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# 27 - Cube Route [CuR]

For nearly three decades, Piers Anthony's bestselling Xanth series has been delighting tens of thousands of fantasy fans around the world. Now, with Cube Route, the series' twenty-seventh adventure, Anthony has penned a tale that adds another dimension to this exciting saga.In the magical land of Xanth, wishes are far more than mere words. So when a Plain Jane called Cube whispers a wistful wish to be beautiful, she finds herself leading a company of colorful companions on a search for the mysterious Cube Route--a perilous path that leads to danger, adventure, and perhaps her heart's desire as well.This curious quest takes them all over Xanth, into the mythical realm of Phaze, and even to our own world, where Cube rescues a beautiful human woman from a very ugly situation, ending at last in a mysterious Counter-Xanth where things can be transformed into their opposites in the wink of an eye.A rollicking tale brimming with laughter, wonder, and enchantment, Cube Route is also a moving exploration of the beauty that dwells within all of us.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Metria Demoness Hades Lover of Gromden; wife of Veleno; mother of Threnody, Ted, and Chaos; troublemaker who has a problem with vocabulary; has alter egos Mentia and Woe betide 01
Melody Human Xanth singing/playing something real Daughter of Ivy and Grey, triplet 04
Harmony Human Xanth singing/playing something real Daughter of Ivy and Grey, triplet 04
Rhythm Human Xanth singing/playing something real  Daughter of Ivy and Grey; triplet sister of Melody and Harmony; betrothed to Cyrus when she gets old enough; mother of Kadence, she was 12 aged to 22 at the time; was called Rhyme while with the Troupe. 04
Ryver Human Xanth Water magic Son of Lucana and Vernon; husband of Cube. Originally one of the challenges Lacuna faces at Humfrey`s castle, he can control water and make it take on any shape. He becomes Lacuna`s son in her retroactive family. 01
Tessa Human Mundania Sidestepping into next realm with Cory 06
Cory Human Mundania Sidestepping into next realm with Tessa 06
Cube Human Xanth Summoning and Controlling Nicklepedes Wife of Ryver; plain; age 20; only wants to be beautiful,so goes to the Good Magician who sends her on a Quest which will make her beautiful. She has gumption. 01
Karia Alicentaur Xanth Mate of Drek; mother of Hadi; spaces out when her name is said; called Kay to avoid affect 01
Drek Dragon Xanth Mood Breath Mate of Karia; father of Hadi; found hiding in Phaze. His breath ranges for flower-like when he is in a good mood to sickingly rancid when in a bad mood. 05
 
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 (To Come) [FS]  43 Jest Right (To Come) [JR]   
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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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