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The Source of Magic

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See 14
1 - Closet Skeleton
2 - Treasure Hunt
3 - Nickelpede Chase
4 - Magician's Castle
5 - Golem Heights
6 - Magic Dust
7 - Deadly Distaffs
8 - Mad Constellations
9 - Vortex Fiends
10 - Precious Nymph
11 - Brain Coral
12 - Demon Xanth
13 - Magic Loss
14 - Paradox Wish
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Copyright © 1979 by Piers Anthony
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The magic-sniffer ambled toward Bink, its long limber snout snuffling industriously.
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Bink turned toward the door of the cottage, ready to join his family,
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Added: 29-Dec-2002
Last Updated: 26-Feb-2023


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As the ruler of a country steeped in enchantment, King Trent was naturally curious about the source of its magic.  It made sense to order Bink, the only one of his subjects immune to supernatural harm, to undertake a quest to discover the wellspring of Xanth's uniqueness.

From the beginning, Bink and his companions, Chester the centaur and Crombie, the soldier transformed into a griffin, were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them.  Even the power of the Good Magician Humphrey, together with Bink's protective talent, scarcely saved their lives.

Then when Humphrey and Crombie turned against him, all seemed lost.  But Bink's ingenuity and luck prevailed, and he reached his goal.  The King's orders had been carried out...

But the King had not expected Bink's next act - to destroy utterly tha magic of Xanth!
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First Edition: February 1979
Fifth Printing: May 1980
First Canadian Printing: March 1979
Second Canadian Printing: April 1979

I got the first three books of the Magic of Xanth (it was a trilogy then) when I first joined the Science Fiction Book Club when I was in Junior High.  I remember reading them during two-a-days in junior high football.



 Piers Anthony
Birth: 06 Aug 1934 Oxford, England


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