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Isle of View (Xanth #13)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  8,208 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Loveworn Love LostPerplexed Prince Dolph, Xanth's precocious shapeshifter, should be in love but isn't. Nonetheless, he must chose between two fiancEes -- Nada the uninterested and Electra the uninteresting -- or all three of them will suffer the most dire consequences. Luckily a convenient catastrophe has popped up to distract Dolph form his dilemma -- the foal-na
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1990)
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David Sarkies
Feb 14, 2015 David Sarkies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The last Xanth book that I read
30 December 2011

Well, I am finally at the end of all of the Xanth novels that I have read. I really do not know why I went through them all and wrote a comment on them, but I guess it is something that I felt that I had to do. I guess I really did persist through these novels, but then at the time that I was reading them, I was enjoying them, however I stopped here, for numerous reasons. I guess one of the main reasons is that I temporarily moved away from reading
Cathleen Ash
I read through 17 of the Xanth series over a short period of time, years ago, and remember this as my favorite! In re-reading it, I picked up right where I left off - in love with Piers Anthony's style of writing! The puns, plot twists and cohesiveness are exhilerating. Let's just say that the Isle is a 'place' where a Prince can't say: I love you! (or pick the 'right' girl to marry). In between this underlying dilemma, this 13th of the series adds goblins, a Centaur, and magical Elf girl (Jenny ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 22, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Xanth novels are a quick, fun and funny read. Great starter books for young fantasy readers. There is a ton of them and you can pick up any of them and start. Very recommended
Nov 24, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xanth
Some of the Xanth series are fantastic! This is not one of them.
Dec 26, 2016 Jenniffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I giggled when I read about Jenny Elf. I'm a huge fan of Elfquest so it was great to have this cute crossover.
Briane Pagel
So much of life is random chance.

In Isle Of View, a character is introduced to Xanth: Jenny the Elf. She's one of the "Elfquest" elves who winds up in Xanth through a hole in the... something... that quickly gets plugged after two monsters briefly come through.

In the author's note, Piers Anthony explains that "Jenny The Elf" is based on Jenny Gildwarg, who in the late 80s was hit by a drunk driver and ended up in a coma when she was about 12. Her parents thought it might help if she got a note
Apr 22, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Obviously the title is yet another pun. Prince Dolph is dealing with figuring out which of two girls betrothed to him is going to actually be his wife. (Guess polygamy isn't allowed in Xanth. A pity.)

I think this book was where I started to lose interest in this series. I wasn't a huge fan in the first place; I thought they were basically readable, and wanted to know all the details because my best friend loved them and we had little jokes that referenced the series, but Piers Anthony started sa
Don LaFountaine
Feb 26, 2015 Don LaFountaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book thirteen of the Xanth series find Che, the foal of Chex & Cheiron kidnapped by goblins. Getting help, search parties scour Xanth to find the youngster. Dolph is one party, Nada and Electra are another, and an ogre is another. Heading back to where he was taken, Chex runs into Jenny Elf and her cat Sammy. These two stumbled into Xanth from the World of Two Moons because Sammy was trying to find a feather. He can find anything, except for home, and leads Jenny to Che. While trying to resc ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book a few years ago, I laughed at the title. My boyfriend asked me what was so funny, read the title and stared blankly at it. I read it aloud. Nothing. Ah, the ultimate proof some love puns, and some just don't get it!

Time is running out for Electra, as she must marry Dolph before her birthday or die. However, Dolph doesn't want to marry her, he's sure he loves only Nada. Before a wedding can occur however, Che the flying centaur foal has been foalnapped, and all of Xant
Jun 23, 2008 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Xanth series, and of humorous fantasy in general
Shelves: fantasy
Man from Mundania, the twelfth Xanth volume, intervenes between this one and The Heaven Cent, which I reviewed here earlier this year; but Barb and I couldn't wait to read this one, since it provides the solution to Dolph's problem of two Betrothees. And solve it Anthony does, in his own perfect fashion, with everybody happy (this is, after all, Xanth :-) ) and some personal growth that comes from making a decision to do the right thing. Others besides Dolph, too, will be faced with ethical dile ...more
Julie Decker
The winged centaur Che has been kidnapped by the goblins! In a quest to get him back, Che's parents, Dolph, and Jenny Elf (a newbie to Xanth from another world) give chase, but it turns out the goblins want Che for a pretty important reason. That said, you can't just steal a sentient creature and not expect there to be consequences. In the middle of all this, Dolph is still struggling to choose a wife. How will it all tie together?

Anthony gave a shout-out to a big fan of his by making her a char
I read at least five books in the Xanth series after "Isle of View", but I believe this may be the last one that I really enjoyed. Sure, there's all the usual silliness, plus a guest star from ElfQuest that appears completely out of left field (but that was for a good cause), and yes Piers Anthony ticked me the HECK off when he thanked a reader for sending in the answer to Dolph's dilemma after he'd "already written it the wrong way". (Gah, reader submissions. Don't get me started.) But in all t ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Izlinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the third Xanth book I borrowed from Matt (nobody bought them at the garage sale :P) and I was interested in it because I knew the dilemma of Dolph's betrothal would be resolved. I have to say, interesting solution...

Of course, a majority of the book concerns the quest to rescue Che, the flying centaur foal and the random appearance of Jenny Elf. I do like the parallels of the situation, and how some species in the series are maturing/changing, just like the centaurs (kind of) die near t
Jul 13, 2011 Carole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remembered that I had read this, but virtually notng about it. I suspect that may be the case for moat of the rest that I've read before, from here on out because these next few I've only read once or twice before and it was when they were first published. In other words, it was when I was a sleep-deprived mother of infants and toddlers in the nineties. I can't even remember exactly which one was the last I read, so that will be a surprise, too.

