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Although the Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth, Mare Imbrium discovered that ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Exiled to the day world with a message for King Trent, Mare met the relentless, unforgiving Horseman. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare! From th Although the Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth, Mare Imbrium discovered that ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Exiled to the day world with a message for King Trent, Mare met the relentless, unforgiving Horseman. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare! From the Paperback edition.


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Although the Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth, Mare Imbrium discovered that ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Exiled to the day world with a message for King Trent, Mare met the relentless, unforgiving Horseman. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare! From th Although the Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth, Mare Imbrium discovered that ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Exiled to the day world with a message for King Trent, Mare met the relentless, unforgiving Horseman. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare! From the Paperback edition.

30 review for Night Mare

  1. 5 out of 5

    R.S. Merritt

    So nostalgic going back and rating this. I think I still have a few of the Xanth series floating around in my paperback boxes. Really was one of my favorite series as a Young Adult.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    A nightmare is actually a mythological creature 30 December 2011 Well, at this point in the Xanth series we are starting to move away from the main characters from the previous books to single books, set in Xanth, evolving around a new character. In this novel we meet Mare Imbrium, a Night Mare. Nightmares are given the task of carrying bad dreams to the people of Xanth. However Imbrium's problem is that she has obtained half a soul (which she got from the previous book) and this has affected her A nightmare is actually a mythological creature 30 December 2011 Well, at this point in the Xanth series we are starting to move away from the main characters from the previous books to single books, set in Xanth, evolving around a new character. In this novel we meet Mare Imbrium, a Night Mare. Nightmares are given the task of carrying bad dreams to the people of Xanth. However Imbrium's problem is that she has obtained half a soul (which she got from the previous book) and this has affected her ability to carry out her task. Piers Anthony does like playing with words, but then he was not the first person to connect nightmares with horses. I have seen this a while back in the worlds of Dungeons and Dragons, where nightmares are from the nether regions, and are dark demonic horses that travel on paths of fire. However Anthony's nightmare is a little tamer than the nastier creatures that appear in Dungeons of Dragons. However, a little research has revealed that nightmares have been connected with horses long before the development of Dungeons and Dragons, and in fact are demonic creatures in German folklore (as is evident by this painting, so it seems that Anthony's pun has backfired): The other thing that I immediately noticed after reading the outline of the book, and that is the name of the nightmare. Mare Imbrium: that is the name of a region of the lunar surface which, for some strange reason, are called seas (even though there is no water in them – Mare is a Latin word that refers to a large body of water). I would have never picked that up when I originally read the book, however it has since jumped out at me from my computer screen upon noticing it this time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Swankivy

    Imbrium is the main character of this story. She's the author's first female protagonist in this series, and though she is a horse (a night mare to be exact), she's still handled with the same sort of disrespect that Anthony frequently frames his female characters. At one point she is made powerless because a man tricks her into being dominated by him (he gets on her back and fits her with a bit, and she can't escape), and later the same man turns out to be a shapeshifter who dominates her by sh Imbrium is the main character of this story. She's the author's first female protagonist in this series, and though she is a horse (a night mare to be exact), she's still handled with the same sort of disrespect that Anthony frequently frames his female characters. At one point she is made powerless because a man tricks her into being dominated by him (he gets on her back and fits her with a bit, and she can't escape), and later the same man turns out to be a shapeshifter who dominates her by shifting into his horse form while she's "in season." Convenient, no, that the female's one weakness is her complete inability to resist the sexy man? Her urges overcome her and she's done in by her own attraction! This is the kind of thing that makes a lot of these books sound like a disturbing boy fantasy. That stuff can really be dangerous. But I'll look at the story too. It's pretty inventive, though transparent in places. I still like the "gourd" world--the dream underground of sorts where nightmares come from. It was very clear that the man wearing a gold band was the same person as the horse wearing it, so I don't know what Anthony was trying to pull with that revelation. I also thought the succession of kings was interesting . . . the existing king was in an apparently hypnotic state and couldn't rule any more, so the successor got on the throne, and one by one their consciousnesses were captured by the Horseman. The rule was that Xanth could only be ruled by a Magician-class talented person. And when they start running out of possible kings, oh dearie me, it strikes them to wonder . . . hey, maybe we could get chicks to do it! Girl kings! No one ever thought of that before, even though the definitive factor for eligibility was supposed to be their magical strength. The very fact that anyone had to consider this a revelation is pretty telling. But for some reason, especially when I was a kid, I found it engaging to find out who'd be the next king to lead Xanth through an influx of attacks from Mundania while fearing being the next to be captured.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Orneck

