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A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1987
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Xanth is a marvellous place to visit, espically if you are familiar with Florida. Everybody has a magical talent of lesser or greater degree, but our hero seems to lack one, and heads for exile and adventure.
It is worth your time to pick up this book and follow our heros' adventure.
I have read more than 450 fantasy novels in the past 15+ years, so I am always trying to find something a little new and entertaining. Xanth definitely fills this requirement. I highly recommend these novels for a quick light read.
This book sends you deep into the wonderfully created world of Xanth, a seemingly alternate fantasy universe of Florida strangely enough. The characters in the book are all extreamly colorful and delightful. The main character, Bink, is the classic bumbling hero treading through life trying to find a magic talent before he is kicked out of Xanth forever and sent into the dreaded Mundania. He faces many trials by magic and pure thought and somehow is able to escape most situations without even a scratch, strangely enough..
If you like a story with fun situations and exciting adventures, then this is for you. If you like puns and humor, then this is for you. If you like fantasy, then this is for you. Grumps, people searching for the worst in everything and those without imagination need not apply for this is the wrong book for you. Enjoy a classic at its finest.
This is a fantasy genre book, as in magic and spells and Medieval-ish setting and all that. Xanth is a Florida-shaped land in another dimension wherein everyone has a magic "talent". Some people have minor talents, others have talents so major they rate as a wizard or a sourceress. Some talents are technically useless, others can kill. The law of magic-based Xanth also states that anyone who does not eventually demonstrate that they possess some form of magic talent, is to be exiled forever from the borders of this magic realm, into a frighteningly awful place called "Mundania" (aka our world).
The main character, Bink, is nearing the age of exile and in all his life he's never shown any inkling of owning claim to a magical ability of any sort. Fearing exile, which in many cases in a world full of dragons, bloodthirsty tangle trees and goblins, is as good as a death sentence, Bink makes a pilgrimage to the castle of a venerable wizard famed for his talent of providing an answer to any question asked of him. The catch is that in return for the answer, the person visiting the wizard must provide one year of unpaid slave labor. Bink consults with the wizard and is told that while he certainly does possess a talent--and apparently a mighty one--the wizard cannot fathom what that talent is.Read more ›
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While this was a gift for my nephew, I've always recommended this series as a teacher. I loved the snarky humor and puns which Piers is known for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Fullington
After years of seeing Piers Anthony on top of must read lists for fantasy/sci-fi, I decided that I had to check this out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KFahn
This first book of the Xanth series is probably the best. It's certainly very original, if you haven't read any of the others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Batfan7
Have read the series twice- liking them when younger- decided to read them in order up to the current volume. Read morePublished 1 month ago by thirdtwin
I read this book back in high school some 10 years ago! Just read it again and it is still great!!Published 1 month ago by Quez
Long time lover of Xanth and all the puns. Bought this for my youngest for Christmas as she has developed a love of puns over the last year. Xanth is so much fun! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ana H