“ Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Piers Anthony / Edition: First THUS / Mass Market Paperback / 307 Pages / Book is published 1982-09-12 by Del Rey Books „
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Ogre Ogre is the fifth book in The Xaneth series written by author Piers Anthony. Xaneth is a Magical land full of Ogres, Centaurs and people with Magical Abilities. Book 5 features a teenage Ogre named Smash who has a father who is a vegetarian Ogre. Ogre's in Xaneth are not known for being very clever but in this case smash becomes intelligent after a battle with an IQ vine.
The book also features a character named Tash who is half human and half nyph. She needs to go on a quest to find someone help protect her against a demon who wants to rape her. This is where it confuses me to what sort of market he is going for is he going for a younger or older Market. He could have still have had a demon in the story but having him want to rape her is a bit too much.
The book has some elements that would be suitable to children like they have magical trees that grow food on them like a cake tree and any food you can imagine.
The bit of the story where smash now becomes smart because of the IQ vine is an interesting one. Imagine taking any predator we have now and giving it the ability of thinking of right and wrong. That would leave the animal starving because it would being thinking of the after effects of killing its prey.
The book also features a character named Good Magician Humphrey who is a bit too similar to the wizard of OZ except asks whoever he helps to perform a years' service with him.
The series has the ability to do well if he really decides who his market is for because this could do well in the children's market if he took out the adult bits of story.
This book does not seem to continue from the other books but it would be a good idea to read the first book to better understand some of the characters.