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-> ''Four to stand between the light and shadow,''
-> ''Four of blue fire, power in their blood.''
-> ''Born in the year of the blind Maiden's vision;''
-> ''Four less one and darkness triumphs.''

->''One from the land of kings long forgotten,''
->''One from the hearth which still holds the spark,''
->''One from the Day World where two eyes are watching,''
->''One from the twilight to be one with the dark.''
-->--'''Aradia''', ''Huntress''

Creator/LJSmith's YA fantasy/supernatural/romance series ''Night World'' was first published between 1996 and 1998. It was designed as a ten-book series. After a ten-year hiatus, the tenth and final book ''Strange Fate'' is now scheduled for publication.

The series deals with the existence of a secret society of witches, vampires, and shapeshifters, and how they interact with the inhabitants of the human world. Although humans have long since gained control of the world over the Night World's minority, the supernatural members of the society treat humans with disdain and prejudice, calling them "vermin" and plotting ways to regain power over the world.

It is fine for Night World inhabitants to treat humans in whatever way they please as long as two essential rules are upheld:

# Do not tell humans about the Night World.
# Never fall in love with a human.

What follows is a series of stand-alone yet interrelated stories that tell what happens when (wait for it...) these rules get broken. The first four or so books set the ground-work for the series as a whole, introducing characters who turn up in later books and concepts such as the Soulmate Principle and Circle Daybreak, as well as the mythos and history of the Night World. Book Six, ''Soulmate'', introduces the onset of the apocalypse. The rest of the series deals with the measures that good and evil forces take to prepare for it.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* TheNineties: The series was first published in the 1990's and is presumably set then, with [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece the upcoming millennium being a plot point in later books and references to 90's pop culture]]. Some later additions of the books tried to update the setting by switching out words like "Walkman" for "iPod", but the majority of fans accept The 90's as the series' setting (including on [[TheWikiRule the wiki]]) and most editions stick with this.
* AbusiveParents: A few examples:
** Delos's father [[spoiler: (and later his great grandfather)]] pretty much forces him to repetitively use his power (which later starts to be damaging to his left arm and implants it into his head that he has no feelings whatsoever. He's also forced [[spoiler: to kill his own teacher]].
** Keller's mother (or possibly her father - she never really knew which of them it was and assumes it was her mother), who [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] her as a baby...''in a cardboard box in the street'']].
** Morgead's mother, who was [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] at best before doing a runner.
* ActionGirl: Three in particular: Rashel Jordan, Jez Redfern and Raksha Keller. Lupe Acevedo and Nissa Johnson count, too.
* AdultFear:
** In ''Secret Vampire'', your teenage daughter is fine one minute, the next she's been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer which will be extremely painful and debilitating, she only has three months to live, tops, and there is ''nothing you can do about it''.
** Suzanne Blanchett's backstory: ForcedToWatch as your [[WouldHurtAChild young siblings are tortured into confessing they're witches]], then [[CruelAndUnusualDeath burnt alive]].
** The parents of the babies Maya sacrificed to become the first vampire probably went through this.
** In ''The Chosen'', Rashel kills a vampire who has been specifically targeting young children. Because he's a vampire, no one will ever find out what really happened to the missing children - the only comfort is that other kids will be safe.
** Jez's parents had to beg for their four year old daughter's life to be spared when vampires came to execute them for breaking Night World law.
* AerithAndBob: You have names like Eric, Thea, Gillian, Phillip and Maggie along with names like Raksha, Azhdeha, Rashel, Azarius and Autolykos.
* TheAlcoholic: Gillian's mother.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Poppy.
* AllThereInTheManual: There are some extra stories on Smith's website that show other part of characters' lives. [[http://www.ljanesmith.net/stories.php Link.]]
* AlphaBitch: Tanya in ''Dark Angel''. She's a Type 2, with some shades of AcademicAlphaBitch thrown in.
* ArrangedMarriage:
** Galen and Iliana. [[spoiler:Averted, much to Keller's relief.]]
** Maeve Harman and Hunter Redfern also count.
* TheAtoner:
** Ash, who [[spoiler: leaves his soulmate at the end of ''Daughters of Darkness'']] to make up for what he's done in the past.
** Also Jez Redfern, who joins Circle Daybreak after realizing that she's half-human.
** Thierry too, for [[spoiler: inadvertantly slaughtering a tribe of humans, including his soulmate Hannah's first incarnation.]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ash and Mary-Lynnette, Jez and Morgead.
* BadassLongcoat: Quinn wears one briefly.
* BadassNormal: Rashel Jordan. Mary-Lynette may count as well.
* BattleCouple: Rashel and Quinn.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Played with. Mary-Lynnette questions whether Creator/JaneAusten and Galileo were possibly vampires.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Ash and Mary-Lynnette.
