History Literature / ElementalBlessings

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* [[spoiler:ArrangedMarriage]]: Vernon and Elidon arrange this with the Viceroy of Soeche-Tas for twelve-year-old Corene. Zoe was [[{{Understatement}} not]] [[{{BerserkButton}} amused.]]
* AttemptedRape: One of the things that makes Dominic Wollimer a nasty piece of work. Corene has been terrified of him since he tried to force his way into bed with her.

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* [[spoiler:ArrangedMarriage]]: ArrangedMarriage: Vernon and Elidon arrange this with the Viceroy of Soeche-Tas for twelve-year-old Corene. [[spoiler:twelve-year-old Corene.]] Zoe was [[{{Understatement}} not]] [[{{BerserkButton}} amused.]]
* AttemptedRape: One of the things that makes Dominic Wollimer a nasty piece of work. Corene has been terrified of him Dominic Wollimer since he tried to force his way into bed with her.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Alys ''tries'' to hide her bitchiness. At this point, no one's buying it.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Alys ''tries'' to hide her bitchiness. At this point, By the second book, no one's buying it.



* BiTheWay: [[spoiler:Melissande]] casually brings this up near the end of the book in which she appears. Her outrageous flirtations with men and women apparently caused a scandal back home; oddly enough ''not'' because she's bisexual, but because she's unmarried.



* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:Lorian, Filomara's steward]] turns out to have a body count of at least three.



* ForcedOutOfTheCloset: Jiramondi didn't come out by choice; he was revealed when Filomara's steward caught him in a compromising position.



* [[spoiler:HiddenBackupPrince]]: [[spoiler: Rafe Adova, twice over.]] Naturally this makes [[spoiler:Steff, his brother]] one too.

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* [[spoiler:HiddenBackupPrince]]: HiddenBackupPrince: [[spoiler: Rafe Adova, twice over.]] Naturally this makes [[spoiler:Steff, his brother]] one too.



* [[spoiler:NotBloodSiblings]]: In a completely nonsexual example, [[spoiler:Josetta, Corene, and Natalie don't share a single drop of blood.]]

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* [[spoiler:NotBloodSiblings]]: NotBloodSiblings: In a completely nonsexual example, [[spoiler:Josetta, Corene, and Natalie don't share a single drop of blood.]]



* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Since King Vernon lacks a male heir, eldest-daughter Josetta has been raised to be this, even though she hates it and has no natural talent for it. Corene ''does'' discover an interest in trade relations, but hates court intrigue.

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* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Since King Vernon lacks a male heir, eldest-daughter Josetta has been raised to be this, even though she hates it and has no natural talent for it. Corene ''does'' discover an interest in trade relations, but hates diplomacy, despite her dislike of court intrigue.



* SettledForGay: [[spoiler:Jiramondi and Melissande]] agree to marry out of convenience (he gets to live somewhere more accepting, she gets control over who she marries and a degree of respectability), knowing that they're both actually going to be seeing other people.



** Malinqua is suffering a succession crisis of its own, as the empress's direct descendants are all dead [[spoiler:until her grandson shows up]] and none of her nephews have been officially named heir. Each nephew has a "flaw" that makes the choice a fraught one: Garameno is in a wheelchair and the people don't want a crippled emperor; Jiramondi is openly gay and Malinquan society is distinctly homophobic; and Greggorio is charming but none too bright.

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** Malinqua is suffering a succession crisis of its own, as the empress's direct descendants are all dead [[spoiler:until her grandson shows up]] and none of her nephews have been officially named heir. Each nephew has a "flaw" that makes the choice a fraught one: Garameno is in a wheelchair and the wheelchair, causing people don't want to look down on him as not a crippled emperor; "whole" man; Jiramondi is openly gay and gay, making him an "abomination" to homophobic Malinquan society is distinctly homophobic; society; and Greggorio is charming but none too bright.
3rd Jan '16 9:54:38 PM InsanityPrelude
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A series of novels by Sharon Shinn.

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A series of novels by Sharon Shinn.
Creator/SharonShinn.



The first novel, ''Troubled Waters'', follows ''coru'' Zoe Ardelay. Her father Navarr, brother to the ''Sweela'' Prime, was exiled from the capital city of Chialto ten years before. The day of his funeral, Darien Serlast, King Vernon's favorite advisor, arrives to collect Zoe. He claims she is to be the King's fifth bride, but something about his story just doesn't add up. Upon entering the capital, Zoe slips away and loses herself in the heart of the city, hoping to find herself again. What she discovers draws her back into the world of scheming and politics she thought she had left behind forever, but it is the only way to uncover the truth behind her father's banishment and the secrets that Darien Serlast would do anything to keep.

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The first novel, ''Troubled Waters'', follows ''coru'' Zoe Ardelay. Her father Navarr, brother to the ''Sweela'' ''sweela'' Prime, was exiled from the capital city of Chialto ten years before. The day of his funeral, Darien Serlast, King Vernon's favorite advisor, arrives to collect Zoe. He claims she is to be the King's fifth bride, but something about his story just doesn't add up. Upon entering the capital, Zoe slips away and loses herself in the heart of the city, hoping to find herself again. What she discovers draws her back into the world of scheming and politics she thought she had left behind forever, but it is the only way to uncover the truth behind her father's banishment and the secrets that Darien Serlast would do anything to keep.



