History Literature / CircleofMagic

25th May '17 10:33:13 PM Dawnwing
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** In addition to Sandry's magic manipulating thread, she can also use it to manipulate ''magic itself'' by visualizing it as thread. Lark specifically states that she's never seen or heard of another ambient mage who can do that, [[spoiler: when explaining to the Duke why Sandry is the only one who can counter the unmagic-using assassins.

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** In addition to Sandry's magic manipulating thread, she can also use it to manipulate ''magic itself'' by visualizing it as thread. Lark specifically states that she's never seen or heard of another ambient mage who can do that, [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when explaining to the Duke why Sandry is the only one who can counter the unmagic-using assassins.]]
24th May '17 5:54:31 PM ReaderAt2046
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** Though that last is {{Justified}}, since would later confirm that Keth's glass magic gives him heat resistance as one of the RequiredSecondaryPowers.


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** In addition to Sandry's magic manipulating thread, she can also use it to manipulate ''magic itself'' by visualizing it as thread. Lark specifically states that she's never seen or heard of another ambient mage who can do that, [[spoiler: when explaining to the Duke why Sandry is the only one who can counter the unmagic-using assassins.
25th Mar '17 6:40:47 PM Yuihime
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* ChekhovsGunman: One of the mental ward patients at the hospital in ''Cold Fire'' is lucid enough to help Daja evacuate the rest. He shows up again in ''Will of the Empress'', receiving a name and a [[BlessedWithSuck tragic backstory]].

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* ChekhovsGunman: One of the mental ward patients at the hospital in ''Cold Fire'' is lucid enough to help Daja [[spoiler: evacuate the rest.rest when the hospital is firebombed]]. He shows up again in ''Will of the Empress'', receiving a name and a [[BlessedWithSuck tragic backstory]].
25th Mar '17 6:40:04 PM Yuihime
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* ChekhovsGunman: One of the mental ward patients at the hospital in ''Cold Fire'' is lucid enough to help Daja evacuate the rest. He shows up again in ''Will of the Empress'', receiving a name and a [[BlessedWithSuck tragic backstory]].
10th Mar '17 12:54:44 PM eowynjedi
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* RealityEnsues: In ''Briar' Book'', Tris and Niko have to investigate the city's AbsurdlySpaciousSewer. Standard fantasy fare... except that they go in wearing protective gear and ''both'' of them freak out at having to wade through knee-deep human waste with unseen lumps occasionally colliding with their boots.
5th Mar '17 11:32:11 PM GoldenSquid
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* ShownTheirWork: The author's notes usually have her crediting a lot of people for the knowledge about sailing, glassblowing, the psychology of serial killers, etc.

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* ShownTheirWork: The author's notes usually have her crediting a lot of people for the knowledge about sailing, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick sailing, glassblowing, the psychology of serial killers, etc. etc.]]
16th Feb '17 10:42:33 AM riverdine
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** Polyam herself is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed example]] of this trope, hailing from the same culture. She survived a landslide but lost a leg and an eye, and was terribly scarred to boot, and it seems that Traders regard her similarly cursed to Daja. She's the daughter of the caravan's leader, but since her accident is demoted to the lowest place on the Trader social rung -- interacting with outsiders to get needed supplies and services unrelated to bargaining.

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** Polyam herself is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed example]] of this trope, hailing from the same culture. She survived a landslide but lost a leg and an eye, and was terribly scarred to boot, and it seems that Traders regard her similarly cursed to Daja. She's the daughter of the caravan's leader, but since her accident is demoted to the lowest place on the Trader social rung -- interacting with outsiders to get needed supplies and services unrelated to bargaining. Before the accident she was the caravan's best horse tamer, but afterwards her lost leg, combined with Trader's apparent CripplingOverspecialization (no pun intended) when it comes to a person's place in their society, was not longer "useful" to her people and so lost status.



** Neither of which was intentional. Pasco danced a traditional luck jig, but with his magic "imagined fish jumping into the net"; he didn't think it would work, but had been bribed to try due to having small successes with minor things after having danced before them. Keth didn't know he even had lightning magic, and was simply trying to regain his technical glass skill when his magic got loose.