* BerserkButton:
** Don't call Jez by her full name. [[spoiler:It pisses her off so much, that when her soulmate calls her "Jezebel" as she lies dying, she actually ''comes back'' in order to tell him never to call her that.]]
** Don't call Keller by her first, either.
** Don't say anything Anti-Feminist or make any StayInTheKitchen remarks to Mary-Lynnette, you ''will'' regret it.
* BetterAsFriends: Jez and Hugh.
* BigFancyCastle: Black Dawn Castle in the Dark Kingdom is a massive, centuries' old castle made of black stone that dominates the landscape and looks straight out of a gothic novel/film. Naturally, it's the home of the resident VampireMonarch and lends its name to the title of the eighth book.
* BigFancyHouse: A few appear, most notably Thierry's luxurious mansion in Las Vegas and the old mansion on the island enclave.
* BiggerBad: In ''Witchlight'', the gang goes up against an astoundingly powerful [[TheDragon dragon]], who tells them he was woken from his slumber by "a witch who is not a witch." Whoever ''that'' is, is bound to be even more terrifying.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Redferns, starting ''all'' the way back with its founder, Maya, who drank the blood of babies to achieve immortality, turned a fellow tribesman into the first made vampire against his will, and fought her sister to the death.
** The Harmans fare a little better, but ''not'' when they are forced to marry into the Redfern clan.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Maya, Sylvia, Tanya.
* BittersweetEnding: Quite a few.
** ''Secret Vampire'': [[spoiler: ends with Poppy talking to her mother while she sleeps and gives her an happy dream, telling her "I'm okay now, Mom. You don't have to worry about me anymore." before driving off into the night with her soulmate, James.]]
** ''Daughters of Darkness'': [[spoiler:Ash leaves to start his RedemptionQuest and tells Mary-Lynnette, "Even when we're apart, we'll be looking at the same sky!" while an meteor shower takes place.]]
** ''Dark Angel'': [[spoiler: Gillian and David watch, hand in hand, as "Angel" is finally able to pass on.]]
* BlindSeer: Aradia.
* BloodMagic: The Wild Powers. When they bleed they are able to unleash blue fire magic, the most powerful and lethal form of magic in the ''Night World''. Up to ''Witchlight'' blue fire has been used to stop trains, destroy large groups of people, [[spoiler: kill a dragon]], and even extinguish regular fire in a house fire. [[TheChosenOne And only four people in the world possess it]].
* BrokenPedestal: Two examples in ''The Chosen''. Nyala hero-worships Rashel so when she [[spoiler: lets Quinn go and later falls in love with him]], she is bitterly disappointed (which doesn't help her already [[SanitySlippage shaky sanity]]). Later, Quinn gets this towards [[spoiler: his maker and adoptive father Hunter Redfern]]. Quinn had a love-hate relationship with him, as it was, but still respected him and believed him to be a man of honor. It's a blow when he discovers [[spoiler: Hunter]] [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem broke his own rules]] and was [[spoiler: behind the blood feast all along]].
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Thierry and Hannah, and James and Poppy to an extent (overlapping with SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl). Also a GenderFlip version with Galen and Keller.
* BurnTheWitch: Played with in ''Spellbinder''. After accidentally releasing the vengeful spirit of a witch whose siblings were burnt at the stake, Thea and Eric reenact the burning with dummies in the attempt to draw the spirit away from the school dance.
* ButNotTooForeign: Claire Goddard. Her brother Ricky also counts, he just doesn't look it.
* CainAndAbel: Maya and Hellewise, respectively.
* CareBearStare: Delos, meet [[AllLovingHero Maggie]].
* TheCasanova:
** Ash before [[LadykillerInLove meeting]] [[LoveRedeems Mary-Lynnette]].
** Blaise is the Female version.
** James has a well known reputation as this but in actuality [[spoiler: he simply feeds on the girls rather than fooling around.]]
** Kierlan is said to be one too, even rivalling ''Ash'' in this regard.
* CassandraTruth: Claire.
* CatchPhrase:
** Rashel says: "This kitten has claws" every time she kills a vampire.
** Keller also seems to be fond of "I'm just a grunt."
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Poppy and James in ''Secret Vampire'', Jez and Morgead in ''Huntress''. Downplayed between Gillian and David in ''Dark Angel''; she has loved him ever since they met as kids, but he's is initially ObliviousToLove.
* TheChosenOne:
** Technically the Wild Powers are the Chosen ''Four'': [[spoiler: Jez Redfern]], Prince Delos, Iliana Dominick and an as-yet unnamed fourth power. According to WordOfGod, it's Kierlan Drache, a main character in the as-yet-unreleased ''Strange Fate''.
** Iliana counts twice over considering she's also the Witch Child, prophesied to secure peace between the witches and the shapeshifters.
** Also [[spoiler:Maggie]] in ''Black Dawn'' who is identified among the slaves as the Deliverer, come to free them from captivity.
