History Literature / AshASecretHistory

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.
2nd Jul '13 5:26:13 AM MacronNotes
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* MysticalWhiteHair: Ash herself. [[spoiler: It turns out that the white hair is a by-product of the intensive breeding of the Carthaginian bloodline that can communicate with the ''machina rei militaris''.]]



* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Ash herself. [[spoiler: It turns out that the white hair is a by-product of the intensive breeding of the Carthaginian bloodline that can communicate with the ''machina rei militaris''.]]
26th Mar '13 3:00:10 PM Xtifr
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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. 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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