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Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn

(Xanth #8)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  12,735 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Jordan was a ghost in Castle Roogna now. Although once he had been the most valorus of knights--that is, until he was betrayed by two wily magicians and the woman he loves. Now, if he only can remember how he was killed, he'll be able to reassemble his body. And he is getting impatient.... ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published December 12th 1984)
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J Austill
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is likely the best of the Xanth novels, in my opinion, as it spends the most time in that position. Though, depending on day, I've been known to favour A Spell for Chameleon.

A lot of series are difficult to decide a reading order for. That isn't true of Xanth as the published order IS the chronological order. That couldn't be more apparent with Crewel Lye.

This book answers a question which many readers posed after reading Book 3, Castle Roogna. In that book, the plot centers around Do
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: jla-vs-jsa
If you know Piers Anthony, this is nothing new, nothing ground breaking. But it is a nice easy, funny read.
Apr 15, 2018 added it
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn in another Xanth book by Piers Anthony. In it a young girl named Ivy helps one of the ghosts haunting her castle to clean up the magic tapestry that shows the history of the world. This helps the ghost, Jordan the Barbarian, remember his own story, and the book is primarily the retelling of his adventure. I just recently finished reading the novel that comes before this one, Dragon on a Pedestal, and I quite enjoyed that one. This book has an interesting premise, but I ...more
This was another fun Xanth story. This time the focus is on Jordan the Ghost. This isn't one of his best but still plenty of fun. ...more
M.J. Lau
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps my favorite Xanth book -- funny, clever, and suspenseful!
Kenny Mitchell
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A happy ending to a cruel lie.

One of my favs!! Still puts a smile on my face after all these years! Highly recommend! You won't be disappointed!
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Crewel Lye is the eighth book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. Jordan had once been a valiant knight- but now wanders the castle Roogna in his ghost form. He suffered a serious blow when he was betrayed in the worst possible way. Now he just needs to remember exactly what happened, if he's got any chance of figuring things out.
The Xanth Series is quite a really long series that has spanned many decades. I remember reading the first few books back in the very early 1980’s and was tota
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm happy to report that Crewel Lye is much improved over the previous book in the series, Dragon on a Pedestal. It is, once again, loaded with pun after pun, but given the influence of his editors - as is evident from the author's notes following the novel - he spaced them out much better.

With the exception of a few chapters to the beginning and end of the novel, the main character of this story is Jordan the ghost... long before he became a ghost. After Princess Ivy cleans the tapestry of hist
Dec 03, 2019 added it
I came across this book when I was 9 or 10 years old, I don't remember how exactly, but it made a permanent stamp on my young brain. It was the first "big" book I had ever read, and I distinctly remember sitting in the window seat of my bedroom as I finished it, and then being rewarded with a trip to Jenny's Ice Cream for making it to the end. I even named my hamsters after characters in this book. I think I read about 20 more Piers Anthony books after this one, and once I wrote him a letter whi ...more
D.A. Cairns
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any other Xanth novels, but I am a Piers Anthony fan, especially of his fantasy novels. Crewel Lye is a parody and a really clever and funny one. Littered with sharp, snappy social commentary and outrageously bad puns it is essentially a story of a hero whose special talent is the ability to heal himself even from death who gets tangled up in a deceptive quest involving a half demon seductress and a wicked magician who wants to be king. The story is typical fantasy fare but the sa ...more
Kate H
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Xanth books by Piers Anthony were some of the first SciFi/Fantasy books I ever read. I love puns so I have always enjoyed them. Upon re-reading them I can see that they have some weaknesses but overall they stand the test of time. They are a fun and fast read that keeps me amused without any deep thinking required.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Piers Anthony book that I have read, and I have to say, it is probably the weirdest book that I have read! I found it hard going at times, as the ridiculousness (is that a word?) got too much for me. However, I did finish it and found that I enjoyed it, much to my surprise. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't like punning. ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was enjoying this book a lot - it's mostly dumb big-adventure fun. Unfortunately, in the last third of the book it takes a real misogynistic turn, and it's hard to empathise with the main character when he's being such a shithead and hard to like the book when it's clear the author agrees with him. ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my favourites among the Xanth novels: a good story, well told, and not so many passages where the author tries to squeeze in as many of the puns sent in by fans as possible. A most satisfactory ending, too.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of a barbarian with a task to complete, despite magical curses as he travels across Xanth with a woman who is half demon, a woman who falls in love with him and who betrays and kills him. But the story of course has a happy ending.
Amir Roth
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
O. M. F. G. It was worth dragging myself through Night Mare to get to this one. The best of the Xanth books that I've read. And it's not close. Even knowing the premise of Xanth, I wasn't ready for this book. I still remember many of the details, almost 30 years later. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think i really enjoyed this one. Although they are all quite similar, I think I enjoyed this one more than the others I've read so far. ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
I'm a completionist, but I don't know if I can make it through the whole series. ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another pun-filled adventure in Xanth.
Annette McIntyre
Jordan is a barbarian and is wandering the depths of Xanth when he finds Pook the ghost horse. This book follows Jordan as he finds the love of his life.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than some of the others. Not so formula.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this one. Gory.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another good one. Sometimes the pub density is simply amazing.
Bridget Rochon
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
John S. Guthrie Jr.
Spell bound

I like the switching bodies as well as mind tricks to get them out of trouble. The method of keeping the book PG is done well to keep story going in clean plot.
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! The ending was definitely a pleasant surprise.
Balt B
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With a dashing barbarian as the protagonist, this pivots more to traditional sword & sorcery and was right up my alley.
Lindsey Albright
Feb 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scott-s-recs

I just really don't like it. I don't like the main character at all and it's making it hard to slog through the book.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read. Interesting story. Not my favorite Xanth novel but certainly not the worse.
Charlie Devlin
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A pretty good story from a side character that provides further history to the world of Xanth.
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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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  • The Source of Magic (Xanth, #2)
  • Castle Roogna (Xanth, #3)
  • Centaur Aisle (Xanth, #4)
  • Ogre, Ogre (Xanth #5)
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