History Literature / TheGodEaters

12th Nov '13 3:37:28 PM XFllo
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* BadassLonghair: Kieran. When Ash first sees him, he looks like a DreadlockWarrior, but he actually ''does'' wash and comb it when he has the option. It's still a yard long and earns him the nickname (from one [[ToDumbToLive prison bully]]) of the "Hair Farmer."
21st Oct '13 9:05:04 PM Hummingbird
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* BadassLonghair: Kieran. When Ash first sees him, he looks like a DreadlockWarrior, but he actually ''does'' wash and comb it when he has the option. It's still a yard long and earns him the nickname (from one [[ToDumbToLive prison bully]]) of the "Hair Farmer."



* BarbarianLonghair: Kieran's dreadlocks initially seem like this to Ash. It probably helps that Kieran kills a guy with one kick within a few minutes of Ash and Kieran's first meeting. In reality, Kieran would rather have washed hair, although it's still long enough to get him called "Hair Farmer" (and he still makes a habit of [[BadassLonghair killing people]]).



* AGodAmI: Delan and [[spoiler: his reincarnation, Thelyan]].

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* AGodAmI: Delan and [[spoiler: his reincarnation, Thelyan]].Thelyan]]; Ka'an.



* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Pretty much everyone agrees that Kieran has a pretty face, and he tops it off with yard-long black hair.



* Room101: Where prisoners at Churchrock are taken for "surveys," AKA mind rapes.

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* Room101: {{Room101}}: Where prisoners at Churchrock are taken for "surveys," AKA mind rapes.
8th Oct '13 11:55:42 AM Hummingbird
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* FictionalCurrency: Thrones and signets in Eskarne, ya in pre-invasion Iavaia.



* HitmanWithAHeart: Kieran spends part of the book as an unrepentant murderer for hire, but that's before he encounters the magical power of love. If you've read the back cover, the result isn't much of a surprise. (In Kieran's defense, he was a SonOfAWhore, an orphan, and an abused prison inmate before turning to assassination as a career in his teens.)
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Averted. Kieran gave up hooking as soon as he found out her could make better money as an assassin. And Shou-Shou is arguably worse.

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* HitmanWithAHeart: Kieran spends part of the book as an unrepentant murderer for hire, but that's before he encounters the magical power of love. If you've read the back cover, the result isn't much of a surprise. (In Kieran's defense, he was a SonOfAWhore, an orphan, and an abused prison inmate before turning to assassination as a career in his teens.)
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Averted. Rasa, Kieran's mother. Averted with pretty much all the other examples-- Kieran gave up hooking as soon as he found out her he could make better more money as an assassin. And Shou-Shou is arguably killing people, and Shou Shou seems even worse.


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* KillTheGod: Ashes and Kieran, although they're helped by the fact that the gods in question are [[spoiler: actually [[DeityofHumanOrigin deities of human origin]]]].


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* ManlyGay: Kieran.


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* Kieran, when working for the White Rose Gang.
30th Sep '13 9:44:57 AM Hummingbird
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* CombatPragmatist: Kieran isn't interested in "rules" of combat. Mostly, he cares about coming out alive.



* GoodOldFisticuffs: Kieran is good at a form of combat that Ash understands as "Iavaian boxing," but which Kieran characterizes simply as "dirty fighting." [[spoiler: He teaches it to Ash.]]



* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Why does Shou Shou deck out Kieran in black [[HellBentforLeather leather]] pants and a black leather coat, for high-mobility life as an assassin in a desert ''in summer''? [[FetishFuel Isn't]] it [[RuleOfCool obvious]]?

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* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Why does Shou Shou deck out Kieran in black [[HellBentforLeather leather]] pants and a [[BadassLongcoat black leather coat, coat]], for high-mobility life as an assassin in a mid-latitude desert ''in summer''? [[FetishFuel Isn't]] it [[RuleOfCool obvious]]?



* JerkassGods: Thelyan and Ka'an, the latter of whom Kieran calls "a real bastard of a god."

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* JerkassGods: Thelyan and Ka'an, the latter who, according to Kieran, is "the kind of whom Kieran calls "a real bastard of god you don't want to meet in a god."dark alley." Thelyan is closer to being a GodOfEvil.
24th Sep '13 8:46:23 PM Hummingbird
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* BarbarianLonghair: Kieran's dreadlocks initially seem like this to Ash. It probably helps that Kieran kills a guy with one kick within a few minutes of Ash and Kieran's first meeting. In reality, Kieran would rather have washed hair, although it's still long enough to get him called "Hair Farmer" (and he still makes a habit of [[BadassLonghair killing people]]).



* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Why Kieran dumps Ash after [[spoiler: escaping Churchrock]].

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* BreakTheCutie: Kieran's childhood did this to him; Ash expects to experience the same in prison.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Why Kieran dumps tries to ditch Ash after [[spoiler: escaping Churchrock]].



* EliteMooks: The Whites.



* SuperPoweredMooks: The cream of the Thelyan's MookArmy.

