Centaur Aisle (Xanth, #4)
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Centaur Aisle (Xanth #4)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  12,809 ratings  ·  125 reviews
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...?
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published December 1981)
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Keely
The first Piers Anthony book I ever read.

At my middle school, there was a yearly book drive where everyone would bring in boxes of books from home and all the kids could go buy books for a dollar. I would always buy anything that had a dragon or a knight on the cover. That's how I got into Piers, Dragonlance, Eddings, and all that other Junior High stuff. Not to mention Conan.

I got this book there, and needless to say, as an eleven-year-old, Anthony was hilarious. Especially in these early books...more
Nicholas Armstrong
This was my favorite Xanth book by far. This book more than any other figured preeminently into altering who I was as a young man. Young love, sexual tension, heroism, principles and danger; it was really all I wanted after I read this book.

Even if I go back and discover these books weren't as good as I remember (highly likely considering the span of years that's passed), I gotta give credit to them for helping raise me in a sense. Senses of justice were pretty much instilled in me by these book...more
Joan
Jan 10, 2014 Joan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy and humor lovers
Another really fun adventure in Xanth. Dor is the second generation to be chronicled and this is his second adventure. King Trent is raising Dor in the palace to give him training in how to be a monarch. However, this got interrupted when King Trent went on a week's visit to Mundania and never came back. Dor and several companions including the king's daugher, Irene, set out to find the King and rescue him. The puns flow quickly in this romp. As does love. This isn't great literature I suppose,...more
Pbnray
i first discovered this series in high school for a book report... where i read demons dont dream. i found the book a couple years ago and was like hey i liked this book in high school ill read it again... and liked it again... after some research i found out it was the 16th book in a series of over 30 books... i was like... i will conquer this series... Piers Anthony's series is fun to read though not that memorable... the series does build on each book... so im excited to see where it'll go in...more
Julie Sondra Decker
Dor is entrusted with holding down the throne while Magician Trent is away in Mundania--land of no magic!--but when Trent doesn't return, he has to go find out why. However, he and his helpers have very little power to rescue anyone if they can't use their magical talents, and since magic doesn't work outside Xanth, they've got to find a way to get around it. Good thing the centaur Arnolde--whose magical talent is creating a magic aisle in places where there is no magic--is there to pave their w...more
Don LaFountaine
I must disclose that I really enjoy the Xanth series. I love relaxing with some brain candy during the weekend, simply enjoying the story. So I rated the book 4 stars, when if possible, I would have given it 3 1/2 stars.

This is the fourth book in the Xanth Series. Dor is now 16, and King Trent has him running the kingdom while he has gone to Mundania to try to meet with a country to establish a trading partner. It was supposed to last only a week. Then it becomes longer and longer, and King Tren...more
Ryk Stanton
I'm working my way through the Xanth series and finding it quite enjoyable. There's a bit of nostalgia – these were the gateway books that led me into a life of loving fantasy novels, and I still read them with quite a bit of fondness. Reading it as an old man and as a much more seasoned reader than I was when I first read these books as a teenager (that long ago? really?), I might under some circumstances be forced to critique these books as somewhat ham-handed and contrived – one of the reason...more
David Sarkies
Apr 30, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens who liked the Harry Potter Books
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: fantasy
A trip to Mundania to rescue a king
30 December 2011

One of the things that I noticed about the Xanth Series is that while they were written in a particular order, and while it is probably helpful to read them in order, it is probably not necessary to do so. Personally, even though the books do not directly follow on from each other, as do most trilogies or series, it is hinted that the books are following a vague time line. Obviously Centaur Aisle follows on after Castle Roogna, but not directly...more
John
This is the fourth book in the series and the second of Dor's adventures. With a group of friends (previous characters or children of previous characters) he sets off on a quest to find a danger threatening the land of Xanth.

