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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,155,657 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.
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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 really liked it, but make sure you like fantasy for this book.
Daniel Fielden
The characters in this one really got my attention and held it the entire time I was reading.
Ashley N
The twists and turns of the plot will keep you glued to this book!!
Michelle

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 February 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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By A Customer on December 23, 1997
Format: Hardcover
After reading in not quite chronological order all of the Xanth series, the contrasts between the earlier Xanth novels and the more recent ones is tremendous. The developement of the series has seemingly progressed from a unique and interesting world of puns to the more current and fairly repetitive plots of charachter searching for spouse visits Good Magician, conquers troubles, finds spouse in process, the end. (Technically the plot of every Xanth novel.)
Though similarly formulaic, Yon Ill Wind differs in its offering of actual character developement. This aspect seems likely due to the mere ability to focus on the main plot of the novel, rather than having the charachters race around and solve all of the unresolved plots from the last ten novels.
If you had begun to get slightly bored with the Xanth series and just about ready to give up on it, you might want to give it one more chance with this novel.
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By A Customer on May 28, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading the Xanth books since the age of 13 when I first read Castle Roogna and then went back to read the first 2 books in Anthony's first trilogy which has turned into a series of seven "trilogies" spanning 20 years. I keep returning the his books purely because they continue to fascinate me. This book features a Mundane family that gets dumped in Xanth due to a hurricane that jumps into Xanth when the "net" that controls Xanth's magic is corrupted. It deals with budding sexuality, and how what you see is NOT always what you get. It also has an underlying theme of how parental abuse affects decisions. The ending will touch the heart of the most hardened critic. If it doesn't, maybe you missed the point.
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By A Customer on June 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I love Piers Anthony's work, especially the Xanth series, so when I found this book I was anxious to read it. I thought the Demon X(A/N)th's part in the story was great and the ending was one of the best I've read in a Xanth novel. The Mundane family's part in it could have used a bit more work, in my opinion and the part near the end where Law of Averages was appealed could have done better if it was made to fit more than one chapter, as it seemed hurried. Still, it was a good read and kept you in suspence until the end. I would suggest this to a Xanth fan, but if there other Xanth novels you haven't read, I'd try those first
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By A Customer on March 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I've always enjoyed the series of Xanth though I have had a hard time finding the titles in stock anywhere but when I do get them I read the book immediately I found this book refreshing with the new plot of bringing the Baldwins from Mundania and how both sides deal with language, terms, and slang I will always look forward to the puns and talents that characters are able to come up with. I especially liked the contest that the demons placed on X(a/n)th almost like a replay the little mermaid with a twist that only can be done in Piers Anthony style. I can only hope that we see more of the other demons in future novals
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