Typical Pier Xanthony...character (Ivy) on a quest....finds love (Grey)...battles protagonist (Com-Pewter)....and lives happily ever after. The good: story crosses the Xanth/Mundania barrier and makes things somewhat interesting among the stereotypical characters. The bad: story bogs down later into a Matrix - Part III train wreck where Grey suddenly decides that things are really as they should be: the end. After finishing the last page, I had the same reaction as when I watched Matrix III: WTF??