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# 40 - Isis Orb [IO]

A quest to fulfill a lifelong wish turns into an adventure rife with magical creatures and arduous tasks-and puns, of course-when New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony revisits the enchanted land of Xanth

In Xanth, everyone has a talent. But that doesn't mean everyone loves his talent, and no one understands that better than Hapless. Endowed with the ability to conjure any instrument he wants, Hapless could be an extraordinary musician if only he could play a tune that didn't fall ear-piercingly flat. His one desire is to find an instrument he can play-and maybe a girlfriend or three. But like music, women have never been his forte.

When the Good Magician hears about Hapless's desperate desire, he sends the young man on a quest to find the elusive Isis Orb, a magical talisman that could fulfill his wish. But the mysterious Egyptian goddess for whom the orb is named guards the enchanted object and won't let anyone see it-let alone use it.

Setting out to achieve the impossible, Hapless meets an eclectic mix of creatures that join him on his journey. Like the musically challenged Hapless, they all have wishes they hope the Isis Orb will grant. But the only way they can control the orb is to capture the five totems from the regions of Xanth: Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and the Void. Together, this motley crew will heroically fight dragons, a six-headed griffin, and even a beautiful, seductive water gorgon who tries to rain on Hapless's parade.

With its thrilling exploits and endless humor, the newest addition to Piers Anthony's beloved Xanth series is sure to keep readers enthralled.

Isis Orb is the 40th book in the Xanth series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Merge Human Xanth The 5 sisters: Black, brown, blue, red, yellow become one. Marries Hapless. 11
Myst Human Xanth can become a patch of mist Curly mouse brown hair, hazel eyes. Adopted by Merge and Hapless. 11
Carmen Gorgon Xanth the gorgon of Water 12
Faro Crossbreed Xanth Fear O Heights—corruption of Faro--winged centaur who wants to know how to get over her fear of heights. Plays the drum, variable size. Brown hair, white wings, auburn hair/mane. Totem = Void 07
Quin Crossbreed Xanth polite harpy/dragon crossbreed who wants to find out how to become human. Breathes steam. Plays the accordion. Totem = Air 06
Nya Crossbreed Xanth dragon/naga with wings who wants to find her purpose. Naga form has human head, breasts, and arms. Breathes fire. Plays the harmonica. Her purpose: to be an envoy between dragons, naga, and humans. Totem = Fire 06
Zed Crossbreed Xanth centaur whose father was a mundane zebra, so he has stripes; he wants to find true love. Plays the double bass saxophone. Totem = Earth 04
Feline Crossbreed Xanth age 20. human/cat crossbreed who wants someone who will love her even without curves. Can assume either form. Hair or fur is blue/white striped. Plays the kit: a small violin. Totem = Water 03
Hapless Human Xanth he can conjure any type of musical instrument but can`t play any; Wants to play one well. In the end it turns out that his talent is for conducting, not playing. Age 21. Faded gray eyes, dirt-brown hair, dull average excuse for nothing much. Marries Merge. 01
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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