Isle of View

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Isle of View
Isle of View cover.jpg
Author Piers Anthony
Cover artist Darrell K. Sweet
Country United States
Language English
Series Xanth series
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Avon Books
Publication date
October 1990
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 335 pp (paperback 1st printing)
ISBN 0-380-75947-0
OCLC 22449674
Preceded by Man from Mundania
Followed by Question Quest

Isle of View is the thirteenth book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.

Plot introduction[edit]

Che, Chex Centaur’s winged foal, has been kidnapped by a group of goblins. It is up to Jenny, a girl from the world of Two Moons, to save him. Dolph finally has to decide who to marry: Electra or Naga Nada.

Plot summary[edit]

Characters of
Isle of View
Primary character Chex
Major characters Che

The book begins in mid-crisis: Che Centaur has been foalnapped. Jenny Elf, wandering in a myopic haze through the World of Two Moons with her cat Sammy, accidentally stumbles through a giant hole between dimensions and ends up in Xanth. Jenny eventually discovers Che being held hostage by a group of goblins, and her attempt to rescue him results in them both being captured by another band of goblins.

Nada Naga, Electra, and the original goblin gang work together and succeed in retrieving Che, Jenny, and Sammy from the new goblin kidnappers. Nada and Electra play a game of chance with the goblins to determine to whom Che goes; the goblins win. The four goblins, Che, Jenny, and Sammy go back to Goblin Mountain where Che is to live. There, Che and Jenny learn why the goblins had kidnapped Che in the first place: they wanted him to be the tutor and companion to Gwendolyn, a young goblin princess who was lame and mostly blind. Because the goblins only respect strength and power, Gwendolyn needed to be able to conceal her physical disabilities by riding on Che's back - otherwise she would be overthrown and killed.

As Che and Jenny are getting to know Gwendolyn, Che's parents call together all the winged monsters in Xanth to start a siege on Goblin Mountain. After much chaos, it is decided that Che will return to his parents, provided that they will take care of Gwendolyn as well.

Prince Dolph finally has to decide which one of his fiancees to marry: Electra or Nada.


  • Jenny Elf is named after a real reader, a twelve-year-old girl named Jenny Gildwarg, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that left her partially paralyzed.[1] The story is also chronicled in the non-fiction account, Letters To Jenny.


  1. ^ Anthony, Piers. Isle of View : 340 (Author's Note)