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17th Jun '18 5:04:27 PM Stevebob
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** In ''The Chosen'', Rashel kills a vampire whose been specifically targeting young children. Because he's a vampire, no one will ever find out what really happened to the missing children - the only comfort is that other kids will be safe.

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** In ''The Chosen'', Rashel kills a vampire whose who has been specifically targeting young children. Because he's a vampire, no one will ever find out what really happened to the missing children - the only comfort is that other kids will be safe.



* TheAtoner: Ash, who leaves his soulmate at the end of ''Daughters of Darkness'' to make up for what he's done in the past.

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* TheAtoner: TheAtoner:
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Ash, who [[spoiler: leaves his soulmate at the end of ''Daughters of Darkness'' Darkness'']] to make up for what he's done in the past.



* BigFancyCastle: Black Dawn Castle in the Dark Kingdom is a massive, centuries' old castle made of black stone that dominates the landscape and looks straight out of a gothic novel/film. Naturally, it's the home of the resident VampireMonarch and lends its name to the title of the eighth book.
* BigFancyHouse: A few appear, most notably Thierry's luxurious mansion in Las Vegas and the old mansion on the island enclave.
* BiggerBad: In ''Witchlight'', the gang goes up against an astoundingly powerful [[TheDragon dragon]], who tells them he was woken from his slumber by "a witch who is not a witch." Whoever ''that'' is, is bound to be even more terrifying.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Redferns, starting ''all'' the way back with its founder, Maya, who drank the blood of babies to achieve immortality, turned a fellow tribesman into the first made vampire against his will, and fought her sister to the death.
** The Harmans fare a little better, but ''not'' when they are forced to marry into the Redfern clan.



* BiggerBad: In ''Witchlight'', the gang goes up against an astoundingly powerful [[TheDragon dragon]], who tells them he was woken from his slumber by "a witch who is not a witch." Whoever ''that'' is, is bound to be even more terrifying.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Redferns, starting ''all'' the way back with its founder, Maya, who drank the blood of babies to achieve immortality, turned a fellow tribesman into the first made vampire against his will, and fought her sister to the death.
** The Harmans fare a little better, but ''not'' when they are forced to marry into the Redfern clan.
29th May '18 4:36:15 PM Stevebob
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* {{Matriarchy}}: [[WitchSpecies Witches]] are depicted as having a matriarchal society. The three highest ranking positions in their society, Maiden, Mother and Crone, are always held by women and most of the Inner Circle (the main governing body) are women. Lineage is passed down through women and witches belong to their mother's clan and take her surname. They also have a tendency to worship goddesses or 'the Goddess'. They don't really seem to look down on men though; they still worship male gods as well as female ones, male witches seem to generally have the same rights and opportunities as female witches and are allowed to become members of the Inner Circle. The matriarchy seems to also partly be out of practicality – male witches are much rarer than female witches (in the distant past, before it was outlawed, it wasn't uncommon for female witches to take human husbands as a result of the unbalanced male to female ratio amongst their species). The only time this really becomes a problem is in ''Black Dawn'', where [[TheDragon Sylvia Weald]] is ''[[DrivenByEnvy deeply]]'' [[NotGoodWithRejection unhappy]] about not being considered a Harman because she's not descended from the female line (whilst her distant cousins, who have human fathers, are still accepted despite not being 'pure' witches because their mothers ''are'' descended from the female line).
29th May '18 3:40:17 PM Stevebob
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* LightningBruiser: Pretty much all vampires automatically qualify as this in a fight; they're inhumanly strong, fast, agile and also very durable – unless i'’s inflicted with wood or fire, they can heal from virtually any injury in minutes.
21st May '18 6:47:44 PM Stevebob
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** Delos's father [[spoiler: (and later his great grandfather)]] pretty much forces him to [[spoiler: repetitively use his power (which later starts to be damaging to his left arm]] and implants it into his head that he has no feelings whatsoever. He's also forced [[spoiler: to kill his own teacher]].
** Keller's mother (or possibly her father), who [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] her as a baby...''in a cardboard box in the street'']].

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** Delos's father [[spoiler: (and later his great grandfather)]] pretty much forces him to [[spoiler: repetitively use his power (which later starts to be damaging to his left arm]] arm and implants it into his head that he has no feelings whatsoever. He's also forced [[spoiler: to kill his own teacher]].
** Keller's mother (or possibly her father), father - she never really knew which of them it was and assumes it was her mother), who [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] her as a baby...''in a cardboard box in the street'']].