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* SuperPoweredMooks: The cream of the Thelyan's MookArmy.police force.
21st Sep '13 9:03:36 PM Hummingbird
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* ImpossiblyCoolClothing: Why does Shou Shou deck out Kieran in black [[HellBentforLeather leather]] pants and a black leather coat, for high-mobility life as an assassin in a desert ''in summer''? [[FetishFuel Isn't]] it [[RuleOfCool obvious]]?

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* ImpossiblyCoolClothing: ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Why does Shou Shou deck out Kieran in black [[HellBentforLeather leather]] pants and a black leather coat, for high-mobility life as an assassin in a desert ''in summer''? [[FetishFuel Isn't]] it [[RuleOfCool obvious]]?obvious]]?
* InnocentBlueEyes: Ash's puppy-dog eyes save him from a lot of misery.



* JerkassGods: Thelyan and Ka'an, the latter of whom Kieran calls "a real bastard of a god."



* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: How everyone, including Ash himself, views Ashleigh in the first third of the book: he's nearsighted, has no combat training, and looks like a freckled kid.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: How everyone, including Ash himself, views Ashleigh in the first third of the book: he's nearsighted, has no combat training, and looks like a freckled kid.
21st Sep '13 8:59:01 PM Hummingbird
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* BadassLongcoat: Kieran sports during the second half of the book.

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* BadassLongcoat: Kieran sports one during the second half of the book.



* ImpossiblyCoolClothing: Why does Shou Shou deck out Kieran in black [[HellBentforLeather leather]] pants and a black leather coat, for high-mobility life as an assassin in a desert ''in summer''? [[FetishFuel Isn't]] it [[RuleOfCool obvious]]?



* ScarfOfAsskicking: Shou Shou gives a red and black one to Kieran. Fortunately, he has the [[GenreSavvy sense]] to wear it as a headband, not a garotte-in-waiting.



* TroublingUnchildlike Behavior: Kieran committed his first homicide when he was nine years old.

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* TroublingUnchildlike Behavior: TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Kieran committed his first homicide when he was nine years old.old.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: People who encounter Ash do it on a regular basis.


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* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: How everyone, including Ash himself, views Ashleigh in the first third of the book: he's nearsighted, has no combat training, and looks like a freckled kid.
25th Aug '13 8:21:41 PM Hummingbird
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Kieran's reaction to this exchange:
--->Kieran: "I wish we had [poison for the guards' coffee]."
--->Ash: "Too bad your personality's not water-soluble."



* BarrierWarrior: Kieran and Thelyan.

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* BadassLongcoat: Kieran sports during the second half of the book.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Kieran, at least after his HeelFaceTurn.
* BarrierWarrior: Kieran and Thelyan.Thelyan fight this way.
* BigBad: Thelyan, [[spoiler: once known as Delan]].



* ChildrenAreInnocent: Kieran really, really wasn't.
* CrapsackWorld: Racism, misogyny, homophobia, disease, authoritarian government... really, whatever bad thing you want to avoid is somewhere in this universe.

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* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Why Kieran dumps Ash after [[spoiler: escaping Churchrock]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted. Kieran really, really wasn't.
* CrapsackWorld: Racism, misogyny, homophobia, disease, authoritarian government... really, whatever bad thing you want to avoid is somewhere in this universe. However, it appears to be the "mutable" variety, in which at least some people, at some times, can affect good, which allows for a relatively hopeful ending.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Kieran thinks his magic makes him look like an evil man, but he isn't... well, not exactly, anyway.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Kieran's, involving his mother's murder, survival prostitution, repeated rapes, the manifestation of creepy powers, and committing homicide in self-defense when he was nine.



* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Thelyan thinks so, at least.



* EnemyWithin: Kieran discovers one after fleeing Burn River.



* EvilColonialist: Applies to a lot of Eskarneans.
* EvilOverlord: Thelyan.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Eskarne appears to be based on a combination of England and America in full manifest-destiny mode, Iavians are based on Native Americans of ancient Mexico and the American Southwest, and Yelorre seems to lift its fables and people's appearance from Ireland, although we don't learn as much about it.



* AGodAmI: Delan and [[spoiler: his reincarnation, Thelyan]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Kieran.
* GoodIsNotSoft: As a rule, Ash prefers to avoid violence, but hurt the man he loves, and he'll get his pound of flesh.



* HeelFaceTurn: Kieran and, more surprisingly, [[spoiler: Colonel Warren]].



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Averted. Kieran gave up hooking as soon as he found out her could make better money as an assassin.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Averted. Kieran gave up hooking as soon as he found out her could make better money as an assassin. And Shou-Shou is arguably worse.



* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Kieran.



* KnightInSourArmor: Kieran, on his better days.



* NoWomansLand: The Theocracy will rip magical powers out of any woman it finds, possibly leaving her a mentally disabled as a result.



* PoliceState: Eskarne, to some degree, but the government's heavy-handed treatment of its territories is far worse. You can get flogged for having the wrong hairstyle, and missing church is a crime.



* PowerNullifier: You can't use magic inside most of Churchrock Prison, because [[spoiler: any magic you try to use just feeds the batteries]].

