Tough Traveling: Missing Heirs
The Thursday feature “Tough Traveling” is the brainchild of Nathan ofReview Barn, who has come up with the excellent idea of making a new list each week based on the most common tropes in fantasy, as seen in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones. Nathan has invited anyone who is interested to come play along, so be sure to check out the first link for more information.
This week’s tour 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.
The challenge this week wasn’t so much about coming up with an actual list, but it was with writing up my descriptions for some of these books without revealing any spoilers.
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller
I’m okay to reveal this, since it’s part of the main set up for the story. In the kingdom of Clemen, tyrannical Duke Harald is brought down by his traitorous bastard-born cousin. Believed to be among the casualties is Harald’s infant son and heir Liam, but in fact the baby was whisked away to safety by his nursemaid, who intends to raise the boy in secret until he is old enough to take back his stolen throne.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Going to be hard to talk about this book without getting into spoiler territory over here. Suffice to say, if you’ve read this far (its book three of the series) you would have discovered that a lost princess is finally found and revealed.
The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
At the heart of this book is a romance, so I can’t say it has the most original story line. You can sort of see it coming a mile away, but the gist of it is this: a lost princess, a prophecy foretelling the return of “The Royal One”, and the pivotal role this lost heir will play in the fate of a kingdom.
Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
Another one I can’t say much about without revealing key plot points in the story, but all I’ll say is this is an awesome book about a man in a Greatcoat embroiled in a royal conspiracy who goes above and beyond his duties to fulfill a promise to his murdered king.
Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan
My lips are going to remain sealed on the actual details, but the title says it all. In the last book of this series, a missing heir is revealed. Let’s just say there’s a good reason why these books are called the Riyria Revelations. The final installment blew my mind, with all the clues planted like seeds all over the previous books finally all coming into full bloom.
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Okay, I’m running out of ways to be subtle and vague. A lost heir long thought to be gone is revealed in this, that’s all I’ll say! The question I’m pondering is whether or not he or she is truly who they claim to be. I share doubts with a certain character, but my gut feeling is that it’s legit. But then, we all know GRRM and his ways…