Roc and a Hard Place (Xanth, Book 19) by Piers Anthony

By Piers Anthony

Looking an answer to a difficult own challenge, the delectable Demoness Metria asks for support from the clever Magician Humfrey. yet prior to he'll aid her, she needs to practice a deadly venture: Rove the size and breadth of Xanth looking for an appropriate jury for the trial of Roxanne Roc-a particularly noble and virtuous fowl charged with a such a lot inconceivable offense.

Exciting, exhilarating, and brimming with hilarious excessive jinks, Roc and a difficult position is Xanth at its such a lot enchanting.

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Her powerful thought came. Metria formed a mouth so it could drop open in amazement. Mara's talent wasn't to imitate bird calls, but to call birds-and she had just called the Simurgh herself! "Uh-I-I-" Mara began. YES, OF COURSE. BEGONE. Mara vanished. " Metria exclaimed. " BY WHAT DEFINITION, DEMONESS? Now the giant bird loomed close. Her feathers were like veils of light and shadow, and her head bore a crest of fire. The beats of her enormous wings were like waves of mist. She was an over whelming presence.

She sailed back over the mountain and landed on the ground beyond. The grass hopped out of the way before her derriere struck; it was the grass hopper variety. " she exclaimed aloud. " "I think I begin to see a pattern here, " Mentia remarked. "I think I'll leave you to your challenges. " "Oh no you don't! " Metria retorted. "You talked me into this nuisance; you'll help me see it through. Besides, I don't trust you with my husband while I'm away. You might promise him heaven, and give him hell, and I'd get the blame.

It was, of course, made of sand; if direct sunlight or water touched it, it would powder or dissolve away. So she put it back in a dry shaded section, and watched it wiggle off. "Disgusting," Mentia remarked to no one else in particular. " "No way. " Mentia grimaced with the left side of their face. " She looked around, using Metria's left eye. " "So is the come-quat tree," Metria agreed. " But Mentia could not be shamed. " "Sour grapes," Metria agreed. " Mentia looked around again, until the left eyeball was oriented completely to the side.

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