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7th Apr '18 10:53:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* BanishingRitual: ''And Less Than Kind'', the fourth novel in the ''Doubled Edge'' series, has a scene toward the end where Elizabeth and her Sidhe guardians must cast out the entity that is controlling Queen Mary.
9th Mar '18 12:11:37 PM Joyce13
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* The ''Hunter'' trilogy, with the first two books out so far, of a dystopian future Earth, where otherwordly creatures, most with some basis out of various myths and legends, appear and attack the world (most likely due to some Christians setting off a nuke in attempt to kickstart the Apocalypse). Hunters, or those born with some kind of magic, are normally recruited and trained by the capital, Apex City, to fight the monsters, known as Othersiders, with the aid of their Hounds, supernatural creatures that allied with the humans. The trilogy focuses on a young Hunter named Joyeaux Charmand.

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* The ''Hunter'' trilogy, with the first two books out so far, of a dystopian future Earth, where otherwordly creatures, most with some basis out of various myths and legends, appear and attack the world (most likely due to some Christians setting off a nuke in attempt to kickstart the Apocalypse). Hunters, or those born with some kind of magic, are normally recruited and trained by the capital, Apex City, to fight the monsters, known as Othersiders, with the aid of their Hounds, supernatural creatures that allied with the humans. The trilogy focuses on a young Hunter named Joyeaux Charmand.
31st Dec '17 8:23:42 PM MrInitialMan
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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Played with in one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels. During the final fight scene, an evil elf casts a spell on one of the heroes that deactivates the ammo in his gun. She then ignores that hero, because his only weapon is the gun, and, well, see the trope name. Too bad she'd never learned about speedloaders. And if that didn't work, the hero would have simply clubbed her with the gun.

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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Played with in ''Born To Run'', one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels. During the final fight scene, an evil elf casts a spell on one of the heroes that deactivates orders her elementals to deactivate the ammo in his gun.pistol. She then ignores that hero, because his only weapon is the gun, and, well, see the trope name. Too bad she'd never learned about speedloaders. And if that didn't work, hadn't worked, the hero would have simply clubbed her with the gun.his weapon.



* LiteralGenie: In ''Born to Run'', an elven sorceress commands elemental spirits to neutralize the gunpowder in the bullets of a gun so that they won't fire, and then ignores the guy with the gun. Too bad, because the spirits only altered the bullets ''in the gun'', and the guy's got a speed-loader.

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* LiteralGenie: In ''Born to Run'', an elven sorceress commands elemental spirits to neutralize the gunpowder in the bullets of a gun so that they won't fire, and then ignores the guy with the gun. Too bad, because the spirits only altered the bullets ''in the gun'', and the guy's got a speed-loader. [[JustifiedTrope It's said that elementals will pull stuff like that if they don't like you]].
31st Dec '17 8:20:45 PM MrInitialMan
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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Played with in one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels. During the final fight scene, an evil elf casts a spell on one of the heroes that deactivates the ammo in his gun. She then ignores that hero, because his only weapon is the gun, and, well, see the trope name. Too bad she'd never learned about speedloaders.

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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Played with in one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels. During the final fight scene, an evil elf casts a spell on one of the heroes that deactivates the ammo in his gun. She then ignores that hero, because his only weapon is the gun, and, well, see the trope name. Too bad she'd never learned about speedloaders. And if that didn't work, the hero would have simply clubbed her with the gun.
11th Dec '17 5:07:34 AM butterflygrrl
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* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: Averted in ''Music To My Sorrow'', where we are told that Eric has found a therapist that knows that magic and elves are real.

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* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: Averted in ''Music To My Sorrow'', ''Mad Maudlin'', where we are told that Eric has found a therapist that knows that magic and elves are real.
11th Dec '17 4:58:49 AM butterflygrrl
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* IdiotPlot: The main plot of ''Music to my Sorrow'' revolves around parents trying to reclaim their teenage children and fighting it out in court. Both kids are seventeen. They are friends with elves, and with humans who have gone Underhill and come out many years later in Above-time. The kids are hiding from their parents and desperately afraid of being taken back. It makes ''absolutely no sense'' that in both cases the heroes decided to open court cases and alert the parents to the kid's whereabouts instead of just popping them Underhill for a brief visit so that they're legally eighteen. Or, if they didn't want to do that, leaving them in the won't-tell-your-parents runaway program that they'd set up and paid for in the previous book! ''They only had to wait a few months.''
8th Dec '17 7:16:58 AM dlchen145
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Mercedes Lackey is a prolific author of {{fantasy}} and UrbanFantasy literature, as well as a lyricist, songwriter, and [[FilkSong filk singer]]. She started out as a {{fanfic}} writer.

