Geis of the Gargoyle - Xanth, Bk 18 Author:Piers Anthony Since Xanth began, the gargoyles of that magical place have been under a magical compulsion to protect the purity of the Swan Knee River which flows in to Xanth from dreary Mundania. But recently the pollution from the outside world has grown ever greater, and young Gary Gar, latest in a long line of gargoyle guardians, is finding it ever more d... more »ifficult to fulfill his responsibilities.
So Gary does what any sensible Xanth resident with a dire dilemma would do. He goes to see the Good Magician Humfrey, who sends him on a peculiar quest--to transform himself into human shape, tutor a precocious child with more than her share of wild magical talents, and find a philter which can restore the river to its previous pristine state.« less
A gargoyle is sent on a quest to try to find a way to reverse the pollution damage in one of Xanth's rivers. This is once again the typical Anthony Xanth formula, but if you love it, you'll still love it. Some of the overlooked bit characters from the early days of the series get some time here. It's worth a shot.
I'll be honest, I love the Xanth series, but this is where the series jumped the shark for me. It's not a bad book, and not the worst in the series by any means, but it seems like the sole purpose of this book was to "explain" the continuity errors in the previous novels, and the plot gets bogged down in explanations that, honestly, are hard to follow. There are some good novels that follow this one, like "Yon Ill Wind" and "The Dastard," but this is the first Xanth novel that I really did not enjoy reading.