Five Portraits (The Xanth Novels)

Piers Anthony grants one other story set within the bestselling international of Xanth, full of magic, surprises, experience, and some puns. Here’s what the writer has to claim approximately his new book: 

Five Portraits is a type of sequel to Board Stiff in that it choices up the place the opposite leaves off, with an identical characters. except that, it’s one in all my favorites in the sequence. There’s anything approximately Astrid Basilisk that appeals to me: a really beautiful woman whose very look is lethal, but she’s a pleasant individual whose selfless attempt to save lots of 5 tricky young ones from destiny Xanth is punctiliously beneficial. I additionally just like the subject of the facility of not going friendship. not only Xanth, yet Mundania, too, will be larger if there have been extra such friendships.”

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Yet I’m thankful for it. ” Then they have been clustering round her. “We desire you,” Firenze stated. “And you wish us,” Santo stated. “So it’s fair,” Squid acknowledged. the 2 smallest ladies simply squeezed her fingers. “It’s fair,” Astrid agreed. Then the kids retreated, understanding higher than to stick too with regards to her too lengthy. however it used to be time to get relocating. “Let’s devour and run,” Firenze acknowledged. “We understand the place the trail is going. ” They went to the pie crops. yet they weren’t adequate. “I’m thirsty,” Myst stated. “We desire you to be healthy,” Astrid acknowledged. “And we might have your mist back. you want to lose water for those who mist. ” “Yes. ” “But there’s sleep potion in that water,” Firenze acknowledged. “There may possibly be,” Astrid agreed. “We shouldn’t chance it. yet we do want water. ” She thought of it. “Could you young children hyperlink and give you the option? i do know you can’t do it at once, yet perhaps you could let us know cool or hot as we ponder principles. ” Firenze shrugged. “Maybe. ” “This can be just like the online game of 19 Questions,” Astrid acknowledged. “If i will contemplate the best questions. ” “Maybe,” Firenze agreed back. the youngsters associated palms. “We are looking to locate potable—I suggest, drinkable—water,” Astrid acknowledged. “Is it this fashion? ” She pointed around the box. “Cool,” Firenze acknowledged. “This manner? ” She pointed 1 / 4 shrink back. “Cool,” Santo acknowledged. “This? ” She pointed contrary her unique path. “Cool,” Squid stated. “This? ” She pointed the remainder path. “Cool,” Win stated. Astrid paused. No path was once correct? Then she obtained a suggestion. She pointed down. “This? ” “Less cool,” Myst acknowledged. Astrid learned that made feel: dig deep sufficient, and also you should still locate water ultimately. yet they'd not anything to dig with. So she attempted once again. She pointed up. “This? ” “Warm,” Firenze stated. As in rain? yet there has been no cloud. She wanted a brand new technique. “Next query: who can most sensible aid me get it? ” She pointed to Myst. “Cold,” Santo stated. Then to Win. “Cold,” Squid acknowledged. Then to Squid. “Cold,” Squid stated, smiling. To Santo. “Medium,” Win acknowledged. “I can make a gap right down to water,” Santo acknowledged. “A good. however it can be lovely deep, and the water can be muddy. ” So Astrid pointed to Firenze. “Hot,” Myst acknowledged. “Me? ” Firenze requested, shocked. “I don’t know the way to get clean water. ” “Let’s determine this out,” Astrid acknowledged. “You could be a genuine hothead. possibly that relates. ” “Yes! ” he stated, since it used to be his flip to talk to the query. “So how could warmth relate to clean water? ” Astrid requested. “No way,” Santo acknowledged. “It simply puffs it into steam. ” Then he paused, stunned. “And that’s sizzling. I suggest, it’s as regards to the reply. ” “Steam is sizzling boiled floating water,” Astrid acknowledged. “Cool it down, and it’s rainy water back. And—” It was once her flip to be shocked. “And that water’s fresh, simply because not anything else steams. now not dust, no longer poison. That’s the best way. ” “But it floats away,” Firenze stated. “We can’t drink it. ” “We can if we recondense it. We simply have to trap it in whatever cool. That’s a part of the magic of steam: it doesn’t prefer to be cooled. ” “But how—” Astrid regarded round. “Sheets,” she stated. the youngsters checked out her blankly.

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