History Literature / TheWarOfTheFlowers

8th Apr '16 3:31:11 AM KhlavKalash
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* ThemeNaming: All the fairy noble houses are named for flowers ... hence the title of the book.

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* ThemeNaming: All the fairy noble houses are named for flowers ...flowers... hence the title of the book.



* UrbanFantasy: Though the city it takes place in is part of a completely seperate world, despite its modernity.

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* UrbanFantasy: Though the city it takes place in is part of a completely seperate separate world, despite its modernity.
8th Apr '16 3:29:04 AM KhlavKalash
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* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The fairies are powered by mortal belief. As that's waned, they've had to find other sources of power for their civilization, [[spoiler: primarily by draining the magic out of other, live fairies. Hellebore, of course, has a plan to change things ...]]

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* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The fairies are powered by mortal belief. As that's waned, they've had to find other sources of power for their civilization, [[spoiler: primarily by draining the magic out of other, live fairies. Hellebore, of course, has a plan to change things ...things...]]
31st Jan '16 6:16:05 PM GrammarNavi
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UrbanFantasy novel by TadWilliams. Theo Vilmos is the thirty-year-old lead singer of a small band in California, whose life is going nowhere until he starts getting hit by the worst string of bad luck imaginable. First his girlfriend has a miscarriage, and then she leaves him, taking the house. He's forced to move back in with his emotionally distant mother, and then ''she'' dies too, and he's forced to sell her house and move to a backwoods cabin. His only consolation is the discovery of an old book written by his mysterious great uncle, Eamonn Dowd, which seems to be part autobiography, part fairy tale and Theo entertains notions of getting published.

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UrbanFantasy novel by TadWilliams.Creator/TadWilliams. Theo Vilmos is the thirty-year-old lead singer of a small band in California, whose life is going nowhere until he starts getting hit by the worst string of bad luck imaginable. First his girlfriend has a miscarriage, and then she leaves him, taking the house. He's forced to move back in with his emotionally distant mother, and then ''she'' dies too, and he's forced to sell her house and move to a backwoods cabin. His only consolation is the discovery of an old book written by his mysterious great uncle, Eamonn Dowd, which seems to be part autobiography, part fairy tale and Theo entertains notions of getting published.
18th Sep '15 12:23:20 AM surgoshan
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** This also plays a role in the story. That he betrayed Dowd is on reason why [[spoiler:Dowd was able to defeat and steal the body of]] the Remover. That they betrayed their fellow lords by waking the dragons is why Hellebore and his fellows end up losing.
5th Mar '15 8:14:36 PM NOYB
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* EmptyShell: The state that Erephine Primrose has been left in after her soul was separated from her body. Funnily enough, her condition is completely perplexing to the fairies, since they don't believe in or think about souls, even though it's one of the first things a human would think of if they saw her like that.
17th Dec '14 12:58:54 PM surgoshan
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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Theo's birth parents, the Violets, were powerful fairy lords, but their real passion was music. Theo is somewhat upset to learn that the only thing that made him special, his singing ability, wasn't even really ''his''. Although he's an especially talented musician even in Faerie, this talent doesn't play a role in his final victory.
17th Dec '14 12:55:48 PM surgoshan
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* TheStarScream: Hellebore and a few other of the highest fairy lords to Oberon and Titania. When the King and Queen were exhausted following the last Giant War, the fairy lords struck and sealed them in a can so they could take over.
6th Dec '14 3:00:37 PM Fighteer
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* OverlordJr: Anton Hellebore doesn't share Lord Hellebore's grandiose ambitions, but instead is a burgeoning sadist and psychopath, eagerly torturing his father's enemies, including Poppy.
30th Sep '14 1:06:50 PM Fighteer
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* AntiHero: Theo is a Type I-AntiHero. [[spoiler: He develops into a more purely heroic character later in the novel]].
* AnotherDimension: Faerie.