* TheClan: The Harmans and the Redferns, and to a lesser extent, the Draches (who are known as the First House of the Shapeshifters).
* CreepyBlueEyes: because of her [[{{Dhampyr}} heritage]], Jez's eyecolor is an in-between of blue and silver.
* ContinuityCameo: L.J. Smith ''loves'' these. Ash and Thea have small roles in ''Secret Vampire'', and the two subsequent sequels feature them as the protagonists. Ash turns up again in ''Dark Angel'' and ''Soulmate.'' Likewise, Quinn features in ''Daughters of Darkness'' and then stars in ''The Chosen'', Aradia is in ''Spellbinder'' and then ''Black Dawn'', Hunter and Lily Redfern are introduced in ''The Chosen'': the former reappears in ''Black Dawn'' and the latter in ''Huntress'', and all the soulmates introduced up to that point appear in ''Soulmate.''
** [[spoiler: Timmy]] is implied to be at Thierry's Summer Solstice party in ''Secret Vampire''.
* CoolestClubEver: The Black Iris Club. Well, the ones that ''aren't'' hurting humans.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]: The original book covers' back blurbs pretty much spoiled what the book's plotline was, the outcome and who was whose soulmate.
* CoolShades: James sports a pair.
* CoolVsAwesome: ''Witchlight'' has a BadassCrew consisting of two witches, a werepanther, a were[[spoiler: leopard]] and a vampire vs [[spoiler: a dragon]].
* CoupledCouples: Mary-Lynette and Ash, coupled with their respective siblings, Mark and Jade, in ''Daughters of Darkness''. The relationships serve as a {{Foil}} to each other; Mark and Jade pretty much [[LoveAtFirstSight fall in love upon sight]], have a rather smooth transition into OfficialCouple and go around holding hands and making goo-goo eyes at each other like the love-struck teens they are. Meanwhile, Ash and Mary-Lynette are almost instantly [[BelligerentSexualTension hostile, yet also unwillingly attracted, to each other]], spend much of their time [[SlapSlapKiss bickering and making snarky comments, and eventually fall for each other kicking and screaming all the way]].
* CurseThatCures: One of the books is about a girl with cancer whose vampire boyfriend offers to turn her to save her life.
* CynicismCatalyst: Rashel Jordan fits this trope perfectly. After her mother and brother are killed by [[spoiler: Hunter Redfern]] she becomes a cynical, driven, JerkWithAHeartOfGold vampire hunter.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: On top of being [[ParentalNeglect extremely negligent]], James's parents responded to him growing fond of his human nanny by, essentially, [[CorruptionOfAMinor forcing him to kill her]]. ''When he was four.''
* DeadPanSnarker: Quite a few characters, almost always vampires: Ash, Quinn, Kestrel, Morgead and Nissa.
* DefrostingIceQueen:
** Rashel and Keller, to an extent.
** Quinn and Delos are the Male versions.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Maggie Neely. There's a reason she's called "Steely Neely".
** Rashel also counts since she trained since she was an kid to avenge her mom.
* {{Dhampyr}}: Jez Redfern.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey / GRatedSex: In ''Spellbinder'', there’s a scene late in the book where Eric and Thea end up falling into each other arms in a secluded spot near the desert after declaring their love for each other. It’s mentioned that “some time” passes before the action picks up again and they’re lying in each other’s arms, and although it’s never made explicitly clear that anything sexual happened, it’s quite easy to interpret it this way.
* DisappearedDad: Hannah's father was said to have died years ago.
* TheDitz: Daphne Childs.
** GeniusDitz
* DoggedNiceGuy: Ash, after coming to terms with his feelings for Mary-Lynnette.
-->"But, Ash continued doggedly, [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove the thing is-and I know this is going to sound strange-that I seem to love you sort of desperately.”]]
* DoNotCallMePaul:
** Averted in the case of James. Poppy is the only one who can call him, "Jamie".
** Keller, on the other hand, does not like to be called by her first name.
* TheDragon: Lily Redfern, the Dragon to her father Hunter.
** In Book 9, a ''literal'' Dragon, who served some as-yet unknown mastermind.
* TheDreaded: Quinn at the beginning of the series. Because of his reputation for being cold-blooded and an emotionless, he was feared by vampire and human alike. Ash is uncomfortable by him in ''Daughters of Darkness'', and even the fact that Quinn came with Ash to find Ash's sisters scares all three girls.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Many examples, most notably [[spoiler: Hannah and Thierry]], who went through ''centuries'' of suffering before finally getting a HappilyEverAfter.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Many characters in the series belong to or are related in some way to the Redfern or Harman families. They're actually related to each other too; due to the blood-tie between Maeve Harman and Hunter Redfern, moderns Harmans and Redferns consider each other as 'cross-kin' or 'distant cousins'. They're biologically related as well; most modern Redferns are descended from Garnet Redfern (a notable exception being the Redferns of the Dark Kingdom), whilst most modern Harmans are descended from Roseclear Harman, both of whom are the daughters of Hunter and Maeve. Furthermore, both families share a common ancestor in Hecate Witch-Queen; her daughter Hellewise is the founder of the Harman family, whilst her grandson Red Fern (through her other daughter, Maya) is the founder of the Redfern family. Many of the most prominent lamia families are also implied to be related in one way or another due to them often intermarrying.