* BrokenPedestal: Two examples in ''The Chosen''. Nyala hero-worships Rashel so when she [[spoiler: lets Quinn go and later falls in love with him]], she is bitterly disappointed (which doesn't help her already [[SanitySlippage shaky sanity]]). Later, Quinn gets this towards [[spoiler: his maker and adoptive father Hunter Redfern]]. Quinn had a love-hate relationship with him, as it was, but still respected him and believed him to be a man of honor. It's a blow when he discovers [[spoiler: Hunter]] [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem broken his own rules]] and was [[spoiler: behind the blood feast all along]].
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: James and Poppy, to an extent. Also a GenderFlip version with Galen and [[spoiler: Keller]].

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* BrokenPedestal: Two examples in ''The Chosen''. Nyala hero-worships Rashel so when she [[spoiler: lets Quinn go and later falls in love with him]], she is bitterly disappointed (which doesn't help her already [[SanitySlippage shaky sanity]]). Later, Quinn gets this towards [[spoiler: his maker and adoptive father Hunter Redfern]]. Quinn had a love-hate relationship with him, as it was, but still respected him and believed him to be a man of honor. It's a blow when he discovers [[spoiler: Hunter]] [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem broken broke his own rules]] and was [[spoiler: behind the blood feast all along]].
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Thierry and Hannah, and James and Poppy, Poppy to an extent. extent (overlapping with SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl). Also a GenderFlip version with Galen and [[spoiler: Keller]].Keller.



* CainAndAbel: Maya and Hellewise.
* CareBearStare: [[spoiler:Delos]], meet Maggie.
* TheCasanova: Ash before [[LadykillerInLove meeting]] [[LoveRedeems Mary-Lynnette]].

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* CainAndAbel: Maya and Hellewise.
Hellewise, respectively.
* CareBearStare: [[spoiler:Delos]], Delos, meet Maggie.
[[AllLovingHero Maggie]].
* TheCasanova: TheCasanova:
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Ash before [[LadykillerInLove meeting]] [[LoveRedeems Mary-Lynnette]].



** Kierlan is said to be one too, even rivalling ''Ash'' in this regard.



* CatchPhrase: Rashel says: "This kitten has claws" every time she kills a vampire.

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
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Rashel says: "This kitten has claws" every time she kills a vampire.



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Poppy and James in ''Secret Vampire'', Jez and Morgead in ''Huntress''.
* TheChosenOne: Technically the Wild Powers are the Chosen ''Four'': [[spoiler: Jez Redfern, Prince Delos, Iliana Dominick]] and an as-yet unnamed forth power. According to WordOfGod, it's Kierlan Drache, a main character in the as-yet-unreleased ''Strange Fate''.
** [[spoiler:Iliana]] counts twice over considering she's also the Witch Child, prophesied to secure peace between the witches and the shapeshifters.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Poppy and James in ''Secret Vampire'', Jez and Morgead in ''Huntress''.
''Huntress''. Downplayed between Gillian and David in ''Dark Angel''; she has loved him ever since they met as kids, but he's is initially ObliviousToLove.
* TheChosenOne: TheChosenOne:
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Technically the Wild Powers are the Chosen ''Four'': [[spoiler: Jez Redfern, Redfern]], Prince Delos, Iliana Dominick]] Dominick and an as-yet unnamed forth fourth power. According to WordOfGod, it's Kierlan Drache, a main character in the as-yet-unreleased ''Strange Fate''.
** [[spoiler:Iliana]] Iliana counts twice over considering she's also the Witch Child, prophesied to secure peace between the witches and the shapeshifters.



* CoupledCouples: Mary-Lynette and Ash, coupled with their respective siblings, Mark and Jade, in ''Daughters of Darkness''. The relationships serve as a {{Foil}} to each other; Mark and Jade pretty much [[LoveAtFirstSight fall in love upon sight]], have a rather smooth transition into OfficialCouple and go around holding hands and making goo-goo eyes at each other like the love-struck teens they are. Meanwhile, Ash and Mary-Lynette are almost instantly [[BelligerentSexualTension hostile, yet also unwillingly attracted, to each other]], spend much of their time [[SlapSlapKiss bickering and making snarky comments, and eventually fall for each other kicking and screaming all the way]].



* DefrostingIceQueen: Rashel and Keller, to an extent.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: DefrostingIceQueen:
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Rashel and Keller, to an extent.



