This book is called Night Mare. It is written by Piers Anthony. In this book, the next wave of barbarian warriors invade a place called Xanth ravaging and destroying as they advanced. But a Mare named Imbrium has her own problems. She has started to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Now the Night Stallion dismissed her, exiling her to the day world.
Piers Anthony is the pen name of Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob. He was born on August 6 th, 1934 in Oxford England. He has written over 100 novels in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and martial arts. Some of his other books include, Split Infinity and Changing the Lady. In Xanth, deserving people receive nightmares. They are delivered by Night Mares from the gourd.
The gourd resembles a Mundane squash with a hole on the surface. If one peeps into the hole, they become entranced into the gourd. Their body stays outside, but their soul goes into the land of the gourd. The only way to be released, is if someone blocks the victims view of the peephole. Inside the gourd there are several sections, the graveyard, the city of Brassies and all kinds of spooky stuff. When you go into the gourd and then leave, when you look at the peephole again it takes you right back to the place you left.
Inside the gourd is where nightmares are made. Nightmares are each constructed for each individual who is to receive it. People must have nightmares. If they didnt, they wouldnt have any consciences. Nightmares make you a better person. The Night Stallion is in charge of the gourd.
He assigns the nightmares to the Night Mares who deliver the bad dreams all over Xanth and sometimes Mundania. Night Mares are solid black and are immortal. They phase out in the darkness and travel all night delivering nightmares. You can tel that one has been there by the hoof prints they leave behind. The most famous Night Mare is Mare Imbrium. She had always had a secret desire to see a rainbow.
Since Night Mares can not be out in the day, she had never seen one. After she received half a soul, which ruined her, she no longer had the right attitude to deliver her nightmares with the malice in which they were to be delivered. So the Night Stallion fired her and sent her to day duty. Day Mares deliver day dreams.
They also have been known to show up in Mundania. After she became a Day Mare, Mare Imbrium was told by the Night Stallion to deliver a message beware the horseman. This started an adventure that consisted of saving the whole of Xanth. I hated this book because it is a science fiction book and it was so boring to read. Although it kept me going for a couple of chapters, it got really hard to read after about the fourth chapter. Night Mare is written by Piers Anthony.
I didnt like the book very much because it is a science fiction. It was about Night Mares that bring bad dreams to people that deserve them.