A Spell for ChameleonBook - 1977
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Got magic? Welcome to Xanth, Piers Anthony's fantastic world of mythical beasts that tend to buck our expectations. In the land of Xanth, magic is a crucial element. Not only does survival depend on it, but so does the right to residency. If you don't got it, you can expect to be on the next train to Mundania, and who in their right mind would want to live there? Coming of age, the story follows Bink on his search for the magical talent that's unique to him. Facing banishment without it, he must find the magic within the limits prescribed. As with all successive Xanth novels, Anthony's clever wordplay ignites the story like so many incendiary devices, bent on enlightening rather than destroying.
In A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON (Del Rey, $2.95), the first volume of Piers Anthony's wildly popular The Magic of Xanth series, we follow Bink, a 25-year-old struggling to discover his unique magic. See, in Xanth, everybody's got magic. If you lack it, you face exile. Beyond the implications to Xanth, Anthony has written a coming of age story. At 25, Bink is racing full on into manhood, and in search of what that means as to what kind of a man and with what talents he has to offer society, compelling us to ponder our own unique talents.
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Anthony employs calculated wordplay that takes punning to an entirely new level.
Beyond Xanth, Anthony compels each and every one of us - if not to find, then at least to ponder - what magic is unique to us.