This is the book where Prince Dolph must make the
Rachael Wiggins
Oh, Piers Anthony. I found this one in a box of random books I'd picked up, delighted to find an author I recognized. Imagine my surprise when I realized this was one of the books I'd read in my youth, when I understood words better than content more often than not. If you're looking for an in-depth fantasy world that changes your life, this is not it. Not to say that Xanth isn't fleshed out - it is just pure light-hearted fun.
I'm an escapist, and I love the Xanth novels because I don't have to
Jan 04, 2015 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this book, Anthony continues to inject a more grown-up feel into the world of Xanth. The main premise is the kidnapping of the centaur Che by goblins and the efforts of his friends to find him and work out a deal for his release. Throughout this story, the characters also deal with critical relationships with each other, one in particular being a matter of life or death. The reader will also notice Anthony's continued foray into sexuality, human and fantasy creature alike. The writing conta ...more
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 Ward Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LovelornLoveworn Love LostPerplexed Prince Dolph, Xanth's precocious shapeshifter, should be in love but isn't. Nonetheless, he must chose between two fiancées -- Nada the uninterested and Electra the uninteresting -- or all three of them will suffer the most dire consequences. Luckily a convenient catastrophe has popped up to distract Dolph form his dilemma -- the foal-napping of young Che Centaur by goblins. And the only one who knows where Che is is a nice but remarkably naive elflike
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
May 17, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Piers Anthony
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Isle of View, or I LOVE YOU in punnish Xanthese is the name of Piers' thirteenth Xanthish offering. We all should have this guys problem, two many options! Positively perplexed Prince Dolph, Xanth's precocious shapeshifter, should be in love but isn't. So, he must make a decision to choose between two fiancées, Nada and Electra, or the three of them will suffer heinous consequences. A horse napped foal provides a welcome convenient catastrophe to distract Dolph from his dilemma.
Remember, never b
A decent romp through Xanth, even if I knew that Che was never in any real trouble. The worst part of the book is Jenny Elf, probably the very first Mary Sue to ever make it in fiction. Not only is she an elf from another place (in this case, a comic books series), but she has the magic ability to solve all the problems the plot dictates.

Look, I like Xanth novels for 2 reasons: the puns and the quest and sometimes even the plot. This book has the quest and the puns, but it's very thin on plot.
Sep 22, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
I really should have loved a book about winged centaurs more. Don't get me wrong, I loved it but I found myself thinking,"get on with it!"
a little too much. I wish the book had more Dolph, Electra, and Nalda and less goblins. I also didn't like the thesaurus demon.

The ending made up for the books slow parts though, I really enjoyed watching Dolph truly see Electra. And my heart swelled for Electra as she spent her wedding night, it was sweet and romantic. I never expected such a sweetly romantic
J Austill
As I mentioned in my review of Heaven Cent, this book doesn't really stand alone but rather is a conclusion of the events (well some of them) of that book. As such, it feels like that one had all the action and this is just a 300+ page epilogue.

Even though I read this at the age of 11, I found the sex scene to be way too tame. It felt like the 'adult' parts of the book were purposefully edited so that I could read it, at a time when I really, really wanted to be one of the adults.

Damn the Conspi
Debra Meyer
Sep 02, 2013 Debra Meyer rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read the note at the end of the book you lost a valuable lesson about the author, and he rose up to one of my top sci fi authors for that little piece. Of course I also have to blame him for bringing another set of books I am going to have to figure out how to get my hands on *sigh* and since his note was written in 1989, thats going to be fun :/
Kylara Jensen
This is actually one of my favorite of the newer Xanth books. And by new I mean the new "trilogy." He really started going in a little different direction after the first 9 books and these nine books have a more continuous plot line, which I enjoy. I like this book because the whole Nada vs. Electra thing is finally resolved
Jan 11, 2013 Doe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Xanth books were a hoot the first time through (many years ago). I attempted to reread them again recently, but they don't work for me now. It's probably not a maturity thing, because I still think Gilligan is funny! Hmmm. If you haven't read them yet, go for it. If you've read them once, remember them fondly.
Michel McDonald
Dec 17, 2013 Michel McDonald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xanth
I really loved reading this book, but the note at the end about the real Jenny really put it all together for me. I love all the Xanth books for their uniqueness, but now I am more in love than ever before.
Oct 04, 2007 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Xanth fans
I love you? no.. Isle of View!
One that is average on the enjoyable rating when it comes to Xanth. but a quick and good read. so, if you ever do read the series, be sure to read this one also. At least, read the first three before you read others. yeah.
Stephen Herfst
I remember this one ... I didn't get the pun relating to the title until it actually happened (I am slow). I think this one was a little sappy and didn't quite have the rambunctious ending I usually get from one of his books. No gold coin for you.
Jun 08, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think my favorite part was the author's note at the end explaining who Jenny was named for. Stupid drunk drivers! And that's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I did.
Jun 19, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be my favorite Xanth novel. A really good example of how to solve difficult political situations.
Jan 09, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I've read this one before, but oddly, remembered nothing about it, so was lovely to read it again, and thoroughly enjoyed it, definitely one of my favourite of the Xanth novels!!
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Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six. After graduating with a B.A. from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full-time.

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