* {{Determinator}}: Maggie Neely. There's a reason she's called "Steely Neely".

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* {{Determinator}}: {{Determinator}}:
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Maggie Neely. There's a reason she's called "Steely Neely".



* EvilRedhead: Hunter Redfern.

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* EvilRedhead: Hunter Redfern.Redfern and Tormentil Redfern. This is a running trait in their family (both the hair and the evil part).



* EyesOfGold: Delos, Hunter and Lily. Most likely inherited from Maya.
* FantasticRacism: Surfaces briefly in ''Witchlight''. When [[spoiler: the Crone of the witches, Grandma Harman]] is murdered by shapeshifters, witch and all-around nice girl Winnie goes off on a tirade against shapeshifters in general and basically condemns shapeshifters Keller and Galen as though they had a hand in the crime. But Illiana quickly puts her in her place and Winnie apologizes for her behavior.

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* EyesOfGold: A common trait for the Redferns; Delos, Hunter Hunter, Tormentil and Lily.Lily all have them. Most likely inherited from Maya.
* FantasticRacism: FantasticRacism:
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Surfaces briefly in ''Witchlight''. When [[spoiler: the Crone of the witches, Grandma Harman]] is murdered by shapeshifters, witch and all-around nice girl Winnie goes off on a tirade against shapeshifters in general and basically condemns shapeshifters Keller and Galen as though they had a hand in the crime. But Illiana quickly puts her in her place and Winnie apologizes for her behavior.



* FieryRedhead: Jez, Jeanne and Winnie.

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* FieryRedhead: Jez, Jeanne and Winnie. Poppy gets moments too, though she's usually more [[GenkiGirl hyper]] than aggressive.



** Hannah has nightmares and subconsciously writes herself notes about [[spoiler: the upcoming apocalypse]].

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** Hannah has nightmares and subconsciously writes herself notes about [[spoiler: the upcoming apocalypse]].[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalypse]]]].
16th May '18 7:34:36 PM Stevebob
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* AbusiveParents:
** [[spoiler:Delos]]'s father (and later his great grandfather) pretty much force [[spoiler: him to repetitively use his power (Which later starts to be damaging to his left arm]] and implants it into his head that he has no feelings whatsoever. He's also forced [[spoiler: to kill his own teacher]].
** Keller's mother (or possibly her father), who [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] her as a baby...''in a cardboard box in the street''.
** Morgead's mother, who was neglectful at best before doing a runner.
* ActionGirl: Three in particular: Rashel Jordan, Jez Redfern and Raksha Keller.

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* AbusiveParents:
AbusiveParents: A few examples:
** [[spoiler:Delos]]'s Delos's father [[spoiler: (and later his great grandfather) grandfather)]] pretty much force forces him to [[spoiler: him to repetitively use his power (Which (which later starts to be damaging to his left arm]] and implants it into his head that he has no feelings whatsoever. He's also forced [[spoiler: to kill his own teacher]].
** Keller's mother (or possibly her father), who [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] her as a baby...''in a cardboard box in the street''.
street'']].
** Morgead's mother, who was neglectful [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] at best before doing a runner.
* ActionGirl: Three in particular: Rashel Jordan, Jez Redfern and Raksha Keller. Lupe Acevedo and Nissa Johnson count, too.



* AerithAndBob: You have names like Eric, Thea, Gillian, Phillip, Maggie along with names like Raksha, Azhdeha, Rashel, Azarius and Autolykos.
* TheAlcoholic: Gillian's Mother.

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* AerithAndBob: You have names like Eric, Thea, Gillian, Phillip, Phillip and Maggie along with names like Raksha, Azhdeha, Rashel, Azarius and Autolykos.
* TheAlcoholic: Gillian's Mother.mother.



* AllThereInTheManual: There are some extra stories on her website that show other part of characters' lives. [[http://www.ljanesmith.net/stories.php Link.]]

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* AllThereInTheManual: There are some extra stories on her Smith's website that show other part of characters' lives. [[http://www.ljanesmith.net/stories.php Link.]]]]



* ArrangedMarriage: Galen and Iliana. [[spoiler:Averted, much to Keller's relief.]]

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* ArrangedMarriage: ArrangedMarriage:
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Galen and Iliana. [[spoiler:Averted, much to Keller's relief.]]



* BadassNormal: Rashel Jordan

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* BadassNormal: Rashel JordanJordan. Mary-Lynette may count as well.



