British Fantasy Award 1978.
FOR LACK OF A SPELL...
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!
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.