    Frustrating though imaginative, mean-spirited and misogynistic, an example of how not to portray women in fiction. It saddens me to say that this will be the last Xanth novel I read for the forseeable future. Once I slogged through Night Mare I no longer wanted to spend time with this writer, and it’s for the strangest reason: This book, featuring a female protagonist destined to save her kingdom from ultimate destruction, is just a diatribe against women. Imbri is a former Night Mare, a horse th Frustrating though imaginative, mean-spirited and misogynistic, an example of how not to portray women in fiction. It saddens me to say that this will be the last Xanth novel I read for the forseeable future. Once I slogged through Night Mare I no longer wanted to spend time with this writer, and it’s for the strangest reason: This book, featuring a female protagonist destined to save her kingdom from ultimate destruction, is just a diatribe against women. Imbri is a former Night Mare, a horse that brings bad dreams to all the people in Xanth. After the events of Ogre, Ogre she is no longer able to do her job properly, and so she’s fired and sent to help stave off the next major invasion threatening Xanth. Not only is a barbaric army cutting a swath down through Xanth toward the seat of power, someone is also magically taking out the kings of the nation, and no one can figure out why. Where Ogre, Ogre represents the best of Piers Anthony, the next book in the series manages to be his worst. Imbri and her companions are constantly demeaned, and usually it’s the women themselves that are constantly talking about the weaknesses of their gender. Over and over again the women in this book opine that they don’t really want to be valued members of society, they just want to be longed for by their men, that their intelligence is the ugliest trait, and that they should use their bodies as bait for the enemy. This misogyny culminates in a climax scene where a character must conquer her own weak feminine biology in order to prevail against her enemy. I wish I could recommend skipping this book, but Fantasy readers tend to be completionists, and that requires reading even the horrible entries in a series. For me, it’s going to take a long time before I will be able to get back to Xanth. Let’s just say, I’ll need to spend some time away from the Gap Chasm in order to forget it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    mila.

    For someone who hasn’t read any of the Xanth novels, this book was very interesting. In my opinion I felt that the middle was a little boring but the ending made up for it. I do think that if others want to read this book they should read the first Xanth novel to get a better understanding.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wolfkin

    a good Xanth book. We're into the realm of Xanth books I hadn't previously read before. This one is quite good. A solid read. This book has a nice strong pace with a strong changes to Xanth for the better. I'm a much bigger fan of letting Queens rule rather than defining women as Kings but I'm sure most modern fantasy blog writers would call me backwards for that just as they call Xanth forward for it. But finally (view spoiler)[Irene gets Magician tagged (hide spoiler)] and we have a new invasio a good Xanth book. We're into the realm of Xanth books I hadn't previously read before. This one is quite good. A solid read. This book has a nice strong pace with a strong changes to Xanth for the better. I'm a much bigger fan of letting Queens rule rather than defining women as Kings but I'm sure most modern fantasy blog writers would call me backwards for that just as they call Xanth forward for it. But finally (view spoiler)[Irene gets Magician tagged (hide spoiler)] and we have a new invasion to deal with. Great book. So good I might want to downgrade some of the other ones.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristen (belles_bookshelves)

    "Naturally no human person was a handsome as a horse." First non humanoid-protagonist in a Xanth novel, Night Mare features mare Imbrium (named after the "mares" on the Moon - a tidbit I had to look up, then found interesting) attempting to help thwart a barbarian invasion from Mundania. I love prophecies, because I love spending the book trying to figure things out. Anthony is great at creating a story, where, at the climax, everything falls perfectly into place. Eureka! Plus, a horse as a heroi "Naturally no human person was a handsome as a horse." First non humanoid-protagonist in a Xanth novel, Night Mare features mare Imbrium (named after the "mares" on the Moon - a tidbit I had to look up, then found interesting) attempting to help thwart a barbarian invasion from Mundania. I love prophecies, because I love spending the book trying to figure things out. Anthony is great at creating a story, where, at the climax, everything falls perfectly into place. Eureka! Plus, a horse as a heroine!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Moira Russell

