History Literature / FarsalaTrilogy

13th Dec '15 8:27:02 PM MaskedAndDangerous
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* TheDungAges: Averted with Farsala, but played straight with their neighbor, Kadeshi. Kadeshi's peasant class are shown to be starving as their lords eat at banquet.



* MadeASlave: Soraya's mother and brother. Also her cousin Pari.

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* MadeASlave: Soraya's mother and brother. Also her cousin Pari. And most of the deghans who weren't killed in the battle, including the child of the ghan.



* RousingSpeech: Jiaan at the end of ''Fall of a Kingdom''

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* RefugeInAudacity: Kavi's double agent act requires him to rely on this. His luck finally catches up with him in the climax of the last book.
* TheRemnant: Farsala's army of deghans are slaughtered almost to the last man in the climax of the first book, leaving Jiann and Fasal to lead those who remain, mostly consisting of archers, support troops, and peasant volunteers chaffing under Hrum reprisals.
* RousingSpeech: Jiaan Jiann at the end of ''Fall of a Kingdom''



* TokenGoodTeammate: Patrius.

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* TokenGoodTeammate: Patrius.Patrius, Barmael, and the various people under them within the Hrum who don't support Garren's politics.


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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Jiann gives this speech to Fasal when the latter decides to torture Patrius.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: After the Hrum begin occupying Farsala, everything changes. Even after they are defeated at the end, so many Farsalan deghans have died that their status as the ruling class is doomed.
13th Dec '15 10:18:35 AM MaskedAndDangerous
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* CompositeCharacter: The Sorahb reborn of legend is a composite of nearly the entire resistance. Specifically, Kavi's tactical brilliance at guerilla warfare and spycraft, Jiann's ability as a battlefield commander, Soraya's magic, and in the finale Fasal's ability as a swordsman.



* CombatPragmatist: Garren. Due to [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Farsalan culture]], it's considered a MoralEventHorizon moment.
* CompositeCharacter: The Sorahb reborn of legend is a composite of nearly the entire resistance. Specifically, Kavi's tactical brilliance at guerilla warfare and spycraft, Jiann's ability as a battlefield commander, Soraya's magic, and in the finale Fasal's ability as a swordsman.



* OnceMoreWithClarity: The pre-chapter introductions of books two and three have a historian describing [[TheChosenOne the Sorahb Reborn's]] campaign against the Hrum. The chapters themselves often show the wildly different truth of the matter.



* CombatPragmatist: Garren. Due to [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Farsalan culture]], it's considered a MoralEventHorizon moment.
13th Dec '15 9:53:56 AM MaskedAndDangerous
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* CompositeCharacter: The Sorahb reborn of legend is a composite of nearly the entire resistance.

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* CompositeCharacter: The Sorahb reborn of legend is a composite of nearly the entire resistance. Specifically, Kavi's tactical brilliance at guerilla warfare and spycraft, Jiann's ability as a battlefield commander, Soraya's magic, and in the finale Fasal's ability as a swordsman.
5th Dec '15 9:16:32 PM moxieweed
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The three books in this YA trilogy -- ''Fall of a Kingdom'', ''Rise of a Hero'', and ''Forging the Sword''- were published by Creator/HilariBell from 2003 to 2006. The story- that of a pseudo-Arabian land called Farsala attempting to resist invasion -- is told in alternating perspectives by three very different characters: Kavi, Jiaan, and Soraya. They are, respectively, a repentant traitor, a bastard, and a deghass fighting to keep their land free for a year, after which the Hrum will retreat.

