History Literature / CircleofMagic

18th May '18 12:25:28 AM darkemyst
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* DeathOfAChild: All over the place:
** ''Magic Steps'': A horrified Sandry has to pull a child who had been reduced to a Soulless Shell apart with magic along with his captors in order to save her student. His captors also murdered an entire family, including an baby whose body Sandry sees, earlier in the book.
** ''Street Magic'': A bunch of street kids get murdered by gangs and a vile noble woman who knows she can get away with it.
** ''Cold Fire'': An arsonist sets fire to a home where children are having a party and several of them die. When Daja tries to save an infant from the fire he suffocates while she's carrying him out.
18th May '18 12:15:56 AM darkemyst
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Standalone books continue the story with the original four, but also their students and teachers.

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Standalone books continue ''The Circle Reforged'' continues the story with of the original four, but also of their students and teachers.



[[folder:Later Books]]

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[[folder:Later Books]][[folder:The Circle Reforged]]


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* BuriedInAPileOfCorpses: In ''Battle Magic'' [[spoiler:Evvy is thrown in a pile of corpses when she uses her magic to convince her Yanjingyi torturers that she's died in order to keep from breaking and answering their questions]].
17th Mar '18 11:00:08 PM nombretomado
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** At Winding Circle, the First Dedicate of the Fire Temple is [[StarWars General Skyfire]], who had a massive change of heart and left his armies to live in the peaceful temple community when his wife and unborn child died, an exact inversion.

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** At Winding Circle, the First Dedicate of the Fire Temple is [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars General Skyfire]], who had a massive change of heart and left his armies to live in the peaceful temple community when his wife and unborn child died, an exact inversion.
12th Mar '18 4:57:27 PM nombretomado
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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Yanjingyi mages all over. They can't even conceive of ambient magic and seem to use every plant and mineral ''against'' its inclinations. For example, they put poison spells in willow wood. Willow, of course, is the basis for aspirin. This is rather {{egregious}} considering that they're able to send a quite cunningly poisoned piece of cloth to Berenene in ''Will of the Empress'', on top of the fact that ''real'' China (where the willow tree originates) figured out its medicinal properties thousands of years ago... without any magic to help.

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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Yanjingyi mages all over. They can't even conceive of ambient magic and seem to use every plant and mineral ''against'' its inclinations. For example, they put poison spells in willow wood. Willow, of course, is the basis for aspirin. This is rather {{egregious}} {{JustForFun/egregious}} considering that they're able to send a quite cunningly poisoned piece of cloth to Berenene in ''Will of the Empress'', on top of the fact that ''real'' China (where the willow tree originates) figured out its medicinal properties thousands of years ago... without any magic to help.
6th Jan '18 5:18:18 AM cordychase
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* VictimBlaming: Empress Berenene's attitude towards forced marriage is that if a girl "really" doesn't want it, she should just escape. After all, Berenene herself escaped two times, how hard can it be? Of course, she's conveniently ignoring that ''royalty'' is sure going to be treated a lot better and tied up less tightly than a poor peasant girl whose family doesn't have two coppers to their name.
29th Dec '17 2:00:38 PM Wordpainter
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** Sandry's land property in Namorn is the source of her troubles in ''Will of the Empress'', as the Empress wants to keep her in Namorn, and various Namornese nobles attempt to marry her (that is, force her into a marriage with them), all so they can have those lands for themselves. After Sandry [[spoiler:: and Tris]] suffer very badly from all this, Sandry is forced to [[spoiler:: sign over her lands to her cousin Ambros]].

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** Sandry's land property in Namorn is the source of her troubles in ''Will of the Empress'', as the Empress wants to keep her in Namorn, and various Namornese nobles attempt to marry her (that is, force her into a marriage with them), all so they can have those lands for themselves. After Sandry [[spoiler:: [[spoiler: and Tris]] suffer very badly from all this, Sandry is forced to [[spoiler:: [[spoiler: sign over her lands to her cousin Ambros]].



** 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.

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** Partially explained in that they haven't been together for several years and are getting used to be together again. Little resentments abound. Sandry felt left behind when the others extended their travels. Sandry, Daja, and Briar are all wealthy now from their magic, while Tris scrapes by because she can't use her magic in a profitable, non-destructive way. Briar now has PTSD.PTSD and doesn't think the others would understand. 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.



* DoubleAesop: In ''Will of the Empress'', as Sandry, Daja and Briar prepare for the final fight, Sandry remarks “People shouldn’t always get what they want. It’s very bad for their character.”, meaning [[spoiler: Berenene's wish to keep them in Namorn]]. In the ens [[spoiler: Sandry realisies that her wish to keep her Namorn land, even after her clash with Berenene, is just as foolish, so she signs the land over to her cousin Ambros.]]

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* DoubleAesop: In ''Will of the Empress'', as Sandry, Daja and Briar prepare for the final fight, Sandry remarks “People shouldn’t always get what they want. It’s very bad for their character.”, meaning [[spoiler: Berenene's wish to keep them in Namorn]]. In the ens end [[spoiler: Sandry realisies realizes that her wish to keep her Namorn Namornese land, even after her clash with Berenene, is just as foolish, so she signs the land over to her cousin Ambros.]]
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* GoodOldWays: "Horse-rump" marriages in Namorn, the nickname for marriage by abduction. In most cases it's done to spice up a relationship or as a way for a couple to elope. However, it is often inflicted on unwilling women as well, and even the Empress has had it tried on her twice. Local authorities tend to be very lenient when a punishment is required for it, as it's a tradition from the Empire's seed country.
** 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.