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Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born June 24, 1950) is a prolific author of {{fantasy}} and UrbanFantasy literature, as well as a lyricist, songwriter, and [[FilkSong filk singer]]. She started out as a {{fanfic}} writer.
22nd Aug '17 7:49:02 PM PaulA
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* CloseCallHaircut: In ''Born to Run'', due to participating in a magical battle while exhausted (his aim goes to pieces when he's tired), Tannim accidentally gives an elf a 'Reverse Mohawk' because his magic bolt riccohets off and cuts a clean line along his scalp. The elf keeps this style for the rest of the book, despite their glamour magic.


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* TheFairFolk: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, the Seleighe and Unseleighe Sidhe are very real, both dwelling "Underhill", a sort of parallel dimension that is imbued with magic and touches on our world at "Nodes". They were driven there by the increasing preponderance of iron (which is hazardous to them) in the world, but some have adjusted and made a comeback. These books strongly feature the Seleighe/Unseleighe ("good"/"evil") divide among the Fairie. The Unseleighe make a living off evil, feeding off the psychic energy of pain and suffering. They also hold grudges millennia past their expiration dates and believe in returning all ills sevenfold. The Seleighe have a huge soft spot for children (explained by their own very small birth rate), and many books feature their efforts to protect abused kids, often by kidnapping them from desperate situations to raise as their own Underhill. For all their good qualities, though, even the Seleighe are often portrayed as supercilious, arrogant, and given to pettiness.


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* HalfHumanHybrid: The ''Bedlam's Bard'' series has half-human, half-elven characters, but also states that the species are not cross-fertile unless deliberate actions are taken to make them so. One plotline in one of the books is Beth and Kory searching for a means to accomplish this without resorting to the means used by Perenor to father Ria (which involved forcibly draining other humans of magic -- with frequently lethal consequences).


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* ImprobableWeaponUser: In one of the Serrated Edge stories, an ordinary human takes down a Banshee with a bottle of (blessed) soda water (containing iron filings). When asked how he managed to get cold iron into water, he replied "Never piss off an engineer."


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* TheKindnapper: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, the Seleighe elves have their reputation for stealing children because they hate to see a child endangered and have no problem with taking a child away from AbusiveParents.


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* LethalChef: One of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' books features a Sidhe warrior attempting to cook breakfast. Mind, the Sidhe ordinarily magic their food out of thin air... The sequence includes such gems as breaking the number of eggs required by the recipe and then "carefully picking out most of the shells" and figuring that hey, tomato paste, Tabasco... Both red sauces, a 1-1 substitution should be perfectly cromulent. This disaster actually becomes a major ''plot point'' instead of just a random funny. [[spoiler:He gives up after recognizing his failure and conjures the breakfast -- but doesn't do it sneakily enough, blowing his human cover identity.]]


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* TheMenInBlack: In the ''S.E.R.R.Ated Edge'' universe, agents of the covert government elf hunting organization are the Men In Green. The green is because of their special suits, which make them invisible to the Sidhe they're after.
* MuggingTheMonster: "The Last of the Season". What could be more helpless than a cute six-year-old girl holding a teddy bear?


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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: In the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series:
** There is a huge Western-style dragon with a vast, disorganized library, a love of Japanese, and the ability to shapeshift into a human. He wears Armani suits and ''loves'' popping popcorn. He also has a half-brother who is half human. His human apprentice and adopted son (even though he has a perfectly normal relationship with his parents proper) Tannim (meaning "son of Dragons") is the main protagonist of the book in which he first appears.
** There's also another [[spoiler:very antagonistic]] dragon who has a half ''kitsune'' daughter [[spoiler:who becomes Tannim's SO]].


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* ThePowerOfRock: In ''Music to My Sorrow'', the protagonists stop a riot and defeat the villain by staging an emergency magical rock concert. It helps that the main character is an elven-trained Bard who can rip holes in local spacetime with his music and their lead singer is gifted with the ability to influence the emotions of anyone who hears her sing.


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* TheShutIn: Victoria Victrix from ''The Secret World Chronicle'' became one of these through a combination of being betrayed by a lover and set on fire by a crazy relative. Her writing career allowed her to make a living without needing to leave her apartment for anything other than the horrifically stressful ordeal of grocery shopping, which she has to steel herself for days to perform, and does as early in the morning as possible so that she doesn't have to encounter many people. She starts opening up more after becoming a superheroine, but [[MissionControl her duties]] to her team are still arranged so she can perform them without leaving home, and her idea of hanging out with her teammates is to send an elemental to the bar where the others are hanging out to pick up drinks while she chats with them over the radio.


