Question Quest (Xanth, Book 14)

By Piers Anthony

Being grown up is a drag . . . or so thinks Lacuna, one of many michievous citadel Zombie twins. So she makes the great Magician gray an a suggestion he can't refuse. Thirsty for a style of the Elixir of adlescent, she'll support him outwit the evil Com-Pewter if he'll ship her to Hell (in a handbasket, no much less) to discover Humphrey, the lacking sorcerer. And whereas there, she'll study the real heritage of Xanth (simplified) and support rescue a blushing Rose from the demon X(A/N) . . . with assistance from a gorgon or .

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She had instructed me her tale, and she or he already knew mine. So our purely current drawback was once easy methods to deal with our organization, while fortress Roogna may permit her marry just a right Magician and wouldn't enable her go away prior to she did. The fortress had no longer expected the procedure of a non-Magician who knew adequate of magic to get via. It had attempted to cringe me and had failed, probably partially since it attuned to the kingly event I had had and will now not be particularly sure that I wasn’t a Magician. however it wouldn't enable Rose move. She was once Rose of Roogna now, and the fort was once in impact her mother or father. i actually couldn't query that; it had taken excellent care of her for (almost) and a part centuries. Had it no longer performed so, i wouldn't have met her, and that will were catastrophe. “Where is that this college of Magic? ” I requested. “I have realized of so much magical issues of Xanth, yet now not that. ” “That’s since it isn’t of the human realm in Xanth,” she stated. “I examine it in an Arcane textual content. it's a demonic establishment. so much demons dwell less than the floor someplace; just a couple of hassle to discover the outside, after which they aren’t very excited about it. ” “I know,” I murmured, taking into account Dana. She have been stuck with a moral sense, so had needed to undergo the indignity of human fallibilities of moral sense and love. She were a superb spouse in each recognize, until eventually she succeeded in casting off her judgment of right and wrong. Our son, Dafrey, used to be a great individual too; I was hoping he didn’t lose the sense of right and wrong whilst he married and sired offspring. general demons simply didn’t care greatly approximately people. “Yes, you do,” she agreed, touching my hand. She had reviewed my courting with Dana and didn't carry it opposed to me. Rose was once my moment real love, and will be my first married real love, due to MareAnn’s made up our minds innocence. “So you want to cross one of the demons, and sign up for their collage, and go their classes and get your measure, and be a Magician, after which we will be able to marry and be at liberty jointly. ” “But I don’t have the way to touch the demons,” I protested. “And if I did, I can’t imagine what could convince them to enable me sign up for their college. ” “There is a spell for summoning demons in a single of the tomes within the citadel library,” she acknowledged. i spotted that that library was once anything I needed to see. i'll most likely spend years there, studying the issues I had now not been in a position to study in other places. If I acquired to be a real Magician and married Rose, the citadel could enable me do this, whether it didn’t enable me remain in a single day. “Maybe i may make a few type of deal,” I acknowledged. I suspected that i wouldn't get pleasure from regardless of the demons demanded, yet i used to be relatively certain i wouldn't get pleasure from existence except Rose, so this used to be the lesser of discomforts. “I shall cross in and locate that quantity and research that spell,” Rose stated. “Meanwhile, probably Soufflé let you shower within the moat. ” The monster serpent hissed angrily on the concept, no longer in need of its great moat dirtied via my dirt. yet Rose grew to become her head and checked out it with only a tiny trace of reproach, and the creature melted out of sight.

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