By Piers Anthony
An blameless piece of Mundane Snail Mail has provoked the feared Demon Jupiter to hurl his crimson Spot on the magical land of Xanth. because the dire Dot attracts nearer, the unwelcome ordeal of saving the enchanted realm falls to Umlaut, an not likely lad with an unknown previous and an doubtful destiny. With a handful of colourful partners at his facet, Umlaut needs to resolve a high-stakes intergalactic puzzle, discover the key of his mysterious prior, and discover ways to comprehend the urgings of his personal heart.
It could have been the merest probability that introduced Umlaut to fortress Zombie that morning and introduced him on a harrowing experience. yet within the magical land of Xanth, issues are seldom left to likelihood, and adventures lurk round each corner.
An unassuming younger guy with a uncanny knack for attracting attractive younger women and an unusual expertise for emulating a person he wanted, Umlaut was once compelled to escape a flock of overly pleasant women by way of disguising himself as a Zombie woman. In his haste to discover a hiding position, he chanced on himself face-to-face with a dreadful dragon and feared he could quickly meet his finish. yet in Xanth, issues are seldom precisely as they appear, and he quickly chanced on that the dragon was once fairly a sinuous lady sea serpent named Sesame, with a present just like his personal, who had develop into by accident entrapped within the Castle's dungeon.
When the 2 ensue upon a packet of mail from Earth added by means of mischance to the Zombie King, they inadvertently set in movement a sinister scheme that may spell the tip of Xanth. A letter they ahead to the Demon Jupiter abruptly enrages him, inflicting him to ship his personal crimson Spot hurtling towards Xanth. quickly every little thing is up in a heaval, for not anyone is familiar with how one can ward off this interplanetary peril. Even the great Magician Humfrey is baffled, for a few unusual strength has obscured the long run. In desperation, he instructs Umlaut and Sesame to convey the rest letters to their far-flung recipients, within the faint wish that this can by some means cease the Spot.
As they set out on their appointed rounds, Umlaut and Sesame are quickly joined by means of tom cat pals, Jenny Elf's better half, Sammy Cat, and a beautiful, prescient creature named Claire Voyant who can occasionally see the longer term. Beguiled and bedeviled via the scrumptious Demoness Metria, who makes use of her shapely resources to distract him from his target, 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 house of all desires and nightmares, to the unmagical land of Euphoria, the place he meets a candy and sprightly younger lady named shock who captures his center. yet earlier than Umlaut can entire his quest and go back to his cherished, he needs to resolve the unfathomable puzzle of his personal lifestyles, that is in some way inextricably entwined with the destiny of Xanth.
A satisfyingly suspenseful story full of secret, magic, and merriment, Up in a Heaval is fascinating and pleasing delusion event from the pen of a grasp storyteller.