History Literature / KrisLongknife

7th Dec '16 5:12:12 PM KeithM
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* BadassBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Vicki gains the loyalty of the planets that join her in revolting against the Empress in large part due to her efforts at giving them functional economies and working governments as much as by military power.]]


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* TookALevelInBadass: Vicki Peterwald - glorified bimbo and spectacularly incompetent assassin to [[spoiler: BadassPrincess, rebel leader, increasingly competent military officer and BadassBureaucrat]].
7th Dec '16 5:02:06 PM KeithM
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* BadassPrincess: Kris.

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* BadassPrincess: Kris. [[spoiler: Later Vicki.]]
* BatmanGambit: Several different people conclude that the absurdly oversexualized female Greenfeld court fashions encouraged by the Empress are likely meant to entice her husband to sleep around and cheat on her so he ends up dead at the hands of an cuckolded husband or lover.


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* DistractedByTheSexy: Vicki Peterwald weaponizes it.
7th Dec '16 3:38:17 PM KeithM
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* ActionGirl: Kris, obviously.

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* ActionGirl: Kris, obviously. Vicky Peterwald begins to grow into the role out of necessity.



* AssassinOutclassin: Kris has escaped or outfought a disturbingly large number of murder attempts (To the point where at one point Kris jokingly asks Nelly to time how long until the next one, and Nell snarks that she can't count that ''low''). Vicky hasn't suffered quite as many - yet, though she's rapidly catching up.

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* AssassinOutclassin: Kris has escaped or outfought a disturbingly large number of murder attempts (To the point where at one point Kris jokingly asks Nelly to time how long until the next one, and Nell snarks that she can't count that ''low''). Vicky hasn't suffered quite as many - yet, though she's rapidly catching up. Her current record is four assassination attempts in one day.



* CelibateHero: It looks like everybody in the series is getting some romance except for poor Kris.

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* CelibateHero: It looks like everybody in the series is getting some romance except for poor Kris. That eventually changes.



* GoodFeelsGood: Vicky realizes this in her own series when she takes action to help the ordinary oppressed and abandoned people of the Greenfeld Empire and feels a sense of accomplishment and of being respected she never received in her previous role as glorified bimbo and future trophy wife.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Hank's sister, Vicky]] at least somewhat. Her improvement comes after she's assigned to a military ship as a very junior officer to discipline her following her actions in a previous book. After doing so, she learns not only to take pride in actually being good at something on her own merits and not because of her wealth or family, but that she's learning how to be a proper officer, something that [[spoiler: Hank lacked]] and actually caused his death.

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Hank's sister, Vicky]] at least somewhat.Vicky]]. Her improvement comes after she's assigned to a military ship as a very junior officer to discipline her following her actions in a previous book. After doing so, she learns not only to take pride in actually being good at something on her own merits and not because of her wealth or wealth, family, looks, or skill in bed, but that she's learning how to be a proper officer, something that [[spoiler: Hank lacked]] and actually caused his death.



** Vicki has two personal servants who are also very lethal assassins.



* NotSoDifferent: Vicky eventually realizes that superficial differences to the contrary, she does have things in common with her (former) archenemy Kris, and later deliberately seeks to emulate her and use her as an example.



* RebelliousPrincess: Kris becomes a princess at the end of the first novel and hates it.

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* RebelliousPrincess: Kris becomes a princess at the end of the first novel and hates it. [[spoiler: Vicky becomes a literal one as she starts a rebellion against the corruption of her stepmother, the Empress.]]



** Vicky Peterwald is learning how to become this, mainly because she calculated her odds of surviving the ambitions of her stepmother's family if her skills remained limited to needlepoint and Kama Sutra as being negligible. It also improves the odds of her ''Empire'' surviving her stepmother's family's ambitions. Her father ''used'' to be one, but by the time of the Vicky Peterwald novels, he's become so fixated on having a pretty young new wife that he doesn't realize that his in-laws are deliberately running his Empire into the ground. Or the fact that his wife has put a hit out on his only surviving child from his first marriage (Something that is common knowledge across the entire Empire).

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** Vicky Peterwald is learning how to become this, mainly because she calculated her odds of surviving the ambitions of her stepmother's family if her skills remained limited to needlepoint and Kama Sutra as being negligible. It also improves the odds of her ''Empire'' surviving her stepmother's family's ambitions. Her father ''used'' to be one, but by the time of the Vicky Peterwald novels, he's become so fixated on having a pretty young new wife that he doesn't realize that his in-laws are deliberately running his Empire into the ground. Or the fact that his wife has put a hit out on his only surviving child from his first marriage (Something that is common knowledge across the entire Empire). Or that he's being set up to be killed by a jealous husband, something a great many people have concluded.



