The Source of Magic (Magic of Xanth #2)

The Source of Magic (Magic of Xanth #2)

by Piers Anthony

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A quest for the source of power threatened to doom the land of Xanth

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 . . . 

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345350589
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1987
Series: Magic of Xanth Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 141,032
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Piers Anthony, sometimes called Pier Xanthony, is the pseudonym of a Mundane character who was born in England in 1934, came to America in 1940, was naturalized in 1958, and moved to Xanth in 1977. His first story was published in 1963, and his first novel, Chthon, in 1967. His first Xanth novel, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award as the best novel for 1977, and his fantasy novels began placing on the New York Times bestseller list with Ogre, Ogre. He shifted from writing in pencil to writing on the computer, and Golem in the Gears was his first novel created on the machine; naturally, the computer found its way into Xanth.

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The Source of Magic (Magic of Xanth #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great addition ! Can't wait to read the next installment
Gkarlives on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the second book I read in the Xanth universe and I found the world still fresh and fun to explore. I liked the mixture of drama, humorus puns, and beautiful/exciting imagery. the plot was interesting and of course the explanation of the source of magic was fun.
jlparent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the world of Xanth but I could do without the excessive thought sequences of the characters. It's supposed to be a light, humorous read - I don't need an inner diatribe about philosophy every other page. When the story actually is rolling, it's entertaining.
Scoshie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 2nd book of the series. Just as hysterical as the 1st. The fact that he pretty much keeps it going for over 30 books should tell yo what a wonderfule author Piers Anthony is!!This novel begins one year after the events of A Spell for Chameleon, and describes the adventures of Bink after he has settled down with his pregnant wife, Chameleon. King Trent had appointed Bink the Official Researcher of Xanth at the end of the previous book, and given him the task to discover Xanth's source of magic. After many hazards, Bink and his companions succeed but Bink makes a moral choice that ends up destroying the magic of Xanth.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 2 of the Xanth series also follows Bink's quest -- this time to find the source of magic in Xanth. His old friend Crombie the soldier, Chester the Centaur, and (under duress) the Good Magician Humfrey come with him on a quest, but someone/something unknown with a similar magic to Bink's own seems to be trying to stop him in his tracks.Though a reread, I didn't remember much of what happened. Bad puns continue (though it's not yet in the full swing of later volumes in the series), and several characters that have their own quests show up for the first time (Grundy the Golem is one I remember in particular). A satisfying read.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as A Spell for Chameleon or Castle Roogna, but still one of my favorite Xanth books. If you like short, light-hearted and punny fantasy, you'll like the Xanth series.
hermit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another magical pun filled book. Bink is back, with even more adventure. Bink's quest: To find the source of magic. This is not as good as the first book, but you still have dragons and Murphy which helps those who love fantasy. The book ends with Dor starting a quest so it sort of pushes you to read the next book.
dagwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great read for 10+. I read it at 14 and loved it. Still remember story-line 28 years later.
endersreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can remember very little about this... I believe Chester the Centaur--the Centaur Anthony borrows from mythology and who is Christ in the Mazzaroth--dies in this book. I remember I enjoyed Castle Roogna and it's various pleasantries. It's very irritating not to be able to remember much about the book. I think I read it back when I thought reefer wasn't something the Government wanted you to do...
sarradee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in the Xanth series. This particular series is well known for its use of very bad puns, which only get worse as the series progresses. The author has some very strong views, and uses his books as vehicles to express those views. He is also somewhat of a mysogynist. These books have not stood the test of time, and I find on re-reading that I've lost much of the interest that I had when I read them in the early 1980's.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Source of Magic was a great follow-up book to the first Xanth novel, A Spell for Chameleon. In this book, Bink is sent on a quest to find the Source of All Magic in Xanth. He has several adventures with his companions on the way, and we meet many new creatures. Bink finds that his quest may lead to the destruction of all magic in Xanth and has to make a decision that will affect the entire land.The book was a bit slow at the beginning I thought, but from a little past the middle of the book I was spellbound and could hardly put it down. I was even late to work because I had to get to a stopping point and I just couldn't find one!
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This Piers Anthony book is awesome!!!!! It still has naked weman in it. It is still a good book though so yeah. Read it!!!!
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One of the best books i ever read+ zanth is so awsome!!!!!
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jeypaula More than 1 year ago
I have been a fans of Piers Anthony and Xanth since the series first began. It offers something for everyone, as it is both entertaining and instructive!!
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Entertaining story too much angst from Bink Bink and author don't like women very much, but they THINK they understand them
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The entire Xanth Series is intellegent, fun and I finds myself wishing Xanth were real. Lol. Loved reading these books.
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