Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn (Magic of Xanth #8)

Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn (Magic of Xanth #8)

by Piers Anthony

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Overview

A knight of ghosts and shadows!

Jordan was a ghost in Castle Roogna now, spending his time with little five-year-old Ivy and watching his own past unfold on the magic tapestry. But once he had been a valorous knight, riding his ghost horse Pook on a fabulous and dangerous mission.

He had been betrayed with a cruel lie by two wily magicians and the woman he loved. He had been killed at the end, and his bones had been scattered. Now he could not even remember where they had been buried. 

That was important, because Jordan's talent had been to recover from almost any injury, provided enough of his body could be assembled to grow together again. But all that had been four hundred years before. Nobody who was alive today knew or cared where his bones might be.

It was hardly the proper ending for a gallant adventure!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345345998
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1987
Series: Magic of Xanth Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 356,550
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.73(d)

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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Chapter 1. Ghost Quest
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Crewel Lye 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
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Scoshie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#8-- story lines till work and this one is just as readable as the rest!This book is a story within a story as one of Castle Roogna's ghosts, Jordan the Barbarian, tells Princess Ivy his story of betrayal and death via the magical medium of the Tapestry
hermit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As any who have read the Xanth series this far should expect we have another book filled with puns. One difference is brought to light almost immediately, this book is written in first person, from the perspective of Jordan the Ghost. Jordan unfolds his history as Jordan the Barbarian with some help from young Princess Ivy and a magic tapestry. It was interesting to read the story from a different perspective.
muninn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Piers Anthony that I ever read, and I think it's a great introduction to the world of Xanth, especially if you don't want to try to start from the beginning of the series. While it is written in a way that presumes the reader has some knowledge of the world, I don't think such knowledge is absolutely necessary. As one might expect from the title, there's quite a bit of punny-ness to the book, so if you're not into word-play and outright puns, I wouldn't recommend this book (nor any other Xanth novel). I would definitely call this a traditional fantasy adventure type of book: the main characters quest about, fight monsters, etc. Anthony has created a very vivid world, and if you can suspend your disbelief enough to join him in it, I think you'll find this book an engaging little treat.
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My most favorite book of all the Xanth, series! Awesome adventure!
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Raz86 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Jordan the Ghost and his excursions through the Land of Xanth with Threnody. As always, Piers Anthony delivers hilarity with all of his puns.
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