By Piers Anthony
Be cautious what you need for . . .
“I’m truly a wise woman who could make any guy an outstanding spouse. yet no guy sees that. No guy is attracted to my brain or character, simply my whatevers. So here's my want: I’m board stiff. i would like event, pleasure, and Romance.”
So starts off Piers Anthony’s thirty-eighth Xanth novel, within which inappropriate Kandy seems at her mirrored image within the water of the shallow good and sees luxuriant midnight-black hair achieving all the way down to her breathtakingly slim waist, matching the darkish eyes in her stunning face. A torso that comes with regards to absolute perfection. She is man’s hope. that's a part of the matter. within the shallow magic of the good, she asks that her want be granted.
whatever occurs. A unexpected whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her garments. She is altering by some means. Then she falls flat at the ground.
actually. She has been reworked right into a flat, stiff board with knotholes for eyes.
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Publication Date: 2013-10-11
Number of Pages: 334
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That is Rand’s to decide,” Perrin said slowly, satisfaction fading. It might be odd to think of people wandering about naked as a small problem, but this was definitely a bigger. And one he had been avoiding as hard as he had what lay to the north. On the far side of the wagon circle, nearly two dozen women sat on the ground. All well-dressed for travel, many wore silk, most with light linen dustcloaks, but not a bead of sweat showed on any face. Three appeared young enough that he might have asked them for a dance before he married Faile.
North and east it blew, past an ancient arch of finely worked stone that some said had been a gateway to a great city and others a monument to some long forgotten battle. Only weathered, illegible remnants of carving remained on the massive stones, mutely recalling the lost glories of storied Coremanda. A few wagons trundled by in sight of the arch, along the Tar Valon Road, and folk afoot shielded their eyes from dust raised by hooves and wagon wheels and driven by the wind. Most had no idea where they were going, only that the world seemed to turn somersaults, all order ending where it was not gone already.
Something would have to be done about that, but later. She would not display weakness by asking what they did now. Turning back to the battle, she found the balance changing, and in her favor it appeared. To the south fireballs and lightning bolts plummeted as heavily as ever, but not in front of her, and it seemed not to the west or north either. What struck toward the wagons still failed to reach the ground more often than not, yet there was a definite slackening of the Aes Sedai’s efforts. They had been forced onto the defensive.
Board Stiff (Xanth, Book 38) by Piers Anthony