Centaur Aisle (Xanth #4)
From the Paperback edition.
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
But Arnolde isn't the protagonist. Magician Dor is, once again. He's babysitting the throne while King Trent is off in Mundania, land of no magic, but something goes wrong and Trent doesn't return,...more
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.
King Trent decides to go on a journey, and puts Dor in...more
A good book
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
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
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
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
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 bo...more
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
Sadly, the humor is lacking, the characters are atomically thin, the excessive sexual references are off-putting, and there's way, way too much telling rather than showing. You know the stuff: "He was upset," rather than, "tears rolled down his face."
I don't think I'll be revisiting anymore childhood favorites by Piers Anthony.
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
Other than that, the story was fun and the characters interacted very well.
Tons of puns, as always.
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
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
Piers is a self-proclaimed environm...more