By Piers Anthony
The way forward for Xanth is in frightful peril. a robust magical poultry named Ragna Roc has launched into a crusade to develop into absolute ruler of that mystical realm. those that swear loyalty to him are spared. the remainder are easily disappeared.
So strong are Ragna’s sorceries that even the nice Magician Humfrey dares no longer confront him without delay. as a substitute he enlists Cyrus the Cyborg, a good-looking half-human playwright with little wisdom of the realm, in a stealthy subterfuge. Cyrus needs to gather a troupe of touring avid gamers to draw Ragna’s curiosity. And hidden in conceal one of the bevy of lovely younger actresses are the younger princesses, Melody, concord, and Rhythm, whose magics may possibly simply be a fit for the evil bird.
But Ragna has planted a secret agent in the middle of the troupe, person who is aware their private secrets and techniques, together with the genuine nature of Cyrus’s forbidden love for one of many younger princesses. just a mysterious baby referred to as Kadence, and a cryptic clue — “Two to the Fifth" — can give the partners the sting they should defeat Ragna’s dictatorial dreams.
Brimming with ardour and merriment, drama and deception, Piers Anthony’s thirty-second Xanth fable is a pun-packed functionality guaranteed to galvanize applause and ovations from the series’ myriad fans.
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Two to the Fifth (Xanth, Book 32) by Piers Anthony