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

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345454300
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2002
Series: Magic of Xanth Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 5,898
File size: 3 MB

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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A Spell for Chameleon (Magic of Xanth #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 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.
Anonymous 10 days 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 5 months 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a nicely inpresive. This book was a page turning adventer! :3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and exciting til the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, this is my first review of any book. I have always read them and kept my opinion to myself. It was a honor to read this novel for the second time and begin my travel through beautifully painted story again. This story is as refreashing as a glass of lemonade on, hot and sticky, summers day. Very orginal! The story hit all the tastful notes for a thrill junky to a hopeless romantic and everything in between. Bink is a character that is very relatively. Anyone..., no actually everyone has experienced hardship in trying to realize their full potential; at the same time discovering how we all fit into the full scope of something greater than ourselves. Bink is awsome...this series of deliciously written novels are awsome... Piers Anthony you are awsome. The Xanth series should be on the silver screen, and maybe some of the mundane movies would finally take the back seat to what is obviously greater. Something to think about.
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KristynStone More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Makes my home magical!
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I Love this whole series, it's so nice to finally read the first book! High five to Piers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It wasn't a fast read for me, but I am not a fast reader. Piers Anthony is a great writer and I hope to read the rest of the books. I would recomend this book a lot!!!!!