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Source of Magic (Xanth) by Piers Anthony
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Source of Magic (Xanth) (original 1979; edition 1987)

by Piers Anthony (Author)

Series: Xanth (2)

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Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth's magic, Bink and his companions are harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. When even their protector turns against them, Blink still manages to reach his goal and carry out the King's orders ... but the king does not expect Blink's next act--to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth!… (more)
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Title:Source of Magic (Xanth)
Authors:Piers Anthony (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1987), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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Not as enjoyable as A Spell For Chameleon. The book was saved (in my mind) by the ethical struggle Bink went through as he decided whether or not to free X(A/N)th. Outside of that nothing really had me eagerly turning the pages. Just another fantasy ( )
  282Mikado | Apr 13, 2022 |
The Xanth books by Piers Anthony were one of the first SciFi/Fantasy series 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. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
As a ruler of a country steeped in enchantment, King Trent was naturally curious about the source of its magic. It made sense to order Bink, the only one of his subjects immune to supernatural harm, to undertake a quest to discover the wellspring of Xanth’s uniqueness.

From the beginning, Bink and his companions, Chester the centaur and Crombie, the soldier transformed into a griffin, were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. Even the power of Good Magician Humfrey, together with Bink’s protective talent, scarcely saved their lives.

Then when Humfrey and Crombie turned against him, all seemed lost. But Bink's ingenuity and luck prevailed, and he reached his goal.

The King’s orders had been carried out .
  Gmomaj | Jul 25, 2021 |
The Source of Magic by Piers Anthony is a Xanth series book that does not disappoint. Enjoyed this fun story very much. Piers Anthony is an excellent wordsmith, and I love his puns. This is definitely a book to place on your "must read" list. Highly recommend! The Xanth series is fantastical and wonderful! ( )
  Alicia_Rose | Jun 5, 2020 |
Despite not being a great fan of puns...I am enjoying this series and hope it continues. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
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Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth's magic, Bink and his companions are harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. When even their protector turns against them, Blink still manages to reach his goal and carry out the King's orders ... but the king does not expect Blink's next act--to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth!

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As a ruler of a country steeped in enchantment, King Trent was naturally curious about the source of its magic. It made sense to order Bink, the only one of his subjects immune to supernatural harm, to undertake a quest to discover the wellspring of Xanth's uniqueness.

From the beginning, Bink and his companions Chester the centaur and Crombie, the solider transformed into a griffin, were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. Even the power of the Good Magician Humfrey, together with Bink's protective talent, scarcely saved their lives.

then when Humfrey and Crombie turned against him, all seemed lost. But Bink's ingenuity and luck prevailed, and he reached his goal. The King's orders had been carried out...

But the King had not expected Bink's next act - to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth!
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