Meisha Merlin, Sept 2003, 25.00 272 pp.
He is known as The Great Skeeve, a powerful magician that others fear, but he knows that it is mostly smoke and mirrors and that he ranks out as an apprentice. He retires from his position as Court Magician, a very profitable endeavor and returns to Klah to study magick so that he can be what his reputation advertises. Staying with him at his inn is his dragon, Glee, the war unicorn Buttercup, and Bunny a beautiful and intelligent woman.
Using a D hopper, Wensley from the dimension of Wuh meets and begs Skeeve to use his powers to get rid of the Prevects that control his world. Unable to think of an immediate way to control the Prevects, Skeeve picks up Tanada the Trollup and Zol Itchy, the self-help guru of Kobold and heads for Wuh to liberate the wuhs. What Skeeve doesn't know is that the Prevects have a business contract with the Wuhs and they have to meet it or see their reputations ruined. These two groups are working at cross-purposes laced with several misunderstandings and the results are totally hilarious.
This is a very funny lighthearted fantasy that will be appreciated by those readers who read the previous Skeeve and Aahz books or the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. Skeeve is his usual charming, urbane yet naive self who takes up for the underdog (in this case the Wuhs) who don't really appreciate his efforts. Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye are great collaborators and together create a work that is refreshing as the previous Myth novels. MYTH ALLIANCES demonstrates that humor done right can be an integral part of a fantasy novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner