History Literature / SummersAtCastleAuburn

2nd Mar '14 9:26:11 AM Bissek
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* WidowedAtTheWedding: Bryan is poisoned at his wedding feast [[spoiler:by his bride.]]
25th Oct '13 1:45:18 PM Umi
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''Summers at Castle Auburn'' tells the story of Coriel, more commonly called Corie, a [[HeroicBastard bastard daughter]] of the illustrious Halsing family. She lives a simple village life with her [[RaisedByGrandparents maternal grandmother]], the local [[WidowWitch wise woman and witch]], as her apprentice until she is six years old when the noble side of her heritage comes to call. Her father is dead, her uncle wishes to see Corie properly cared for. From that year, Corie spends her summers at Castle Auburn with her [[OneeSama blue-blooded half-sister]] Elisandra.

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''Summers at Castle Auburn'' by Sharon Shinn tells the story of Coriel, more commonly called Corie, a [[HeroicBastard bastard daughter]] of the illustrious Halsing family. She lives a simple village life with her [[RaisedByGrandparents maternal grandmother]], the local [[WidowWitch wise woman and witch]], as her apprentice until she is six years old when the noble side of her heritage comes to call. Her father is dead, her uncle wishes to see Corie properly cared for. From that year, Corie spends her summers at Castle Auburn with her [[OneeSama blue-blooded half-sister]] Elisandra.



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Corie and Elisandra's parent figures (mother in Elisandra's case), Jaxon and Greta. Jaxon is a huge, wild-looking man, while Greta is so small that if she could ever be quiet, people who overlook her. Fortunately for Greta and unfortunately for those around her, she is never quiet.

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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Corie and Elisandra's parent figures (mother in Elisandra's case), Jaxon and Greta. Jaxon is a huge, wild-looking man, while Greta is so small that if she could ever be quiet, people who would overlook her. Fortunately for Greta and unfortunately for those around her, she is never quiet.
29th Jul '13 5:01:00 PM Umi
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* RavenHairIvorySkin: Dark hair and pale skin in a trait that runs in the Halsing family. Elisandra, combining this coloring with her mother's delicate features, is a celebrated court beauty. Corie, though rougher around the edges, also [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up well]] and has many suitors when she is old enough for the marriage market because of it.
** The aliora queen Rowena is so pale as to be almost white of skin with black hair. Other aliora regard her as being the epitome of their race in beauty.
28th Jul '13 8:55:36 PM captainpat
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* RavenHairIvorySkin: A family trait for the Halsings, but Elisandra and Corie in particular.
** The aliora queen Rowena is the epitome of this trope in the novel.
5th Jul '13 11:55:05 AM Umi
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* HairTriggerTemper: Anything slightly displeasing can set Bryan off, and he'll rant and rage until he gets his way or someone showers him with flattery.


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* MyBelovedSmother: Greta is very much a smother to Elisandra, and in her desire to see her daughter become queen, she doesn't seem to know anything about Elisandra as a person. This isn't out of malice, Greta simply doesn't look deeper than Elisandra's façade of calm.
4th Jul '13 11:33:23 PM Umi
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* BrokenBird: Elisandra has to maintain her perfect calm, because going along with the machinations around her is the only way to keep it together.


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* GildedCage: Castle Auburn.
4th Jul '13 2:24:54 PM Umi
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* BastardBastard: What little we know about Corie's mother says that she was a terrible person.
4th Jul '13 2:21:38 PM Umi
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: All over the story.
** Jaxon Halsing is a good, loving uncle to his nieces, but he's also a hunter and trader of aliora.
** [[spoiler: Andrew like all aliora is a pacifist and does not cause harm. But when Bryan injures Rowena, he turns against his master to protect his queen.]]
** [[spoiler: Elisandra is placid and sweet, and she poisons Bryan to get out of being married to him.]]


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* KickTheDog: Bryan deliberately grabs an aliora without taking off his jewelry, knowing full well he's going to hurt her. [[KickTheSonOfABitch He gets cracked over the head with a wine bottle for it]].
4th Jul '13 2:11:45 PM Umi
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* SlaveLiberation: [[spoiler: Corie takes it upon herself to free all the aliora when they're all in Castle Auburn for the royal wedding.]]
* SlaveRace: The aliora in captivity.


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* SpoiledSweet: The Halsing girls. Elisandra is the future queen, and is still kind, gracious, and humble. Corie only lives the high life three months of the year, but she still never lets it go to her head.


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* SuperHumanTrafficking: Aliora are taken as slaves for their intelligence, beauty, gentleness, and the subtle magic of their soothing presence.
4th Jul '13 1:57:03 PM Umi
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* BeligerentSexualTension: Between Rowena and Jaxon. They clearly have very complicated feelings for each other, and they express it in veiled threats.

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* BeligerentSexualTension: BelligerentSexualTension: Between Rowena and Jaxon. They clearly have very complicated feelings for each other, and they express it in veiled threats.


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* [[HappyMarriageCharade Happy Engagement Charade]]: Bryan and Elisandra know how to put on the performance of future king and queen and look good together (Corie notes that they are fantastic dance partners for example), but they don't love each other, or even like each other. They don't even have anything to say about each other. But politics demand they marry anyway.


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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Lord Matthew works very hard; he's one of the first people up in the morning and last people to sleep at night. His son Kent follows suit. As opposed to Bryan, who appears to be IdleRich.
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