Key to Havoc (ChroMagic Series #1)

Key to Havoc (ChroMagic Series #1)

by Piers Anthony

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Overview

1,000 years ago Earth colonized the planet Charm. But the population of Charm is now far removed from their ancient ancestors. Technology has been lost over the years but the people have something better--Magic! Charm is a world covered by volcanoes, each erupting a different color of magic. Everything within a particular Chroma becomes that color. Plants, animals, insects, and even humans all become one color and can perform that color of magic. Traveling is dangerous because a person leaving their native Chroma home can no longer perform their color magic. Havoc is a barbarian living in a non-Chroma village, where no one has magic. As a boy, he rescued a dragon that rewarded him with special magic; to sense pending danger. His gift becomes more valuable than he can imagine as he is suddenly drafted and forced to become the new king of the planet. He must perform his duties or be executed for treason. To make matters worse, the assassin who killed the former king is now after Havoc!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972367073
Publisher: Mundania Press, LLC
Publication date: 05/30/2003
Series: ChroMagic Series , #1
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Author Piers Anthony (born Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob) is an English-American author of science fiction and fantasy books. He is best known for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth. In addition to the 40 books in the Xanth series (with two more forthcoming), he has written numerous other science fiction and fantasy series, such as Incarnations of Immortality, and dozens of standalone novels.

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Assassination! Havoc continued calling out names, and the arrests were publicly made. Suddenly an arrow flew from above the audience. It struck the figure of Havoc in the face, and exploded. Gale and the child in red screamed and clutched each other. The king's head became a fireball. Then the body fell, headless. The crown that should have protected the king was still sitting at the side of the stage, supposedly forgotten. Havoc had done his best to trigger an assassination attempt, and had succeeded. King Havoc is dead!" a Representative cried. A female figure appeared, completely red, glowing with the aura of her power. "Not quite," she said, her voice dulcet yet possessed of vital authority.

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Key to Havoc [ChroMagic Series Book 1] 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Tammy Jeanneret More than 1 year ago
I normally like piers anthony a lot so purchased this entire series. Unfortunately. This one is not good . The rest are worse. The story takes 450+ pages to to cover something that should have been edited to maybe 200 pages. Way too much repetitive focus on sex and not enough focus on story. What happened to good storey telling?
hariseldenAB More than 1 year ago
More than 25 years ago, I purchased a Piers Anthony trilogy titled "Double Exposure" that I liked so much, I have read it at least five times. That book had a strong sex subplot that was neither so intrusive as to overwhelm the main plot nor objectionable in its detail. This book, however, is just the opposite. It is so overwhelmingly smutty that it buries any real story plot. In fact, the first chapter is pure kiddie porn, a recurring theme throughout the remaider of the book. The book is tedious to read and has chapters that are so long I almost forgot what the previous chapter was about at the end of each chapter I read. It needs heavy editing to make it readable, even as a pure pornography offering. As written, this book belongs on the shelves of an adult book store. I am not a prude by any measure. What I object to is being ambushed into buying a book like this without being properly warned that it is XXX rated and carries so little worthwhile story content. I have absolutely no plans of purchasing or even borrowing any of the remaining books in this series!
fastfinge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought Piers Anthony had forever sunk into a relme of countless unoriginal (if still amusing) xanth novels at publisher behest, I came across this small print offering. In fact, I own the ebook edition, though ebooks don't seem to yet be listed on librarything (why no fictionpress search option?). For the price, this long volume, first in a series of three, is well worth purchasing. Following the adventures of a country boy forced into becoming king of a planet, It continues in Mr. Anthony's unique style of average seeming characters having grand adventures of epoch proportion. The key addition to the formula is an absolutely staggering amount of sex. While many don't find Piers Anthony's cartoonish style of sexy softcore pornography appealing, I find his sexual views refreshingly different from run of the mill lay and slay fantasy sex. If you're comfortable with Anthony's sex in his other novels (Firefly, Refugee, and Cluster come to mind), you'll enjoy this less popular offering; you might even come to feel, as I do, that this represents some of his best work. However, if you find Anthony style sex unappealing, give this book (and probably the entire series) a pass.
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Curtis-Steinhour More than 1 year ago
This book and all the books in the ChroMagic series should not be read by any on under the age of 18. they are very risque!
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