As far as nine-year-old Dolph, son of King Dor and Queen Irene of Castle Roogna, could tell, the world was full of mysteries that needed solving.
For instance, why did young men and women spend so much time on mushy stuff? Love, they said, which explained nothing as far as Dolph was concerned.
Then there was the matter of Grandma Iris and what happened to her wonderful talent for illusion – making things seem like other things. Nowadays, she could only make them sound like other things – an ability of dubious worth.
But the biggest mystery of all was Good Magician Humfrey's disappearance in a puff of smoke – holy smoke – accidentally conjured by one of Humfrey's elves. And that seemed like one puzzle the boy could do something about.
So, setting out with the skeleton Marrow Bones, his own magical talents – and his mother's permission – Dolph embarked upon a grand quest across the land of Xanth... a journey on which the lad found himself pitted against bloodthirsty harpies, human-headed snakes called Naga, and – most challenging of all – marriage-minded girls who supplied some surprising answers to Dolph's questions.
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)