* SpoiledBrat: Hank's sister, with shadings of RichBitch.

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* SpoiledBrat: Hank's sister, with shadings of RichBitch. She gets better.


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** Vicky falls into the state as the number of people dying due to failed assassination attempts on her keep piling up.


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* TooDumbToLive: Emperor Henry I is so wrapped around the little finger of his new wife he's apparently oblivious to the fact that she's trying to kill his daughter (which everyone else in the Empire knows), that she and her family are rotting his empire into destruction (which people in the Empire are finding out), and that she's probably setting him up to be killed by a jealous husband or lover (which a great many observers have concluded is happening).
26th Nov '16 3:22:59 PM OutRider2003
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* ''Bold (2016)''



There is also a prequel series being written:

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There is also
Also, set in the same universe, Mike Moscoe earlier wrote
a prequel series being written:under his own name:
* ''The First Casualty (1999)''
* ''The Price of Peace (2000)''
* ''They Also Serve (2001)''



Also, set in the same universe, Mike Moscoe earlier wrote a trilogy of books under his own name:
* ''The First Casualty (1999)''
* ''The Price of Peace (2000)''
* ''They Also Serve (2001)''

These books are currently out of print, though they will be republished in 2013.

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Also, set in the same universe, Mike Moscoe earlier wrote a trilogy of books under his own name:
* ''The First Casualty (1999)''
* ''The Price of Peace (2000)''
* ''They Also Serve (2001)''

These
The first three books are currently out of print, though they will be were republished in 2013.



* ACupAngst: Kris is tall, wirey, and small-chested. The latter causes her some considerable distress as she constantly seems to keep running into attractive women with more assets she compares herself to.

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* ACupAngst: Kris is tall, wirey, wiry, and small-chested. The latter causes her some considerable distress as she constantly seems to keep running into attractive women with more assets she compares herself to.
8th Jul '16 5:23:19 AM Bissek
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* ''Vicky Peterwald: Rebel (2016)''
9th Feb '16 12:51:34 PM Vios
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* InappropriatelyCloseComrades: ''Unrelenting'' features a supply officer whose views on the relaxation of fraternization rules prompt him to sabotage a shipment of contraceptive implants, resulting in a lot of unplanned pregnancies (and the supply officer getting a dishonorable discharge).
20th Dec '15 6:08:09 PM Mandolin
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** A demonstration of some of her skills ends up adding to the Longknife legend: In order to become a Longknife's ''maid'', you have to be able to shoot like a Marine Sergeant.
7th Nov '15 3:11:46 AM Bissek
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There are currently eleven books within the series, with additional books planned:

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There are currently eleven thirteen books within the series, with additional books planned:



* ''Tenacious(2014)''

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* ''Tenacious(2014)''
''Tenacious (2014)''
* ''Unrelenting (2015)''


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* ButICantBePregnant: Kris spends all of ''Unrelenting'' pregnant, despite having just replaced her contraceptive implant. It turns out that a supply officer had sabotaged her fleet's last shipment of implants as his way of protesting her relaxing the fraternization regulations. This results in seventy unplanned pregnancies and said supply officer getting dishonorably discharged in a system where the only company willing to give him a new job is the manure works.


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* PregnantBadass: Kris becomes pregnant shortly before the start of ''Unrelenting'' and gives birth at the end of it. This doesn't stop her from commanding a fleet through multiple battles over the course of the book.
4th Jul '15 5:59:26 AM Bissek
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** A demonstration of some of her skills ends up adding to the Longknife legend: In order to become a Longknife's ''maid'', you have to be able to shoot like a Marine Sergeant.
19th Jun '15 5:54:08 PM Bissek
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* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]: Vicky to Kris in their first meeting. During their second meeting, Kris finally manages to get across that 1: There was a battle going on at the time, and things like that happen in battles. 2: It was Hank's fault that the battle happened in the first place. 3: Even given both of the above, he would have had a decent chance of surviving had he not been equipped with a defective survival pod (Which was suspiciously from a different production run than every other pod on the ship).

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* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]: Vicky [[spoiler:Vicky]] to Kris in their first meeting. During their second meeting, Kris finally manages to get across that 1: There was a battle going on at the time, and things like that happen in battles. 2: It was Hank's [[spoiler:Hank's]] fault that the battle happened in the first place. 3: Even given both of the above, he would have had a decent chance of surviving had he not been equipped with a defective survival pod (Which was suspiciously from a different production run than every other pod on the ship).
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