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Yon Ill Wind Library Binding – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Bt Bound (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613176200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613176200
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,919,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Devotees of Xanth, Anthony's engaging fictional realm, will applaud his latest pun-filled entry in the series. Anthony incorporated about 150 suggestions from fans in Roc and a Hard Place (1995); he uses?and credits?another 100 here, including two major premises. A Mundane (human) family is blown to Xanth by a tropical storm that threatens the land's existence. To save Xanth and to win a cosmic wager, the Demon X(AN) must become Nimby, a mortal, ass-headed pink-and-green-striped dragon and wring an unlikely tear from the hard-hearted maiden Chlorine. Anthony relates each episode of this frothy adventure through a different character's eyes in order to reinforce a gentle lesson about gifts and responsibilities. Xanth, where everything is very literal and each being has its own one talent, can continue only if everyone from mightiest to humblest works together. This engaging excursion puts them all to charming use. Once again, Anthony's unflagging sparkle, verve and wordplay spin everyday trials of Mundane life into storytelling gold.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Anthony returns to the magical world of Xanth, last glimpsed in Roc and a Hard Place (Tor, 1995) for another funny, pun-filled story. On a bet, the Demon of Xanth agrees to travel incognito and win the sympathy of an inferior mortal woman without revealing his identity. Along the way, a human family is transported to Xanth and helps save the world from being blown away by the ill wind. Written by the master of sly humor with a little help from his fans, this delightful romp through an alternate Florida of strange creatures with literal names and magical powers is highly recommended for fantasy collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

I found myself staying up till all hours of the night to read this book.
Michelle
It is a very interesting and intriguing book with many twists and turns it is a book taht you just can't put down.
Daniel Fielden
Some people say Anthony's books are juvenile, kid stuff ... some say it can only come from an insane mind.
Chris (xanthianfan@yahoo.com)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. on April 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big Xanth fan, but I hadn't gotten any new episodes for over 10 years, because of becoming a very busy working mother. My brother-in-law got me this one after I had recently re-read all my old ones. The kids having finally gotten interested in Xanth got me going on my re-reading project.
I don't think this one measures up. It doesn't flow like the others and you don't get into the story. Maybe it's because there are too many main characters, so that none of them can be developed very well. They all run off in different directions and it's hard to keep track of what is going on or what the characters are like.
Maybe it's because, while the earlier stories were essentially cheery, this one has an underlying gloominess throughout.
When certain ones of the characters are announced to be in love, it seems like sort of an afterthought. You just don't get inside anyone's head enough to really empathize with them, so there's not enough buildup that would justify the characters' feelings.
The puns don't seem to be as good as they used to be either.
I don't think I'm just becoming jaded, because I was reading the earlier ones again to my kids at the same time I was reading this one and the earlier ones just seem better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's a book about a selfish demon and an abused girl who come together by accident. The demon Xanth has to try to make her shed her last tear, but there's no time for that because they have to help a mundane family and try to defeat a hurricane. The ending brought tears to my eyes. Yon Ill Wind is truly one of Piers Antony's best books that he ever wrote and I personally loved it. I've been reading Piers Anthony books since I was 10 or 11, (I started with Being A Green Mother) and Yon Ill Wind is my favorite!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been an avid reader of Piers Anthony's novels, I've read and own all of the Xanth series, as well as a number of his other series. And I must say that lately, the Xanth novels have not been quite as good, lacking in the original creativity that first attracted me to the series, but with this one, I believe life is once again breathed into the magical books. Dont' miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1998
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I liked it! Why? Well, first of all because I like all Xanth books, they might not have strong themes but their /fun/ to read, take your mind off the every day worries. Then, its different... very! It has more than just puns, it's a little sad, and there's a lot of different, new ideas. I loved the idea of the demon X(A/N)th living in Xanth, and all the rest of them. And again, it's more serious than usual, for those of you who like that. READ IT!
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I really like how puns are used by the Author, "Piers Anthony". I love this series so much, I have purchased all the books of this series, as I have of, "Incarnations of Immortality". The Incarnations of Immortality" is the first book of that series, as of "Bearing an hourglass", "With a tangled skein", "Wielding a red sword", "Being a green mother. If you are into fantasy, and reading of literal puns, you should love this book.
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By Amaranthann on January 20, 2014
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Piers Anthony continues to entertain in his special unbeatable style of wit and mishaps. Always know I will enjoy his books.
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This book came to me as a used library book. And it was a large hardback book when I was expecting a small paperback book. In the end, I didn't mind it being a large, old library book. The only thing I mind is that it doesn't match the rest of the books I own, but who cares about that?
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By Tuckerby on December 28, 2012
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This book began with an excellent idea: Demon Xanth assumes corporeal form and enters the magical land. Initially told from his point of view, the book promised a unique and entertaining perspective of his adventures as he tries to win his wager with the other Demons. Unfortunately, the story completely derailed with the introduction of the Mundane family. The characters read like cardboard cut-outs of The Parents, The Child, The Adolescent Male, and The Pre-Teen, lacking any depth, nuance, personality or unique contribution. Their pets were more interesting than they were. Unfortunately, the author devotes most of the book to the Mundanes' point of view rather than to the most intriguing character of all, Xanth himself. As such, the opening plot device of the Demonic Wager is overshadowed and subordinated by the immediate threat posed by Hurricane Gladys/Happy Bottom and the efforts of the Mundane family to help Xanth. The novel comes across as a weave of two unrelated stories into one book, with the more intriguing plotline shoved into the background. The closing chapter, finally returning to Xanth's viewpoint, was exquisitely poignant, not only for the character himself, but for the unfulfilled potential of this book as well.

This is one Xanth novel I won't be reading again.
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