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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: In the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series, elves who get involved with humans are traumatized by the deaths of the people around them, especially lovers and spouses, but they live with it.
* TheWildHunt: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, both the Unseleighe and Seleighe Sidhe have a Fairy Raed. The Seleighe version hunts evil men whom mortal laws cannot touch, and the Unselieghe version hunts anyone foolish enough to be out during a Wild Hunt, but especially the innocent. Later ''another'' Wild Hunt shows up: this one composed of gods of death from forgotten religions. It hunts mortal and sidhe alike, wielding spears tipping with meteoritic iron.
21st Aug '17 9:10:47 PM PaulA
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* SafetyInIndifference: Her short story "Medic", based on her Filk Song of the same name, focuses on a combat medic who constantly transfers to new posts to avoid getting familiar enough with anyone to be hurt when they die.
* SapientSteed: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels feature Elven Steeds, who can also turn into cars. Or motorcycles, or whatever they feel like, really. They don't talk but are quite intelligent nonetheless. There are a few occasions where it's hinted that they can communicate, mostly by flashing their headlights, but can't actually talk. In ''Born to Run'' one of the Elven Steeds communicates telepathically with its rider to plan how to distract one of the villains.
* SidenoteFullStory: The main character of the short story "Wide Wings" was originally a minor character in ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'', one of the potential brides that the Prince rejects in favor of Odette. According to Lackey, Honoria stood up and announced that she wanted ''her'' story told, and she didn't really care what Lackey wanted.
* SituationalSociability: In the ''Secret World Chronicle'', Victoria Nagy has to constantly fight down panic attacks when she's outside her apartment or facing people. However, when running [[VoiceWithanInternetConnection Overwatch]], which she can do alone from inside her apartment, she becomes as confident and sassy as anyone.
* SleepingDummy: In one of the ''Doubled Edge'' novels, Rhoslyn needs to go Underhill while seeming to stay in the mortal world. She arranges a couple pillows under her blanket ... and then casts an illusion of her sleeping mortal disguise on the pillows.
* SplitPersonality: In ''When the Bough Breaks'', a young girl develops multiple personalities when her father starts raping her. One personality takes over whenever she realizes a rape is about to occur, to protect the other personalities from knowing what's been going on.
* SportsStory: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series is about elves who race cars.
* SuperWheelchair: In one of the ''Bedlam's Bard'' novels, a secondary character is left paraplegic by events in the book. In the epilogue, we learn that she was given a shape-shifting elvensteed to help her get around. It pretends to be a normal wheelchair when mundanes are around, and can pretty much do whatever she needs at any other time; no need for a handicap-accessible remodel of her home with it on the job.
* TechnicalVirgin: In the ''Doubled Edge'' series, Princess Elizabeth thinks at one point that should she be forced into an alliance marriage, "human to human she would be a virgin still". (She's sexually active through half the series, but with the elven lord Denoriel.)
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: In Mercedes Lackey's urban fantasies, this trope is out in full force. The secret government facility or evil corporations are more than happy to track down people with psychic or magic talents and do nasty things to them in the name of controlling them and/or using their powers.
* TooImportantToWalk: In the ''Doubled Edge'' novels, the dark Sidhe Aurelia occasionally travels by sedan chair, in part because steering the slaves via magical torture produces more magical power than she's expending.
* TroubledAbuser: In ''When the Bough Breaks'', the rich and successful father horrifically sexually abuses his preteen daughter. When he's brought to the elven version of justice, it's shown that his father physically and psychologically abused him as a child.
* TruceZone: The BazaarOfTheBizarre in the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels forbids fighting within, even if you meet your mortal enemy there.
* UndeadTaxExemption: One of the [=SERRAted Edge=] novels mentions that an elven protagonist carries a magically-created driver's license (copied with alterations from a human friend's license). The novel in question predates the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REAL_ID_Act [=REAL ID=] Act]], so the forged license not being in any official databases is a moot point. Besides, all three protagonists are deliberately living "off the record" to hide from enemies.
* WalkingTechbane: A ghost character in the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series is told to stay away from Tannim's tapes because ghosts in that 'verse have a devastating effect on electromagnetic items. He eventually prevents a BigBad's getaway by walking through a plane's navigation board, rendering it completely useless.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: In ''Sacred Ground'', the protagonist's grandfather reminds her of the importance of the "Osage blanket ritual" to relieve stress. A few chapters later, she decides to take the advice.
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* KarmicRape: In one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, the villain of the book has been sexually molesting his daughter since she was 2 or 3. At the end of the book, he's dumped in an extradimensional prison cell with an entity that will put him through everything he did to the girl.
