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The Dastard (Xanth Book 24) Kindle Edition
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Many malevolent menaces have imperiled the magical land of Xanth in its long and storied history. But none has been as despicably dangerous as the Dastard -- a craven miscreant who sold his soul to a detestable demon for the power to erase events. Now the entire future of Xanth is at the mercy of his every whim. Only a young dragon-girl named Becka has the power to stop his devious deeds!
Becka is a crossbreed -- the daughter of Draco Dragon and a lovely human woman who met, by chance, at a Love Spring. Now fourteen, Becka is beginning to wonder where in Xanth she belongs -- on the ground with her mother's people, or flying the skies with her father's kind. So she journeys to the Good Magician Humfrey to discover her True Purpose in life. Much to her astonishment and surprise, the Magician tells her that a great Destiny awaits her -- one that will affect the future of all of Xanth.
An all-new Xanth adventure that blends high hilarity with scary suspense. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : December 18, 2018
- File Size : 810 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 321 pages
- Publisher : Tor Books (December 18, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07KVZNPV4
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,903 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book marked a delightful return to the early Xanth. The writing was gleeful and the plot clever without being cumbersome. The Dastard is marvelously wicked and lacked only a moustache to twirl. Becka, the dragon girl assigned to the Dastard, could have been developed more. She showed promise early on, but was shunted to the sidelines when the narrative switched to a different character. As a result, Becka never really grew or directly experienced the conflicts we normally anticipate for a main character. The three princesses Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm make their appearances both as charming four year-olds and powerful but level headed young adults.
Unfortunately, the author can't resist putting in at least one female character trying her darndest to seduce a man. These bold attempts that include strategic disrobing, kissing, and embracing bring an unnecessary adult element to the story and are getting tiring to read, book after book.
Still, I enjoyed this tale, and will definitely put it on my "feel good" list.
Side note--for the second book in a row, the author has referred to a particular past adventure and some stork signaling we hadn't been aware of. Is he setting up for something, or just throwing in odd details?