Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn
Ivy, the five-year-old sorceress, was tired of all the attention being paid to her new baby brother and bored by the history of Xanth she was watching on the magic Tapestry. So when Jordan the Ghost joined her, hoping to see his past, Ivy was eager to learn about his life. Sadly, Jordan couldn't remember much, but he was sure the details would come back if Ivy helped him with the Tapestry – and what the Tapestry revealed then was enough to make Ivy forget her boredom and her little brother.
Four hundred years earlier, Jordan had been a hero in search of adventure – goblins to fight, dragons to slay, maidens to rescue and so on. Then the rival twins Yin and Yang had sent him on a dangerous Quest... a Quest to settle the succession of the kingdom once and for all.
Mounted on the ghost horse Pook, Jordan had set out with a bag of magic spells to find something – the twins were maddeningly vague about what. But it was a mission that would lead to many strange perils, and end in a Cruel Lie from which even his unique talent could not save him...
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born 1934) is an English American author in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.
Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has claimed that one of his greatest achievements has been to publish a book for every letter of the alphabet, from Anthonology to Zombie Lover.
Enter the world of Xanth, where every citizen has their own unique Talent - or magical ability - and centaurs, demons and dragons abound. Piers Anthony’s Xanth books are among the most loved series in fantasy, with millions of copies purchased around the world.
Xanth consists of forty-seven works, and the series is set to expand with the upcoming release of one more book. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.
Related series Xanth (omnibus editions)