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[[caption-width-right:300:Together they'll make one woman's life hell to save their people.]]

->''"A renegade burned out among the stars last night."''

''Burying the Shadow'' is novel by Creator/StormConstantine first published in 1992, written in response to demand for vampire novels without actually giving in and writing a straight vampire novel. The plot follows two protagonists, one an [[FallenAngel eloim]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent actress]] named Gimel Metatronim, the other a human woman and [[DreamWeaver soulscaper]] named Rayojini. For thousands of years the eloim have been living among the humans, bringing them culture and art and philosophy, hiding their true nature. For just as long, the soulscapers have been [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind treating mental and spiritual injuries and illnesses]].

But now the eloim are falling victim to an illness called [[EnemyWithin the Fear]], which is leading them to commit suicide. Gimel and her brother Beth go seeking a soulscaper to heal their people, but all their attempts with adults fail. They decide then that they need to find a child, which leads them to Rayojini.

Little do any of them know that [[RageAgainstTheHeavens this matter is bigger than they think]].
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!! ''Burying the Shadow'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* ACupAngst: At one point Rayojini expresses dismay at being flat-chested.
* AchillesInHisTent: Sammael spends centuries alone in a tower because [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he gets fed up]] with the eloim and their ideas of how to live on Earth.
* ArchangelMichael: Mikha'il.
* ArchnemesisDad: Eloat is Sammael's father. He is, technically, the father of all eloim.
* BadassLongcoat: Rayojini's favorite coat is fairly long, long enough to get all muddy when trudging through rain.
* BadassNormal: Rayojini, when not in the soulscape. Part of the whole WalkingTheEarth part of her job is knowing how to fight well in case of trouble on the road.
* BatmanGambit: Gimel's plan to train Rayojini to heal the eloim soulscape.
* TheBeautifulElite: The eloim, as far as most humans are concerned.
* BeyondTheImpossible: No soulscaper has ever healed an eloim. Ultimately in order to heal the eloim, Rayojini has to [[spoiler: die and pass into Elenoen. She not only succeeds, she's brought back to life]].
* BiTheWay: Almost out of the blue, Rayojini asks another woman to sleep with her. The woman's easy acceptance of the offer indicates that in their culture EveryoneIsBi. [[ThreeWaySex It gets better]].
* BlackSheep: Salyon Tricante. As a child, his family barely talks about him when he's ill. As an adult, he's something of an embarrassment.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Gimel and Beth Metatronim.
* BurnTheWitch: The nomads aren't fond of soulscapers and are known to lynch them if agitated.
* ChildHater: Both Rayojini and Gimel express a dislike of children.
* TheClan: The eloim throngs e.g. the Metatronim, the Sarim, the Tartaruchi.
* CreepyChild: Salyon Tricante
* CreepyTwins: Perdina and Voile Tricante always struck Rayojini as being more than a little odd as all they seem to do is [[IncestSubtext stay in their room]] and read strange poetry. Creepiness factor upped by them being [[OldMaid women in their mid-twenties]].
* CursedWithAwesome: Rayo is exceptionally powerful, but she pays for that with a life of inexplicable events that lead her to believe she is losing her mind.
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Two varieties.
** Rayojini's eighth birthday is the day of her initiation when Beth and Gimel first come in contact with her.
** While it isn't her birthday, Rayo is sixteen when Beth takes this to the next level and either seduces or rapes her.
* DecoyProtagonist: Gimel and Rayojini.
* DisappearedDad: Rayojini doesn't know who her father is. And, in part because Taps don't worry much about marriage or legitimacy, she really doesn't care, either. Which is for the best, as it's implied that her mother doesn't know.
* DreamLand[=/=]MentalWorld: The soulscape consists of both. It is the subconscious of humanity, and also the subconscious mind of individual humans. Not unlike the dream levels in {{Inception}}.
* DreamWeaver: This is pretty much the power of the soulscapers. They heal mental and spiritual injuries and illnesses by manipulating the soulscapes of other people.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Add this onto the DreamWeaver abilities and you get the ability of the scryers.
* DrivenToSuicide: How the Fear manifests in the eloim. The page quote is Gimel's poetic expression of this phenomenon.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Gimel, a natural consequence of being a black-haired eloim.
* EldritchLocation: Nothing in the soulscape makes sense physically.
* EnemyWithin: The Fear.
* EthnicMagician: Q'orveh and the other shamans of the nomad tribes. Possibly the soulscapers and scryers as well.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Rayojini wants Q'orveh really, really bad.
* FallenAngel: Sammael and the eloim are a retelling of Satan and his fallen angels.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: The eloim took on human forms to avoid overwhelming humans by merely existing.
* FusionDance: Actual eloim sex is apparently this, and it is taboo to the ones on Earth. This is also how the Harkasites are formed. [[spoiler: At the end, Sammael and Mikha'il fuse to become Sammikha'il.]]
* GambitPileup: Rayojini and her actions become the focus of a few characters' plots.
