Geis of the Gargoyle

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Geis of the Gargoyle
Geis of the Gargoyle cover.jpg
Author Piers Anthony
Cover artist Darrell K. Sweet
Carol Russo Design
Country United States
Language English
Series Xanth Series
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
February 1995
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 315 pp (hardcover 1st ed.)
ISBN 0-312-85391-2
OCLC 31518074
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3551.N73 G35 1995
Preceded by Harpy Thyme
Followed by Roc and a Hard Place

Geis of the Gargoyle is the eighteenth book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.[1]


Seeking a spell that will restore the polluted river Swan Knee to a state of purity, guardian Gary Gargoyle finds himself face-to-face with the Magician Humfrey. Humfrey tells Gary to go and find the philter. Instead of serving the usual one year, Gary has to become a man with the help of Trent, who has gone into the brain coral's pool along with his wife Iris, and civilize a 5 year old child named Surprise. Iris comes along for the quest after having a rejuvenation potion. Surprise is a kid with as many talents as there are thinkable, but only one at a time. When Gary gets some direction and they go off to search for the philter in the middle of the madness, which is spreading farther out, in the ruins of stone hinge. Once there, in an attempt to search for where the philter could be Iris recreates the past that Gary her them from reading the stones After the illusions are being recreated, some illusions that aren't Iris's come and start communicating with the group. eventually they find that the illusions are trying to steal Gary's soul. Then they find that there is a demon creating the illusions, and that that demon is the philter, and in order to stop the madness from spreading, and to clean the rivers coming in to Xanth, they have to put the philter back into 'The Interface'. An old spell that the ancients who created stone hinge used to tame the madness, and separate Xanth from Mundania. They had apparently thought that the philter had also gone into 'the interface', but it had managed to hide itself instead of going in. After much confusion,they manage to get the philter into the interface. In finding the philter, they also find out that Surprise can only use each talent once, and then can no longer do the same thing. Surprise became way more mature after learning that she can't perform the same talent more than once, and Gary no longer has to purify the river of Swan Knee.

Characters in Geis of the Gargoyle[edit]

Gary Gargoyle
Demoness Mentia, Demoness Metria's worse half
Surprise Golem
Sorceress Iris
Desiree Dryad
Hannah Barbarian
Gayle Gargoyle
Phil the Philter