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* GoodOldWays: "Horse-rump" marriages in Namorn, the nickname for marriage by abduction. In most cases it's done to spice up a relationship or as a way for a couple to elope. However, it is often can be inflicted on unwilling women as well, and even the Empress has had it tried on her twice. Local authorities tend to be very lenient when a punishment is required for it, as it's a tradition from the Empire's seed country.
** Is The current regime largely allowed allows it to continue due to the Empress' thought that should a woman not want to wed [[BlamingTheVictim they wed, she should simply escape]], as she escape like the Empress herself did, not taking into consideration that no one is going to seriously harm or manhandle reigning royalty, and dismisses dismissing the notion she that the Empress was allowed ample opportunity to escape due to her status.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Daja first meets Zhegorz in the psych wing of a Namornese hospital, and Tris insists on Briar seeing a "mind healer" for his PTSD.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Averted, although with varying degrees of success.
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Daja first meets Zhegorz in the psych wing of a Namornese hospital, and so mental health care exists--but in this case the treatment was likely making Zhegorz worse rather than better, since they misunderstood a major cause of his distress.
** After seeing how afflicted Briar has become when the foster-siblings reunite,
Tris insists on Briar seeing a "mind healer" for his PTSD.
29th Dec '17 1:41:55 PM Wordpainter
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* [[spoiler: MeaninglessVillainVictory]]: In ''Will of the Empress'', [[spoiler: Empress Berenene's goal was to get Sandry to Namorn and married off to one of her pawns so that the sizable income from Sandry's estates went into the imperial coffers and not Emelan's. She also wanted the services of Sandry's friends (a powerful weather mage, smith mage, and garden mage) to strengthen her rule. In the end, Tris, Daja, and Briar reject the offers of wealth and power and manage to get Sandry out of the country. Berenene does partially get what she wants as Sandry is forced to sign over her land and titles to her seneschal in order to keep the Empress from trying the same thing again later.]]

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* [[spoiler: MeaninglessVillainVictory]]: In ''Will of the Empress'', [[spoiler: Empress Berenene's goal was is to get Sandry to stay in Namorn and married off to one of her pawns so that the sizable income from Sandry's estates went goes into the imperial coffers and not Emelan's. Emelan's. She also wanted wants the services of Sandry's friends (a powerful weather mage, smith mage, and garden mage) to strengthen her rule. In the end, [[spoiler: Berenene does partially get what she wants as Sandry's only way to escape completely is to sign over her land and titles to her seneschal, but Tris, Daja, and Briar reject the offers of wealth and power and manage to get Sandry out of the country. Berenene does partially get what she wants as country. Sandry is forced to sign over isn't really losing any political power since her land uncle wants to make her his heir in Emelan where she'll be unfettered by Berenene's rule, and titles to now she and her seneschal in order to keep the Empress from trying the same thing again later.powerful friends are Berenene's powerful ''enemies''.]]
19th Sep '17 7:40:29 PM FaeBoleyn
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Sandry's family is revealed to breed mules. A mule is the offspring of a horse and a donkey, and they're always sterile, meaning you can't actually breed them in family lines the way something like horse breeding works. This has led to a theory that they actually use magic to create fertile mules.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Sandry's family is revealed to breed mules. A mule is the offspring of a horse and a donkey, and they're always sterile, meaning you can't actually breed them in family lines the way something like horse breeding works. This has led to a theory that they actually use magic to create fertile mules. Alternately, "breed" could have been a shorthand for their having found the best horse-donkey combos for ideal mules, but that's less fun than wacky magic.
16th Sep '17 1:12:36 PM SS13
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* DoubleAesop: In ''Will of the Empress'', as Sandry, Daja and Briar prepare for the final fight, Sandry remarks “People shouldn’t always get what they want. It’s very bad for their character.”, meaning [[spoiler: Berenene's wish to keep them in Namorn]]. In the ens [[spolier: Sandry realisies that her wish to keep her Namorn land, even after her clash with Berenene, is just as foolish, so she signs the land over to her cousin Ambros.]]

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* DoubleAesop: In ''Will of the Empress'', as Sandry, Daja and Briar prepare for the final fight, Sandry remarks “People shouldn’t always get what they want. It’s very bad for their character.”, meaning [[spoiler: Berenene's wish to keep them in Namorn]]. In the ens [[spolier: [[spoiler: Sandry realisies that her wish to keep her Namorn land, even after her clash with Berenene, is just as foolish, so she signs the land over to her cousin Ambros.]]
16th Sep '17 1:11:43 PM SS13
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* DoubleAesop: In ''Will of the Empress'', as Sandry, Daja and Briar prepare for the final fight, Sandry remarks “People shouldn’t always get what they want. It’s very bad for their character.”, meaning [[spoiler: Berenene's wish to keep them in Namorn]]. In the ens [[spolier: Sandry realisies that her wish to keep her Namorn land, even after her clash with Berenene, is just as foolish, so she signs the land over to her cousin Ambros.]]
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