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# 41 - Ghost Writer in the Sky [GWITS]

Two Ordinary People from Mundania travel to Xanth to defeat a rogue Night Colt in the latest in a beloved series from bestselling author Piers Anthony.

The Night Colt has one ambition: to deliver dreams to the deserving. Unfortunately, only Night Mares can take on this task, and the Colt has no hope of leading his own herd if he can’t get any practice. . . . So he’s struck a deal with a Mundane. During the hours when the Night Mares rest—dusk and dawn—the duo plants stories in the air, compelling the people of Xanth to enact them—whether they want to or not. Unwilling to participate in these fantasies, the princesses of Xanth, Dawn and Eve, come up with a plan to fight the menacing pair, but they’ll need the help of two unlikely heroes to succeed.

In Mundania, a mysterious painting entrances Ordinary People Tartan and Tara. But why do they each see something different when they look at it? They quickly learn that it’s not a painting after all, but a portal to a magical world. With nothing to lose, they climb through the portal into Xanth and are met with a plea to help stop the Night Colt and his ghost writer.

Tartan and Tara don’t hesitate to join the quest to save Xanth from the ultimate pun-tastrophe. Together with their new friends, they’ll begin a journey full of magic and romance—and, of course, puns—that will lead them to a long-lost prince, a beautiful dragoness, the goddess Isis, and a demon named Ted.

With rip-roaring humor and nonstop adventure, the newest addition to Piers Anthony’s popular Xanth series is sure to enchant fans of epic fantasy.

Ghost Writer in the Sky is the 41st 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
Ted Crossbreed Xanth Son of Metria and Veleno now 21. . Handsome, well constructed, curly brown hair 04
DeMonica Crossbreed Xanth Daughter of Nada and Vore; hair changes without notice. Now 21. Dusky curvaceous beauty. 04
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. 02
Eve Human Xanth Knowledge of inanimate Daughter of Electra and Dolph; sister of Dawn, twin; wife of Pluto. Her Magician caliber talent enables her to tell anything about any inanimate thing. Seen as a lovely age 18 in Faun and Games. Plays panpipes. 02
Dolin Human Ptero doing the right thing Son of Taplin and Dolph, delivered 1091 muscular, handsome, flowing yellow hair, crown, 25. Pronounces “weave” as “weeve.” “The Cowardly Scion” in play 05
Isis Goddess Mundania lovely goddess of fertility who it turns out is the Orb 05
Bernard Human Xanth Controls time The Magician of Time 10
Drew Human Xanth Reality Sensate Focus son of Dolph and Nada Naga 10
Magician of Time Human Xanth Control time Also called Bernard 07
Tata Dogfish Xanth Character in `The Lizard of Waz`. a computer dogfish pet. Host to Princess Eve. His bark is worse that his byte. 07
Amara Human Xanth Asexual aromantic young woman, host for Isis. Pretty, shapely, host to the Goddess Isis. Doorthy in play 05
Mera Human Ptero traveling between realities soft brown hair, brown eyes, crown, beautiful, 18. Princess Taplin`s younger sister by two years. In 237, lovely, golden hair, figure flirting with perfection. AKA Merara, Merari 05
Dolin`s Host Human Xanth knowing when to keep his mouth shut an ignorant country boy 05
Emerald Dragon Dragon dragon in human form. As dragon, silver with emerald (green) edging on her scales. As human, silver hair, green finger and toe nails. “The Lizard of Waz” in play 04
Tara Human Mundania “tower”--Mundane woman brown hair brown eyes, ordinary. “the Carecrow” in play 03
Tartan Human Mundania “commander in chief”--Mundane man brown hair brown eyes, ordinary. “The Trim Woodsman” in play 03
Night Colt Colt Xanth a son of the Dark Horse 01
Ghost Writer Human Mundania Goar “fighter”. “The Wazard of Wiz” in play 01
Goar Human Mundania “fighter”--the Ghost Writer. “The Wazard of Wiz” in play 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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