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Xanthous on the French Cover of A Grimm Warning
Biographical Information
World The Land of Stories
Title(s) Unknown
Also known as The Yellow Fairy, "Xanny" (Mother Goose)
Physical information
Species Fairy
Gender Male
Age Unknown
Hair colour Yellow/Orange
Eye colour Red
Other Traits Parts of him are ablaze
Family information
Family Members Unknown
Affiliation Fairy Council
Land of Stories
First Appearance The Wishing Spell ch 12
Appeared in Book(s) The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms


Xanthous is an original character from The Land of Stories series. He first appears in The Wishing Spell, ch 12.

He lives in the Fairy Kingdom and is part of the Fairy Council. His name is derived from Greek [xanth|os|] and means "yellow".

 Appearance and Personality

He wears a bright yellow costume. Some parts of his body are in flames.[1]

When Xanthous is at the twins' home guarding them, he is described as very strict, but fair, and a bit of a stickler for rules and duty.[2] He isn't very impressed with the Otherworld's inventions (such as television), but this may be because he keeps switching on the fire alarm with his flames.[3]

When he presents Alex' case at the Inauguration Ball in A Grimm Warning, he is said to enjoy the attention of the crowd very much.[4]


1. The Wishing Spell

The Fairy Council hosts a trial for the fairy Trix and the Fairy Council is about to sentence her, when Conner speaks up on her behalf. He manages to change the fairies' minds and Trix is pardoned.

2. The Enchantress Returns

Xanthous is sent to guard the twins in their world together with Sir Lampton. Later, The Fairy Council is shown as at a complete loss in the face of Ezmia's power. They refuse to give in when Ezmia comes to taunt them, but are unable to stand up to Ezmia's powers and are captured. They are saved by Alex and Conner. At the end of the book, the Fairy Council agree with the Fairy Godmother to close the gateway between the two worlds.

3. A Grimm Warning

Xanthous is part of Alex' inauguration to the Fairy Council. He explains to the Council and the Happily Ever After Assembly that she chose Cornelius over the other unicorns and thereby passed the test of kindness.[5] He fights alongside the Charming Army aginst the Grande Armée, using his fire to make their cannons explode.[6] When Lieutenant Rembert attacks once again, he and Skylene take care of it.[7]

4. Beyond the Kingdoms

The Council accuses Alex of neglecting her Fairy Godmother duties and spending too much time trying to find the Masked Man. They give her an ultimatum, which she refuses, and they "ungodmother" her. When the Masked Man and his army arrives in the Land of Stories, the Fairy Palace is destroyed and the members of the Fairy Council are turned to stone.[8]


"[the number one rule of being a fairy is] To never, under any circumstance, use your magic harmfully against another person, place or thing."[9]

"What on earth is a circus?" Xanthous said, unsure whether he should take offence.[10]

“I've seen Magic Mirrors do much more impressive things,” said Xanthous, “Although one thing I think I definitely could do without is the fire alarm. If I set it off one more time, I swear I'm going to yank it off the wall and smash it into pieces."[11]

"Get out of this palace before I turn you into ashes," Xanthous said, and his whole body burst into flames.[12]

“Alex! Conner! Thank the heavens you're all right! I've been looking for you everywhere!”[13]

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  1. TLOS I, ch 12, p. 270
  2. TLOS II, ch 6, p. 84-85
  3. TLOS II, ch 7, p. 90
  4. TLOS III, ch 8, p. 153
  5. TLOS III, ch 8, p. 153
  6. TLOS III, ch 28, p. 426
  7. TLOS III, ch 31, p. 468
  8. TLOS IV, ch 30, p. 416
  9. TLOS I, ch 12, p. 271
  10. TLOS II, ch 5, p. 74
  11. TLOS II, ch 7, p 89-90
  12. TLOS III, ch 8, p. 162
  13. TLOS III, ch 27, p. 400
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