* EvilRedhead: Hunter Redfern and Tormentil Redfern. This is a running trait in their family (both the hair and the evil part).
* {{Expy}}: Numerous characters are very similar to characters from other past Creator/LJSmith works. For instance:
** Quinn and Thierry have shades of [[Literature/TheVampireDiaries Stefan]] In which they: Had traumatic Vampire transformations, Lost their loves and spent the rest of their lives brooding or self-loathing themselves.
** Ash is an mix of Damon and [[Literature/TheForbiddenGame Julian]].
** Keller, Nissa and Winnie are pretty much Elena, Meredith and Bonnie.
** Maya is (arguably) Katherine, but less crazy.
** Thea and Blaise are reminiscent of another pair of [[Series/TheSecretCircle Witch cousins]].
*** Double goes for Maya and Hellewise.
** Keller was likely based on Rashel.
*** This is justified because [[spoiler: it's revealed that Keller and Rashel are twin sisters.]]
* EyesOfGold: A common trait for the Redferns; Delos, Hunter, Tormentil and Lily all have them. Most likely inherited from Maya.
* FantasticRacism:
** Surfaces briefly in ''Witchlight''. When [[spoiler: the Crone of the witches, Grandma Harman]] is murdered by shapeshifters, witch and all-around nice girl Winnie goes off on a tirade against shapeshifters in general and basically condemns shapeshifters Keller and Galen as though they had a hand in the crime. But Illiana quickly puts her in her place and Winnie apologizes for her behavior.
** This actually comes up quite a bit, with other races looking down shapeshifters and werewolves and treating them as 'second class citizens', werewolves having no representation on the Council, and the human genocide against Night People, in particular witches, in the Renaissance.
* FantasticSlurs: "Vermin" (for humans), "Leeches" (for vampires) and "Puppies" (for werewolves).
* FemmeFatale: Blaise.
* FieryRedhead: Jez, Jeanne and Winnie. Poppy gets moments too, though she's usually more [[GenkiGirl hyper]] than aggressive.
* {{Filler}}: ''Dark Angel''. Though it features [[TheCameo a cameo]] from Ash, it's the one book in the series that can be skipped without doing much damage to one's understanding of the over-arching story.
** Though it does better explain the [[spoiler: Lost Harman babies]] back story.
* FiveManBand: Keller’s team in ''Witchlight''.
** TheLeader: Keller. A tough, headstrong, no-nonsense ActionGirl.
** TheLancer: Galen. A rational-minded NiceGuy who tries to find diplomatic solutions.
** TheSmartGuy: Winnie. [[SquishyWizard Not physically strong, but a talented witch]] who knows a lot about spells, myths and legends and occasionally serves as MrExposition.
** TheBigGuy: Nissa. As a vampire, she’s equal in strength to Keller, if not more so, and tends to be practical and straight-thinking, is one of the best fighters on the team and their getaway driver.
** TheChick: Iliana. She’s [[TheHeart the most gentle and compassionate]] of the group, though also [[TheLoad rather delicate and helpless]]…[[TookALevelInBadass at first]], anyway.
* FlowerMotifs: Flowers are used to symbolize the different species of Night World and are commonly wore as pins or rings, for instance:
** Born Vampires' (Lamia) symbol is an Black Iris.
** Made Vampires' symbol is an Black Rose.
** Witches' symbol is an Black Dahlia.
** Lost Witches' symbol is an Black Violet.
** Werewolves' symbol is an Black Foxglove.
** Shapeshifters' symbol is an Black Lily.
*** Poppy has a dream in ''Secret Vampire'' during which she's given a black poppy. It [[spoiler: foreshadows that she was never really human in the first place.]]
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Maggie and Miles. To a lesser extent, Poppy and Phil.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Galen's eyes are described as gold-green..[[spoiler:like an leopard's]].
** Jez is present at or witnesses all the instances where [[spoiler: blue fire is used]].
** It's not clear if it's intentional, but at the end of ''Daughters of Darkness'', Ash jokingly comments that he'll fight dragons for Mary-Lynette, which [[spoiler: literally happens in later books]].
** The Wild Power prophecies foreshadow the identities of the Wild Powers:
*** ''One from the Day World where two eyes are watching'' foreshadows it will be [[spoiler: a hybrid; Jez Redfern is a vampire-human hybrid]].
