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Castle Roogna (Xanth #3)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  20,930 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
Dor, the young magician, travels back in time to find an elixir which would prove his right to rule Xanth in the future.
Published (first published January 1st 1979)
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David
Nov 03, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books continue to be air headed fun. Three stars because they lack anything that resembles social importance, but Five Stars for fun. I love the fact that Anthony seems to share Heinlein's attitudes toward sex and nudity but with an underlying sense of moral responsibility.
Bink, the hero of the first two books, was forever being tempted but turned away to remain true to his fiancé in book one. When that fiancé turned from him, Bink fell in love with and finally married the mysterious Camel
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Carolynn
Aug 30, 2014 Carolynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites in the series! I love how Dor tells Irene it's okay to be a women and that nothing is wrong it it. I Iove how many male characters recognize the neo sorcerous' power as fully Magician status while others won't. While this book does have some sexist characters it's not sexist, it's just funny. On to the 4th installment! Loving this silly trope on fantasy literature.
Angel
Oct 01, 2013 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Xanth is what inspired me to read as a young adult, and continues to deliver the same with ever new book! I love em all.
Liz
Nov 30, 2013 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I lied. I haven't finished this book. I'm not even halfway through. But there are far too many brilliantly written life-changing novels out there for me to continue to waste time on Piers Anthony's fantastical drivel.

It's not unexpected. Books that are loved in childhood rarely stand up the second time around. There are a few exceptions, Harry Potter being one that springs to mind. But with the Xanth series it has just got the point where I cannot justify carrying on, and also I'm not masochist
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J Austill
Aug 07, 2012 J Austill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Xanth books. It is the first to have Dor as the protagonist.

One of the major appeals of this novel has always been the age of the protagonist. I first read it when I was 11 (the second time at 13), so Dor was easy to relate to.

The story is this:

Dor has just reached the age where he does not need a nanny anymore and yet he cares deeply about his nanny and wants to do something nice for her. As she is a Ghost, he decides that the best thing to do would be to bring her b
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Chan
Jan 05, 2015 Chan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Binks son Dor is sent on a mission to find an elixir for Millie the Ghost. He has to go back in time, 800 years, to do this. His adventure starts by going through a tapestry, and finding himself in a barbarians body. He teams up with a huge spider by the name of Jumper. The elixir he is to find will bring Jonathan the Zombie, back to life, for Millie the Ghost. In all this is a fun story, and Dor's magic talent of making inanimate objects talk brings a lot of humor to this book.
Megan
Dec 15, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to miss Bink's misadventures, but Dor's are definitely at least as good. Like father, like son.
Meli
Jun 08, 2013 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.

As it was ending. xD

The adventure lagged a lot due to heavy detail, but it makes sense. Considering that Xanth is based on a certain peninsula (Florida, I think?), yeaaaah. I do think that the world building was interesting, as always. I love how the writer wrote about Xanth as it was 800-ish years before Dor's time. It was enjoyable reading about evolution and how it easily explains the change of the land and its species under the influence of magic. :B Well, that's something I love ab
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Marta
Aug 07, 2011 Marta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, just-bad
So, the third book of the Xanth series (so far) I've liked the best. The plot line was interesting, the characters likable (I rather dislike Bink of the first two books). Most appealing of the character list to me seemed Jumper the Spider of unusual proportions.

I do have problems at times with the way the author illustrates women in his world of Xanth. Millie the Ghost was annoying in her role of parody damsel in distress. (but noes, Xanth is not sexist at all)

Also, I'm unsure about the target a
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Mary Davis
Apr 27, 2012 Mary Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Shelves: books-read-2012
B&N Synopsis:

Millie, a ghost for 800 years wants only one man--Jonathan, and he's a zombie. To prove himself, Magician Dor volunteers to get the potion that can restore Jonathan to full life. But he has to go back through time to do it, to a peril-haunted, ancient Xanth, where danger lurks at every turn....

OK, let me just say, I am terrified of spiders. And what lurks on the cover of this one? A GIANT spider! It's amazing that I read this one - but I did when I was a teen - and I am so glad
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Don LaFountaine
Jun 08, 2014 Don LaFountaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of the Xanth series takes place 12 years after book 2. Dor, Bink and Chameleon's child, is twelve years old, with a Magician level talent that makes others uncomfortable. In addition to that, he is now starting to notice the physical features of the female sex, specifically Millie, the former ghost brought back to life. As Millie is now Dor's nanny, he is closer to her than others, and is thereby more effected by her magical talent.

So, to help him learn about life, as well as prepare him
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Anastacia
So this was another of my favorites as a kid. I just loved the fact that the Castle had, in its own way, a personality and mind of its own. Dor is kind of a brat in the beginning of the book, but turns out to be a likable kid, and the other characters are a lot of fun. There's Anthony's usual amount of smut-treating women as objects/inferior creatures - but not as much as in most of his books, by a long short.

It definitely wasn't as enjoyable as when I was in the forth grade, let me tell you I l
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Natalie
Castle Roogna is about a boy named Dor(who is the child of Bink)and how he goes on a quest to see the Zombie Master so he can get a restorative potion to restore Millie the former ghost's love Johnathan. However the Zombie Master lived eight centuries ago. So now Dor must go back in time, to the fourth wave when the king was King Roogna. On his quest he encounters many thing that are not in his time such as a wool plant(a sheep which is a plant)which is extinct.