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* PowerNullifier: You can't use magic inside most of Churchrock Prison, because [[spoiler: any magic you try to use just feeds the batteries]]. Rain and iron also nullify magic.



* SecretArt: The government tightly controls knowledge of spell-working in Eskarne.

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* ReligionOfEvil: Delanism.
* Room101: Where prisoners at Churchrock are taken for "surveys," AKA mind rapes.
* SecretArt: The government tightly controls knowledge of spell-working in Eskarne.Eskarne and its territories.
* SecondActBreakup: Well, having a stable relationship with a self-loathing professional hit man is pretty dicey.



* Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Kieran committed his first homicide when he was nine years old.

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* Troubling Unchildlike SuperPoweredEvilSide: Kieran struggles to deal with [[spoiler: containing the reincarnation of the very nasty god Ka'an]].
* SuperPoweredMooks: The cream of the Thelyan's MookArmy.
* TailorMadePrison: Churchrock, for holding magic users.
* TroublingUnchildlike
Behavior: Kieran committed his first homicide when he was nine years old.old.
* UnscrupulousHero: Kieran. Ash very rarely crosses this line.
* ViceCity: Burn River.
2nd Aug '13 1:57:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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A novel by {{Jesse Hajicek}} set in a fictional totalitarian world.

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A novel by {{Jesse Hajicek}} Creator/JesseHajicek set in a fictional totalitarian world.
2nd Aug '13 1:52:13 AM SeptimusHeap
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A novel by {{Jesse Hajicek}} set in a fictional totalitarian world.

''Author Summary'':
-> Imprisoned for 'inflammatory writings' by the totalitarian Theocracy, shy intellectual Ashleigh Trine figures his story's over. But when he meets Kieran Trevarde, a hard-hearted gunslinger with dark magic lurking in his blood, Ash finds that necessity makes strange heroes... and love can change the world.

This work is also available in its entirety on the [[http://chartreuse.studiowhippingboy.com/g_e_index.html web]].
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'''This book provides examples of:'''
* BadassGay: Kieran is an extreme example, but Ash develops into a pretty tough cookie too.
* BarrierWarrior: Kieran and Thelyan.
* {{Bookworm}}: Ash... evolving into BadassBookworm over the course of the novel.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Kieran really, really wasn't.
* CrapsackWorld: Racism, misogyny, homophobia, disease, authoritarian government... really, whatever bad thing you want to avoid is somewhere in this universe.
* DrugsAreBad: Not only will opium turn you into a hitman for your dealer, but a high dose in a pot of coffee will [[spoiler: kill or incapacitate most of a large prison's well-trained guards]], and Medur explicitly describes teaching the cultivation of the poppy as "evil".
* TheEmpath: Ash.
* EnergyAbsorption: Used in the climactic duel between Kieran and Thelyan.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Kieran's main power is actually awesomer than this trope makes it sounds, since he literally doesn't even have to lift a finger. He can kill you with his thoughts.
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: It doesn't take long for Col. Warren and Thelyan to figure out this about Kieran.
* FunctionalMagic: A somewhat unusual example of theurgy in that [[spoiler: rather than ''calling'' on gods, the characters actually contain them]], combined with rule magic.
* HealingHands: One character gains these.
* HeroesWantRedHeads
* HitmanWithAHeart: Kieran spends part of the book as an unrepentant murderer for hire, but that's before he encounters the magical power of love. If you've read the back cover, the result isn't much of a surprise. (In Kieran's defense, he was a SonOfAWhore, an orphan, and an abused prison inmate before turning to assassination as a career in his teens.)
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Averted. Kieran gave up hooking as soon as he found out her could make better money as an assassin.
* IdentityAbsorption: Gods can do this; on occasion, so can people.
* KidsAreCruel: Barely-adolescent boys threaten rape and beat younger orphans for kicks.
* LoveRedeems
* MagicIsMental: In fact, some of it requires calculus. With base 13 1/2.
* MindlinkMates: Kieran and Ash.
* MindRape: The basic purpose of Churchrock Prison is to collect inmates for the purpose of poking and prodding at their minds. Just to make everyone feel better, the authorities call the procedure a "survey."
* ObviouslyEvil: Thelyan.
* PoliceBrutality: One cop asks a [[HealingHands healer]] to heal an injured Kieran... so that the cops can keep shooting him again and again.
* PrecisionFStrike Ash's in Ch. 16. Which of course, Kieran only laughs at.
* PowerNullifier: You can't use magic inside most of Churchrock Prison, because [[spoiler: any magic you try to use just feeds the batteries]].
* PureEnergy: A major battle involves shooting bolts of this back and forth.
* RapeAsBackstory: Kieran.
* SecretArt: The government tightly controls knowledge of spell-working in Eskarne.
* SquishyWizard: Seriously averted with Kieran: he can kill you with a wish, a gun, or his bare fists.
* Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Kieran committed his first homicide when he was nine years old.
* VictorGainsLosersPowers: It's one way for the gods to [[TookALevelInBadass increase]] their power.
* WeatherManipulation: One of the characters discovers this ability.
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