The Compleat Piers Anthony
Up in a Heaval
Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2002 4:48:16 PM


The Good Magician Humprey Up in a Heaval Hardbound Edition Summary ...

Dueling Demons endanger the enchanted land of Xanth in a delightful new fantasy adventure.

Story Synopsis ...

In his last Xanth fantasy, Swell Foop, master storyteller Piers Anthony introduced an intriguing and exciting new element: a cosmic competition between omnipotent Demons which creates havoc for the inhabitants of Xanth and Earth. This suspenseful new novel continues the saga.

An innocent piece of Mundane Snail Mail has provoked the dreaded Demon Jupiter to hurl his Red Spot at the magical land of Xanth. As the dire Dot draws closer, the unwelcome ordeal of saving the enchanted realm falls to Umlaut, an unlikely lad with with an unknown past and an uncertain future.

With a handful of colorful companions at his side, Umlaut sets out on an odyssey to the farthest reaches of Xanth to defend the enchanted realm from disaster. On the way he will uncover the secret of his own existence and learn to understand the urgings of his heart.

A satisfyingly suspenseful tale filled with mystery, magic, and merriment, Up in a Heaval is exciting and entertaining fantasy adventure from the pen of a master storyteller.



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Story Excerpt ...

A SPOT OF TROUBLE

It might have been the merest chance that brought Umlaut to Castle Zombie that morning and launched him on a harrowing adventure. But in the magical land of Xanth, things are seldom left to chance, and adventures lurk around every corner.

An unassuming young man with a uncanny knack for attracting lovely young ladies and an uncommon talent for emulating anyone he wished, Umlaut was forced to flee a flock of overly friendly females by disguising himself as a Zombie girl. In his haste to find a hiding place, he found himself face-to-face with a dreadful dragon and feared he would soon meet his end. But in Xanth, things are seldom exactly as they seem, and he soon discovered that the dragon was really a sinuous female sea serpent named Sesame, with a gift similar to his own, who had become accidentally entrapped in the Castle's dungeon.

When the two happen upon a packet of mail from Earth delivered by mischance to the Zombie King, they inadvertently set in motion a sinister scheme that could spell the end of Xanth. A letter they forward to the Demon Jupiter unexpectedly enrages him, causing him to send his own Red Spot hurtling toward Xanth. Soon everything is up in a heaval, for no one knows how to avert this interplanetary peril. Even the Good Magician Humfrey is baffled, for some strange force has obscured the future. In desperation, he instructs Umlaut and Sesame to deliver the remaining letters to their far-flung recipients, in the faint hope that this may somehow stop the Spot.

As they set out on their appointed rounds, Umlaut and Sesame are soon joined by two feline friends, Jenny Elf's companion, Sammy Cat, and a lovely, prescient creature named Claire Voyant who can sometimes see the future. Beguiled and bedeviled by the delicious Demoness Metria, who uses her shapely assets to distract him from his goal, Umlaut leads his allies on an unforgettable odyssey to the farthest reaches of the enchanted realm, from the submicroscopic Nth Moon of Ida, and the home of all dreams and nightmares, to the unmagical land of Euphoria, where he meets a sweet and sprightly young girl named Surprise who captures his heart. But before Umlaut can complete his quest and return to his beloved, he must unravel the unfathomable puzzle of his own existence, which is somehow inextricably entwined with the fate of Xanth.



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Author Information ...

"Anthony revives several engaging characters from earlier novels to spice up the adventures. Xanth devotees should be delighted." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ON ZOMBIE LOVER

"Newcomers and old-timers alike will enjoy Anthony's latest collection of truly mind-boggling puns. Every so often, most readers get a craving for a book like this; be grateful to Anthony for continuing to satisfy it." —BOOKLIST ON ZOMBIE LOVER

PIERS ANTHONY is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. He lives in Inverness, Florida.



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Chapters ...

The following chapter list refers to the ARC publication of Up in a Heaval.

Chapter Title Page
  Prolog 11
1 Emulation 15
2 Letters 31
3 Challenges 47
4 Moons of Ida 64
5 Zombie World 80
6 Soufflé Serpent 97
7 Sidestepping 114
8 Isle of Cats 129
9 Submarine Sand Witch 144
10 Fauns & Nymphs 159
11 Surprise 174
12 Grossclout 190
13 Ogrets 206
14 Com Pewter 222
15 Six Eager Girls 238
16 Goblin Mountain 254
17 Dream Realm 271
18 Consequences 289
19 Rorrim 306
20 Decisions 322
  Author's Note 341


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