I'm looking for the name of this fantasy novel I read in the 90's. I can't remember too much about it, but I believe there was a female lead with a skeleton and chimera characters. I recall one scene in general where the girl is having an argument about syntax/sin tax. Any help is appreciated, thanks so much!

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    Almost anytime that you have wordplay/puns like syntax/sin tax your first best bet is to look at the Xanth series by PierS ANTHony (Santh/Xanth). Another secondary choice is the Myth series by Robert Asprin. – JohnP Sep 3 '13 at 17:57
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It sounds like it might be Harpy Thyme, from Piers Anthony's Xanth series.

The main character is Gloha, a hybrid between a harpy and a goblin. While I don't believe there's a chimera in it, there are skeletons (from the realm of bad dreams, although some, like Marrow Bones, are friendly), and there is a discussion about a sin tax (collected by a Sin Bursar, and Gloha confuses it for "syntax"; Xanth is based largely on puns).


Harpy Thyme by Piers Anthony in the Xanth series.

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