YON ILL WIND (XANTH, NO 20) Paperback
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Its great fun to see the demon X(A/N)th as a central charachter this time around and he has a great personality that eventually becomes really likable. The Mundaine familly are a great read, I really liked how they adjusted to being in Xanth. All the other charachters are likable, although they never really got charachterized. (The pets are likeable though)
As usual, there are many puns in Yon Ill wind and I enjoyed them all, although others may not. Another thing I really liked was the "1 squeak yes, 2 squeak no, 3 squeak off track" thing (It will make sense in the book)
In summary, there is really nothing wrong with the book. It has a good plot, likeable charachters and lots of interesting situations. But the only bad thing about it is it's adrupt ending. I'll try to avoid giving anything away, but certian charachters just vanish in a sentance, where we could say goodbye to them, when they could have been seen doing some more things. The ending to the book is so adrubt, so quick and short, you wonder if Mr. Anthony lost the last few pages on his way to delivering the final manuscript to the publisher, and had to quickly write up a new ending in a minute or so before his deadline. And that ending is quite sad, and depressing. In fact, I'll go so far as to say its the most dissapointing ending I've ever encountered in a book.Read more ›
I don't think this one measures up. It doesn't flow like the others and you don't get into the story. Maybe it's because there are too many main characters, so that none of them can be developed very well. They all run off in different directions and it's hard to keep track of what is going on or what the characters are like.
Maybe it's because, while the earlier stories were essentially cheery, this one has an underlying gloominess throughout.
When certain ones of the characters are announced to be in love, it seems like sort of an afterthought. You just don't get inside anyone's head enough to really empathize with them, so there's not enough buildup that would justify the characters' feelings.
The puns don't seem to be as good as they used to be either.
I don't think I'm just becoming jaded, because I was reading the earlier ones again to my kids at the same time I was reading this one and the earlier ones just seem better.
The main characters, Chlorine and Demon Xanth was an unlikely pair to put together but Piers knew what he was doing-creating a very powerful and unforgettable novel. I found myself staying up till all hours of the night to read this book. I just couldn't put it down!! I loved the characters and the outcome was traumatic and sad, however Piers has delivered yet another Xanth novel, but this one had some punch to it!!! I have read almost all of the Xanth series and this is by far the best one yet!!!!!
Most recent customer reviews
This book was an absolute masterpeice. It had a great plot, good characters, and just an all around good storyline. Read morePublished on April 12 2002 by Isaac Osterhoudt
This is a great book! All Xanth readers will LOVE this book.... although it is very sad (it made me cry!).Published on June 3 2001
Personaly, i belives that Peirs Anthony is oone of the highest-quality fantasy and sci-fi writers EVER! Read morePublished on May 26 2001
Yon Ill Wind is a fabulous book. It is filled with puns and adventure. It was one of my favorite Xanth books!!! I guarantee you will enjoy this book!!!Published on Aug. 9 2000 by Tandy
This was a great book, it was the most original Xanth book. I loved the Mundane family, Demon Xan(t/h), Cholrien and Willow! Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2000 by Ceathena
I think this is the one book to stay away from. his sexual comments and puns are tiring after the first 10 times. the story is very stretched. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 1999
Piers Anthony has to be one of the best fantasy writers of all time, right up there next to J.R.R. Tolkien and Timothy Zahn, and ME! Read morePublished on July 23 1999
Anthony will be a hero in my book! I started with "Deamons" and was hooked. This particular "chapter" in the Xanth books however was tiring after the 10th... Read morePublished on July 5 1999