History Literature / BestServedCold

7th Dec '17 12:08:44 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BulletTime: Shenkt can cause time to slow down and move normally while everything else moves at a snail's pace. Because he's moving so fast, the force of his blows is increased many times over.

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* BulletTime: When Shenkt can cause uses his SuperSpeed, time seems to slow down and move to him, making it seem that he's normally while everything else moves at a snail's pace. Because he's moving so fast, the force of his blows is increased many times over.


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* MundaneUtility: Shenkt uses his BulletTime perceptions that come with his SuperSpeed to elongate and savor his quality time with [[spoiler:Vitari]].
7th Dec '17 12:03:41 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:Morveer notes how ironic it is for him to die on the eve of his retirement]].
6th Dec '17 8:21:10 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* DoubleStandard: Cosca openly admits that he's forgiven Monza but not his lieutenants for the same act of a betrayal purely because she's a beautiful woman and they're ugly men.


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** Monza notices the Bone Thief's hobby of whittling. That same hobby is shared by [[spoiler:Shenkt, who is revealed to be the same person]].
** When an informant lists Monza's collaborators and gets to Vitari, Shenkt frowns. This is played off as Shenkt concentrating on the task at hand, but we later learn that [[spoiler:Vitari is Shenkt's lover, and this is a rather rude discovery for him]].
1st Dec '17 3:30:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheDreaded: The Cripple is greatly feared, particularly by Carlot dan Eider.



* TheGhost: The Cripple (Sand dan Glokta) is mentioned a number of times, but never makes an appearance, being in a different country.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The epic feud between Bayaz and Khalul is occasionally referenced as the engine behind all the war and suffering.



* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Duke Salier shows off two sculptures intended to be displayed as a pair, one of the artist's mother and the other his favorite whore. Monza snaps that she has no time for artists' mothers and whores.

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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Duke Salier shows off two sculptures intended to be displayed as a pair, one of the artist's mother and the other of his favorite whore. Monza snaps that she has no time for artists' mothers and whores.


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* TheRedBaron: Sand dan Golkta is referred to only as "the Cripple" in this book.
1st Dec '17 8:42:39 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Shivers and Monza each give one to the other in the end, when their relationship is at its worst.

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** Many of Monza's victims criticize her for being largely responsible for all the bad things that have happened to her and also point out all the misery that her quest for vengeance has caused others.
** Shivers and Monza each give one these to the each other in the end, frequently when their relationship is at its worst.a low point.
1st Dec '17 8:31:47 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* NostalgiaFilter: Discussed. Cosca doesn't believe that things used to be better, and thinks that it's only natural for people to get less idealistic and more aware of the darkness in the world as they age.
26th Nov '17 1:17:49 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Cosca once again misses with his throwing knife, which was a RunningGag in ''The First Law''.



* CherryTapping: Ganmark toys with Monza during their duel. He fights her left-handed and, after defeating her, tosses her sword back to her for a second round.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Both Morveer and Day try to have pleasant and professional personalities, with varying degrees of success, but it's just an disarming act. They are treacherous and cruel people.



* NonActionGuy: The poisoners, Morveer and Day, are not fighters. Day does prove a decent shot with a flatbow, however.
* TheNondescript: Morveer chose Day as his apprentice largely because of her blandly pleasant and forgettable looks.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Ganmark spends his duel with Monza explaining very clearly how useless, destructive and hypocritical her RoaringRampageOfRevenge is.
** Shivers and Monza each give one to the other in the end, when their relationship is at its worst.



* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Discussed. Ganmark engages in some serious BreakThemByTalking while dueling Monza. Monza tells him to [[ShutUpHannibal just shut up and fight]], but Ganmark counters that he can easily cut pieces from her and talk at the same time.



* VillainHasAPoint: Simultaneously played straight and inverted when [[spoiler: Shivers]] turns on Monza. They both throw a [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech flurry of accusations]] at the other, and both acknowledge (quietly, to themselves) that here is a lot of truth to what the other says. It doesn't stop them from going through with trying to kill each other, though.
* WeaponOfChoice: Played straight with Monza's Calvez rapier, Friendly's cleaver, Vitari's chain (mentioned rarely, but carried over from the main trilogy), Ganmark's Union-style steels, and Morveer and Day's poisoned needles and blowguns. Played for laughs with Cosca's gilt-encrusted sword, which he lists "can be pawned" as one of its better qualities (and it's condition when Cosca is introduced). Played with in Shivers' use of a sword [[spoiler: before losing his eye]] and an axe later, used to signify his [[spoiler: Face Heel Turn]].

