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A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1987
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Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave....
About the Author
Piers Anthony, sometimes called Pier Xanthony, is the pseudonym of a Mundane character who was born in England in 1934, came to America in 1940, was naturalized in 1958, and moved to Xanth in 1977. His first story was published in 1963, and his first novel, Chthon, in 1967. His first Xanth novel, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award as the best novel for 1977, and his fantasy novels began placing on the New York Times bestseller list with Ogre, Ogre. He shifted from writing in pencil to writing on the computer, and Golem in the Gears was his first novel created on the machine; naturally, the computer found its way into Xanth.
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I started reading this series when I was younger and I'm now doing a reread of it since I've fallen behind on them. I do look at it with different eyes as I get older and now that I have better writing to compare it to, I can see flaws, but many of the flaws I see people attribute to the writer seem to me, to be flaws in the characters personalities that he worked through. Not every character has a revelation, but you usually see them grow significantly compared to their first appearance. Something else I like about the series is that with the exception of the first two books, each successive book in the series is about a different character. There is usually an important mission that a group of main characters goes on and the following book will be about one of them or another character that was introduced. The cast keeps growing and the world keeps getting more complex, counter to what some will say.
I've highly enjoyed the series over the years and encourage anyone to pick it up and start reading them.
Jumping into Xanth made me feel free.
Now this book is just as amazing as i remember it.
Very smart and amazing writing the story just glows and pics you up.
It’s about bink and having no talent and the puns and story just makes it rock. Love it
-The lore is rich and enthralling. Obviously a lot of thought went into the land of Xanth.
-A very good story with fantastic plot. If there are plot holes, I haven't noticed.
-The novel is written in a way that allows the readers into the main character's thoughts to make a very engaging story.
-Not for kids. Some of the words used in the book forced me to pause, refer to a dictionary, and look them up. And it refers to a lot of mature things, like killing, rape, and war.
-The book, up until Chapter 2, drags on and on, and is rather boring and poorly written. After this, it picks up.
-Character names are strange and seemingly whimsical. Bink, Zink, Fanchon, Jama,and Potipher are good examples.
-The world can get a bit overly convenient. For example, magical shoe bushes grow fresh shoes, baked bread bushes grow fresh, baked bread. This, though silly at times, doesn't detract too much from the story, but I still found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "Well that's rather convenient."
This book is fantastic, I've read it twice already, and still love it. It even inspired me to write a novel of my own. It was worth replacing my damaged copy to read it again.