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* AntiHero: Theo is a Type I-AntiHero. [[spoiler: He develops ne'er-do-well who is roped into a heroic journey. Even after he becomes more purely heroic character later in the novel]].
heroic, he never manages to establish much action cred.
* AnotherDimension: Faerie.Faerie is a mirror universe to our more familiar world, powered by humans' belief in the supernatural. As that has faded over centuries, Faerie has become starved of energy.



* BeastOfBattle: Dragons. Also, unicorns.

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* BeastOfBattle: Dragons.Hellebore releases dragons to lay waste to his opponents. Also, unicorns.



* BindingAncientTreaty: The reason why [[spoiler: the goblins accept their low station in life.]] However, the treaty could have been broken all the time [[spoiler: if the goblin willing to destroy the artifact representing the treaty were willing to die for it.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: All the male fairy lords.

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* BindingAncientTreaty: The reason why [[spoiler: the goblins accept their low station in life.]] life. However, the treaty could have been broken all the time [[spoiler: if the goblin willing to destroy the artifact representing the treaty were willing to die for it.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: All the male fairy lords. lords are described as slim, pale, and supernaturally handsome.



* BrokenBird: Poppy, later in the story.
* ChangelingFantasy: Theo [[spoiler: aka Septimus Violet, is a literal changeling. The Terrible Child is the mortal who was switched out when he was slipped in, and Dowd did the actual switching]].
* ChekhovsGun: Several, but [[spoiler: Theo's nymph-bond]] is probably the most notable.
* TheChessmaster: Nidrus Hellebore and the Remover.
* CityOfAdventure: The City.

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* BrokenBird: Poppy, later Poppy is first introduced as a self-centered, spoiled child of a fairy lord, but suffers terribly once her father's villainy is revealed. When she comes to Theo in the story.
Goblin Town, she's a shell of her former lively self.
* ChangelingFantasy: Theo [[spoiler: Theo, aka Septimus Violet, Violet,]] is revealed to be a literal changeling. The Terrible Child is the mortal who was switched out when he was slipped in, and Dowd did the actual switching]].
switching.
* ChekhovsGun: Several, but [[spoiler: Theo's nymph-bond]] is probably nymph-bond turns out to be crucial in the most notable.
climax. [[spoiler:He enters the water and thereby surrenders to their claim, causing the irrha to lose its lock on him and go after the Terrible Child instead.]]
* TheChessmaster: Nidrus Hellebore and the Remover.
Remover play very complex and long-running games. Hellebore, of course, plans to [[spoiler:create an apocalypse in Theo's world in order to restore humanity's belief in the supernatural]], and the Remover has been opposing him.
* CityOfAdventure: The City.City is the focal point for the first half of the book, up until Hellebore fully reveals his villainy.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The treatment of the goblins closely paralells what both African and American natives suffered at the hands of white imperialists.
** Also, Hellebore sending a dragon to attack Daisy Tower is very similar to 9/11, as the author himself notes (though he wrote that scene before the attacks).
* EarnYourHappyEnding

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The treatment of the goblins closely paralells parallels what both African and American natives suffered at the hands of white imperialists.
** Also, Hellebore sending a dragon to attack Daisy Tower is very similar to 9/11, as the author himself notes (though he wrote that scene before the attacks).
*
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding



* EnfanteTerrible: The Terrible Child, of course.

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* EnfanteTerrible: The Terrible Child, Child is a changeling from the human world, raised in the land of course. Faerie as a means to link the two realms. Thanks to Hellebore's influence, the Child is both pettily evil and powerfully ''wrong''.
26th Sep '14 1:49:01 PM DanglyLeggedOwl
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Theo has an amazing singing voice [[spoiler: because he's a fairy.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Even before Theo has an enters Fairie, the story occasionally implies that there's something unusual about him - examples are his [[ChekhovsSkill amazing singing voice [[spoiler: because he's a fairy.]]voice]] and the fact he looks ''very'' attractive to both women [[EvenTheGuysWantHim and men]] as well as his constant feeling that he doesn't belong.
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