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# 36 - Luck of the Draw [LOTD]

Piers Anthony takes us back to Xanth in this luckiest volume yet! Bryce is summoned to Xanth as part of a wager between the Demons Earth and Xanth. To his surprise, he has left behind his home and family and eighty-year-old body forever, in exchange for youth and magic... and a quest. He must court and marry Princess Harmony, who is anything but willing to be courted! Luck of the Draw is Anthony's thirty-sixth pun-filled adventure in the magical land of Xanth.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Harmony Human Xanth singing/playing something real Daughter of Ivy and Grey, triplet 01
Woofer Dog Mundania sniffing out any living thing Mate of Rachel; pet of Sean Baldwin; large mongrel; dark fur; migrated to Xanth when got old 01
Piper Human Xanth makes music Lover of Pundora; boyfriend of Granola; suitor of Harmony; boyfriend of Anna Molly. A fine but homely piper; Pundit made him a handsome man to use his music to summon and store puns but was changed into a a gelatinous monster when they were lost and cursed so only if he finds a beautiful princess to marry and stay in the castle will he be able to be changed back. Harmony gives him a magic Piccolo; takes the hypnotic Gem. Also known Music Monster. 04
Lucky Human Xanth luck Suitor, feckless, talent to be lucky for a set time. Harmony`s gift: a charm that focuses and charms luck; takes the Dress. 06
Arsenal Human Xanth Suitor, expert in combat that he sees or trains in. Harmony`s gift: a pen knife that can cut or sketch; takes the Sword. 06
Pose Demon Hades Suitor, wants to take over the kingdom from within by marrying Harmony. Harmony`S gift: mini bottle to camp in; takes the Ring of Power. Aka D. Pose 06
Anna Molly Human Xanth anomaly Girlfriend of Piper (WTC); posed as the sister of Justin Kase but is him transformed into a woman with a new talent, thin but fit, dark hair, one blue, one brown eye. Harmony`s gift: mini-purse; takes the Bee. 06
Mindy Human Mundania Two days short of age 20 (suicide in Mundania), blond hair, glasses, 5 feet 4 inches 160 pounds; loves to laugh; shy around new people, outspoken amid friends; loves puns, the worse, the better; resents anyone judging another, but doesn`t stay angry long, just hurt; doesn`t like heights; a bit clumsy, but a genius. AKA Melinda. 02
Rachel Dog Mundania Finding things, sometimes before they are asked for. Mate of Woofer; old service dog, black and white German short-haired Pointer. 01
Bryce Human Mundania Seeing 10 seconds ahead with left eye Husband of Bev; father of two sons and a daughter; suitor of Harmony; gray eyes. In Mundania he is 80, overweight, with type 2 diabetes, clogged arteries, prostate cancer, and 1-2 years to live; rejuvenated to age 21 in Xanth. Harmony gives him a magic Pen; does not get the Monocle. Will not Marry Harmony, even though she chose him, because she is still too young. 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 (Apr/17) [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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