| War and wizardry, dark deeds and derring-do, matters of state and matters of the heart, and a dragon who thinks she's a sheep named Bernice ... Split Heirs is nonstop action and nonstop laughs from the king and queen of humorous fantasy, the funniest high fantasy epic since Monty Python and the Holy Grail!
Home of elegance and culture, the Ancient and Honorable Kingdom of the Hydrangeans traces its history back through thousands of generations of refined and noble (if slightly ineffectual) blood. Most recently, the Ancient and Honorable Kingdom of Hydrangeans has been conquered-by the mighty and fearsome (if slightly moronic) Gorgorians, led by the barbarian warrior Gudge.
Now a tiny rump of bold Hydrangean exiles prowls the forests under the command of the mysterious and conspiratorial (if slightly indecisive) Black Weasel, determined to retake the capital and expel the invaders. Any day now.
Now King Gudge the First reigns at the Palace of Divinely Tranquil (if slightly confused) Thoughts. Now Queen Artemisia, beautiful (if slightly unwilling) Hydrangean bride to Gudge I, hides in the most isolated room in the Palace, eager to give birth to his long-awaited male heir...
Now the very stones of the castle ring with Artemisia's terrible shriek: "Three?" Now Queen Artemisia contemplates the charming Gorgorian belief that triplets are a sure sign of the mother's adultery -- and the charming Gorgorian punishment for adultery: death.
Now Queen Artemisia sends her faithful servant Ludmilla on a secret, desperate mission to her outlaw cousin the Black Weasel, bearing with her the infant girl and the younger boy. Now it's a pity Ludmilla's eyesight is so bad, she takes both boys instead...