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The three books in this YA trilogy -- ''Fall of a Kingdom'', ''Rise of a Hero'', and ''Forging the Sword''- were published by Creator/HilariBell from 2003 to 2006. The story- story -- that of a pseudo-Arabian pseudo-Iranian land called Farsala attempting to resist invasion -- is told in alternating perspectives by three very different characters: Kavi, Jiaan, and Soraya. They are, respectively, a repentant traitor, a bastard, and a deghass fighting to keep their land free for a year, after which the Hrum will retreat.
8th Mar '15 10:35:49 AM MarchVee
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The three books in this YA trilogy -- ''Fall of a Kingdom'', ''Rise of a Hero'', and ''Forging the Sword''- were published by HilariBell from 2003 to 2006. The story- that of a pseudo-Arabian land called Farsala attempting to resist invasion -- is told in alternating perspectives by three very different characters: Kavi, Jiaan, and Soraya. They are, respectively, a repentant traitor, a bastard, and a deghass fighting to keep their land free for a year, after which the Hrum will retreat.

The land of Farsala, as has been mentioned, is a close parallel to Persia, and the Hrum are, for all practical purposes, the Romans. HilariBell does not go out of her way to emphasize this, however- she uses the two cultures to build a world familiar to her readers and then lets the story take over. The text is also littered with bits of world-building that seem to be mostly her own invention. As a result, the ''Farsala Trilogy'' stands out among young adult fantasy trilogies about three teenagers trying to save the world.

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The three books in this YA trilogy -- ''Fall of a Kingdom'', ''Rise of a Hero'', and ''Forging the Sword''- were published by HilariBell Creator/HilariBell from 2003 to 2006. The story- that of a pseudo-Arabian land called Farsala attempting to resist invasion -- is told in alternating perspectives by three very different characters: Kavi, Jiaan, and Soraya. They are, respectively, a repentant traitor, a bastard, and a deghass fighting to keep their land free for a year, after which the Hrum will retreat.

The land of Farsala, as has been mentioned, is a close parallel to Persia, and the Hrum are, for all practical purposes, the Romans. HilariBell Creator/HilariBell does not go out of her way to emphasize this, however- she uses the two cultures to build a world familiar to her readers and then lets the story take over. The text is also littered with bits of world-building that seem to be mostly her own invention. As a result, the ''Farsala Trilogy'' stands out among young adult fantasy trilogies about three teenagers trying to save the world.
9th Feb '15 1:12:04 PM TheHolotome
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* TokenGoodTeammate: Patrius

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* TokenGoodTeammate: PatriusPatrius.



** At the end of the last book, Soraya transfers this attitude to Substrategus Garren after she watches him repeat the trick he used to kill her father. [[spoiler: Then she kills him.]]

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** At the end of the last book, Soraya transfers this attitude to Substrategus Garren after she watches him repeat the trick he used to kill her father. [[spoiler: Then she kills him.]]]]
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6th May '14 7:50:34 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TheMessiah: Sorahb, a DiscussedTrope. He never actually appears in-story and the intercut sections (which are a continuous narrative across the books) imply that the legend of the original Sorahb isn't any more accurate than the legend that the main characters give birth to.
2nd Nov '13 6:52:14 PM cordychase
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* MadeASlave: Soraya's mother and brother

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* MadeASlave: Soraya's mother and brotherbrother. Also her cousin Pari.



*RulesLawyer: Garren. He issues a challenge saying he'll kill [[spoiler: Kavi]] if Sorahb doesn'f show up to duel him. When people point out that Hrum law forbids the killing of prisoners, he says that because he gave said challenge, he doesn't have a prisoner, he has a ''hostage'', and Hrum law has no such rule regarding hostages.



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----**At the end of the last book, Soraya transfers this attitude to Substrategus Garren after she watches him repeat the trick he used to kill her father. [[spoiler: Then she kills him.]]
3rd Aug '12 1:13:26 AM Ravenya003
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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: When Soraya disguises herself as a serving wench, one of the male servants warns her to keep her face hidden as much as possible, as it's dangerous to be so pretty in the army environment she finds herself in.
5th Mar '12 9:56:14 PM serpentchan
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* TheUnchosenOne: All three, for ignoring the Sorahb legend.
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