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# 29 - Pet Peeve [PP]

An abominable army of automatons has plunged Xanth into dire peril in Pet Peeve, the 29th hilarious adventure in Piers Anthony's beloved fantasy series. All that stands between the enchanted land and destruction is a most unlikely hero, a forlorn, mild-mannered Goblin named Goody, whose courteous ways have earned him the scorn of his ill-tempered goblin fellows.

Assigned by the Good Magician Humfrey to find a appropriate abode for the Pet Peeve--a foul-mouthed fowl who insults anyone it encounters, Goody reluctantly sets out on this daunting quest, armed only with a bag of half-spent spells, and guarded by a brawny woman warrior called Hannah Barbarian.

But when Goody's mission unknowingly triggers an invasion of Xanth by a horde of mechanical marauders from a faraway Robot World, he must enlist the aid of Xanth's many denizens--dragons, zombies, centaurs, demons, elves, and even goblins like himself. And, in the heart of Goblin Mountain, Goody finds an unexpected ally - Gwenny Goblin, a beautiful, strong-willed goblin chief who can help him rally Xanth to repel the robot army, and perhaps mend his broken heart as well.

Brimming with heart-stopping adventure and heart-warming delight, overflowing with wicked wit and wanton wordplay, Pet Peeve is Piers Anthony in rare form, an exceptional new chapter in the continuing chronicles of Xanth.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
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. 09
Gwenny Goblin Xanth Chief of Goblin Mountain; daughter of Godiva and Gouty; wife of Goody; a pretty, young Goblin princess who is lame and has poor vision. Her mother helped her find a way to compensate for her handicaps so she can claim the Chiefdom of Goblin Mountain. Jenny Elf`s closest female friend. Also known as Gwendolyn. 11
Hannah Barbarian Human Xanth Deadly accurate with weapons Wife of Roland Robot; mother of Cyrus Cyborg; militant female barbarian. Also known as Hannah the Handmaiden. 02
Goody Goblin Xanth Bouncing objects back Son of Grotesk; husband of Go-Go and Gwendolyn; polite, fairminded goblin, unpopular with his own kind; offered as an alternate companion to Dug for his adventure in Xanth. Also known as Gory. 01
Peeve Bird Xanth Bird who insults everyone in the voice of the person holding it. AKA Sickly Green or Pet Peeve 02
Roland Robot Xanth Husband of Hannah Barbarian; father of Cyrus; first robot with a soul program. 18
Parody Bird Xanth Another name for the Peeve or Pet Peeve. 02
 
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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