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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    Mr. Anthony can DEFINITELY write more than Xanth novels!

    This has got to be THE best book I've read by Piers Anthony in a long time, and I've ready several of his books (and a few short stories). The story involves a young barbarian becoming plantery ruler even though he doesn't want to. His subjects are loyal (and not because of his title), his problems are few but major, and he dodge's assassination attempts while doing what he agreed to - solve the four major problems that are before the planet. And he does so in interesting and slightly odd ways - ways that others had not considered or thought of. The best part - I'm left wanting more! That's why I've purchased the 2nd book also, and there is no doubt in my mind that I'll find it just as good (maybe better than) the first one. I have every intention of buying #3 also, because if #2 ends the same way, I will have lots of questions, and I will want the answer :) Please give this a shot - rumor has it that a 4th & 5th may be written if 1 - 3 do well. I want to know everything about Chroma (the planet the book takes place on) that I can!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    I totally enjoy this new fantasy world from Piers Anthony--and it is not Xanth!

    This is the first book in a fantasy series called the Chromagic series. This is a fantastic book with a brand new world with a magic system that blow me away. A planet long ago colonized by humans and disconnected with Earth thereafter. What people didn't know is that it had volcanoes that created magical fields that affect people, animals and plants turning them in whatever color the volcano spouts (red, yellow, green, black, white, etc...). The main story is quintessential Piers. The main character Havoc is taken away from his village and his love, Gale, to the big capital city and force to become King of the Chroma. Kingship has its privilage but not if someone wants to kill you and that is one of the many challenges that Havoc needs to deal with with the help of his girlfriend Gale and other interesting characters that he encounted in the castle. There is a secret menace, a dark mystery, love and passion and lot of adventures. This is not a kiddie book a la Xanth. This is an adult novel with a lot of sex and blood but with a Piers' twist. If you like Piers and enjoy reading such things as Apprentice Adept or Bio of an Space Tyrant, this is the novel and the series for you. Enjoy!

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