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19th May '16 1:43:01 PM LovePsychothefirst
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*** interesting trend: while all the other books more or less tell a fairy tale beginning to end, ''Blood Red'' and ''From a High Tower'' take their respective fairy tales as simply a prologue/first chapter or two for the main story. Makes me wonder just how ''A Study in Sable'' (which, from the title and the cover illustration, seem to be about Sherlock Holmes instead of a fairy tale) will turn out.
23rd Apr '16 6:47:12 PM Joyce13
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** William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, is a major character (and Fire Magician) in ''From a High Tower''; his 'Buffalo Bill Wild West Show' (which really did tour Germany during the time frame of the novel) is a mobile setting for at least half the book.

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** William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, is a major character (and Fire Magician) mentioned several times in ''From a High Tower''; his 'Buffalo Bill Wild West Show' (which really did tour Germany during the time frame of the novel) is referenced by Captain Cody Lee's show (as a mobile setting for at least half reason why they aren't going to the book.same places that Buffalo Bill did, because when they did in France, it turned out to be a financial disaster).



** Fire Masters have some ability to sense the movement of energy, which means they can do well in the commodity market. They can burn off foreign substances, as Eleanor did to overcome a dose of opiates. They also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master. The heroine of ''Steadfast'' is an acrobat and dancer, who finds out she is a Fire Master. And of course, they never have to eat burned food.

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** Fire Masters have some ability to sense the movement of energy, which means they can do well in the commodity market. They can burn off foreign substances, as Eleanor did to overcome a dose of opiates. They also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, Captain Cody Lee, who owns and is a star act in a Wild West Show, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master. The heroine of ''Steadfast'' is an acrobat and dancer, who finds out she is a Fire Master. And of course, they never have to eat burned food.
7th Apr '16 10:51:17 PM Chariset
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** Then in ''From a High Tower'' she mentors Giselle through the last stages of her CharacterGrowth from ActionSurvivor to full-fledged ActionGirl.

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** Then in ''From a High Tower'' she mentors Giselle through the last stages of her CharacterGrowth CharacterDevelopment from ActionSurvivor to full-fledged ActionGirl.Action Girl.



* HookedUpAfterward: Suggested for Jonathon and Ninette.

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* HookedUpAfterward: HookedUpAfterwards: Suggested for Jonathon and Ninette.



** Earth mages not only use their healing powers to become doctors, but use Earth Magic to handle household tasks such as making cheese.
** In ''The Fire Rose'', a Fire Master is able to divine fluctuations in the commodity market, while his apprentice bets on a cockfight, then drives his chosen bird berserk to ensure an easy win. Other magical means of acquiring wealth are mentioned; Water Masters make their fortune in shipping, Earth Masters can predict gold strikes, and Air Masters become entertainers.
*** Air Mages/Masters as entertainers are major plot points in ''Reserved for the Cat'' and ''Steadfast.'' In ''Reserved for the Cat'', Air Master Nigel is the impresario of a music hall and Air Magician Arthur composes and directs the orchestra (with help from Wolfgang). In ''Steadfast'', Lionel is an Air Magician who uses Air Magic to enhance his illusions as a stage magician.
*** In the series proper, Earth Mages aren't shown mining (then again, it's Britain, so there's not a lot of gold to find); instead, one Earth Master is shown as a doctor, and others are involved in enhancing agricultural productivity.
*** Fire Masters also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master. The heroine of ''Steadfast'' is an acrobat and dancer, who finds out she is a Fire Master.

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** Earth mages not only use their healing powers to become doctors, doctors or farmers (they prefer rural life since the soil is polluted in cities), but use Earth Magic to handle household tasks such as making cheese.
cheese. They can also apply their talents to geology.
** In ''The Fire Rose'', a Fire Master is able to divine fluctuations in the commodity market, while his apprentice bets on a cockfight, then drives his chosen bird berserk to ensure an easy win. Other magical means of acquiring wealth are mentioned; Water Masters make their fortune in shipping, Earth Masters can predict gold strikes, and Air Masters become entertainers.
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sailing, or navigation.
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Air Mages/Masters as entertainers are tend to be entertainers. This is a major plot points point in ''Reserved for the Cat'' and ''Steadfast.'' In ''Reserved for the Cat'', Air Master Nigel is the impresario of a music hall and Air Magician Arthur composes and directs the orchestra (with help from Wolfgang). In ''Steadfast'', Lionel is an Air Magician who uses Air Magic to enhance his illusions as a stage magician.
*** In the series proper, Earth Mages aren't shown mining (then again, it's Britain, so there's not a lot of gold to find); instead, one Earth Master is shown as a doctor, and others are involved in enhancing agricultural productivity.
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** Fire Masters have some ability to sense the movement of energy, which means they can do well in the commodity market. They can burn off foreign substances, as Eleanor did to overcome a dose of opiates. They also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master. The heroine of ''Steadfast'' is an acrobat and dancer, who finds out she is a Fire Master. And of course, they never have to eat burned food.