    I think this is the only Anthony book I've ever read. I don't know why I never read more of him so I could have the horrific double-vision OH GOD NO experience later in life so many of my GoodReads peers did. I mean, that sounds so appealing! ....I think I was distracted by Le Guin.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    4 Stars Night Mare is the sixth book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. Things take a strange and somewhat disturbing turn for Mare Imbrium. The Night Mare's task of delivering bad dreams begins to skew. What's that got to do with the Barbarian Warriors who have been invading the kingdom? Well worth the read to find out. The Xanth Series is quite a really long series that has spanned many decades. I remember reading the first few books back in the very early 1980’s and was totally captivated by 4 Stars Night Mare is the sixth book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. Things take a strange and somewhat disturbing turn for Mare Imbrium. The Night Mare's task of delivering bad dreams begins to skew. What's that got to do with the Barbarian Warriors who have been invading the kingdom? Well worth the read to find out. The Xanth Series is quite a really long series that has spanned many decades. I remember reading the first few books back in the very early 1980’s and was totally captivated by the epic fantasy that unfolded before my eyes. I collected all the books as each new one was released and have revisited them a few times over the years. Recently I had been reorganising my bookshelves, because eight book cases have become insufficient to house all my books (#bookwhoredilemma)- and it came to the point where I was going to have to get rid of some of my older books/series in order to make way for new favourites. I looked at all the larger/longer series first and this is one of the larger series that I have, it came under scrutiny. I decided to reread all the books I was considering getting rid of first- before making a final decision. I can honestly say that although I these books didn’t blow me away as they once did- I still really enjoyed all the adventure, magic, swords & sorcery like epic fantasy that Mr. Anthony is renowned for. He has imbued his stories with plenty of humour, a playfulness, lots of fun, action, some history, conspiracies, secrets, surprising developments, and much, much more. We meet so many varied and original characters along the way- the books are full of wonderful fictional beasts and paranormal creatures/beasts. From centaurs, to demons, dragons, fauns, gargoyles, goblins, golems, harpies, merfolk, elves, nymphs, ogres, zombies, and curse fiends- and a few more I am sure I have missed. The world of Xanth is wonderfully rich and vividly descriptive. It is really well written and is so easy to imagine, it came to life before my eyes. Each ‘person’ in Xanth is born with their own unique magical ability, which is called a ‘talent’. We follow along on many epic adventures and explore the world as the story unfolds. I have many fond memories of reading this book/series- and in the end I can’t cull any of my collection. So I decided to just purchase a couple of extra bookcases instead. #myprecious A series worth exploring- especially for any epic fantasy lover who loves some fun and humour served with their adventure. Thank you, Mr. Anthony!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen Robare

    I have finished the 6th book in the 42 book Xanth series. :) I am having fun taking a walk through memory lane. Many of my adored books of youth do not stand the test of time but so far this series has. Yes, it straight out fantasy with dragons, wizards, ghosts, zombies, chimeras, goblins, dryads, a Siren and a Gorgon, and many other creatures out of fantasy. But the star of the books is the PUNS! So many and they are so clever. This book deals with the nightmare ( Mare Imbrium) that Tandy stole I have finished the 6th book in the 42 book Xanth series. :) I am having fun taking a walk through memory lane. Many of my adored books of youth do not stand the test of time but so far this series has. Yes, it straight out fantasy with dragons, wizards, ghosts, zombies, chimeras, goblins, dryads, a Siren and a Gorgon, and many other creatures out of fantasy. But the star of the books is the PUNS! So many and they are so clever. This book deals with the nightmare ( Mare Imbrium) that Tandy stole a ride on and that helped Chem Centaur in the previous book. Because she helped Chem, he gave her half of his soul. This soul is causing problems for Imbrium because she is no longer content to deliver nightmares to (in her opinion) undeserving people. She now has a conscience and that doesn't gel with her job. The night stallion sends Imbri to visit King Trent and made her liaison between the night and day world. So, Imbri sets out for Castle Roogna to deliver the message to King Trent. On the way she is captured by "the horseman". She is rescued by the "day horse". Imbri arrives at Castle Roogna just as they are preparing for the wedding of Dor and Princess Irene. Chameleon takes Imbri to meet King Trent and they find out that he has been ensorcelled which leads Dor to take the throne in the interim. King Dor order Chameleon (his mother) and Mare Imbri to visit the Good Magician Humphrey's castle to ascertain the reason for King Trent's condition and how to break the curse if it is one. By this time King Dor has also been ensorcelled and so Jonathan, the Zombie Master ascends the throne. He soon suffers the same plight his predecessors did and Humphrey takes the throne and heads off to do battle with the individual who is causing the situation and he designates Bink the next king. And the story continues on! :) This book was intriguing because of the number of intelligent adult individuals (some on their way to senior citizen status) who fall prey to the same enemy. It was good to see almost all the previous characters involved and it though the circumstances were "dire" it was almost like a grand reunion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Athimar