The characters are interesting and the group works well together as a team. Every character is given something important to do, and each of them has an opportunity to demonstrate their own unique talents. I cannot recall any part of the book where a character might have bee...more
Noah
Centaur Isle
A good book

Centaur Isle
There is a land called Xanth where anything can happen. In Xanth everyone has magic powers. Some of the main characters are Dor, who can talk to the imamate; Irene, who can grow plants instantly; Grundy, the golem who can talk in any langue possible, and smash an ogre who has insane strength. The King of this land is king Trent. He is a very respected king. Then one day he goes missing. Dor, being second to the throne, decides to take his friends on a mission t...more
Swankivy
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J Austill
What makes this book great is the Xanth formula, as mentioned in my review of A Spell for Chamelon:

"As a general rule, Xanth novels are about a protagonist who doesn't really fit in and has no idea what their purpose in life is or what group they would fit in with. That is, they are a normal young adult. They decide to go on a Quest and over the course of said Quest they discover who they are, where they belong, and fall in love."

This is Dor's formula and we all came to love him in the previous...more
Tom

This is the fourth in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth and stars the heir apparent to the throne, Dor. Dor is left as king of Xanth after the current ruler, Magician Trent heads to Mundania on a diplomatic mission. Dor lacks the skills to properly rule Xanth and learns some hard lessons. When Trent doesn’t return as scheduled, Dor sets off with his friends Grundy, Chet the Centaur, Smash the Ogre, and the young woman Irene in search of Centaur Isle.

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Theresa
Even though I'm sure he isn't trying very hard, I love Piers's love stories. They are cute and endearing to me. I gobbled up every second of Dor and Irene. Especially the "opposite" part.

I also really like Smash's loyalty to Chet even those two couldn't be more different. And that loyalty made it even more sweet when became friends with Arnolde.

I wasn't a big fan of their first trip to Mundania, and a lot of the book reminded me of all the camping in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Don't t...more
William
Dor, now sixteen, is once again the main protagonist in this fourth installment.

Centaur Aisle is my favorite book of the Xanth series so far. Anthony’s witty humor is persistent throughout and not overdone. I caught myself laughing out loud several times.

In this volume Dor must work as a team with several others to attempt to rescue King Trent and Queen Iris trapped in Mundania. Several fascinating characters traveling with Dor each play critical roles. One traveling companion is Princess Irene...more
Luke Johnson
Seems like a more amateurish version of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, heavily targeted at the 14-year-old boy market. This is probably worth 2-1/2 stars, and the liberal and laudable use of puns pushes it to 3. It reads like an old video game or RPG, in which the characters overcome a series of unrelated obstacles in interesting ways in their journey toward their initial goal.
PJ Wetzel
Weaker than the first three installments of the Xanth series. In this one the troupe of travelers set out on a quest (as in all of the first 8 in the series - all the one's I've read so far), but this quest seems a little more disjointed and anemic. They have a long way to go, to the very southern tip of Xanth and then back beyond its NW borders. Maybe the problem is that it was more about the travel than about accomplishing the mission.
Mark Dewey
Piers Anthony is actually quite a good author, and I would read his stuff still if it weren't for such as the occasional harpy that he throws in there. I mean, you don't see them or anything and he doesn't describe them in detail, but they are still naked on top and I just don't feel right reading a book with that imagery anymore—not that I entirely did then, either.

I like Anthony's ability to conjure a sense of the magic of the story. There really is a lot in his books. It's maybe not the most...more
Lisa
Piers Anthony's Xanth series is a comedic take on the typical fantasy novel, set in a land roughly the size and shape of Florida, where magic is real and everything is more literal. This particular book follows Dor, the heir to the throne, and Irene, his future Queen, as they attempt to find the real king and queen in Mundania (also known as "the real world"). I won't bother with plot summary because I don't think it would be very informative. The book had some very clever moments (though some p...more
someparts army
In this 4th installment of the "Magic of Xanth" series, Anthony tells the story of how Dor, after being crowned regent, must locate and rescue King Trent of Xanth in his absence.