The third novel, ''Jeweled Fire'', is slated to be published in November 2015 and will follow ''sweela'' Princess Corene as she runs away to the neighboring royal court of Malinqua.

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The third novel, ''Jeweled Fire'', is slated to be published in November 2015 and will follow follows ''sweela'' Princess Corene as she runs away to the neighboring royal court country of Malinqua.
Malinqua, where the empress is gathering foreign princesses as potential marriage candidates for her three nephews. As the nephews vie for the throne, the appearance of a new, long-lost grandson of the empress complicates the succession. And as Corene and her faithful guard discover, there may be a darker reason she and the other girls were brought to court...

The fourth novel, ''Unquiet Land'', is slated to be published in fall 2016 and will star the ''torz'' woman Leah, a character who was introduced in the previous book.



* AttemptedRape: One of the things that makes Dominic Wollimer a nasty piece of work. Corene has been terrified of him since he tried to force his way into bed with her.



* BodyguardCrush: It looked like Foley had one on his charge, Josetta. Ultimately subverted: ''Josetta'' was interested in him, but he refused. [[http://www.sharonshinn.net/HTML/elementalbless.html The official blurb]] for ''Jeweled Fire'' suggests this will happen with him and Corene instead.

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* BodyguardCrush: It looked like initially appears that Foley had has one on his charge, Josetta. Ultimately subverted: ''Josetta'' was interested in him, but he refused. [[http://www.sharonshinn.net/HTML/elementalbless.html The official blurb]] for ''Jeweled Fire'' suggests this will happen with him and Corene instead.So is [[spoiler:Corene, who ends up being more successful.]]



* TheChessmaster: Darien Serlast

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* TheChessmaster: Darien SerlastSerlast "knows everything"--or so he makes everybody think. Even [[spoiler:before Vernon dies,]] Darien is pulling most of the strings.



* TheGoodChancellor: Darien Serlast. [[spoiler: So good there's a very real chance he'll end up king.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Alys, King Vernon's third wife.
* GreenEyedMonster: Alys is a bitch to everyone, but this deserves special mention as 75%+ of her vitriol towards Zoe stems from the fact that she still considers Darien Serlast her territory.
* [[spoiler:HiddenBackupPrince]]: [[spoiler: Rafe Adova, twice over.]]

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* TheGoodChancellor: Darien Serlast. [[spoiler: So good there's a very real chance he'll that by the end up king.of ''Royal Airs'', [[spoiler:he's king in all but name, soon to receive the name too.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Alys, King Vernon's cruel and manipulative third wife.
* GreenEyedMonster: Alys is a bitch unpleasant to everyone, but this deserves special mention as 75%+ of her vitriol towards Zoe stems from the fact that she still considers Darien Serlast her territory.
* [[spoiler:HiddenBackupPrince]]: [[spoiler: Rafe Adova, twice over.]]]] Naturally this makes [[spoiler:Steff, his brother]] one too.



* [[spoiler:NotBloodSiblings]]: [[spoiler:In a completely nonsexual example, Josetta, Corene, and Natalie don't share a single drop of blood.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Taro Frothen, although it's less ''acting'' stupid, and more ''looking'' stupid and not bothering to correct anyone who buys it.
* PapaWolf: Darien Serlast to Josetta and Corene in ''Royal Airs''. [[spoiler:Of course, he actually ''is'' Corene's father.]]
* PeoplePuppet: There's compelling evidence that the ''Coru'' Prime has this power, and it's implied that the other Primes do as well.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Since King Vernon lacks a male heir, eldest-daughter Josetta has been raised to be this, even though she hates it and has no natural talent for it.
* PrinceCharmless: Prince Ghyaneth of Berringey. Oh so much.

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* [[spoiler:NotBloodSiblings]]: [[spoiler:In In a completely nonsexual example, Josetta, [[spoiler:Josetta, Corene, and Natalie don't share a single drop of blood.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Taro Frothen, although it's less ''acting'' stupid, and more ''looking'' stupid and not bothering to correct anyone who buys it.
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* PapaWolf: Darien Serlast to Josetta and Corene in from ''Royal Airs''.Airs'' onward. [[spoiler:Of course, he actually ''is'' Corene's father.]]
* PeoplePuppet: There's compelling evidence that the ''Coru'' ''coru'' Prime has this power, and it's implied that the other Primes do as well.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Since King Vernon lacks a male heir, eldest-daughter Josetta has been raised to be this, even though she hates it and has no natural talent for it.
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* PrinceCharmless: Prince Ghyaneth of Berringey. Oh so much.



* TheProfessor: Kayle Dochenza

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%% * TheProfessor: Kayle Dochenza



* SugaryMalice: Alys, again.