* SaintlyChurch: Whenever Christian churches or churchgoers are presented in the books, they nearly always are good people devoted to helping others (though HolierThanThou types do get an occasional mention), and the power and actions of {{God}} are nearly universally a good thing in the world. There is even some holy power invested in churches and Christian objects.

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* SaintlyChurch: Whenever Christian churches or churchgoers are presented in the books, they nearly always are good people devoted to helping others (though HolierThanThou types do get an occasional mention), and the power and actions of {{God}} are nearly universally a good thing in the world. There is even some holy power invested in churches and Christian objects.



** The Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat'' sets up magical distractions powered by the misery of potteries and orphanages, and toys with the idea of opening a few orphanages itself to exploit later.

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** The Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat'' sets up magical distractions powered by the misery of potteries opium dens and orphanages, and toys with the idea of opening a few orphanages itself to exploit later.
7th Apr '16 10:41:34 PM Chariset
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* CannibalismSuperPower: The Troll.

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* CannibalismSuperPower: The Troll.Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat''.



* HookedUpAfterward: Suggested for Jonathon and Ninette.



* SaintlyChurch: Whenever Christian churches or churchgoers are presented in the books, they nearly always are good people devoted to helping others (though HolierThanThou types do get an occasional mention), and the power and actions of {{God}} are nearly universally a good thing in the world.

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* SaintlyChurch: Whenever Christian churches or churchgoers are presented in the books, they nearly always are good people devoted to helping others (though HolierThanThou types do get an occasional mention), and the power and actions of {{God}} are nearly universally a good thing in the world. There is even some holy power invested in churches and Christian objects.


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** The Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat'' sets up magical distractions powered by the misery of potteries and orphanages, and toys with the idea of opening a few orphanages itself to exploit later.
19th Mar '16 7:24:04 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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*** Fire Masters also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master.

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*** Fire Masters also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master. The heroine of ''Steadfast'' is an acrobat and dancer, who finds out she is a Fire Master.
19th Mar '16 7:21:04 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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** William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, is a major character (and Fire Magician) in ''From a High Tower''; his 'Buffalo Bill Wild West Show' (which really did tour Germany during the time frame of the novel) is a mobile setting for at least half the book.


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* MeaningfulTitle: ''Reserved for the Cat''; as lampshaded by Thomas in the ending scene, 'Reserved for the Cat' is actually a theatrical in-joke/double entendre: back when theatres had actual 'reserved for...' signs on the expensive private boxes, the phrase 'reserved for the cat' was used for people so important (often royalty) that they couldn't be openly identified. The novel's main location is a theatre/music hall, and it's a retelling of ''Puss in Boots''!


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*** Fire Masters also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', William F Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master.
19th Mar '16 7:12:54 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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* PoorCommunicationKills: or at least impoverishes. If Giselle's mother had thought to tell her [[spoiler: exactly what she was doing with Giselle's offcut hair, Giselle wouldn't have had to SweetPollyOliver in shooting contests to support herself... but then, if Giselle '''had''' known that, ''From a High Tower'' would have ended at about chapter 5.]]
19th Mar '16 7:06:36 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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** both played straight and inverted with Susanne Whitestone: she's raised collectively by the servants of the Whitestone manor house, but her magical tutor and metaphorical fairy godfather is ''Robin Goodfellow''.
19th Mar '16 6:59:52 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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** Suzanne Whitestone hopes to invoke this on her crush, Charles, when she finds him in the London hospital she's volunteering at; unfortunately he turns out to already be engaged. Actually, it's ''fortunately'', because it turns out Charles isn't nearly as compatible with Suzanne as she previously thought, due to her CharacterGrowth from her frontline nursing duties in WWI.

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** Suzanne Susanne Whitestone hopes to invoke this on her crush, Charles, when she finds him in the London hospital she's volunteering at; unfortunately he turns out to already be engaged. Actually, it's ''fortunately'', because it turns out Charles isn't nearly as compatible with Suzanne as she previously thought, due to her CharacterGrowth from her frontline nursing duties in WWI.
19th Mar '16 6:54:30 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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** Then in ''From a High Tower'' she mentors Giselle through the last stages of her CharacterGrowth from ActionSurvivor to full-fledged ActionGirl.
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