Key to Havoc [ChroMagic Series Book 1]
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by Piers Anthony
Category: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Description: 1,000 years ago Earth colonized the planet Charm. But the population of Charm is now far removed from their ancient ancestors. Technology has been lost over the years but the people have something better--Magic! Charm is a world covered by volcanoes, each erupting a different color of magic. Everything within a particular Chroma becomes that color. Plants, animals, insects, and even humans all become one color and can perform that color of magic. Traveling is dangerous because a person leaving their native Chroma home can no longer perform their color magic. Havoc is a barbarian living in a non-Chroma village, where no one has magic. As a boy, he rescued a dragon that rewarded him with special magic; to sense pending danger. His gift becomes more valuable than he can imagine as he is suddenly drafted and forced to become the new king of the planet. He must perform his duties or be executed for treason. To make matters worse, the assassin who killed the former king is now after Havoc!
eBook Publisher: Mundania Press LLC/Mundania Press LLC, 2003
eBookwise Release Date: August 2004
194 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [962 KB]
Reading time: 643-901 min.
"I loved the book. I didn't want to see it end ... It's quite worth reading."--David McGrath, Multum in Parvo
"Piers Anthony is one of those authors who can perform magic with the ordinary--[He] is a craftsman, and, like a skilled furniture builder who can make a chair much more than a place to sit, makes a book more than words to read."--A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction
"His portraits of aliens and their societies is one of his great strengths as a science fiction writer."--20th Century Science Fiction Writers
Assassination! Havoc continued calling out names, and the arrests were publicly made. Suddenly an arrow flew from above the audience. It struck the figure of Havoc in the face, and exploded. Gale and the child in red screamed and clutched each other. The king's head became a fireball. Then the body fell, headless. The crown that should have protected the king was still sitting at the side of the stage, supposedly forgotten. Havoc had done his best to trigger an assassination attempt, and had succeeded. King Havoc is dead!" a Representative cried. A female figure appeared, completely red, glowing with the aura of her power. "Not quite," she said, her voice dulcet yet possessed of vital authority.