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Yon Ill Wind: A Xanth Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Piers Anthony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Oct. 15 1997 Xanth Novels (Book 20)
An All-New Xanth Adventure
First Paperback Edition!

A fickle flux in the fabric of space has allowed a horrendous hurricane to blast into Xanth, stirring up mischief and madness wherever she goes. Trapped in a preposterous form by a cosmic wager, the Demon X(A/N)th must join forces with a vexatious vixen named Chlorine to save Xanth from this terrifying and tempestuous threat.

Their companions on this haphazard quest are a hapless human family - Jim and Karen Baldwin and their two teenaged sons, David and Sean - gusted into Xanth from the mundane world beyond. Together they encounters a host of turbulent misadventures as they struggle to keep Xanth from being blown off the map forever.

A brisk and breezy adventure in the grand Xanth tradition, Yon Ill Wind is sure to bring gales of laughter and excitement to Piers Anthony's legion of loyal readers.

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From Publishers Weekly

Devotees of Xanth, Anthony's engaging fictional realm, will applaud his latest pun-filled entry in the series. Anthony incorporated about 150 suggestions from fans in Roc and a Hard Place (1995); he uses?and credits?another 100 here, including two major premises. A Mundane (human) family is blown to Xanth by a tropical storm that threatens the land's existence. To save Xanth and to win a cosmic wager, the Demon X(AN) must become Nimby, a mortal, ass-headed pink-and-green-striped dragon and wring an unlikely tear from the hard-hearted maiden Chlorine. Anthony relates each episode of this frothy adventure through a different character's eyes in order to reinforce a gentle lesson about gifts and responsibilities. Xanth, where everything is very literal and each being has its own one talent, can continue only if everyone from mightiest to humblest works together. This engaging excursion puts them all to charming use. Once again, Anthony's unflagging sparkle, verve and wordplay spin everyday trials of Mundane life into storytelling gold.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anthony returns to the magical world of Xanth, last glimpsed in Roc and a Hard Place (Tor, 1995) for another funny, pun-filled story. On a bet, the Demon of Xanth agrees to travel incognito and win the sympathy of an inferior mortal woman without revealing his identity. Along the way, a human family is transported to Xanth and helps save the world from being blown away by the ill wind. Written by the master of sly humor with a little help from his fans, this delightful romp through an alternate Florida of strange creatures with literal names and magical powers is highly recommended for fantasy collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, dissapointing ending April 2 2003
By Ian
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the earlier ones April 24 2002
By Anne B.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Yon Ill wind April 12 2002
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This book was an absolute masterpeice. It had a great plot, good characters, and just an all around good storyline. I have read every Xanth novel twice, and I think this is one of his better ones. The only drawback I think that this novel had was its seemingly unconcluded ending. I read the last sentence of the novel and I feel that the book was uncompleted. I have never known Peirs Anthony to end any of his novels that way. If it would have ended better I would have given it a 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all Xanth novels!! Feb. 4 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Yon ill Wind June 4 2001
By A Customer
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This is a great book! All Xanth readers will LOVE this book.... although it is very sad (it made me cry!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a better adventure than Harry Potter! May 27 2001
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Personaly, i belives that Peirs Anthony is oone of the highest-quality fantasy and sci-fi writers EVER! this is ne of his best books, and all and any Xanth readers, new comers, and old-timers, will absolutely adore this magical book, especially the tramautic ending!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yon Ill Wind Aug. 9 2000
By Tandy
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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!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written, but Still Fun March 13 2000
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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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