*** ''One from the land of kings long forgotten'' foreshadows Delos Redfern, who is prince of the secret Dark Kingdom.
*** ''One from the hearth which still holds the spark'': foreshadows [[spoiler: Iliana Dominick, a lost Harman witch]].
** Hannah has nightmares and subconsciously writes herself notes about [[spoiler: the upcoming [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalypse]]]].
** There's a good reason why Rashel is called "kitten" or "the Cat" and described as being cat-like...she's [[spoiler: the long lost twin sister of panther shapeshifter Keller]].
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch:
** In ''Spellbinder'', Thea (the good witch) is fighting with Blaise (the bad witch) for Eric. Played with in that Blaise is more of an AntiHero than truly evil and ''Thea'' actually breaks several witch laws opposing her. A straighter example would Thea vs the real BigBad: a vengeful witch spirit named Suzanne she accidentally released.
** In the past, good witch Hellewise vs her evil twin sister Maya (who was also the first vampire).
** In ''Black Dawn'', Aradia vs Sylvia [[spoiler: until the latter's HeelFaceTurn]].
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: If the hybrid's half human, the typical response from the Night World is to ''kill'' the "[[FantasticRacism freak]]" and its parents. The only exception is lost witches, as they don't realise they ''are'' Night People, though even they get looked down upon sometimes: in ''Black Dawn'', Sylvia resents the fact that "half human" witches get welcomed into the Harman family because they're descended through the female line, whilst she, a 'pure' witch, is shut out.
* HappilyMarried: Mr and Mrs. Goddard, Mr and Mrs. Neely. According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: Hannah and Thierry]].
* TheHecateSisters: Mother, maiden and crone are shown as witches' ranks. The 'mother' of all witches is Hecate Witch-Queen.
* HiddenElfVillage: The Dark Kingdom.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Lily]] wanted the Wild Power, she got it.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: In ''Huntress'':
-->[[spoiler: Morgead: “DON'T YOU DARE DIE ON ME, JEZEBEL! DON'T YOU DARE! Or I'll follow you to the next world and KILL you.”]]
* HyperAwareness: Maggie in ''Black Dawn'', upon discovering a hole in Sylvia's story [[spoiler: claiming that Maggie's brother Miles had died in a hiking accident from not securing his equipment properly--when Miles had in fact had ''always'' put safety first when hiking]], she quickly notices that the "hysterical" Sylvia isn't actually crying, and she spends the whole time explaining the tragedy staring at Maggie's mismatched socks.
** Jez in ''Huntress'' realized that Iona [[spoiler: was going to throw herself off the roof]] during the Wild Power test, when none of the others expected an eight-year-old to do it.
* IAmSpartacus: Morgead, Hugo, and Claire invoke this in ''Huntress'' after they get kidnapped with Jez by Lily Redfern after she demands to know which of the four of them is the Wild Power. This also serves as an inversion of the troupe as well, as none of them do know who the Wild Power is and are just trying to buy some time. Unfortunately the stunt ends up annoying Lily [[spoiler: who stakes Jez after a suggestion by Pierce in order to force the Wild Power to emerge and save Jez's life. However, since the blue fire is BloodMagic, Jez's mortal wound causes her to unleash the blue fire herself and ''she'' is revealed to be the Wild Power.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal / RefusalOfTheCall: Iliana.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Implied with [[spoiler: Delos and Maggie]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Maggie''']]: "You can kill me. But that's all you can do. I told you, you can't control me. [[BecauseDestinySaysSo And you can't change what's between us."]]
* InfoDump: Jez and Hugo partake in a bit of this in ''Huntress'' where they go over essentially the entirety of human history, and the different time periods in which humans, werewolves, witches, and vampires were in total control before each world "ended" via natural disaster, for seemingly no other reason than to inform the reader exactly ''why'' everybody in the Night World is looking for the Wild Powers. [[ExactEavesdropping And so Claire can hear the whole thing.]]
* TheIngenue: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] when Winnie explains that Iliana is "Too pure for this stuff," not a coward. Not to mention Iliana's silver-gold hair, violet eyes, 'glow,' and the fact that a small character is described as ''almost'' as small as she is.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: ''All'' kinds of Night People, though particularly [[VampiresAreSexGods vampires]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Almost all the main couples are from different species (it's a major plot point throughout the series). The only main couple this doesn't apply to is [[spoiler: Keller and Galen, as they're both shapeshifters.]]
* InTheBlood: There are three royal families at work in the series, pertaining to the three major Night World species: the Redferns (vampires), the Harmans (witches) and the Draches (shapeshifters), all with particular gifts that elevate them from the rest of their kind and commonly found traits (both physical and personality-wise).
* JustAKid: Subverted and used: People fighting vampires remind themselves that the vampires are not really kids, and should be treated as a threat. Used in that even a child vampire has the potential to be very dangerous, so this mantra does not make very much sense.