In my opinion, this is the worst book in the series so far. Anthony makes it ABUNDANTLY clear his stance on cultural taboos like nudity and sexuality, even more-so than in the rest of the series. More pages are spent on 16-year-old Dor and 15-year-old Irene's innuendo-filled romancing and groping than on the rather unsa...more
Melissa Varady
These books are great for a light read. I love the puns and the fast moving story line. The plot is cute, and I loved seeing where the story was heading. Sometimes it was predictable, but often it lead somewhere totally different than I thought it would. Although it was a bit sexist, I attribute that to the fact that it was written quite a long time ago.
Carole
It had been so long since I read this one, that I'd forgotten nearly everything, other than the barest outline. I really enjoyed how each person in the party was crucial to the success of the quest. The development of Dor and Irene's relationship was very nicely done.

As part of this book takes place in Mundania, and Mundania is a parallel to our own world, it makes me curious about how much of the history is based upon our own timeline. I wonder what I would find if I were to delve into the hist...more
David
Again, three stars because these books are a guilty pleasure and have no pretensions of social importance but truly 5 star FUN. The puns and the goofy magic are almost overwhelming in the early going to the point where I was thinking about bailing out altogether, but then the author quit fooling around and got down to telling the story of Dor's temporary Kingship of Xanth, his desperate search for the missing King Trent and Queen Iris and his growing involvement with King Trent's daughter. Dor i...more
Meghan
King Trent and Queen Iris go on a trip to Mundania, while leaving Magician Dor in charge. Dor and Irene go on a mission to find a centaur who is of magician caliber and may cause trouble. Then their group with the magician Centaur rescue King Trent and Iris from a rival King. I loved this book because of all the word puns. Dor, Bink's son messes up an essay for Cherie the Centaur his teacher by using a spelling bee. The bee doesn't know homonyms, so bean, could be been. Dor and Irene (King Trent...more
Kaethe
Fun, frothy, pun-filled. Anthony has his quirks and flaws, but they're still amusing little books.
Mohammad Ali Abedi
This series has like 31 books so far, and still going strong. I lasted until Book 5, but eventually, I lost interest. The book is set in a city called Xanth, which we eventually learn is set in our world, but due to magic, non-Xantanians can't see it. We mostly interact with the characters in Xanth, and the book is written in a silly and fun style. Everything is basically a play on words. Like, Spelling Bees in Xanth actually spell words.

Childish and does get boring after a couple of books, but...more
Sarra
I'm not quite sure why I'm punishing myself by rereading the Xanth books. I remember that I liked them the first time I read them, eons ago, when I was young and foolish. Now my tastes have changed and I realize that each and every one of them is basically the same book. A party of adventurers sets out to save the magical land of Xanth from certain doom, many puns and much sexual innuendo later, they succeed and live happily ever after. This is number four in the series, and I think I'm cured of...more
Paul
7/10
Typical of the Xanth series. Fun, wholesome fantasy.
Natalie
Centaur Aisle is about how Dor goes on a quest to save King Trent from Mundania, which is where he went to discuss a trade route. When king Trent goes to Mundania, he says he is only going for a few days, but he goes missing and is gone for about two weeks. Now, Dor must travel to Centaur Aisle to find out how to find him.

This is one of my favorite books. My favorite part was when the Centaur realized that he had a magical ability, so he fled to a Mundanian island to think as he always does an...more
Kirsti
The fourth installment of Xanth sees Dor and Irene (Trent and Iris' daughter) forced to make a trip into drear Mundania, as well as exploring new areas of Xanth, such as Centaur Isle. As I've said before, I really love Dor's talent, and Irene has a pretty nifty talent too, making any plant grow and mature in her presence. Together they must rescue Trent and Iris, and maybe grow up a little in the process. I love all the characters in this one, and the story is fun and interesting. Need I say it...more
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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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