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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...
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Overview

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....
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  • ISBN-13: 9780345335999
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/12/1985
  • Series: Magic of Xanth Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    A novel of true love and finding your true self

    This book I found amazing. I devoured this book in three hours. The main characters were full of life, they almost cwralled out of the pages they were so real. I loved the themes of finding youorself and cherishing your own special talents. I reccomend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book and\or author.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    Good Story. Easy Read.

    I read this book many years ago for the first time. I enjoyed it then. And decided to revisit the series again recently. The content is cute and whimsical. I believe this series is aimed a pre-teen readers. But an older reader will still enjoy the story as long as they keep in mind that the book is supposed to be light and nonsensical to begin with. I plan on keeping the book in my permanent library and will probably read it again at some point in the future.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Entertaining

    Piers Anthony is always an entertaing fantasy author. Aside from a few annoying typos, a very worthwhile read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    Ugh!

    The only reason this book gets a two star instead of one is that the writing abilities of the author were okay...everything else was disappointing. Women are highlighted as morons, and the men are just running around accomplishing nothing. The book was one series of monster attacks after another, and it really didn't go anywhere. Many people have loved this series, but it just wasn't for me. If you liked the whimsy element in your fantasy novels, you should definitely try "Spirit Thief" by Rachel Aaron.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    Excellent book

    This book is a classic for the times. It is rich with humor and intrigue. Once you begin reading you will want the entire series. I have personally read this book at least 3 times and I have read each of the books from this series at least once. I am attempting to build up the entire collection for future reads.I highly recommend this book. Piers Anthony is a very creative and entertaining writer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    Really good

    This book was a dream.The imagination put into this story was commendable. I haven't read the entire series but what I have read is wonderful and well thought through. The little twists and problems in between the plot keep the book interesting and not to short while tieing the plots together ensures that it doesn't drag on.....Like I am now. Long story short, READ THIS BOOK!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2006

    A terrific start to a great series!

    The magic begins here with piers anthonys first novel in the Xanth series. This book is filled with adventure, wit, humor, action and surprise. A must read!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Among the best in fantasy!

    This book is the perfect type of fantasy i love. It has the most magical land, creatures and magic i have ever read. This is a must own because its among the best fantasy has to offer. A few people below say that it talks about sex and it refers to a couple making love without being descriptive at all so if you want to hide in a closet and never come out then maybe you shouldn't read any books or watch tv. This is recommended for people of all ages. EXCELLENT!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    The beggining of greatness

    This book has got to be one of the best written books I have ever read, Piers Anthony blends reality with fantasy perfectly, he puts the main characters into some uncomfortable positions that are very intruiging to read about. This book is equal to all of my favorites, including Ender's Game, and Pendragon. Although this book is very, and I repeat, very adult. I am 14 and I have read some of this man's books, mostly from the Incarnations of Immortality, Piers often describes very adult situations, and from a man's point of view (your imagination can take it from there). That being said I must warn you, if you want to read this book you must know that there are 28 books in this series, and if you wish to finish it, you had better clear up your schedule for the length of up to a year. I finished this book in about a week, and that was reading it nonstop. If you wish to proceed than please, read on, Piers done an astounding job of getting you to know the characters, after a while, you may know more about them than you know about anyone in reality. Bink, Chameleon, and the Evil Magician Trent will seem like reality instead of fantasy. I hope Piers Xanthony's series will give you as much love and respect for this magical land as I have. Enjoy

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    Great Book

    I read this book about three years ago and I think it's great. I don't mean to be offensive to anyone, but when I read some of the other reviews (some of the more recent ones), I couldn't help but laugh. You think Xanth could be offensive to younger readers?!? I was in 7th grade when I read it and I loved it! It is a bit suggestive, but that's what makes it great. I've read all but 5 (out of 27) of the books in the series now, and I love 'em all. If you're looking for a good book, check out this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    I LOVE YOU PIERS ANYHONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Okay, this book is definateiy not for immature people. I am twelve years old and about to turn thirteen in seven months. I dont think that this book is for people younger than me. The whole series has naked people. Its almost always naked women though. So the main character in this story is a guy named Bink. He thinks he doesnt have magic. If he doesnt he is going to be exiled to the land were ther are other people who dont have magic. He wants to marry this woman named Sabrina. She suggests that he should go and see the Good Magican Humprey. Thats it thats all Im going to tell you. I think this book is unique in its own little way. I for everyone elses information think this book and Piers Anthony are awesome and I love his books and are going to read all of them. I LOVE YOU PIERS ANTHONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Piers Anthony is an awesome author

    One of my all time favorite series of books.

    Piers' clever twist on puns makes the Xanth series a fun ride from cover to cover along with the classic plots of guy/girl looking to find their place in the world and finding love along the way.

    The Xanth series is definitely a good series of books for anyone with an interest in science fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Chris

    The goin is good......................british person

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Jack

    Hey jack how is it going?

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    Long Time Reader

    This first book set up the series, and it has been magic ever sence. I have read half of the books and have started reading them again. I'm glad he didn't stop writing theay are exciting and hard to put down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    Magic Of Xanth

    I think this book was horrible. I reccomend not reading it.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2007

    One of the Best Comedic Fantasies of All Time

    An incredible book... you will not be able to put it down, guaranteed!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2006

    God of all books

    This was the greatest book i've ever read, Bink is awesome

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    An Amazing Quest Of Peril and Love

    This is not merely a book, it is an adventure. It is not often that I can say that I read a book nonstop for 12 hours until I finished. 'A Spell For Chameleon' is the ultimate reading experience, and everyone who starts to read this book will be enthralled by its relentless ability to deliver. The only person who would not enjoy this book is a coward who is so shocked by seeing worlds such as 'make love' or 'veluptuous.' I mean seriously, only a wuss would find these words to be 'innapropriate' or 'to mature.' Cmon people! This book rules!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    A Rare Find Among Many

    I am personally not a fan of science fiction. I find most of a little over the edge for me. But a friend of mine recommended this book reassuring me that it was better than Harry Potter. So I read the book and fell in love with Bink. The plot of this story is very interesting and imaginative. I really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to anyone of any age who is capable of reading this level of literature. I read this book in 8th grade. I, however, am a bigger fan of Harry Potter

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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