My favorite part is when he inco
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Siobhan
Sep 08, 2014 Siobhan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I approached this series seemingly secure in the knowledge that so many people in my high school class adored it - mostly the males. Now I know why. I also have some insight into why the vast majority of those males treated females like trash.

What sad, misogynistic shit these books are. I forced my way through the first three and that's as far as I'm willing to go. I wouldn't recommend these books to anyone and I deeply regret suggesting them as possible reading for my son. I'll be correcting th
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Erikas Cicenas
Feb 07, 2014 Erikas Cicenas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was just awesome
Shay
Apr 29, 2014 Shay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dor is an IDIOT! I had predicted who Jonathon was by page 158! It was confirmed for me by 173. I remember being so frustrated with the dramatic irony that it made this book all the better!
Ben Twoonezero
Feb 25, 2015 Ben Twoonezero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, clever, imaginative and touching. One of his best.
Kristen
Nov 18, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites. Who can resist a giant heroic spider!
Jenniffer
May 19, 2014 Jenniffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the last book! I'm enjoying re-reading the series.
Quadragon27
This is the third book of the Xanth series and in some ways might be the best book so far. Anthony introduces a new main character, Dor, Bink's son, who provides a new perspective to the zany land. The story also takes place in the past and involves characters who will be important later. Time travel is always kind of fun, as it gives the author an opportunity to explain certain aspects of his world, and Anthony definitely takes advantage. Pretty solid overall with that hint of Xanth hilarity in ...more
Eric
May 17, 2017 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Awesome. Fantastic how it all fits together.
Bill Meehan
Jan 18, 2017 Bill Meehan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Fun and entertaining.
Cheryl Viner
Mar 15, 2017 Cheryl Viner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This id the first book I have read that the zombies are helpful and not trying to eat people. If you love puns, This is the series for you.
Athimar
Dec 23, 2016 Athimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just finished a re-read of the third Xanth novel, I must admit that I was thoroughly entertained by it. It is the first of two novels featuring Dor, the son of Bink, the protagonist of the prior two stories. With his power - the ability to speak with the inanimate - Dor is destined to become the next ruler of Xanth. While his parents are in Mundania on the King's business, King Trent decides to test the twelve year old Dor by assigning to him a daring quest - to restore to life the zombie ...more
David Sarkies
Dec 30, 2011 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens who liked the Harry Potter Books
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: fantasy
Time to send the kid into the past
30 December 2011

This is the third of the Xanth series. Now, I was not inclinded to write any more regarding the books in this series because, to be honest with you, there is probably not much more to write beyond the basic plot of the story, however I felt that maybe I should put at least a little comment into the review part of this book, despite the fact that there really isn't all that much to review.
Probably the reason why I ended up reading a lot of the X
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Swankivy
Apr 22, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the few things I really liked about Xanth was that time moved forward. There are lots of fantasy series in which time goes so slowly that it seems like no one ever gets older. But in this book, the protagonist is Dor--the son of the protagonist from the previous two books in the series. And he's old enough to think and act and do stuff. Of course, he has a Magician-strength talent: inanimate objects communicate with him. Which can be very useful.

The portrayal of women continues to get on
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Enikő
Nov 09, 2014 Enikő rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite some of its drawbacks, I really did enjoy this book. I found it to be very imaginative and well written. Piers Anthony is a big name in his genre, but this is the first of his books that I have read. I was pleasantly surprised the minute I started reading. There is not a word lost, not a mundane detail in this book. (Apart from the Mundanes, of course!) I really appreciated all the puns and humour. This story was original and thoroughly entertaining. However, I do have two bones to pick ...more
Tom
Sep 01, 2012 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This is the third in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth and stars the son of the protagonist from the first two novels, Dor

Dor is the heir apparent to the throne of Xanth and as educational tool the current king, Magician Trent sends Dor back in time 800 years to find the ancient and mysterious Zombie Master. While Dor is in reality a young boy he inhabits the body of a full-grown man during this quest and it presents an opportunity for Anthony to show

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Steve Kunitzer
A pleasant, easy to read, juvenile Xanth book by Pies Anthony. Not your average coming of age story since the main character starts as a young boy, becomes a young man through a magical, historical transformation for a knowledge and item quest, and returns back to the present day to his young boy form. As usual, the puns and play on words are plentiful and woven into the story. There are a lot of books in this series and I don't think I could read more than a couple back-to-back.

Summary [not nec
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Caitlyn Jane
Jun 20, 2016 Caitlyn Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll open this review with a quote relevant to the Xanth novel series; "All things make sense; you just have to fathom how they make sense." -Piers Anthony

What an absolutely INCREDIBLE author Piers Anthony is. The imagination, witty puns and hilarious characters are exactly what I look for in fantasy. Such a classic approach to the elves, griffins & goblins type of fantasy, Anthony twists in puns galore along with sharp-tongued, quick thinking characters to create the most loveable stories f
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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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