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** Malinqua is suffering a succession crisis of its own, as the empress's direct descendants are all dead [[spoiler:until her grandson shows up]] and none of her nephews have been officially named heir. Each nephew has a "flaw" that makes the choice a fraught one: Garameno is in a wheelchair and the people don't want a crippled emperor; Jiramondi is openly gay and Malinquan society is distinctly homophobic; and Greggorio is charming but none too bright.
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* SugaryMalice: Alys, again.
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The third novel, ''Jeweled Fire'', is slated to be published in November 2015 and will follow ''sweela'' Princess Corene as she runs away to the neighboring royal court of Malinqua.



* BelligerentSexualTension: Zoe and Darien in ''Troubled Waters''. By ''Royal Airs'', they're married with a daughter.
** Although they still bicker. Of course, they knew that going into the relationship.
* BerserkButton: Go ahead, threaten anyone under Zoe's care. I dare you.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Zoe and Darien in ''Troubled Waters''. By ''Royal Airs'', they're married with a daughter.
** Although they
daughter. They still bicker. Of bicker, but of course, they knew that would happen going into the relationship.
* BerserkButton: Go ahead, threaten anyone under Zoe's care. I We dare you.



* BodyguardCrush: It looked like Foley had one on his charge, Josetta. Ultimately subverted.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kayle Dochenza

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* BodyguardCrush: It looked like Foley had one on his charge, Josetta. Ultimately subverted.
subverted: ''Josetta'' was interested in him, but he refused. [[http://www.sharonshinn.net/HTML/elementalbless.html The official blurb]] for ''Jeweled Fire'' suggests this will happen with him and Corene instead.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kayle DochenzaDochenza. If all elay people are {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}s to an extent, Kayle as the elay prime takes it up a notch. People's first reaction to him tends to be "he's certainly a madman." However, he's also a brilliant inventor, responsible for bringing both cars ("elaymotives") and airplanes to Welce.



* FieryRedhead: Alys, full stop. Played with in her daughter, Corene.

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* FieryRedhead: Alys, full stop. Played with in her daughter, Corene. Bonus points for them both being sweela, making them "fiery" in more than one sense.



** People ''thought'' Josetta's guard Foley also suffered from this. Subverted in ''Royal Airs''.

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** People ''thought'' Josetta's guard Foley also suffered from this. Subverted in ''Royal Airs''.Nope, he's just a very devoted bodyguard.


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** Berringey has a uniquely bloody approach to avoiding these. Once the king has an heir, his siblings, cousins and their children are expected to commit suicide or be murdered.
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* SuccessionCrisis: A lot of Welce's political problems stem from this. There ''are'' heirs [[spoiler:even if three out of four of them are illegitimate]], but choosing the ''right'' one is giving the Primes an ungodly number of migraines. [[spoiler:Then, when they finally get a legitimate heir, she winds up having a mental disorder that renders her incapable of functioning in society, starting the whole mess all over again.]]

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* SuccessionCrisis: A lot of Welce's political problems stem from this. There ''are'' heirs [[spoiler:even if three out of four of them are illegitimate]], aren't actually the king's children]], but choosing the ''right'' one is giving the Primes an ungodly number of migraines. [[spoiler:Then, when they finally get a legitimate heir, she winds up having a mental disorder that renders her incapable of functioning in society, much less ruling it, starting the whole mess all over again.]]
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* SuccessionCrisis: A lot of Welce's political problems stem from this. There ''are'' heirs [[spoiler:even if three out of four of them are illegitimate]], but choosing the ''right'' one is giving the Primes an ungodly number of migraines.

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* SuccessionCrisis: A lot of Welce's political problems stem from this. There ''are'' heirs [[spoiler:even if three out of four of them are illegitimate]], but choosing the ''right'' one is giving the Primes an ungodly number of migraines. [[spoiler:Then, when they finally get a legitimate heir, she winds up having a mental disorder that renders her incapable of functioning in society, starting the whole mess all over again.]]
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* TranquilFury: Zoe's anger has degrees. She's perfectly capable of giving you a verbal smackdown if she thinks you deserve one, but if you're stupid enough to go so far as to press her BerserkButton, her rage goes from firey-hot to icy-cold, and she will calmly and serenely [[spoiler:completely flood your city. Or boil your blood. Or rupture aneurysm in your brain. Whatever strikes her fancy.]]

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* TranquilFury: Zoe's anger has degrees. She's perfectly capable of giving you a verbal smackdown if she thinks you deserve one, but if you're stupid enough to go so far as to press her BerserkButton, her rage goes from firey-hot to icy-cold, and she will calmly and serenely [[spoiler:completely flood your city. Or boil your blood. Or rupture an aneurysm in your brain. Whatever strikes her fancy.]]
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* TranquilFury: Zoe's anger has degrees. She's perfectly capable of giving you a verbal smackdown if she thinks you deserve one, but if you're stupid enough to go so far as to press her BerserkButton, her rage goes from firey-hot to icy-cold, and she will calmly and serenely [[spoiler:completely flood your city. Or boil your blood. Or rupture aneurysm in your brain. Whatever strikes her fancy.]]
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