History Literature / AshASecretHistory

5th Dec '16 1:42:01 AM Xtifr
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'''''Ash: A Secret History''''' is a 2001 {{Fantasy}} / AlternateHistory / HistoricalFiction / ScienceFiction novel by Creator/MaryGentle. The story follows a 15th-century female mercenary captain, Ash, as she gets involved in literally world-changing events. It's long, {{doorstopper}}-long; at 1,100 pages, it's often billed as the longest single-volume fantasy novel.

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'''''Ash: ''Ash: A Secret History''''' History'' is a 2001 {{Fantasy}} / AlternateHistory / HistoricalFiction / ScienceFiction novel by Creator/MaryGentle. The story follows a 15th-century female mercenary captain, Ash, as she gets involved in literally world-changing events. It's long, {{doorstopper}}-long; at 1,100 pages, it's often billed as the longest single-volume fantasy novel.
11th Oct '16 3:21:18 AM SorPepita
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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: the book is supposedly what Pierce Ratcliff, the historian who's piecing together Ash's history or legend, is writing for publication. Interspersed in the work are snippets of Ratcliff's private notes and correspondence with his editor.

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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: the The book is supposedly what Pierce Ratcliff, the historian who's piecing together Ash's history or legend, is writing for publication. Interspersed in the work are snippets of Ratcliff's private notes and correspondence with his editor.
11th Jul '16 2:08:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* CoversAlwaysLie: Ash is named for her white hair. Now look at the RedheadedHero on the cover to the right...

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* CoversAlwaysLie: Ash is named for her white hair. Now look at the RedheadedHero redheaded hero on the cover to the right...
26th Mar '15 2:05:18 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* FriendToAllLivingThings: When Godfrey was a child, he used to go out in the forest and spend hours just standing amid the wild beasts, similar to St. Francis of Assisi.
26th Mar '15 8:13:49 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* TheMarvelousDeer: To decide who shall become the new Duke of Burgundy, the pretenders to the throne try to bring down one of these. [[spoiler:Floria succeeds, and as she does, [[AntiMagic the power of her bloodline]] causes the stag to morph from an ethereal, supernatural creature into an ordinary dead animal.]]
11th Mar '15 3:10:55 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* JerkAss: Fernando starts out as a huge jerk and a misogynist, among other less-than-pleasing qualities. [[spoiler:He eventually [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of it]].]]
11th Mar '15 3:08:45 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[spoiler:Godfrey and Floria]] both fall in love with Ash and are unable to act on it: [[spoiler:Godfrey because he is a monk; Floria because Ash is straight, and because she forces herself to control her feelings since she is certain Ash will die in battle.]] Ash in turn ends up falling in love with [[spoiler:Fernando]], who turns out to love [[spoiler:the Faris.]]


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* SlapSlapKiss: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with Ash and Fernando. At the start of the story, Fernando is a pretty massive JerkAss to Ash. She, on her hand, hates his guts, while still being attracted to him on a physical level and resenting it. [[spoiler:It takes most of the novel for him to develop into a good, if flawed, person, which in turn makes Ash fall in love with him... and when she does, it turns out that he loves the Faris.]]
11th Mar '15 2:56:53 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** [[spoiler:Most of the Carthaginian forces make peace with Burgundy after their general is slain.]]
18th Nov '13 4:41:25 PM Vasha
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''Ash: A Secret History'' is a 2001 {{Fantasy}} / AlternateHistory / HistoricalFiction / ScienceFiction novel by MaryGentle. The story follows a 15th-century female mercenary captain, Ash, as she gets involved in literally world-changing events. It's long, {{doorstopper}}-long; at 1,100 pages, it's often billed as the longest single-volume fantasy novel.

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''Ash: '''''Ash: A Secret History'' History''''' is a 2001 {{Fantasy}} / AlternateHistory / HistoricalFiction / ScienceFiction novel by MaryGentle.Creator/MaryGentle. The story follows a 15th-century female mercenary captain, Ash, as she gets involved in literally world-changing events. It's long, {{doorstopper}}-long; at 1,100 pages, it's often billed as the longest single-volume fantasy novel.



* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: The Wild Machines, an ancient self-aware computer conglomerate, ultimately wants to wipe out all humankind and remain the only intelligent thing on the planet.]] However, it turns out that they [[spoiler: only wanted to prevent the chaos and horror that would result if humanity were to keep developing its innate RealityWarper abilities,]] making them more {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s than anything else.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: The Wild Machines, an ancient self-aware computer conglomerate, ultimately wants to wipe out all humankind and remain the only intelligent thing on the planet.]] However, it turns out that they [[spoiler: only wanted to prevent the chaos and horror that would result if humanity were to keep developing its innate RealityWarper abilities,]] making them more {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] than anything else.


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16th Oct '13 2:16:48 PM kilian
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* FunWithAcronyms: The heroine's name is a stealth acronym for the book's title.
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