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# 43 - Jest Right [JR]

All of Xanth is a stage as an unlikely hero saves the show in the New York Times–bestselling series.
 
There’s no shortage of laughs when Jess is around; she’s been cursed to have nobody take her seriously. But her dubious talent comes in handy when she meets the very handsome showman Magnus. He promises to fake taking her seriously—if Jess joins his traveling show.
 
But first they must see the Good Magician. He will give them the use of the flying Fire Boat to tour the realm if they complete a quest. The only problem is, he can’t remember what quest. Something to do with night mares, day mares, and one or two future princesses.
 
As Jess and Magnus try to unravel the mystery, they discover their true mission: to save Xanth from a big bird with a bone to peck . . .

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Dolph Human Xanth Shape Changing Son of Irene and Dor; brother of Ivy, younger; husband of Electra; can change his own form instantly, which is helpful in his many adventures, some incognito. He was once betrothed to Nada Naga and Electra at the same time. 06
Sea Hag Human Xanth Immortality Wife of Green Horn; sorceress who achieves her immortality by taking over the body of a new person or creature after her old one dies. Previously known as Sea Girl when she was young. 04
Peeve Bird Xanth Bird who insults everyone in the voice of the person holding it. AKA Sickly Green or Pet Peeve 09
Imbri Night Mare Gourd See Mare Imbrium 00
Ragna Roc Xanth render things illusionary or return them to real A powerful Roc Magician who tried to take over Xanth by turning people into ghosts if they didn`t want to swear fealty to him. 04
Kadence Human Xanth Aligning People and Things to a Cadence. Organization Daughter of Rhythm and Cyrus; due to a bad spell which accelerated time, she was delivered almost immediately and aged to 6 years old before Rhythm could stop the aging. 03
Em Pathy Human Xanth Alters Emotions Translates for Ragna Roc 06
Myst Human Xanth can become a patch of mist Curly mouse brown hair, hazel eyes. Adopted by Merge and Hapless. 01
Win Human Xanth always having the wind at one`s back Adopted by Tiara and Mitch 01
Santo Human Xanth makes holes Adopted by Fornax and Nemesis, will grow up gay. 00
Squid Alien Xanth Adopted by Kandy and Ease; mock octopus. 01
Tata Dogfish Xanth Character in `The Lizard of Waz`. a computer dogfish pet. Host to Princess Eve. His bark is worse that his byte. 09
Fibot Boat Xanth Name of the Fire Boat, with a sail made of fire 01
Noe Human Xanth girl of the swamp, noe the prettiest, smartest, luckiest girl. To be Santo`s girlfriend. Cute when cleaned up. Hair and eyes the color of hope. 00
Ula Human Xanth being useful in ways no one expects —“Sea Jewel” A lost nine year old girl they pick up—. Kadence`s host. Orange hair and eyes. 09
Aria Human Xanth Melody`s daughter, age 10, from the future. Will be hosted first by Squid, then by Noe. Golden eyes and hair. 00
Mairzy Doats Night Mare Xanth Day Mare of the abandon Hope gulf course. A white horse 04
Atrocia Human Xanth Jess`s alter-ego for the shows 00
Nia Human Xanth making two spots on the wall, like glaring eyes. --“romantic female” Nia for short Grandmother—talent of making two spots on the wall, like glaring eyes. Dark brown hair, gray eyes, heavyset. Talent enhanced. But in this novel, she`s 21 and outstandingly beautiful. Now those eyes can travel far afield and see things for her. 02
Dell Human Xanth changing color, texture, smell, taste of things Young man—“of the open dell” Dell for short, talent of changing color, texture, smell, taste of things. Age 22, nondescript light brown hair, brown eyes, forgettable face, nothing special physically or mentally. Talent enhanced. 02
Magnus Human Xanth verisimilitude: making shows seem real. handsome stage magician. Dark brown hair, nice physique, classic features, blue eyes, arm muscles. Talent of verisimilitude: making shows seem real. 01
Jess Human Xanth not to be taken seriously Main character, the lady jester. Dirt brown hair, sickly green eyes, dull figure. Cursed not to be taken seriously. But without the curse, she is lovely. 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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