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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340654252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340654255
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,203,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Out of all the Xanth Novels that have come out, this is undoubtebly one of the most fascinating in recent memory. The Demon X(A/N)th goes to Xanth as a dragon with a donkeys head to try and win a bet with all the other demons. There, he meets Chlorine, a ugly girl with a bad temper. And with that, the two of them head off to adventure. Along the way, they will meet a Mundane familly, fight a hurricane, and help save Xanth.
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.
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I am a big Xanth fan, but I hadn't gotten any new episodes for over 10 years, because of becoming a very busy working mother. My brother-in-law got me this one after I had recently re-read all my old ones. The kids having finally gotten interested in Xanth got me going on my re-reading project.
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.
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This is a fantastical Xanth novel, that did get a bit serious a times, but for the most part, it was fun!! It had an awesome storyline, great characters, loads of almost non-stop adventure and of course, the usual puns. Some of the puns are absolutely hysterical, and others I could have done without. The twists and turns of the plot will keep you glued to this book!! You won't want to miss this riveting, impossible to put down story.
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!!!!!
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I have been reading the Xanth books since the age of 13 when I first read Castle Roogna and then went back to read the first 2 books in Anthony's first trilogy which has turned into a series of seven "trilogies" spanning 20 years. I keep returning the his books purely because they continue to fascinate me. This book features a Mundane family that gets dumped in Xanth due to a hurricane that jumps into Xanth when the "net" that controls Xanth's magic is corrupted. It deals with budding sexuality, and how what you see is NOT always what you get. It also has an underlying theme of how parental abuse affects decisions. The ending will touch the heart of the most hardened critic. If it doesn't, maybe you missed the point.
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I am a long-time fan of Anthony's Xanth series. I look back at the older novels with nostalgia, and I picked up Yon Ill Wind after a four-year Xanth hiatus. From the beginning, I was disgusted with how poor the writing itself was. Maybe this is because I'm an English major and a writer and too critical of modern novels, but somehow I didn't remember the old books as being so porly written. It is, however, a fun book, and I'm sure Xanth fans will not blink before picking it up. Non-fans stay away, I say. Far too much "telling" and many of the plot points are way too convenient for the characters(yes, it IS a magic land, but in novels that's just something you DON'T do!)
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