A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, Book 1) by Piers Anthony

By Piers Anthony

Xanth used to be the enchanted land the place magic ruled--where each citizen had a unique spell purely he may forged. that's, aside from Bink of North Village. He was once convinced he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't locate a few quickly, he will be exiled. in response to the great Magician Humpfrey, the charts acknowledged that Bink used to be as robust because the King or maybe the Evil Magician Trent. regrettably, nobody may possibly be sure its shape. in the meantime, Bink was once in melancholy. If he didn't locate his magic quickly, he will be compelled to leave....

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Well then, I suppose I had better be about locking up the master’s brandy cabinet if you are to be staying with us. ’ asked Harry, scratching at his blond mop of hair. ’ Damson Griggs wagged a sausage-sized finger at the man. ’ Despite her admonishments, she opened the door wider for Harry to enter, taking his thin summer travel cloak and hanging it on one of the bullhorn-shaped hooks in the hallway. Wide and white-tiled, the hallway was still filled with bright clean light. By late afternoon the sun would be behind Toby Fall Rise and the north end of Hundred Locks would live up to its name – Shadowside – as the shade from the dike fell across their house.

Look,’ said Molly, pointing behind the carriage. ’ Rachael pushed at the costermongers and fish-stall hawkers in front of her to get a better look. ‘It is him. Molly, will you look at those muscles? ’ Molly knew that Rachael favoured the lewder penny dread-fuls, adventures that featured the action between the silks of dune-swept harems as much as the ring of sabre steel across a battlefield. But it was true. The commander of the Special Guard was impossibly handsome. None of the penny dread-fuls’ cover illustrations had ever done him justice.

Probably. If he had known his parents, he would have heard the stories of what had happened to them. And to Oliver. If it bothered Harry, he did not show it. They were in town now. Seventy Star Hall lay beyond Hundred Locks proper, nestled at the foot of the hills that led up to the Toby Fall Rise. A dog tied to a post outside the fish market was barking as dockers down from Shipman Town arrived to find evening lodgings at the inns and drinking houses, their heavy steel-capped boots clattering against the cobblestones.

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