I’m having a nightmare, or really, I’m about to start reading Night Mare, the 6th installment in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.
This next book begins with a character that was in the previous book, Ogre, Ogre. Mare Imbrium along with 2 other night mares rode the trio out of the Void and took her payment of a half soul. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book.
“The Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth from the north, ravaging and destroying as they advanced. But Mare Imbrium had her own problems. Ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Now the Night Stallion dismissed her, exiling her to the day world with a message for King Trent: “Beware the Horseman!” She had no idea of what that meant. But that was the way with prophetic warnings, nobody could understand them until it was too late. Then she met the Horseman. And she discovered that one who would ride a night mare was a master of bit and spur, and not a man to surrender her. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare!”
When I read the previous Xanth books, I read them little by little over time, some days I only read 1 chapter per day and other days I skipped reading. I was into the books but not that much apparently because they made me sleepy. But when I read Ogre, Ogre I was able to commit myself to reading more than 1 chapter per day. In fact, I read the first chapter maybe in February then gave up until recently when I read the entire book in 3 days.
If I can read the entire book in 3 days then I have a feeling that maybe I can read half of the next book today and the other half tomorrow.
I only have 4 more Xanth novels in my queue, although there are 32 available for sale, I don’t own any of them so they are not all in my book queue. I do plan on buying more but for now I have other books to read.
If you have not read the Xanth novels you are missing out on some great adventures.