life. Why does he charge a years' service, what's with the challenges, where did the Big Book come from - these are all answered in this fun book, as Humfrey recounts where he's been in order to get where he is going. A great Xanth novel!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna Hamilton on June 24, 2000
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This is the first Xanth book I ever read (I was eight) and seven years later, is still my favorite. I love the history, I love the characters, I love the ridiculous Xanthly humor that got a little out of hand in later books. I hate to sound like a cover blurb, but the truth is that it's one of the finest books I've ever read. So what if it's not Great Literature. It's a helluva lotta fun and I'll defend its innocent beauty to anybody.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "foxechick" on October 28, 2001
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At last, "Question Quest" is the long-untold life story of Good Magician Humfrey- and his five-and-a-half wives. "What?" say Xanth fans. "I thought he only had one wife." You'll have to read the book to find out...
Intriguing as this might sound, "Question Quest" is not among my top-rated Xanth novels. The Good Magician's story is of some interest, and (since he is ancient in the extreme) provides an alternate perspective on several aspects of Xanth history. The Xanth timeline included in the book will also be an invaluable resource for die-hard Xanth scholars. However, the story meanders along from one point to another with a disappointing lack of drive. One gets the feeling that this was a story that merely needed to be written for the sake of biographical detail (as so many biographies are).
Piers Anthony's writing makes for easy reading as usual, but this book didn't inspire me to the same level as others in the series. One for the Xanth enthusiasts only.
5.5 stars out of 10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "millsw2" on August 11, 2003
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Never read a Xanth book before? This might be a good place to start. This book give a good history for all the major characters leading up to this book. Although it does give away the ends of previous books, it doesn't reveal the plots (and puns) in the other books. And, let's be honest, the puns themselves are the great reason for reading about Xanth.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on June 29, 2000
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The book is good. Of course I love reading history as well. And that is what is covered here. A detailed history of the never-before revealed story of Magician Humphrey. His recounting of his life will remind you about all the books before this one. A timeline of the history of Xanth is also provided. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold D. Edwards II on September 11, 2009
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I got this book in an extremely timely manner (possibly the quickest i've ever gotten anything ordered online) and it was in a condition exactly as described (if not better.)
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Truthfully I was happy that there was finally some history on Magician Humfrey. See, in all the previous books, if a character had a question or just wanted a quest, this was the process: go to Humfrey's castle, solve three challenges to get in the castle, ask the question, and get the answer. Lather, rinse, repeat. But Humfrey was always just kind of a pool of knowledge with no reason behind him. I liked the fact that Anthony decided to address this and give us some background on the old fella.

That said, I didn't care for HOW he did it. My goodness, the puns. Some people like puns, but there is such a thing as DROWNING IN THEM. He started using bits and pieces that were suggested to him by fans, so it almost started to look like a piecemeal fanfiction. And did you know Humfrey had slightly more than five wives? You get to hear about his wives and how he "got" each of them when he was a young man, and also you get to find out where the hell he's been all this time that he's been missing. (Finding Humfrey, however, has been the point of several people's failed quests.) Under the guise of needing a youth potion, a character named Lacuna finally finds him, and we get tons of Xanth history and punny crap.
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