Piers Anthony delivers another tale set in the bestselling world of Xanth, filled with magic, surprises, adventure, and a few puns. Here’s what the author has to say about his new book: 

Five Portraits is a kind of sequel to Board Stiff in that it picks up where the other leaves off, with the same characters. Apart from that, it’s one of my favorites within the series. There’s something about Astrid Basilisk that appeals to me: a very pretty girl whose very glance is deadly, yet she’s a nice person whose selfless effort to save five difficult children from future Xanth is thoroughly worthy. I also like the theme of the power of unlikely friendship. Not just Xanth, but Mundania, too, would be better if there were more such friendships

From Open Road Media:

New Xanth Fantasy Adventure by Piers Anthony: FIVE PORTRAITS

Five Portraits is the newest novel in the Xanth fantasy series by Piers Anthony The novel officially launches on October 21, 2014. Piers Anthony currently lives in Florida with his family.

Anthony’s beloved New York Times-bestselling series has millions of devoted fans around the world. The series’  use of puns to create laugh-out-loud humor and endearing situations has encouraged fans to become what Booklist describes as  “dedicated Xanthropologists.”

In Five Portraits, we follow the same lovable characters as they adventure together through the lands of Xanth and Mundania. Along the way they save five children, and together fight off a virus that threatens the very puns of Xanth.

Previous Xanth books have been called a “fantasy confections full of puns” (Publishers Weekly) and a “delightful romp through an alternate Florida of strange creatures” (Library Journal). Whimsical, hilarious, and moving, Five Portraits is a welcome addition to the beloved series.

Anthony has called this novel one of his personal favorites, and this tale has enough adventure for any reader of light-hearted fantasy.

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