* KillerTeddyBear: In "The Last of the Season", a little girl's teddy bear comes to life to protect her from a serial rapist/murderer, which it does with extreme prejudice.
* {{Kitsune}}: Foxtrot X-Ray and Lady Ako in ''Chrome Circle''. FX has three tails and is pretty weak (though he eventually earns a two-tail upgrade for extreme valor). Ako has nine tails. She's also "the bearer of some of the most noble blood Under- or Above- Hill." Her half-kitsune/half-dragon daughter also has nine tails in her kitsune form.
* LadyInWaiting: In the ''Doubled Edge'' novels, most of young Elizabeth's ladies in waiting are spying on her for other factions.
* LiteralGenie: In ''Born to Run'', an elven sorceress commands elemental spirits to neutralize the gunpowder in the bullets of a gun so that they won't fire, and then ignores the guy with the gun. Too bad, because the spirits only altered the bullets ''in the gun'', and the guy's got a speed-loader.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: All of the titles of the ''Bedlam's Bard'' series are taken from the lyrics of "Tom O'Bedlam", such as ''Music to My Sorrow'' and ''Knight of Ghosts and Shadows''.
* LoudOfWar: In ''Chrome Circle'', Tannim drives his telepathic jailers insane by mentally singing Music/TheyMightBeGiants songs.
* MageInManhattan: Mercedes Lackey's modern fantasies usually involve some version of this, with the monster usually being one of the Unseleighe Sidhe (Dark Court Elves). Most representative of this trope is ''Mad Maudlin'', in which Aerune, self-styled Lord of Death and Pain, tries to open a Nexus to Underhill in Central Park and a Sidhe driven mad by the presence of cold iron turns into a literal Bloody Mary, murdering people left and right.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: In the stand alone novel ''Sacred Ground'', the main character has magical powers explicitly because she's a Native American shaman-in-training.
* MagicMusic: The main character in the ''Bedlam's Bard'' series is a Bard, which in that universe means he is possessed of fairly powerful Magic Music.
* MagpiesAsPortents: "Counting Crows". "One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a wedding, four for a birth".
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: In the ''One Dozen Daughters'' series, a king and queen have twelve daughters before finally producing a male heir.
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: Elves in Mercedes Lackey's urban fantasy setting ride shape-shifting steeds that get to be both horses and motorcycles.
* NoSenseOfHumor: In the ''Literature/[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, Unseleighe psychics have absolutely No Sense of Humor, along with little comprehension of allegory and the imaginations of bricks. In ''Chrome Circle'', they were driven insane trying to comprehend the lyrics of Music/TheyMightBeGiants.
* OurBansheesAreLouder: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels have a male Banshee as an enemy of the elves, with a painful false etymology (mixing Gaelic with Old English) that banshees are the ''bane'' of the Sidhe.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series features classic versions of High Elves (tall, pointed ears, magical, immortal) who incidentally drive race cars. They must have needed a little extra badass.
* PayingInCoins: In ''Tiger Burning Bright'', a horse trader responds to the outrageously large hike in the business license fee by the city's new ruler by paying it in large sacks of the smallest denomination of coin he could find -- sacks which had carefully weakened seams, causing them to rip open while the debt collectors were taking them away.
* PlatonicProstitution: In the first book of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series, the protagonist hires a runaway teen prostitute specifically to get her off the streets. In the end, after saving her and some of her friends/coworkers from an [[FairFolk Unseelie]] plot, he is able to get her off the streets and back to her parents.
* {{Polyamory}}: This is the resolution to the love triangle between Eric, Beth, and Korendil in ''A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows''. The relationship continues happily throughout the next book, but Eric breaks up with them amicably between books two and three.
* PostModernMagik:
** In ''Sacred Ground'', the very first page mentions that the "sweatlodge" Jennifer uses for her ritual purposes is a modern electrically-heated sauna, and Jennifer's grandfather makes the point very clearly that the specifics of the ritual materials are irrelevant next to the essence of the magic.
** [=The SERRAted Edge=] series is about a company of racecar-driving elves who own a car company and their attempts to create a marketable product. Their foes are evil elves who make their money by making porn of some seriously illegal stuff and enjoying the pain of the people involved. It's mentioned that they have some serious copy protection; any attempt to duplicate the tapes just wipes the original and copies nothing. [[SchmuckBait Which people keep trying even though they're warned not to]].
* PrisonRape: In one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, a stepfather had spent years abusing his stepdaughter, giving her multiple personality syndrome as a defense mechanism. Once the elves caught him, he was placed in an extra-dimensional space, with something large which began using the same lines he'd used, just before the scene cut away.
* PsychicStatic: In ''Chrome Circle'', Tannim the mage fends off Elven mindreaders this way ([[CoolAndUnusualPunishment to their distinct distress]]) using Music/TheyMightBeGiants songs, including "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head", "Birdhouse in Your Soul", and "We Want a Rock". One of the telepaths is reduced to incoherent gibbering before they drag it away.
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