Source of Magic (Xanth #2)
This is the second in a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony set in the mythical world of Xanth and stars the protagonist from the first novel, Bink
The story begins with Bink on his way to a masquerade ball hosted by Iris who is the wife of the newly appointed king of Xanth, Magician Trent.
Bink has several attempts made on his life and eventually it is decided, as a way to safeguard him, that he will travel the lands hoping to find the mythical Source of Magic.
Bink is accompanied by his fri...more
The first part was okey.
Actually found some things funny.
The story started to drag, Bink started to be annoying again, the comments about women too hard to ignore.
And here comes the peak of whole suspension and fallout, the find of the source of magic. What does Bink do? Against better judgement, against advice of smarter...more
First off, I think that it could have been so much shorter. It takes so much time, trying to sound more important than it really is, that it just sucks pages into bizarre explanations.
Secondly, I can only take so much of reading about nymph's pert little butts, their supple arms, and how female they are. And pretty much th...more
Aside from this, however, the book itself is much like its predecessor i...more
Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth's magic, Bink and his companions were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. When even their protector turned against them, Blink still managed to reach his goal and carry out the King's orders...but the king did not expect Blink's next act--to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth!
The adventure in Xanth is off to another great start. Bink, in this one, is a little more obnoxious about morals and I wanted to sma...more
I really loved The Source of Magic. It is my favorite book. My favorite part was when they were in the hedge maze and he almost ran into Chester who was dressed up as a p...more
short plot description: set one year after the events of the first book we meet Bink again. His wife Chameleon is expectiong their first child and giving him a hard time and unknown enemy tries to harm him. So he gladly accepts the order from King Trent to go find the source of Magic of the land Xanth, accompanied by the centaur Chester and the soldier-turned-Griffin Crombie.....
my thoughts: again quite funny and a good read but I found some tongue-in-cheek jokes get...more
"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 the book that breaks that general rule, and that is likely it's biggest weakness.
Bink, the protagonis...more
Bink is joined by other characters from the first novel, Chester, Humphrey and Crombie as he leads them on a difficult adventure into the unknown regions of Xanth.
Once again, Piers Anthony spri...more
So my reaction to this book is the same as my reaction to the re-read of A Spell for Chameleon. Too much sexual innuendo for kids. Too much "theory" for kids. Not serious enough for adults. Not funny enough for adults. Every woman is defined by her looks and made to be either a sexual object or basically "not a woman".
So again I ask who are these books written for? If I at age 41...more
This story did well to fort...more
Bink, a Magician class Talent in a society where everyone has magic, is searching for the sourch of magic in the land of Xanth. He is escorted by two of his friends through the dangers and perils of a magical, but not at all friendly w...more
It's not as well-written as the first book in the series either, but it's not as bad as some would have you believe. And the sexist attitudes are certainly prevalent everywhere, but perhaps they are intended to be part of the humor.
To me, this novel was Pier Anthony's attempt at worldbuilding. While not necessarily lacking...more
I couldn't ignore the commentary on women because it never stops, ever. I don't know if Piers Anthony was bitter but that makes it not worth reading for me.
Also, the continuous lusting descriptions of the centaurs ass. No one needs to read from the inner mind of a man who seems to think a horse's hind end is the most beautiful thing he sees.
I remember being disappointed (and confused) by the ending, but I was a kid. Maybe it makes more sense now, or maybe it is still stupid. I'll get around to reading it again and decide.
I did much like the addition of the good magician to the story and adventure. He added a flair that I needed.
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more