A novel by SimonRGreen that follows the exploits of Prince Rupert of The Forest Kingdom, Princess Julia of Hillsdown, his unicorn, and her dragon. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And The High Warlock]].

The Forest Kingdom has always had Heroes. Kings with mighty swords of legend, princes who slew dragons by the thousands, champions and knights galore. As well as the occasional mage.

Prince Rupert is not one of them.

He is in fact, the second, unwanted, less skilled, less charming, politically inept, son of and possible danger to the kingdom and throne of King John. John deems it necessary for Rupert to die, and sends him off a perfectly reasonable [[IncrediblyLamePun reQuest]] to slay a dragon and bring back its hoard - for the Forest Kingdom's Royal Treasury is a little... [[NoBudget thin]].

!!Tropes found in BlueMoonRising:
* BadassPrincess: Julia.
* BadMoonRising: The titular Blue Moon, bringer of unstoppable WildMagic.
* [[spoiler: BrokenPedestal: The King's oldest friend, Thomas Gray the [[CourtMage Astrologer]], turned out to have been TheDragon all along.]]
* [[spoiler:ButNowIMustGo: Rupert is ''not'' gonna be king, and no way is Julia gonna stay around for an ArrangedMarriage with [[EntitledToHaveYou Harald]]]].
* ChaosArchitecture: The Forest Castle, which is believed to average about five thousand rooms. The entire south wing has been inaccessible for years, and when they finally found a way back they had to go through a GravityScrew to get there. Inconvenient, since that's the wing that contains the treasury and armory.
* CourtMage: The Astrologer, and before him the High Warlock.
* '''CerebusSyndrome''': This book is practically the poster child. The story starts out as a lighthearted FracturedFairyTale, but about halfway through [[spoiler: the entire world becomes literally hell on earth]].
* DarkIsEvil: The Darkwood, a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]]-infested blot of absolute darkness. [[spoiler: Later in the book it expands to cover everything.]] [[DarkIsNotEvil Averted]] with the castle's moat monster, which despite being a borderline EldritchAbomination is still loyal to the kingdom.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt
* {{Determinator}}: Prince Rupert, oh so much.
* EvilSorcerer: The High Warlock was set up to be one of these, but turned out to be more of a crabby-but-mostly-harmless old drunk instead.
* EvilWeapon: The Curtana, known as the [[CharmPerson Sword of Compulsion]]. Also the three [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Infernal Devices]]: [[EarthquakeMachine Rockbreaker]], [[FlamingSword Flarebright]] and [[UniversalPoison Wolfsbane]]
* FashionableEvil: The reason why the dragon used to raze villages, why the High Warlock [[BalefulPolymorph polymorphs]] people who annoy him, and why goblins rob travelers; because it's expected.
* GutPunch: [[spoiler:Finding out that the expanding Darkwood has engulfed the Forest Castle.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Champion.]]
* ILied: About the Demon Prince making TheDragon the king of Forest Land. see YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness below.
* KillItWithFire: Pretty much the only way to kill a really big demon, since they are WeakenedByTheLight.
* TheLegionsOfHell: The demons[[spoiler:, although without the Demon Prince's influence they're just random monsters.]]
* MurderTheHypotenuse: A political variant. Sending Prince Rupert out to battle the dragon was essentially an UriahGambit to keep him from being a rival for the throne.
* OnceInABlueMoon: When the Blue Moon rises, demons rampage across the land, and this time the Blue Moon isn't setting...
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: These demons are mindless {{Mix And Match Creature}}s with no drives except to cause pain. [[spoiler:Except for the [[MonsterLord Demon Prince]], who [[ItCanThink isn't mindless]].]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: This one is a RetiredBadass who collects [[CollectorOfTheStrange butterflies]] instead of gold and [[RussianReversal gets rescued from the princess]].
* UpperClassTwit: This and all the other BlueBlood tropes appear, but are [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] all over the place.
* WasOnceAMan: The castle's moat monster was [[BalefulPolymorph originally]] a messenger who made the mistake of disturbing the High Warlock in the middle of an experiment. [[spoiler:It turns out that he could have changed back, but liked life in the new form so much he refused to.]]
** [[spoiler: The sequel, ''Beyond The Blue Moon'', reveals that the demonic hordes were originally human also, but were warped by the Darkwood.]]
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: The barons are just unbelievable. They actually [[spoiler:tried to stage a revolution ''in the middle of a continent-wide demonic incursion!'']]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When the Demon Prince is done with [[spoiler:the Astrologer]], he [[BalefulPolymorph turns him into a low-grade demon]].
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