“This book has many elements that readers of all ages would enjoy in a good, light-hearted fantasy novel. Piers Anthony creates an unique world called Xanth that has magic galore such as centaurs, magicians, and sorcerers. This is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the magical elements that exist in Xanth. The characters are engaging, and since this is the first book in a long series, readers are sure to learn more about everyone, even the supporting characters, in later novels. However, the overwhelming quality that stands out for every reader is Anthony's humor. All aspects of the book are intertwined with sarcastic, witty, and even pun humor. Some of the humor can be overwhelming or a bit insulting, especially the jokes about male and female relationships, but overall the book is an enjoyable and quick read.
There is more to A Spell for Chameleon than meets the eye. The characters deal with philosophical issues that cause the reader to reflect on her or his own life. Some ideas that the protagonist grapple with throughout the course of the book include: 1) Appearances and how they can deceive us 2) How appealing a life of illusion really is 3) What does good versus evil really mean 4)Do evil creatures have souls? 5)The value of friendship and loyalty 6) And, of course, the enduing power of love. Add magic to the mix, and you have one dynamite book.
If you enjoyed this first glimpse of the "Magic of Xanth," I recommend reading more of the series because it only gets better. Anthony is a creative genius as he continually develops Xanth and the lives of his characters. This is not the last you will see of Bink, Chameleon, Trent, and Iris.”