By Piers Anthony

A cataclysmic cloud hangs over the enchanted land of land of Xanth. 3 brave needs to enterprise into the O-Xone, a cybernetic interface among Xanth and our personal global, to rescue the enchanted realm from destruction.

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Breanna stated cheerfully. "Or perhaps will not see, because the case will be. " They moved out. Pia needed to admit it to herself: Xanth used to be attending to her. She cherished it, and she or he cherished the folk she used to be encountering the following. It used to be Edsel who had made the deal to get her the following, within the wish that it is going to swap her brain approximately their marriage. She had deemed forlorn desire of his, yet his possibilities not appeared fairly as distant. If she may possibly simply retain her great body-but after all this wasn't quite her physique. It was once a borrowed physique, greater than her personal. They again to the most course and headed south. quickly it fed into one of many enchanted paths, so they may chill out. they'd be secure so long as they stayed on it. by way of approximately midday they reached it. the distance Chasm was once a major cleft within the land, shedding awesomely a long way down. Pia felt a piece dizzy and sick peering down. the concept of crossing an invisible bridge not often appealed; how could they be aware of the place the sting of it was'? They ranged alongside the edge. "The bridge isn't really correct via the path," Breanna acknowledged. "This could be a lengthy seek. " Pia was once getting hungry. "Is it secure to forage the following? " "Perhaps I may still accompany you," Justin acknowledged diplomatically. "Fine. " He used to be continuously this sort of gentleman that she don't have minded his corporation whether she wasn't attempting to examine all approximately nature. They walked a piece clear of the chasm. "Those berries glance sturdy. " Pia stated. "They are first-class, yet no longer for eating," he stated. "Those are thimble-berries, worthy for stitching. " He picked one, displaying the way it used to be hole and healthy over the end of the finger. Then she observed what gave the look of pies starting to be, other than they'd projections at the aspects. "How approximately these? " "Now that is interesting," he acknowledged. "Those are the first actual of that kind i've got visible in Xanth. i do know them basically from an outline. they're Pie & Ears. word the ears at the facets. " in order that used to be what they have been. "Are they fit to be eaten? " "Oh, sure, definitely. yet most sensible to stick with those with ears. " "Why? " she requested, choosing one with no having a look. "Because after they have legs, they-" She appeared. a couple of legs hung down from the only she held. abruptly the legs moved. Alarmed, she dropped it-and the pie ran away into the comb. "They run away," she stated, realizing. "Yes. Or-" She used to be choosing one with a smiley face on its floor. She lifted it to her beginning mouth. The pie's eyes went around and its mouth shaped an O of horror. She set it down. "Point made. " She picked one with ears. they may listen, hut they did not protest. The others got here for pies in their personal. Then they settled right down to do an intensive look for the invisible bridge. yet earlier than they bought a long way, there has been a distraction. First there has been the sound: a raucous screeching. Then there has been the odor, as of week previous rubbish. "Uh-oh. " Breanna stated. "Perhaps it'd be expedient to hide," Justin instructed. "We are finally far from the enchanted direction. " "What is it-a ailing dragon? " Pia requested. "Worse," Breanna acknowledged. They moved quickly into the comb, yet prior to they can get out of sight, the horror arrived.

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