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Simultaneously played straight and inverted when [[spoiler: Shivers]] turns on Monza. They both throw a [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech flurry of accusations]] at the other, and both acknowledge (quietly, to themselves) that here is a lot of truth to what the other says. It doesn't stop them from going through with trying to kill each other, though.
** Ganmark delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Monza on how useless, destructive and hypocritical her revenge is.
* WeaponOfChoice: Played straight with Monza's Monza favors a fencing sword and uses a [[CoolSword Calvez rapier, Friendly's cleaver, Vitari's rapier]] throughout the story. Friendly is a self-admitted and ardent KnifeNut, using a cleaver and knife to fight. Vitari still has her chain (mentioned rarely, but carried over with the cruciform spike on the end, from the main trilogy), Ganmark's Union-style steels, and ''The First Law''. Morveer and Day's Day use poisoned needles and blowguns. Played for laughs with Cosca's gilt-encrusted sword, which he lists "can be pawned" as one of its better qualities (and it's condition when Cosca is introduced).blowguns. Played with in Shivers' use of a sword [[spoiler: before losing his eye]] and an axe later, used to signify his [[spoiler: Face Heel Turn]].


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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Various characters, even Cosca, contemplate how the random people who get killed along the way were probably decent people with families who loved them.
23rd Nov '17 12:28:54 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Duke Salier shows off two sculptures intended to be displayed as a pair, one of the artist's mother and the other his favorite whore. Monza snaps that she has no time for artists' mothers and whores.
21st Nov '17 8:24:16 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* CycleOfRevenge: While the plot follows Monza's RoaringRampageOfRevenge, others have or acquire reasons to take vengeance on ''her'' and her group: [[spoiler:Greylock tries to settle an old score on Shivers, and Carlot dan Eider informs Duke Orso of Monza's plans in vengeance for ruining her life]].



* {{Deconstruction}}: The plot revolves entirely on the premise that revenge, while a glorified pursuit in stories, is self-destructive and only causes people to come after you in kind. After her surgery, Monza has a clear choice of leaving Styria with her fortune, or pursuing the most powerful man in the land in order to kill him and his associates. She chooses the latter, and her vendetta ends up with a lot more people killed than what she set out for, good men injured, and escalating the war that Monza gets tangled up in.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: {{Deconstruction}}:
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The plot revolves entirely on the premise that revenge, while a glorified pursuit in stories, is self-destructive and only causes people to come after you in kind. After her surgery, Monza has a clear choice of leaving Styria with her fortune, or pursuing the most powerful man in the land in order to kill him and his associates. She chooses the latter, and her vendetta ends up with a lot more people killed than what she set out for, good men injured, and escalating the war that Monza gets tangled up in.



* IronicEcho:
** At the very start of the novel, Orzo asks Monza, then his prize general, "Monza, Monza. What would I do without you?" At the end of the novel and at the final step of Monza's RoaringRampageOfRevenge, Orzo asks Monza what she'll do with her life once she's no longer consumed with a desire for revenge by asking, "Monza, Monza. What would do you without me?"

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* IronicEcho:
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IronicEcho: At the very start of the novel, Orzo asks Monza, then his prize general, "Monza, Monza. What would I do without you?" At the end of the novel and at the final step of Monza's RoaringRampageOfRevenge, Orzo asks Monza what she'll do with her life once she's no longer consumed with a desire for revenge by asking, "Monza, Monza. What would do you without me?"
21st Nov '17 8:11:33 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* BrutalHonesty: Orso notes Shenkt's blunt honesty when they arrange his contract.


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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Cosca notes that "indiscriminate slaughter" is a bit redundant.


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* ProfessionalKiller: Many. Everyone in Monza's gang is being hired to kill people, and the group hires temporary mercenaries as well. Orso recruits killers to go after Monza's gang, including Shenkt.
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