Juxtaposition (Apprentice Adept #3)

Juxtaposition (Apprentice Adept #3)

by Piers Anthony

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In this brilliantly satisfying conclusion to the epic adventure begun in Split Infinity and continued in Blue Adept, Piers Anthony again proves himself a consummate master of both science fiction and fantasy.

Stile had problems—two whole worlds of problems, in fact. 

On Proton, a world of future science, his murder was averted only by the help of a lovely robot, who sent him through an invisible “curtain” to Phaze, an alternate world ruled by magic. There he found he was the double of the sorcerer, the Blue Adept, who had been mysteriously murdered. And the assassin was after Stile!

To survive, Stile had to master magic, fight a dragon, win the friendship of a lady unicorn, locate his enemy among the paranoid Adepts, and return out of Phaze to win the Great Games on Proton. After that, he was ready to face the real problems!

The infallible Oracle was suddenly involved in the conspiracy against him. The two worlds were out of balance and heading for disaster. Stile was somehow supposed to take over the job of saving them or go down to total destruction with all he loved, he had to act and act quickly—with no idea of what he was supposed to do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345349347
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1987
Series: Apprentice Adept Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 226,116
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.82(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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Juxtaposition 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty tedious. I dropped this series here.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the planet Proton, science works and magic doesn't, but juxtaposed with this world is another frame, that of Phaze, where magic works, but science doesn't. This is powered by a mineral called Protonite or Phazite depending on which frame you are in, and the Protonite mining of it is endangering the balance of both frames. Stile has been prophesied to ameliorate this destruction, but many powerful people in both frames are out to stop him, denying the destabilization and wanting to maintain their present status. What Stile must accomplish, jumping back and forth between frames, is enough work for ten men. How he manages it all will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat throughout. Anthony is not content to state a premise of this complexity without asking the difficult questions. Many authors would rely on a statement like "magic works" without feeling it necessary to explain. Anthony's world, and it's backstory, contain logical explanations for the fantastic occurrences therein. World-building does not come at the expense of characters, either. Stile's honor, incorruptibility, and personal development have converged to make him uniquely qualified for his task. Sheen the self-aware robot struggles with her inability to be "real" and her desire to be loved. Even more secondary characters such as Clef, Merle, and Trool have their own internal conflicts and personal evolving to do. I really can't recommend this series enough, particularly if you can't decide whether you prefer science fiction to fantasy. There is quite enough of both to satisfy you.
rampaginglibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book in the "Apprentice Adept" series (and i think the first trilogy is the best~perhaps Anthony is just a bit TOO prolific if that's possible~or maybe i'm just jealous~not that i can even get one novel out) Anyway, finishes up the first third nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times over and still feel like I was being catapulted into the world of phase each and every time. Exhilarating.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like fantasy novels you should love this book. It does a great job of continuing the story from the first two books but it is in itself a great book. It has everything from an imaginitive plot to interesting characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have read any Piers Anthony book before you will need to definately pick this book. Not only does it complete and complement the previous two books in the series, but it is a great book in itself. It does get a little confusing because it is a continuation of the prior two novels, but after the first few chapters you should understand enough to not want to put it away. The Apprentice Adept series is my favorite and if you start from volume #1 you will rank it with your favorites too.