* KarmaHoudini: Blaise. She mind-rapes (and probably sexually rapes) human boys with her love potions to get gifts and popularity and we even meet one particular boy that she has completely destroyed. Her punishment? Not a damn thing. Instead, we're supposed to like her at the end of the story!
** She does get SentOffToWorkForRelatives and isn't very happy about it, but even so...
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Rashel's weapon of choice. As she is a vampire hunter, it is of course wooden.
* KillItWithFire: Witches are harmed by iron and fire, werewolves and shapeshifters are harmed by silver and fire, vampires are harmed by wood and fire, humans are harmed by the normal assortment ([[CaptainObvious so, fire]]). Fire: the only thing where you can be sure, regardless of the type.
** In ''The Chosen'', [[spoiler: Nyala]] attempts this with an Molotov cocktail to kill [[spoiler: all the vampires in the house having the bloodfeast]].
* KissOfTheVampire: When the victim is willing or in a trance.
* LastNameBasis: John '''Quinn''', Raksha '''Keller'''
* LightningBruiser: Pretty much all vampires automatically qualify as this in a fight; they're inhumanly strong, fast, agile and also very durable – unless i'’s inflicted with wood or fire, they can heal from virtually any injury in minutes.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Technically Poppy isn't a child, but she's described as "petite" and "pixie-like," and everyone is suitably devastated when she's diagnosed with cancer. Luckily she's also got a vampire for a best friend, which comes in handy if you're terminally ill.
* TheLoad: Iliana, for most of ''Witchlight''.
* LongLostSibling: According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: Rashel and Keller]] are twins SeparatedAtBirth.
* TheLostLenore: Dove Redfern is this for [[spoiler: Quinn]].
* LoveIsAWeakness: Keller's motto.
* LovePotion: Used in ''Spellbinder'' after Thea accidentally challenges Blaise.
* LoveTriangle: [[TriangRelations Type 8.]] Yes, Soulmate Principle is in effect.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Jade. On meeting her Mark thinks: "Okay, so she ''is'' crazy. I don't care. I think I love her."
** Poppy. Just Poppy.
* {{Matriarchy}}: [[WitchSpecies Witches]] are depicted as having a matriarchal society. The three highest ranking positions in their society, Maiden, Mother and Crone, are always held by women and most of the Inner Circle (the main governing body) are women. Lineage is passed down through women and witches belong to their mother's clan and take her surname. They also have a tendency to worship goddesses or 'the Goddess'. They don't really seem to look down on men though; they still worship male gods as well as female ones, male witches seem to generally have the same rights and opportunities as female witches and are allowed to become members of the Inner Circle. The matriarchy seems to also partly be out of practicality – male witches are much rarer than female witches (in the distant past, before it was outlawed, it wasn't uncommon for female witches to take human husbands as a result of the unbalanced male to female ratio amongst their species). The only time this really becomes a problem is in ''Black Dawn'', where [[TheDragon Sylvia Weald]] is ''[[DrivenByEnvy deeply]]'' [[NotGoodWithRejection unhappy]] about not being considered a Harman because she's not descended from the female line (whilst her distant cousins, who have human fathers, are still accepted despite not being 'pure' witches because their mothers ''are'' descended from the female line).
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Quinn and Rashel. She's 17, he was born in the 1600s.
** Thierry and Hannah, sort of. Technically they were born at around the same time, but he's immortal and she's been [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated]] [[ReincarnationRomance many times]] and at the time of ''Soulmate'', is 16.
* MeaningfulName: Galen means "Calm", Gavin Means "Hawk"
* MissingMom: Mary-Lynnette and Mark's mom died when Mark was still young.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Pierce]] in ''Huntress'' and [[spoiler: Jaime, who is actually TheDragon in disguise]] in ''Witchlight''.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone?:
** Thierry when [[spoiler: he realises, in his bloodlust, that he has killed almost all the members of a human tribe, including his soulmate.]]
** Gillian when [[spoiler: she realises she's inadvertantly given her rival flesh-eating bacteria and landed in her hospital.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Phillip think this to James about [[BigBrotherInstinct Poppy]].
* NeverTrustATitle: ''Daughters of Darkness'' give off the idea that the focus is on Ash's sisters when actually it's about [[spoiler: Ash and Mary-Lynnette's relationship development along with an murder mystery]].
* NonActionGuy: Hugh. He does his best though, bless him.
** Galen [[spoiler: At first.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Rashel and Quinn in ''The Chosen''. Both have spent most of their lives hating a different species because of personal tragedy--[[spoiler: Rashel hated vampires because a vampire killed her mother, and Quinn hated humans because his human father killed his fiancee]]--and in turn have killed quite a few people from the side they hate, all the while justifying their actions because of the aforementioned tragedies experienced. Though when they realize this they decide to put aside their hatred once and for all.
