A pleasant maiden of the Black crest is caught taking rest upon a bed for wishful brides to be. (Although this fact is unknown to this young lady only fifteen.) The Zombie King seeing her healthy glow decides a kiss shall he bestow; thus evoking struggle and her cries of, no! In spite of her protests also waving her age; he implores, "You are fit and sharp of wit, the perfect wife."
Yet, in the mind of this maiden it is all for not, Her immediate thought: "You sicken me!" Sends her into a panicked flee from this creature of rot: Although her origins are mundane, within this magical realm she carries a gift, through the pitch black night her site can sift. Her fear and haste lead to a forest gone mad; where an old friend is found, a mare of dreams. Told of a magician to whom answers are wares, tasks currency. What duty she'll perform she has not a care, but in traveling far there are many dangers to fare. However, things are not as bad as they seem, for the mare will accompany her vie daydream. While on her quest to avoid becoming queen, this untame beauty opens her eyes, and gazes at a self unseen.
Jilted by his intended yet undeterred; The King of Zombies sends his entire kingdom to capture her. When word of the aroused brain dead reaches the three Lords of the main territory their thoughts turn to the Zombie Master. " If anyone knows what this half brained scheme is about it's surely him, said the eldest. Knowing that time is of the utmost importance due to a mysterious wedding marked for two weeks hence, the three lords set off toward Castle Decay. Their journey is shortened by one lord's shape shifting gift. ( Assuming the Character of a stone bird he allows the others onto his back for transport.) As leisurely their trek, the more bleak the news: "The Master is on leave, searching for a more fitting Zombie world," informed the master's wife. "His absence could explain the stir", the youngest noted aloud. "What?" Asks the wife, for this news to her. Having the lords fill her in, calls to thought an aspect left thin; "He isn't traveling the usual way." Seeing confusion playing on the faces of her guests; she quickly adds, we think travel during slumber best." Thus begins the quest of the three lords, and their ascent to frightening, but fascinatingly odd word's that show different natures of the same core.
My view: I see " Zombie Lover," as a matured "Alice in Wonderland." While keeping with the theme of adventurous journeys through magical realms; Piers Anthony brings readers to the brink with playful puns, and strong characters that tease us with not only imaginative solutions, but also their brassy suggestive speech. Not to be out shined the land Xanth has bounties of glamorous treats such as Pie trees and clothes hedges. As well as its own trickster persona Where terms like embarrassing could cause you to shiver, and a Paradox can leave you in a submerging bind. Now, let us come back to the word suggestive... "Are there a few naughty phrases that adults could riddle out? " I take great pleasure in telling you; Yes! In this, is where the fun crouches to pounce my hungry readers. Although I wouldn't recommend this tale to a well sheltered youth; I'd let an avid teen reader, and definitely a fire cracker of twenty and up take a gander. " Are there sexual scenes?" There are a subtle few, but art is the mirror of life and I don't know anyone who hasn't had a flash of mom in the shower: You shudder, say oh yuck, and life goes on. The basic facts are: "Zombie Lover," is a tale of growing into your own, whether you're a stubborn teen learning the boundaries, and when and if it's right to push them, or an adult struggling with old temptations. This novel turns depth to a light of childlike wit that will make you laugh, cry, and think with your heart. Any references to terms, quotes, scenery fictional or non were used for the readers benefit; in order to explain or enhance the subject written above. "Zombie Lover is the work of Piers Anthony. This review has been an Unscripted production written by: Lone wolf. This post was only a Fan's view of a novel and nothing more. As always... Happy hunting.