    Night Mare is one of Mr. Anthony's best early Xanth novels. It nicely ends the first chapter in the ever continuing Xanth trilogy. It brings all the main players from the first five novels together in one major story arc - a new wave of ferocious warriors from Mudania, led by a mysterious figure known only as The Horseman, is making its way through Xanth toward Castle Roogna. Somehow they have been able to incapacitate the King of Xanth, and then his heir, and then the next in line, and so forth Night Mare is one of Mr. Anthony's best early Xanth novels. It nicely ends the first chapter in the ever continuing Xanth trilogy. It brings all the main players from the first five novels together in one major story arc - a new wave of ferocious warriors from Mudania, led by a mysterious figure known only as The Horseman, is making its way through Xanth toward Castle Roogna. Somehow they have been able to incapacitate the King of Xanth, and then his heir, and then the next in line, and so forth, and so on. The Night Stallion sends an emissary from the Gourd, Mare Imbri, to work with Chameleon and stop the kings of Xanth from being taken out before there aren't any more sorcerers left to fill the position. As many of the characters from the first four novels are in that line of succession, we get to revisit all our old friends. In particular, I was very happy to read about Bink again - the main character from the first two Xanth novels. And man - I forgot what a bad arse he could be! In this novel, he's like an older Arnold Schwarzenegger - single-handedly kicking people's butts until he too falls prey to the strange illness affecting one king after the other. This story is excellent and well thought out. When you get to the end and all is revealed, many of the events that occurred earlier in the novel become much more meaningful - in fact, I think that this is one novel that deserves at least one re-read so that you can appreciate all the hidden setup work Mr. Anthony put into the story. Also, Mr. Anthony brings one large inequality in Xanth society to an end. Let all the sorceresses in the land rejoice! And yes, off course there are a great many puns for you to enjoy! I give the novel 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks for the novel Piers!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book is something of a departure from the 5 that preceded it, e.g. because the plot departs - at last - from the tried-and-tested formula of the hero or heroine undertaking a lengthy journey as a rite of passage and turns instead to warfare and strategy. I think the author tries (not necessarily convincingly) to make up for the misogyny of the previous books by abolishing the discrepancy in status between the male and female characters and showing that the females actually dealt with the si This book is something of a departure from the 5 that preceded it, e.g. because the plot departs - at last - from the tried-and-tested formula of the hero or heroine undertaking a lengthy journey as a rite of passage and turns instead to warfare and strategy. I think the author tries (not necessarily convincingly) to make up for the misogyny of the previous books by abolishing the discrepancy in status between the male and female characters and showing that the females actually dealt with the situation more competently than the men. The development and denouement of the book are actually quite thrilling; the only problem is that it is actually glaringly obvious practically from the start just what the crucial connection is between the Horseman and the Day Horse. An enjoyable read, for all that.

  13. 4 out of 5

    William

    Sometimes when feeling down and in need of an escape, I visit Xanth. Again, I am glad I did as Night Mare is a light, fun, fast, enjoyable read. Anthony employs the same successful formula as compared to prior installments.. Yet he still manages to keep each forthcoming story fresh and creative. This particular volume reunited me with several favorite characters from all prior editions. The dream world aspect continues to be fascinating and entertaining. The major mystery revelation is fairly obv Sometimes when feeling down and in need of an escape, I visit Xanth. Again, I am glad I did as Night Mare is a light, fun, fast, enjoyable read. Anthony employs the same successful formula as compared to prior installments.. Yet he still manages to keep each forthcoming story fresh and creative. This particular volume reunited me with several favorite characters from all prior editions. The dream world aspect continues to be fascinating and entertaining. The major mystery revelation is fairly obvious. Most readers will likely solve it early on. The finale, especially the last sentence, is very sweet. Highly recommended for those seeking a brief entertaining escape from reality.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Devlin

    The story works very well as a culmination of the books that had followed. Seeing most of the main characters from preceding books play, sometimes small, yet useful parts in the story was quite enjoyable. While I didn't find myself to invested in the main heroine, I still found her a fine character and a fine catalyst for the stories monumental war on Xanth.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Data

    In his way, the author is trying to support women's equality, but it is just a little too condescending from the height of male superiority. The horses are a little too fantasitical for me

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

    Very enjoyable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    I rate it a great big, meigh.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Foster

    LOVED this one!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Like the point of view the story follows.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robynn

    This is his most heart-wrenching Xanth novel. It can't be my favorite but it might be his best written. Certainly the most intense.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Warner

    Heart warming to hear about King Imbri

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Clever, creative. Piers Anthony is brilliant.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connie Stinson

    My favorite of the Xanth series, first I read...adventure of Nightmare Imbrium through the magical land of Xanth.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amir Roth

    The first hint that Piers is short on ideas and the series may be going off the rails. Thought of quitting after this one. But glad I didn't.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liam MacLean

    pretty good but really different great book

  26. 4 out of 5

    John S. Guthrie Jr.

    Good story Been along time one since I read the book love happy ending and the plot as well as bringing others characters from previous books

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Rochon

    Excellent

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    These books are full of wonderful puns, loveable characters, and great, family friendly stories. Not my favorite of his books, but still good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John (Hey Y'all Listen Up)

    My second favorite Xanth novel. This has a war theme, which may turn off some readers. It's one of the most thrilling novels of the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    loved it, but a little slower then the others.

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