* BerserkButton: Don't call Jez by her full name. [[spoiler:It pisses her off so much, that when her soulmate calls her "Jezebel" as she lies dying, she actually ''comes back'' in order to tell him never to call her that.]]

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Don't call Jez by her full name. [[spoiler:It pisses her off so much, that when her soulmate calls her "Jezebel" as she lies dying, she actually ''comes back'' in order to tell him never to call her that.]]


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* CoolVsAwesome: ''Witchlight'' has a BadassCrew consisting of two witches, a werepanther, a were[[spoiler: leopard]] and a vampire vs [[spoiler: a dragon]].
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Many examples, most notably Hannah and Thierry.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Many examples, most notably [[spoiler: Hannah and Thierry.Thierry]], who went through ''centuries'' of suffering before finally getting a HappilyEverAfter.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Many characters in the series belong to or are related in some way to the Redfern or Harman families. They're actually related to each other too; due to the blood-tie between Maeve Harman and Hunter Redfern, moderns Harmans and Redferns consider each other as 'cross-kin' or 'distant cousins'. They're biologically related as well; most modern Redferns are descended from Garnet Redfern (a notable exception being the Redferns of the Dark Kingdom), whilst most modern Harmans are descended from Roseclear Harman, both of whom are the daughters of Hunter and Maeve. Furthermore, both families share a common ancestor in Hecate Witch-Queen; her daughter Hellewise is the founder of the Harman family, whilst her grandson Red Fern (through her other daughter, Maya) is the founder of the Redfern family. Many of the most prominent lamia families are also implied to be related in one way or another due to them often intermarrying.
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* HiddenElfVillage: The Dark Kingdom.
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* TheChosenOne: Technically the Wild Powers are the Chosen ''Four'': [[spoiler: Jez Redfern, Prince Delos, Iliana Dominick]] and an as-yet unnamed forth power.

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* TheChosenOne: Technically the Wild Powers are the Chosen ''Four'': [[spoiler: Jez Redfern, Prince Delos, Iliana Dominick]] and an as-yet unnamed forth power. According to WordOfGod, it's Kierlan Drache, a main character in the as-yet-unreleased ''Strange Fate''.



* FieryRedhead: Jez, Jeanne.

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* FieryRedhead: Jez, Jeanne.Jeanne and Winnie.



* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Ash is widely believed to be the one that murdered his aunt but it's actually Jeremy.]]

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* RedHerring: In ''Daughters of Darkness'' [[spoiler: Ash is widely believed to be the one that murdered his aunt but it's actually Jeremy.]]
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* RomanticVampireBoy

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* RomanticVampireBoyRomanticVampireBoy: Several, including James, Thierry, Quinn and Delos.



* UnequalPairing: Crops up occasionally.
** Thierry is a Night World Elder, addressed as Lord and has a boatload of cash to spare, whilst Hannah is a mere high school student with a roughly working class/lower middle class background. However, by ''Witchlight'' [[spoiler: she’s also addressed by the title of Lady and is strongly implied to be co-running Circle Daybreak alongside Thierry, subverting this to an extent]].
** In ''Black Dawn'', ''Prince'' Delos makes sure Maggie is well aware of their difference in station…at first. Maggie, for her part, doesn’t really care all that much about his title and does whatever she wants anyway.



* VampireHunter: Rashel.

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* VampireHunter: VampireHunter:
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Rashel.


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** There's also a whole group of vampire hunters known as the Lancers who show up in ''The Chosen''.
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** Though it does better explain the [[spoiler: Lost Harman babies]] back story

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** Though it does better explain the [[spoiler: Lost Harman babies]] back storystory.
* FiveManBand: Keller’s team in ''Witchlight''.
** TheLeader: Keller. A tough, headstrong, no-nonsense ActionGirl.
** TheLancer: Galen. A rational-minded NiceGuy who tries to find diplomatic solutions.
** TheSmartGuy: Winnie. [[SquishyWizard Not physically strong, but a talented witch]] who knows a lot about spells, myths and legends and occasionally serves as MrExposition.
** TheBigGuy: Nissa. As a vampire, she’s equal in strength to Keller, if not more so, and tends to be practical and straight-thinking, is one of the best fighters on the team and their getaway driver.
** TheChick: Iliana. She’s [[TheHeart the most gentle and compassionate]] of the group, though also [[TheLoad rather delicate and helpless]]…[[TookALevelInBadass at first]], anyway.
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