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Centaur Aisle Mass Market Paperback – Sep 12 1987

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Sept. 12 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345352467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345352460
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Piers Anthony [Xanth] -- Piers Anthony redefined the fantasy series when he launched his Xanth books--they're(quite simply) pun for the whole family!

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor

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Dor agreed to act as King of Xanth so long as Trent was gone for a week. But the weeks passed and Trent did not return. Dor knew he had to rescue his king but with no magic powers, how could it be done...?

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book 4 of the Magic of Xanth
Prince Dor is 16 years old and is struggling with his continuing education. King Trent wants Dor to gain experience in governing, so when the time comes that Trent must make a diplomatic trip to Mundania, he leaves Dor in charge for the week. Dor does well enough for that first week, but when King Trent and Queen Iris do not return, there is cause for concern. Dor wants to go directly to Mundania to find Trent, but the Council forbids it. They do, however, agree to let Dor and some friends (Princess Irene, Grundy the Golem, Chet the Centaur and Smash the Ogre) travel to the south of Xanth to learn about the new Magician that recently appeared.
The first part of the book is the adventure through Xanth down to Centaur Isle. I found this first half to be the least interesting part of the book. It didn't appear to be much different that similar sections in the first three books, plus there didn't seem to be much progress. It just seemed juvenile (even more so than usual). Even though Dor is twice as old as he was in Castle Roogna, he acts the same.
Upon arrival at Centaur Isle, this book got interesting and I cared more about the story. Aspects of centaur society were introduced and fleshed out, and the identity of the new Magician was revealed. This also set up the trip to Mundania to rescue King Trent (if nobody saw that coming, I'll be very surprised). Even though I found the first half of the book to be uninteresting, the quality of the second half more than makes up for it. While I don't believe this is one of the best books of the series, it is redeemed by the ending of the novel. Centaur Aisle is not great, and barely passes for good, but it is a decent read in the Xanth series.
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People often say that the first three books of the Xanth series are the best, but I think the series topped at book number four. Centaur Aisle is Xanth in its finest hour: full of puns (but not TOO many), a lively group of magical youths as the heroes, a clever and thoughtful plot - and all topped off with an adventure of awesome scale.
Dor is sixteen and is like any other teenager: he hates studying, is annoyed by the "palace brat" Irene, and worries about becoming a competent and honorable adult. The only difference between him and that kid down your street is that he can talk to your chair as if it were a regular person, and he's posed to become the next King of Xanth, a land of magic. However, when the rightful king disappears in the dreary land of Mundania (*gasp* they have NO magic!), Dor is forced to take responsibility before he's ready and set out on a rescue mission with his group of friends.
This is Xanth after Mr. Anthony has stretched his legs, and before he started overdoing it. The plot actually IS a plot, and it's smart. Readers get to read about new aspects of Xanth's magic, but none of it is too ridiculous or lame as to be laughable, as is the case far too often with the newer Xanth novels. My favorite parts of the book, however, was the depth of emotion that Anthony carefully tried to lay down on the pages.
Xanth is a fantasy series, and accordingly, the emotions presented in most of its stories are either light and shallow, or too far removed from reality to actually make you feel like you could relate to the character. But this novel managed to move away from that symptom - at least even temporarily in parts - and depicted scenes with genuine human reactions.
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By A Customer on Oct. 26 2001
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Piers Anthony's Xanth series now stretches to twenty-something books, so it's sometimes comforting to take a retrospective look back at the beginnings of Xanth history.
"Centaur Aisle" is number 4 in the series. Prince Dor, the heir to the throne, has been left in charge of the realm while the King and Queen are away on a trade mission in boring Mundania (the real world, to those of us outside Xanth). At 16, he feels somewhat dubiously equipped to carry out the responsibilities of a King, and the rather voluptuous distractions provided by the King's daughter, Princess Irene, aren't really helping. But when the King and Queen mysteriously disappear, Dor must summon all his kingly courage and venture into Mundania to rescue them. All he has to help him are a party of trusty companions (including the princess), an obscure clue from the Good Magician, and his awful spelling ability...
The Xanth series is best characterised as comic light fantasy. Don't expect high sorcery and magical battles of epic proportions; there are dragons, though! Neither is it comic fantasy in the style of Terry Pratchett: there are very occasional moments of black humour, and some adults-only references, but in the main, Xanth is simple satire-free fun.
Possibly unique in the fantasy genre is the sheer proliferation of puns which infest Xanth in countless numbers. You love them, hate them or ignore them- you can't escape them. They seem to have multiplied horribly in recent Xanth episodes, leading to entire sequences which are nothing more than one bad pun after another, with no contribution to the story at all. "Centaur Aisle", thankfully, maintains a reasonable balance.
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