"I'm actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I'm board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance.”
So begins Piers Anthony's 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy, looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection. She was man's desire. That was part of the problem.
And in the shallow magic of a wishing well, she asks her wish to be granted. Something happens. A sudden whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her clothing. She is changing, somehow. Then she falls flat on the ground.
Literally. She has been transformed into a flat, stiff board with two knotholes for eyes.
I've always been a fan, and this one did not disappoint. 5 stars! The puns were, as usual, outrageous. I especially liked the board, which the book is named after, and the Sequins of Events. I thought that would've made a great name of a book on it's own, by the way.
I'm excited to see what comes next, because this one set up quite a few powerful alliances, so I'm sure these alliances will play into future Xanth novels. This is encouraging, because I'm not ready for the series to end!
My only critique is that there were more editing errors than I would've liked to see, but that is not a reflection of the author in any way. Should've been caught in editing. Some errors always get through; I realize that, but there was more than the usual here I thought.
Review by: Kristi