A Spell for Chameleon (Magic of Xanth #1)

A Spell for Chameleon (Magic of Xanth #1)

by Piers Anthony

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A Spell for Chameleon (Magic of Xanth #1) by Piers Anthony

BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR, BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY • Discover the magical beginning of Piers Anthony’s enthralling Xanth series

Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled—where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. It was a land of centaurs and dragons and basilisks.

For Bink of North Village, however, Xanth was no fairy tale. He alone had no magic. And unless he got some—and got some fast!—he would be exiled. Forever. But the Good Magician Humfrey was convinced that Bink did indeed have magic. In fact, both Beauregard the genie and the magic wall chart insisted that Bink had magic. Magic as powerful as any possessed by the King or by Good Magician Humfrey—or even by the Evil Magician Trent.

Be that as it may, no one could fathom the nature of Bink’s very special magic. Bink was in despair. This was even worse than having no magic at all . . . and he would still be exiled!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345347534
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1987
Series: Magic of Xanth Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 112,031
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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. Xanth

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A Spell for Chameleon (Magic of Xanth #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 237 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Bellae More than 1 year ago
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.
kimnleo More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Piers Anthony is always an entertaing fantasy author. Aside from a few annoying typos, a very worthwhile read.
HollyByGolly on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This is my all time FAVORITE Xanth novels (I've read 4 others so far), and it started me on my quest to read as many Xanth novels as I could. Unfortunately, none of them were as enjoyable as this one (Castle Roogna came very close though), so I haven't been getting through the rest of the series in a very timely manner. BUT after reading "A Spell for Chameleon", I was so happy about the surpise ending and turn of events that I even kissed it after I read the last word. Great story, definately worth the read.
Homechicken on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I enjoyed A Spell for Chameleon, and wish I had read it many years earlier.Xanth is a magical land that looks just like Florida, but is full of magical creatures. This book was about Bink, a young man born seemingly without magic, and destined to be exiled because he has no magic talent. In his quest to find out if he has one, he leaves home and explores the land of Xanth, braves its dangers, meets several companions (some of them women of questionable morals), and finds out he has a talent, but nobody can figure out what it is. He is exiled, and meets the Evil Wizard Trent, exiled decades ago for transforming his enemies into trees and fish and such. He finds that Trent has changed and wishes to return to Xanth and save it (and taking the throne). They have an uneasy truce, find their way back to Xanth, and end up saving it.The book wraps up nicely and could stand on its own, though it is a little shallow sometimes. It's not so much humorous as it is frustrated-young-man-has-trouble-with-women funny. Like the Wuntvor series by Craig Shaw Gardner.
cazedbooker1 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
this book is full of puns and other funny comments. Suggested reading for more mature readers. Also about coming of age.
endersreads on LibraryThing 1 days ago
A Spell for Chameleon is the very 1st Xanth novel. I believe those of you who like fantasy (smokie smokie), will certainly like Xanth. Most memorable for me are the Wizard and his castle, and Bink's journey into it. I can't remember too much else...
Karlstar on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Very original and different approach to fantasy, with some groaners of puns mixed in. This is a very fun book. Its not complicated, complex or vast, but very enjoyable.
szarka on LibraryThing 1 days ago
To enjoy this book (indeed, the entire series) it helps to enjoy bad puns. Consider yourself warned.
heidilove on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This is my one and only Xanth novel. I might replace it. I set it free to bookcrossing some years ago in the coffee shop on teen night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grreat fun book for kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mother told me about this series when I was a little girl. I never got around to reading it but now that I have I'm looking forward to the rest of the series . I hope you give this series a try. The puns alone will keep you reading lol. Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get ready for magic, quests, a romance, and puns. Lots and lots of puns.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Bink of North Village has a problem, he has no magic. In the land of Xanth, magic is everywhere and every citizen has his own special magical talent. If you cannot display your magic by your 25th birthday, you will be exiled. With his twenty-fifth birthday fast approaching, Bink decides to visit the Good Magician Humfrey, whose magic is that of divination, to find out once and for all whether or not he has magic, even at the price of a year of servitude to the Good Magician. Humfrey believes Bink has magic, very strong magic, but he cannot determine what his talent is. If Bink cannot display his magic, he will be exiled. Surprisingly, until this novel, I had never read a Piers Anthony novel. For my first, this was a very interesting read. The writing is different from some of the more modern fantasy novels I have been reading. The vocabulary is appropriate without being too difficult or archaic. The tone is surprisingly upbeat, despite Bink’s probable exile. The creatures in this novel are interesting and unique. Some of them are common enough in modern fantasy. We encounter dragons, centaurs, and a kraken. At the same time, there is an abundance of unique creatures and plant life, mainly plant life that I have never encountered before. I enjoyed this adventure with Bink. Bink is a very complex character with a strong personality. He is also well-developed, brave and honorable. I enjoyed the fact that Bink was always thinking, questioning, and theorizing. His intelligence is obvious in the way that he contemplates the world around him and the people with whom he comes into contact. The story line is composed of a lot of traveling across the land of Xanth, encountering many magical obstacles and challenges. The adventure and action is comprised of these obstacles and the people and places that Bink encounters. I enjoyed this novel. The characters and creatures were fascinating as well as the land of Xanth itself, though I found it interesting that Xanth is shaped like Florida. I would recommend this novel to fantasy fans with a strong imagination. I plan to read further in this series. This book, this series, was recommended to me by my Uncle and I have received permission from the publishers at Del Rey to use the cover artwork image featured above.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would take me through Binks journey quickly. I found as he went through all of his trial and coincidences¿ that it would become boring. Well, I was wrong. This book has a good pace without dragging on too much or over exaggerating a possibility or straying from topic . If you enjoy magical genre, you'll enjoy this twist this author has placed into this storyline. ???????BTW, some of the mythical characters are quite comical! And there are a lot of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Remembered these from my teen years. Better than I remembered! Definitely as pun-filled as I recalled, but much more nuanced and thoughtful. WeLloyd worth the second look.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got into his work back when I was in school. Took me more years then I want to admit to get to the first of the series. I wasn't disappointed.