Stymy Stork refuses to deliver Surprise Golem’s baby, because Surprise is too young, per the dictates of the Adult Conspiracy. After the stork flies off with his bundle the two bratty children she’s babysitting and the pet peeve resolve to bring the baby back. Hardcore Xanth fans will enjoy the pun-filled journey, but other readers may raise their eyebrows at how often the Adult Conspiracy fails to protect teenage girls from sexual activity. In the end, Surprise and her baby reach home—but is this the home and husband they left?
- Cat. No.