Two to the Fifth

Two to the Fifth

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Baker & Taylor
When a powerful magic bird seizes control of Xanth by eliminating all who oppose him, the Good Magician Humphrey enlists playwright Cyrus the Cyborg in a covert effort that involves disguising the princesses Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm as actresses.

McMillan Palgrave

The future of Xanth is in frightful peril. A powerful magical bird named Ragna Roc has embarked on a campaign to become absolute ruler of that mystical realm. Those who swear loyalty to him are spared. The rest are simply disappeared.

So powerful are Ragna’s sorceries that even the Good Magician Humfrey dares not confront him directly. Instead he enlists Cyrus the Cyborg, a handsome half-human playwright with little knowledge of the world, in a stealthy subterfuge. Cyrus must assemble a troupe of traveling players to attract Ragna’s interest. And hidden in disguise among the bevy of beautiful young actresses are the young princesses, Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm, whose magics might just be a match for the evil bird.

But Ragna has planted a spy in the midst of the troupe, one who knows their deepest secrets, including the true nature of Cyrus’s forbidden love for one of the young princesses. Only a mysterious child called Kadence, and a cryptic clue — “Two to the Fifth" — may give the companions the edge they need to defeat Ragna’s dictatorial dreams.

Brimming with passion and merriment, drama and deception, Piers Anthony’s thirty-second Xanth fantasy is a pun-packed performance sure to provoke applause and ovations from the series’ myriad fans.



Blackwell North Amer
Cyrus, a naive young Cyborg, is in a curious quandary. His father, Roland Robot expects him to become a leader of robots like himself. His mother, Hannah Barbarian, wants him to capture and marry a lovely wild-haired uncivilized woman like her. But Cyrus has a secret ambition of his own, which is likely to please neither of them - to write and direct plays.
Puzzled and perplexed, Cyrus sets out to present his dilemma to the Good Magician Humfrey, accompanied by his smart-ass companion, Don the Mechanical Donkey. But the Magician has troubling news for Cyrus. An imperious bird known as Ragna Roc is using his awesome magical powers to achieve total domination over the land of Xanth. Those who swear loyalty to him are spared. But those who oppose him are simply disappeared.
So powerful are Ragna's sorceries that even the Good Magician Humfrey dares not confront him directly. Until the peril is dealt with, he cannot help Cyrus with his own problem. Instead he uses Cyrus's own secret desires to advance a stealthy subterfuge - sending him out to gather a company of players to put on a play so beguiling it might cause Ragna Roc to let down his defenses.
Unaware that he has been created with a handsome countenance that is all but irresistible to all manner of females, Cyrus is surprised when a bevy of beautiful maidens begins to gather around him. Among them are Tess Tosterone, a strapping young barbarian; Dustl, a horny horned Dust Devil; Xina, a lovely lass who changes her hair as often as she changes her mind; and Acro Nymph, a curvaceous sprite who plays with hearts as well as words. And hidden in disguise among the beautiful young actresses are the young princesses, Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm, whose combined magics might just be a match for the evil bird.
But Ragna has planted a spy in the midst of the troupe, who knows their deepest secrets, including the true nature of Cyrus's forbidden love for one of the young princesses, Only a mysterious child called Kadence. and a cryptic clue - "Two to the Fifth" - may give the companions the edge they need to free Xanth from the tyrannical grip of the Roc's deadly talons.

Baker
& Taylor

When a powerful magical bird seizes control of Xanth by magically eliminating all who would counter him, the Good Magician Humphrey enlists half-human playwright Cyrus the Cyborg in a covert effort that involves disguising the magical princesses Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm as actresses. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765319357
0765319357
Branch Call Number: SF ANTHONY
Characteristics: 302 p

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vanravenstein
Jun 21, 2010

Imaginative and full of puns (some of which made me laugh), but the middle of the book was rather dull.

This was my first "Xanth" novel. Not sure I want to read another.

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