* BloodierAndGorier: The first quartet wasn't devoid of violence and death (what with the pirates in Tris's book) but this quartet has much more graphic depictions, from messy strangulations to the end of ''Magic Steps'', where [[spoiler: Sandry's use of the unmagic net basically causes the assassins to explode all over the room]].

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* BloodierAndGorier: The first quartet wasn't devoid of violence and death (what with the pirates in Tris's book) but this quartet has much more graphic depictions, from messy strangulations to the end of ''Magic Steps'', where [[spoiler: Sandry's use of the unmagic net basically causes the assassins to explode all over the room]]. And that's ''after'' several scenes of post-assassin work.



** As all this happens after his accident, it's another example of LightningCanDoAnything.



* FantasticDrug: Dragonsalt in ''Magic Steps''. It's a highly addictive stimulant deemed so dangerous that dealers are executed. The assassins use it to keep their unmage pliant. Later, they take it themselves to counter the listless apathy caused by unmagic.

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* FantasticDrug: Dragonsalt in ''Magic Steps''. It's a highly addictive stimulant similar to meth, deemed so dangerous that dealers are executed. The assassins use it to keep their unmage pliant. Later, they take it themselves to counter the listless apathy caused by unmagic. It also makes them much more violent in their crimes, and long term use makes the user a hollow shell of themselves with no want except more salt.



* FreshClue: In ''Shatterglass'', the more lightning in Keth's blown glass, the closer they are to the time of murder (unfortunately, that also means they can't see the location, murderer, or victim until it's too late). Dema, Tris, and Niko also have a significant amount of trouble talking the religious bureaucracy into letting them look for fresh clues before a site is magically cleansed of all evidence.

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* FreshClue: In ''Shatterglass'', the more lightning in Keth's blown glass, the closer they are to the time of murder (unfortunately, that also means they can't see the location, murderer, or victim until it's too late). Dema, Tris, and Niko also have a significant amount of trouble talking the religious religiously sterile bureaucracy into letting them look for fresh clues before a site is magically cleansed of all evidence.



** Partially explained in that they haven't been together for several years and are getting used to be together again. Sandry, Daja, and Briar are all wealthy now from their magic, while Tris can't use her magic in a non-destructive way. Briar now has PTSD. They are all kicked out of Discipline, due to they are grown adults and the cottage and temple are meant for students and those who've taken vows. Each also has dealt with death closely in some way, and no one wants to talk about it.



* FantasyContraception: Droughtwort, first mentioned in ''Empress''. Briar uses it a lot.

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* FantasyContraception: Droughtwort, first mentioned in ''Empress''. Briar uses it a it. A lot.


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** Is largely allowed to continue due to the Empress' thought that should a woman not want to wed [[BlamingTheVictim they should simply escape]], as she did, not taking into consideration that no one is going to seriously harm or manhandle reigning royalty, and dismisses the notion she was allowed ample opportunity to escape due to her status.
3rd Jan '17 1:55:28 PM Moonstreak
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* BlessedWithSuck: Have the wrong kind of ambient magic with no teacher to help and this is the result. Those with magic is tied to natural forces, like Tris's weather magic, usually die from their own powers if they can't find a teacher.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Have the wrong kind of ambient magic with no teacher to help and this is the result. Those with magic is tied to natural forces, like Tris's weather magic, usually die from their own powers if they can't find a teacher.
24th Dec '16 1:52:41 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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Now has its own [[Characters/CircleOfMagic character page]]. Not to be confused with the 6-book series ''The Circle of Magic'' written by James D. MacDonald and Debra Doyle.

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Now has its own [[Characters/CircleOfMagic character page]]. Not to be confused with the 6-book series ''The Circle of Magic'' written by James D. MacDonald [=MacDonald=] and Debra Doyle.
6th Dec '16 11:49:55 AM vifetoile
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* WeatherManipulation: Tris' power, which in this case extends not only to the sky (wind, rain, and lightning), but to the sea (tides) and the earth (earthquakes and lava).
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