By Piers Anthony
Whilst Clio, the inspiration of background, sat right down to pen the twenty-eighth quantity within the Chronicles of Xanth, she used to be surprised to find it used to be already there! And, what used to be worse, it was once completely unreadable, for the phrases on its pages have been fuzzed past comprehension.Vexed and bewildered, and greater than a bit involved, Clio resolved to go away the quiet convenience of her learn at the slopes of Mount Parnassus, and ask her previous good friend, the nice Magician Humfrey, to go looking an answer to her challenge in his publication of Answers.But, a lot to her consternation, Humfrey required her to accomplish a mystical provider earlier than she may gather her resolution: to rescue Xanth's dragons from the verge of extinction prior to the fragile stability of its flora and fauna was once completely thrown out of whack.Her momentous undertaking lead her to a perilous Dragon international hidden among the Moons of Ida, throughout a dangerous panorama full of ask yourself and chance, looking for the fabled Currant, a truly infrequent pink berry that may carry the key she sought. alongside the way in which she got a fellowship of partners, together with the courageous and gorgeous Becka Dragongirl, a couple of pocket dragons named Drew and Drusie, a captivating younger baby referred to as Ciriana whose future was once in some way entwined with hers, and Sherlock, a candy yet homely guy from Mundania who may perhaps simply be a grasp magician himself.Together they progressively started to get to the bottom of the momentous secret of Xanth's lacking historical past. And Clio started to observe that Sherlock's enchantments had all started to paintings their approach into her middle.
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Which, it seemed, was why it was Oilc's nature, she being opposite in everything but appearance. Now Clio was backed up against the bank of the moat. One more step and she would fall in, and she rather suspected that this would represent a failure to navigate the Challenge. Whatever was she to do? Oilc swung again, trying to knock her into the moat. Clio tried to avoid her, but lost her balance and started to fall. She flung her arms out, losing her stick, and happened to catch Oilc by the arm.
Still, maybe she was merely on edge because she had suddenly been created. It was best to give her every reasonable chance. " Clio asked. "You need to ask, stupid? You've overstayed your visa. " This set Clio back again. " Oilc favored her with a withering stare. " She looked around, and saw a stick of wood lying on the ground nearby. She picked it up and advanced on Clio threateningly, brandishing her improvised club. Clio stepped back. " Oilc swung the club at her head. Clio ducked aside just in time.
It dived in for another goose. But as it touched her skirt, she slapped the label against it. Now the hand was marked despite itself. " Handy exclaimed. " She was privately pleased despite the embarrassing touch. She had, as it were, gotten to the bottom of the problem. The hand was so ashamed of being tricked that it hid behind the man's back. That allowed the right hand to reach up and unsnarl the lines, and the drawbridge dropped to its proper landing. She had navigated the first Challenge. At the far end of the bridge was a gate with an oddly folded turnstile.