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# 35 - Well-Tempered Clavicle [WTC]

Picka Bones and his sister Joy'nt are off in search of adventure with three creatures newly arrived from Mundania--and not the sort of creatures you might expect! Join them in a madcap quest, in this 35th tale of the land of Xanth."Here we go 'Adventuring' in Xanth once more, meeting a horde of the familiar characters while running the gauntlet of a multitide of sins. ...Xanth remains a land of happy endings, however, and readers can expect the usual amount of enjoyment from this thirty-fourth Xanth tale." --Booklist on Knot Gneiss

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Midrange Cat Mundania awareness of coming problems Mate of Erin Kitty Litter; pet of David Baldwin; blond fur; migrated to Xanth when he got old. 01
Woofer Dog Mundania sniffing out any living thing Mate of Rachel; pet of Sean Baldwin; large mongrel; dark fur; migrated to Xanth when got old 01
Tweeter Bird Mundania Parakeet, Karen Baldwin`s pet, brownish feathers. Migrated to Xanth when got old. 01
Dawn Human Xanth knowledge of the animate, tell anything about any living thing Daughter of Electra and Dolph; sister of Eve, twin; wife of Picka Bone. Seen as a lovely age 18 in Faun and Games. Plays an ocarina. 01
Picka Bone Skeleton Xanth Plays music on his bones with his clavicles Son of Grace`l Ossein and Marrow Bones; brother of Joy`nt; husband of Dawn. 01
Joy`nt Bone Skeleton Xanth Daughter of Grace`l Ossein and Marrow Bones; sister of Picka; girlfriend of Skully Skeleton 01
PunDora Pun Xanth Girlfriend of Attilla the Pun; lover of Piper (WTC); girlfriend of Gattila the Gun; found Attilla was dead because of Dawn, she sought revenge and allied with Steel and Piper to find her. 03
Piper Human Xanth makes music Lover of Pundora; boyfriend of Granola; suitor of Harmony; boyfriend of Anna Molly. A fine but homely piper; Pundit made him a handsome man to use his music to summon and store puns but was changed into a a gelatinous monster when they were lost and cursed so only if he finds a beautiful princess to marry and stay in the castle will he be able to be changed back. Harmony gives him a magic Piccolo; takes the hypnotic Gem. Also known Music Monster. 10
Skully Skeleton Gourd Can change his bones to become weapons or other things Boyfriend of Joy`nt; ship sank out of the gourd. 08
Granola Giant Xanth finds whatever I seek in the next to last place I look for it Girlfriend of Piper (WTC); 50 ft invisible giant,also known as Granny Ola; plays a concertina. 06
Music Monster Monster Xanth See Piper (WTC) 10
KEY - Xanth Titles; so far, by the numbers: (Click on any Title for more info on that book)
1 A Spell For Chameleon [ASFC]  2 The Source Of Magic [TSOM]  3 Castle Roogna [CaR]  4 Centaur Aisle [CA] 
5 Ogre, Ogre [OO]  6 Night Mare [NM]  7 Dragon on a Pedestal [DOAP]  8 Crewel Lye [CL] 
9 Golem In The Gears [GITG]  10 Vale Of The Vole [VOTV]  11 Heaven Cent [HC]  12 Man From Mundania [MFM] 
13 Isle Of View [IOV]  14 Question Quest [QQ]  15 The Color Of Her Panties [TCOHP]  16 Demons Don't Dream [DDD] 
17 Harpy Thyme [HT]  18 Geis of the Gargoyle [GOTG]  19 Roc And A Hard Place [RAAHP]  20 Yon Ill Wind [YIW] 
21 Faun & Games [FAG]  22 Zombie Lover [ZL]  23 Xone Of Contention [XOC]  24 The Dastard [TD] 
25 Swell Foop [SF]  26 Up In a Heaval [UIAH]  27 Cube Route [CuR]  28 Currant Events [CE] 
29 Pet Peeve [PP]  30 Stork Naked [SN]  31 Air Apparent [AA]  32 Two to the Fifth [TTTF] 
33 Jumper Cable [JC]  34 Knot Gneiss [KG]  35 Well-Tempered Clavicle [WTC]  36 Luck of the Draw [LOTD] 
37 Esrever Doom [ED]  38 Board Stiff [BS]  39 Five Portraits [FP]  40 Isis Orb [IO] 
41 Ghost Writer in the Sky [GWITS]  42 Fire Sail [FS]  43 Jest Right [JR]  44 Skeleton Key [SK] 
45 A Tryst of Fate [TOF]  46 Six Crystal Princesses [SCP]  47 Apoca Lips (The Xanth Novels) [AL]   
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Doug Harter maintains the Xanth Character Database, updating it as new books in the Xanth series are released. Thanks to Piers Anthony, for letting me see some of his Character Notes, to Peg Rombach-Riggs who did the work creating the original table, Seajay who supplied the numbers, Dawn M. Burge for suggesting and helping Origin to be accomplished, and FNProgramvare's BookCat, which I use to store the Xanth Character info.
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