Tough Travels – Orphans


Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is ORPHANS

No one in Fantasyland amounts to anything if they still have both parents.  Rule number one.  Thanks to Stephanie for the suggestion (and let us all be surprised together that it isn’t in the Tough Guide).

I feel there was a very popular book or series that uses this trope.  One we have talked about, oh, I don’t know, every single week of this meme.  Maybe something involving magic?  Or owls?  Huh, it will come to me.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)SageThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen  – I am at times accused of just not liking young adult.  This is false.  I just happen to be very picky about it when reading it for my own enjoyment.  So where I have a chance to promote those books I loved I will do so.   Sage is an orphan plucked from an orphanage as part as a nobleman’s plotting.

He is resourceful, smart, and has a few secrets of his own.  All told in a fast moving tail with a decent amount of depth, adventure, and even humor.  Also, the audio narration is first class and shouldn’t be missed.


CoinSourcery by Terry Pratchett – Oh I know I should have went with Carrot but he has shown up on list after list with his mysterious background, strange birthmark, and sword that always seem sharp (good upkeep is never really mentioned as a possibility).  And also an orphan.

But as far as I know poor Coin never made a tough travel list despite completly reshaping Discworld on a whim at one time.  So it is time for this poor orphan to get his due.  And yes, despite his staff’s true nature, I am calling the kid an orphan.

Join us next week as we look at PEOPLE ON BOATS

Grab a map of Fantasyland and you are sure to see there is water.  Of course not everything important is going to happen on land, right?  Sometimes people actually have to get on a boat and hit the water.  Where, being fantasyland, anything can happen.

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