** Hannah sees herself and Thierry as this with another Soulmated couple (Ash and Mary-Lynnette) after talking to Ash and seeing how much he truly wants to make it up to his Soulmate...[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming Just like Thierry.]]
* ObliviousToLove: [[spoiler: In ''Huntress'' Morgead had always loved Jez, even though they were intense rivals and their relationship was mostly SnarkToSnarkCombat. Jez however had believed Morgead saw her as a threat and always expect him to try and kill her when the opportunity arose.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook / Really700YearsOld: Maya, Thierry, Quinn, Hunter Redfern, Thistle, [[spoiler: Timmy]].
** Gillian of ''Dark Angel'' is seventeen years old but her petite frame and short stature (less than five feet tall) make her look like a little kid.
* OppositesAttract: Ash and Mary-Lynnette, Maggie and Delos, Galen and Keller,
* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: In this continuity, ghouls are humans that did not successfully complete the transition into vampirehood, leaving them nearly brain-dead, difficult to kill, and with an insatiable bloodthirstiness. They're also really, really gross.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: As with ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' the only aspects of vampirism retained from folklore is their need for human blood, and their immortality. Unlike ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' the condition is not glamorized, and is considered a somewhat lonely, melancholy state of existence.
** There are two types of vampires at work in the world: those known as the lamia, who are born to the condition, are able to procreate, and can control their aging process, and made vampires, who are (obviously) humans who have been turned. All made vampires are also teenagers, because the stress of conversion can only be handled by people under the age of twenty. Attempts of conversion on someone twenty years old and over causes their bodies to "burn out".
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They have powers that allow them to track people by something that appears to amount to psychic scent. They also can transform into a variety of animals, and, though it is never outright stated, look like they pick up some characteristics of their animal.
** There is some confusion over the difference between "werewolves" and "shapeshifters" in the series. Shapeshifters can seemingly change at will, whereas werewolves are bound by lunear cycles. Likewise, werewolves are prone to more prejudice within the Night World, whereas the shapeshifters of ''Witchlight'' (book 9) seem fairly respected.
*** Werewolves aren't bound by lunar cycles in he series, Jeremy Lovett changed at will and Mary-Lynnette even mentally commented on the fact that it wasn't a full moon.
* ParentalAbandonment: ''Whoo, Boy''...
** Morgead: [[spoiler: was neglected by his mother who kept leaving him to fool around with other men until she finally left altogether]]. Doubles as FreudianExcuse when [[spoiler: Jez later leaves the gang]]. You really feel for the poor guy.
** Keller: [[spoiler: Because of the fact that she couldn't control her shifting (especially when she was frighten) her mother left her in an cardboard box like someone would for kittens and puppies, ''Stuck in her half and half form'' with an note basically saying that [[KickTheDog she will always be alone]]]].
** Poppy and Phillip's dad (though it's implied he does love them, he's just not good with responsibility).
** Gillian: [[spoiler: her mother is a neglectful alcoholic and her father leaves in the middle of the night, only to return right at the end of the story.]]
* PolarOppositeTwins:
** Poppy and Philip. She's a carefree, fun-loving petite redhead, he's tall, Viking blonde and very "strait-laced" as Poppy puts it. They love each other anyway.
** Hellewise and Maya are far more extreme example (see above).
* ProphecyTwist: In her capacity as the Witch Child, Iliana is told that she is destined to secure an alliance between shapeshifters and witches by marrying the crown prince of the royal shapeshifter house. Instead [[spoiler: she declares herself blood sister to werepanther Keller.]]
* PsychicLink: Some soulmate couples have one to each other (usually ones including a vampire, due to their ability to use {{Telepathy}}). It's hinted that all soulmates have a psychic connection, vampires just display it more strongly due to already being able to read minds.
* RedHerring: In ''Daughters of Darkness'' [[spoiler: Ash is widely believed to be the one that murdered his aunt but it's actually Jeremy.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Poor, Poor [[spoiler:Sylvia]].
* RedStringOfFate: Or in this case, a silver thread. Destined soulmates describe this thread as the energy that connects them and pulls them together.
* ReincarnationRomance: Hannah and Thierry. Several times over. Also implied with [[spoiler:Ash and Mary-Lynnette]], though post-story.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Known as "Old Souls" among the Night World; individuals who are reincarnated are reasonably common in the series, most prominently Hannah Snow, protagonist of ''Soulmate''. Others include Catherine (who doesn't know she's an Old Soul), Hugh (who does), and [[spoiler:Iona (a child who is said to be the ''oldest'' reincarnated being on earth, an impressive claim since Hannah dates back to prehistoric times).]]
** So far all Old Souls have been human, and it has been explicitly stated that it's impossible for a vampire to be reincarnated.
** They're said to regain memories of their past lives in times of stress or danger, after which they are referred to as "awakened" Old Souls.
