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A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
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Awesome read, and so much fun!

I loved the main characters; they were all so quirky in their own ways, intelligent and straightforward without being whiny and know-it-all. Bink made a great lead; for once, a fantasy hero who isn't invincible OR a whiny, angsty loser! He's tall, young and good-looking, but he's also flawed. He has issues with them, but then he faces them head-on and deals with them with minimal fuss. Same goes for Trent and Chameleon, and the three make an extremely likeable trio who is sensible and refeshingly laidback. Brilliant.

The whole world of Xanth and the idea of it existing somewhere in the "real world" is not exactly revolutionary, but Piers Anthony manages to make it feel new and interesting. I found the concept of everyone having one particular magic a rather fascinating concept, in fact. Bink's one is pretty complex, and so is Chameleon's, although hers is easy to guess after a while. Anthony's light sense of humour that pervades the book made it a fun read and perfect for fans of light fantasy, although loyal readers of epic fantasy might find the world-building aspect of Xanth very much lacking. If you're sick of fantasy series which incorporates heavy loads of violence, angst and character angst, then try this. You'll definitely like it.
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