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Vale of the Vole (Xanth Novels) Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2000


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812574966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812574968
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,826,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is wonderful with all the usual elements of an Anthony-Xanth fantasy. However, to my disapointment, the Good Magician has disappeared! The challenges are easily overcome and there are dragons on the magic path. The Good Magician himself is gone. So the group have to solve the problem on their own, which they do. The problem is that the demons have straightened the 's's in the Kiss-Me river, making it the Kill-Me. The voles of the Vale of the Vole surrounding the river have sent an emmisionary, who encounters a winged centaur and a nymph-ogre-human crossbreed. The written style is light and the book is an enjoyable read. Altogether a wonderful book, with some interesting developments on past plots!
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By E.L. on 23 July 2014
Format: Paperback
This is such a wonderful book that stretches your imagination beyond the boundaries. I first read this book when I was a child, twenty years ago. That's how long this book has stuck with me. I have read it several times since. I won't go into the plot as other reviews show that but I will say that this book deserves a read. Whether you are an adult or a child, you will find it highly enjoyable.
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"Vale of the Vole" is the tenth of Piers Anthony's "Xanth" comic fantasy stories and began the fourth loose trilogy in the sequence which began with "A Spell for Chameleon" in 1977. The series was a huge hit with fans and publishers - Piers Anthony is supposed to have said that the reason he is still writing Xanth books is to keep his publishers happy as the series is the only thing they ever pestered him for. Xanth is still going strong thirty-seven years of Earth time, as many books, and millions of copies after the 1977 debut.

This tenth book has three central characters: Esk, the son of Smash the Ogre and Tandy the Nymph, Chex, a winged centaur girl whocan almost but not quite fly, and Volney the Vole, a cute human-sized burrowing rodent whose home, the Vale of the Vole, is threatened by demons.

At the start of the book Esk, Chex and Volney are all making their separate ways to the good magician's castle to ask him how to deal with their respective problems. They have to help each other get in because the magic challenges are not working properly.and when they arrive, Good Magician Humphrey is nowhere to be found.

In the absence of help from the Good magician, Esk and Chex resolve to help Volney who has the most urgent problem: the demons who have invaded the Vale of the Vole have turned the friendly Kiss-me River into the unfriendly Kill-me river which is harming not just the Voles but that whole area of the magical land of Xanth. They agree to ask Esk's relatives, the Ogres and Curse-fiends, and Chex's, the centaurs and winged creatures, to help, and also enlist the aid of creatures from the magical night world of the Gourd, home of dreams, including a brass girl called Bria Brassie and an animated skeleton called Marrow Bones.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This Book Is A Fantastic Journey! 26 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
5 stars!! This book has all the magic of Xanth and then some! Join 3 interesting characters on their amazing quests in the punny, exciting, and wonderful land! Travel into the realm of the gourd and encounter an amazing animated skeleton, head underground and explore the different kinds of creatures who reside there and see how they can help poor Volney who is looking to fix the Vale, find out how Cherie reacts to Chem and Xap's daughter, and much, much, more! If you are a Xanth reader, this is obviously a must-have, and if you are not then this will get you hooked! Remember to look for the other great Piers Anthony novels to suit your taste and quench your thirst for adventure- they're out there waiting for you to order, read, and enjoy them! As a more than satisfied fan of Xanth I truly suggest you do just that with this book....What are you waiting for?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Utterly wonderful and forgotten gem 6 Nov 2012
By SimonCityRoyal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been on a quest to read all of the Xanth titles in a row and it has been a truly fantastic experience. I've neglected to write reviews for some of them because so few people are reading the series these days. Which is a shame as there really is nothing out there in fantasy that compares...
As for Vale of the Vole this is as good as it gets. The underground chases are so vivid and intelligently written that I really felt like I was down there! And the amorous trap scene rings true in mundania as well. ie. Should I stay or should I go? :) This title is my favorite so far and who cares if I feel this way after every Xanth novel? Piers Anthony FOREVER!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Punny! 28 Dec 2011
By M. Chirich - Published on Amazon.com
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Yet another great addition to the Xanth series:
1 A Spell for Chameleon (1977) by Piers Anthony
2 The Source of Magic (1979) by Piers Anthony
3 Castle Roogna (1979) by Piers Anthony
4 Centaur Aisle (1982) by Piers Anthony
5 Ogre, Ogre (1982) by Piers Anthony
6 Night Mare (1983) by Piers Anthony
7 Dragon on a Pedestal (1983) by Piers Anthony
8 Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn (1985) by Piers Anthony
9 Golem in the Gears (1986) by Piers Anthony
10 Vale of the Vole (1987) by Piers Anthony (this book)
When you can't find your quest-giver, make it a quest to find him! 25 July 2014
By Swank Ivy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book's protagonist is Esk. He's the son of a previous protagonist: Smash Ogre. He's got kind of weird ancestry--a quarter nymph, a quarter ogre, and half human. I guess this kinda helps him sympathize with the girl he meets on his manufactured quest: while he's on his way to ask the Good Magician Humfrey how to get rid of a threatening demoness, he meets Chex, who's a winged centaur and can't fly because her wings can't bear her weight. (She's part hippogryph.) Of course, Humfrey, answer to all things in the world, is randomly missing, so there's the quest. I always like the bits with the hypnogourds--that's where bad dreams come from--and these guys end up in there and find this woman made of brass named Bria. A Xanth book wouldn't be complete without a male protagonist falling in love with someone, so Esk falls for Bria. They also meet a vole who talks extremely obnoxiously in a speech impediment that makes no sense. (S's become V's. Which suggests the name of the book is secretly "Sale of the Sole.") Volney the vole has a problem related to demons too, because they wrecked his river. This book is different from others in the series because it's the first of a sort-of trilogy; the problems aren't all solved by the end.
I really like how puns are used by the Author 29 Jun 2014
By blue catapillar - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like how puns are used by the Author, "Piers Anthony". I love this series so much, I have purchased all the books of this series, as I have of, "Incarnations of Immortality". The Incarnations of Immortality" is the first book of that series, as of "Bearing an hourglass", "With a tangled skein", "Wielding a red sword", "Being a green mother. If you are into fantasy, and reading of literal puns, you should love this book.
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