* GenderBlenderName: Beth Metatronim is a man. No, really. Though this is due to the ThemeNaming. Beth in this case doesn't stand for Elizabeth, but for the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet. His sister is named after the third letter, Gimel.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: When a soulscaper looks into an eloim soulscape, they immediately go mad.
* {{God}}: Eloat.
* GodIsEvil: More like God refuses to accept that he is screwing up the cycle of the universe.
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: The nomad's god Helat. [[spoiler: Revealed later to be Sammael.]]
* HumanityEnsues: Sort of. The eloim living on Earth had to take human form to survive and have become increasingly human over generations because they don't remember their home world. This doesn't exactly make them humans, though.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: The eloim. Though they try to keep non-patrons from noticing.
* IronicNurseryTune: "The pale lady rises, the pale lady falls. Up again, up again, smelling out souls."
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: All in a day's work for a soulscaper, but Rayojini takes this UpToEleven. Subverted in that it is done with consent.
* LadyInRed: Hadith Sarim, the first time Rayojini meets her. Incidentally, Rayo is also wearing red at the time, but this mostly serves to highlight the differences between them as sexually experienced woman and virgin.
* LikeASonToMe: Gimel starts thinking of Rayojini as her own daughter.
* TheLostWoods: The city of Taparak is built into a huge petrified forest, not unlike an Literature/LordOfTheRings elf settlement.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Did Rayojini hallucinate what happened in Yhkey, or did it actually happen? All such incidents are hinted to have actually happened, though clear answers aren't always given.
* MercyKill: Rayojini is forced to euthanize a boy when she realizes most of his soul is gone already. She's also done this four times in the past.
* MindRape: Gimel and Beth do this, albeit with a very light touch, when they become part of Rayojini's initiation ceremony.
* MissingMom: Gimel and Beth haven't seen their mother in decades. Subverted in that neither of them is particularly concerned about this.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Hadith Sarim. Being a young-looking woman she shouldn't have white hair. Rayojini realizes something is off, but unable to see through TheMasquerade, she can't tell Hadith isn't human.
* NoBiologicalSex: The eloim, being a race of angels, are this in their true forms.
* ObliviousToLove: Rayo is too stubborn to admit that her feelings for Q'orveh are deeper than lust because of their many differences. [[LoveEpiphany She realizes the truth too late]].
* OrWasItADream: Every one of Rayojini's encounters with Gimel and Beth, the most notable offense being when Beth rapes her.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent[=/=]OurVampiresAreDifferent: The eloim are spiritual beings that require human blood to maintain human form.
* ParentalIncest: Metatron has apparently taken Gimel to his bed hoping to sire a child on her. Gimel hints that Metatron has sex with Beth, too.
* PlotAllergy: Salyon is deathly allergic to eloim bites. It spurs plot.
* PowerTattoo: A variation, involving dyeing the teeth. Soulscapers dye their teeth cyclamen pink. Scryers dye their teeth indigo.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: This is a FallenAngel story after all.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The eloim, to the point that they have an elaborate system of who is put in public view when to keep humans from catching on.
* RedHeadedHero: Sammael.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Keea is Mikha'il.]]
* {{Satan}}: Sammael.
* SatanIsGood: Sammael actually deeply cares for both humanity and his own people and only wants to [[KillTheGod overthrow Eloat]] because it's his duty.
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: The soulscape and the healing thereof have been carefully studied and are not thought of as magical in nature. At least the soulscapers disdain the idea that they work magic.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Beth and Gimel kill thirteen soulscapers before they find Rayojini.
* TokenMinority[=/=]MagicalNegro: Averted. Rayojini is the protagonist of the story and only fixes other people as part of her job.
* TrainingFromHell: Normal soulscaper training is implied to be this, but Gimel put extra pressure on Rayojini.
* TreeTopTown: Taparak, which is built into a petrified forest. The community does start at ground level, however the more affluent a person is, the closer they live to the sky.
* TrulySingleParent: Eloat and Sammael. Averted with other eloim as they are taught to reproduce like humans.
* VictorianNovelDisease: Salyon has been sickly (and a [[SanitySlippage little touched in the head]]) since Rayojini's mother healed him as a child.
* WalkingTheEarth: Another typical part of a soulscaper's job in order to find work.
** The nomadic tribes of Khalt.
* [[WhatTheHellDad What the Hell, Mom?]]: Rayojini's mother more or less trusts Rayo to raise herself. They actually probably work best that way.
* WomanInWhite: Perdina and Voile Tricante, helping their CreepyTwins image.
* WoundThatWillNotHeal: Both Mikha'il and Sammael have such a wound over the heart.
* YouImaginedIt: This is ultimately how Rayojini resolves the issue of her "dream" encounters with the eloim and other strangeness. It is also the core belief of the soulscapers--all strangeness is created by human imagination.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Thoughtforms are haunts created by strong emotion and they usually take the form of the local superstition. Essentially, if you believe your house is haunted, your house is haunted.