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This newest entry in the Xanth series should delight Anthony's (Harpy Thyme) many fans while drawing the usual groans from pun-hating others. Gargoyle Gary Gar, hereditary guardian and purifier of the waters of the Swan Knee River flowing from Mundania into Xanth, wants to make his job easier. The Good Magician Humfrey offers him an idea, but in exchange Gary must teach the wild child Surprise self-control, a task that requires him to assume human form. Agreeing with reluctance, Gary sets off to search for the suggested "philter" in the company of the multi-talented Surprise, the Sorceress Iris, demoness D. Mentia and the former juvenile delinquent Hiatus, who is seeking his true love, Desiree Dryad. Nearing their goal in the Region of Madness, the crew is cast back a millennium in time to find their quest tied to serious danger for all of Xanth. Through Anthony's often charming froth an element of wisdom will occasionally shoulder its way.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Anthony began writing his "Xanth" saga in the 1970s, but it wasn't until Demons Don't Dream (Tor Bks., 1993) that he made it to the hardcover best sellers lists. In this latest Xanth novel, an environmentally conscious gargoyle searches for a spell to purify a polluted river.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This book was one of the best that I've ever read... and I've read a ton of books. In this book, Gary Gargoyle encounters a pollution that he can't purify, so he goes to the good... Read morePublished on March 23 2000 by "wnanw"
This book started out as easy reading - comprehensible and not much to the story line. As the book progressed, however, the plot became more detailed as more and more characters... Read morePublished on July 5 1999
I think that Piers Anthony is the best writer of all times. When I started reading Geis of the gargoyle I left it at a friends house and she refused to return it untill she was... Read morePublished on May 22 1998
All I can say is this is, by far, one of the best xanth novels, it had the most interesting characters yet.Published on Jan. 26 1998
This latest book of the wonderous Xanth series has by far the most complex and enjoyable plot line of any of the Xanth books. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 1997