Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is MISSING HEIRS
MISSING HEIRS occur with great frequency. At any given time, half the countries in Fantasyland will have mislaid their crown princess/prince.
I have no intro to give you so let’s jump right to it.
Tomjon – Wyrd Sisters – Oh those meddling witches of Lancre. A young baby is thrust into Granny’s arms just ahead of the pursing soldiers. After a short demonstration to the soldiers of what leads to a long life (i.e. not messing with Granny) she finds herself holding a young prince in her arms.
What to do, the kid isn’t safe in town. So he sent to live with some traveling actors and the kingdom is forced to live with a nasty Duke/Duchess combo. All the witches have to do is wait eighteen years for the kid to grow up and they can work to put the rightful heir back on the throne. Of course, Granny isn’t known to be the most patient of people…
Carrot – Discworld by Terry Pratchett – Yes I can put Pratchett on my list twice. Just like in last year’s Barney Awards there are things I am allowed to do just because. And Carrot is a special case because he is not exactly missing. One of the most visible and well known people in the entire city he was adopted by dwarves who found him (and this strangly solid sword) after an obvious violent run in that left him alone. He just happens to have a birth mark that people find VERY interesting. And the resemblance to kings of old is uncanny.
Strange thing is at one point in time the possible proof of his royal linage was brought out. Unfortunately some careless oaf lost it. Now who was it that last had the papers in his hands?
Sage –The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson- Sometimes a missing heir is just an excuse. Nobleman Conner plans on taking full advantage of a young prince’s death by finding several lookalikes and training them to be the Prince. As Sage soon finds out, Conner is playing for keeps.
He has to do everything he can to become a prince no one has seen in years, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of Conner’s plans for him. Because if he is going to be Prince, puppet is not going to be his other title.
Everyone –A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin – You read that right. Every single named character in the book is most likely the long lost descendent of either the Barratheons or the Targaryens. If you start off assuming that, and that if you like the character he/she is about to die, then you are properly prepared to read the series.
[Spoiler] –Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Hidden right in plain sight. In Stardust [spoiler] is part of the game of the dying king decides to play. [spoiler] first is seen as a [spoiler] and others are completely unaware of [spoiler]’s role. So when [spoiler] and [spoiler] are off doing [spoiler] then [spoiler] [spoiler] [spoiler] [spoiler] [spoiler].
It really is a good book, and the movie was better than I expected as well. Especially the addition of [spoiler].
With that I must quit because this is a rare week where I can’t think of a single one I left out. Hopefully others we strong or we may see the same four on everyone’s list. Naw, my fellow travelers never fail to amaze me with their awesome knowledge.
Join us next week as we look for BUGS
BUGS- Not in the Tough Guide but it should be. Let’s all find anything creepy or crawly, big or small, six legs, eight legs, or more. Bugs, bugs, bugs.
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