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Luck of the Draw

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Luck of the Draw

Xanth Series, Book 36
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Bryce is summoned to Xanth as part of a wager between the Demons Earth and Xanth. To his surprise, he has left behind his home and family and eighty-year-old body forever, in exchange for youth and magic....and a quest. He must court and marry Princess Harmony, who is anything but willing to be courted!



Luck of the Draw is Piers Anthony's thirty-sixth pun-filled adventure in the magical land of Xanth.


Bryce is summoned to Xanth as part of a wager between the Demons Earth and Xanth. To his surprise, he has left behind his home and family and eighty-year-old body forever, in exchange for youth and magic....and a quest. He must court and marry Princess Harmony, who is anything but willing to be courted!



Luck of the Draw is Piers Anthony's thirty-sixth pun-filled adventure in the magical land of Xanth.


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  • PIERS ANTHONY is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels, including Esrever Doom, Luck of the Draw, and Well-Tempered Clavicle, have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world. In addition to his bestselling Xanth books, Anthony is the author of a series of historical fantasies called The Geodyssey, that makes the broad sweep of human history into very personal stories. He daily receives hundreds of letters and emails from his devoted fans, whose ingenious ideas are often incorporated into Anthony's tales. He lives in Inverness, Florida.



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  • Kirkus

    October 1, 2012
    Anthony (Well-Tempered Clavicle, 2011, etc.) serves up the 36th entry in his pun-packed Xanth fantasy series. The series, set in the fictional realm of Xanth, a place full of magic, crude humor and wordplay, has had an admirable longevity; its first installment, A Spell for Chameleon, was published some 35 years ago. This time around, Bryce, a sickly 80-year-old widower, is magically transported to Xanth, where he is given the body of a 21-year-old and the power to see briefly into the future. He is told by Princess Dawn that Demons have made a bet involving him, and as a result, Bryce must compete with other suitors for the hand of Princess Harmony, a teenage girl whom he is compelled by magic to desire. Among those that assist him in his dangerous quest are a talking German short-haired pointer dog named Rachel and a 19-year-old young woman named Mindy. He comes to discover that in Xanth, all is not what it seems. The novel stands alone quite well and doesn't require readers to be experts in the Xanth mythos to understand the basic story. However, newcomers should be warned that Anthony's work is not for everyone. A very high tolerance for puns and bad jokes is required; at one point, for example, the characters encounter the Pie Rats of the Carry Bean. Some readers may also find the overall plotline--an old man in a young man's body forced to pursue a 16-year-old girl--rather questionable, as well as the constant mentions of women's panties. On top of it all, Anthony's prose, and especially his dialogue, can be clunky and artless at times. That said, he does have his devoted fans, and he thanks a few of them personally, in the closing Author's Note, for puns and ideas that they submitted. A fantasy that will mainly satisfy dedicated Xanth aficionados.

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  • Library Journal

    November 15, 2012

    Bryce, an 80-year-old man in failing health, suddenly finds himself in Xanth, with his body rejuvenated, his health restored--and his future already determined for him. As part of a bet between the Demons Earth and Xanth, Bryce must enter a contest to win the heart of the Princess Harmony, whether she is willing or not. In his 36th novel (after Well-Tempered Clavicle) set in the pun-filled fantasy world of Xanth (which bears a suspicious resemblance to the state of Florida), Anthony tells another rollicking story that simultaneously deals with the issues of physical aging, life choices, and second chances. VERDICT This is sure to please longtime fans and also serves as an introduction to readers who may be new to the beloved series.

    Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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