This is the third Xanth novel. Dor travels to the past through a magic tapestry to help Millie the Ghost and Jonathan the Zombie find peace.
Who could love a zombie? Millie of course, now that she isn't a ghost anymore
Millie had been a ghost for 800 years. But now, restored by the magic of Xanth, she was again a very desirable woman. She could have any man she wanted ... except the man she did want, Jonathan the zombie. To grant Millie her desire, and to prove his right to rule Xanth in the future, young Magician Dor embarked on a quest for the elixer which would restore Jonathan to full life.
back to the past, magic on xanth...
Castle Roogna" is the third in the "Xanth" series by Piers Anthony. Unlike the first two, which focused on Bink, this one focuses on Bink's son, Dor. Dor is a twelve year old Magician with the power to speak to inanimate objects or the dead -- which is quite useful as a means of gathering information. When Queen Iris tries to scare him with illusions of dragons or other horrible monsters, Dor is able to ask the floor if the creature is real, and when he's told it's not, he can walk through the illusion without fear.
Dor gets sent on a mission to find a way to bring zombie Jonathan back to life as a favor to Millie the maid. It's tough because Dor has a severe crush on Millie, due partially to the fact that her magic talent is sex appeal(?). But Millie loves Jonathan. To find the means to bring Jonathan back to life, Dor has to travel 800 years in the past through a magic tapestry.
Along on the ride is a giant spider named Jumper. Well, he was normal size in Xanth, but he got transformed into a six foot tall spider in the past. Disgusting? Maybe. But Jumper is incredibly loyal, mature, powerful, and genuine decent.
One of the really neat things about "Castle Roogna" is how well its plot fits in with the previous two novels ("A Spell for Chameleon" and "The Source of Magic") -- oddities like the Forget spell around the Gap (no one remembers the Gap) are explained by the end of this book in a satisfying way.
This is the third book in the Xanth series and one of the best I've read. It explains quite a bit about of Xanth's finer details. Such as how the gap chasm came to be forgotton, how a maid and a zombie fell in love and why the harpies and the goblins hate eachother. As in all the Xanth novels I've read, this one has an underlying lesson. A very good novel and hard to put down. I gave it a four and a half rating because there were one or two points where the plot dragged a little bit but it didn't drag for very long and the rest of the book more than makes up for those few spots.
ANother fun Xanth book. THis one features Millie the Ghost and Jonathon the Zombie.
I really liked the storyline, it was very interesting. Great book.
Fun and fanciful - an excellent book!