A quest to fulfill a lifelong wish leads to magic, adventure—and puns—as the New York Times–bestselling author revisits the enchanted land of Xanth.
In Xanth, everyone has a talent. But that doesn’t mean everyone loves his talent, and no one understands that better than Hapless. Endowed with the ability to conjure any instrument he wants, Hapless could be an extraordinary musician if only he could play a tune that didn’t fall ear-piercingly flat. His one desire is to find an instrument he can play—and maybe a girlfriend or three. But like music, women have never been his forte.
When the Good Magician hears about Hapless’s desperate desire, he sends the young man on a quest to find the elusive Isis Orb, a magical talisman that could fulfill his wish. But the mysterious Egyptian goddess for whom the orb is named guards the enchanted object and won’t let anyone see it—let alone use it.
Setting out to achieve the impossible, Hapless meets an eclectic mix of creatures that join him on his journey. Like the musically challenged Hapless, they all have wishes they hope the Isis Orb will grant. But the only way they can control the orb is to capture the five totems from the regions of Xanth: Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and the Void. Together, this motley crew will heroically fight dragons, a six-headed griffin, and even a beautiful, seductive water gorgon who tries to rain on Hapless’s parade.
With its thrilling exploits and endless humor, the newest addition to Piers Anthony’s beloved Xanth series is sure to keep readers enthralled.
Isis Orb is the 40th book in the Xanth series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Another Fun Romp from Piers Anthony
I received a copy of this book on Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I've loved Piers Anthony's Xanth novels for years, and the newest is as light and goofy as the rest. Is it formulaic? Sure. But this author isn't one to miss an opportunity to make a joke, poking fun at his own formula through his main character's observations. Nothing is sacred, including the author himself, so be ready for a frolicking read (yes, frolicking). And if you've never read a Xanth novel before, go back and start at the beginning. There are enough of them now to keep you laughing for months.