* RomanticFalseLead: Jeremy and Mary-Lynnette, Jez and Hugh
* RomanticVampireBoy: Several, including James, Thierry, Quinn and Delos.
* SarcasticConfession: One of Quinn's tactics.
* ShelteredAristocrat: Delos, who has been raised in a kingdom cut off from the human world, and with very little idea of what's going on in the outside world (or in his own kingdom, judging from his reaction to Jeanne's scars).
* ShrinkingViolet: Gillian.
* ShoutOut:
** In ''Secret Vampire'', Poppy describes her mother as looking like an Creator/AlfredHitchcock Heroine and James like Creator/JamesDean. Dorothy from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is also referenced.
** ''Film/RearWindow'', Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/JaneAusten and ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' are mentioned in ''Daughters of Darkness''.
** As seen below, Buffy is mentioned in ''The Chosen''.
** In ''Dark Angel'', Angel attempts to trick Gillian into saying 'these aren't the droids you're looking for', obvious comedic nod to StarWars.
* SlapSlapKiss: Ash and Mary-Lynette. Complete with literal slapping.
* StarcrossedLovers: All the couples to some extent, considering they're all breaking the No. 2 rule of Night World society, but Rashel and Quinn get special mention: he's a vampire, she's a vampire hunter (and yes, ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is referenced by another character).
* ThemeNaming: It is traditional for lamia to be named after natural things (birds, plants or precious stones); ie. Rowan, Kestrel, Jade, Garnet, Lily, Dove, Hunter (all of whom belong to the Redfern clan). There is also the tradition of any werecreature being named after whatever animal s/he happens to be able to change into in his/her native language. Witches also tend to be named after deities or legendary figures.
* TitleDrop: ''Black Dawn'' is the name of the castle in the Dark Kingdom.
* TooDumbToLive: Gillian in ''Dark Angel''. Would you go investigate a strange noise, in a forest, by yourself, in the middle of winter? ''By yourself?'' [[spoiler: Somewhat subverted in that she ''does'' actually die from this stupidity...]]
* TheTopicOfCancer: A major plot point in ''Secret Vampire'' is Poppy learning she's dying of pancreatic cancer, leading to James attempting to turn her into a vampire to save her.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mary-Lynnette in ''Daughters of Darkness'', deredere.
* UnequalPairing: Crops up occasionally.
** Thierry is a Night World Elder, addressed as Lord and has a boatload of cash to spare, whilst Hannah is a mere high school student with a roughly working class/lower middle class background. However, by ''Witchlight'' [[spoiler: she’s also addressed by the title of Lady and is strongly implied to be co-running Circle Daybreak alongside Thierry, subverting this to an extent]].
** In ''Black Dawn'', ''Prince'' Delos makes sure Maggie is well aware of their difference in station…at first. Maggie, for her part, doesn’t really care all that much about his title and does whatever she wants anyway.
* TheUnfettered: This is a pretty good definition of what Rashel appears to mean by ''zanshin''.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Thea in ''Spellbinder'', while sending back the spirit she unintentionally summoned.
--> '''Thea:''' By the power of Earth and Air and Water! By the power of Fire on this night of Hecate! By my own power as a daughter of Hellewise! Go speedily, conveniently and without delay, you bitch.
* VampireBitesSuck: If the victim is not willing and aware.
* VampireHunter:
** Rashel.
** Jez counts as well.
** There's also a whole group of vampire hunters known as the Lancers who show up in ''The Chosen''.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Poppy eventually manages to win over James, her friend-since-preschool.
* WasItAllALie: Poppy, upon Phil's fight with James.
* WeAreEverywhere: The Night People, as James points out.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Lancers of ''The Chosen''.
** Esecially ''[[AxCrazy Nyala.]]''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After ''The Chosen'', Timmy is never mentioned again.
** Blaise's fate after ''Spellbinder'' is still unknown and she hasn't been mentioned since except for ''Witchlight'' which just rules her out as an Wild Power.
* WitchSpecies: Way back in the beginning of the world there was a 'blessed tribe' and now they're a race.
* WomanScorned: A significant part of [[spoiler:Maya's]] motivation.
** [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse: What Maya has essentially done to Hannah since ''prehistory'', and has further poisoned Thierry's relationship with her by manipulating Hannah into thinking ''Thierry'' killed her all those times. He only killed her once, which was pure accidental, but the rest of her deaths were caused by Maya.]]
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Rashel's katana cuts through a vampire like "razor-sharp steel" through a human.
** Jez also has an bamboo knife.
* WouldHurtaChild
** Maya sacrificed her tribe's four babies and drank their blood to become the first vampire.
** Hunter [[spoiler: turned a four year old into a vampire and tried to kill five year old Rashel and, aside from keeping the Night World hidden, no legitimate reason is given for his actions. He also has no issue with orchestrating the kidnapping of young girls to be used in a blood feast, some of whom are as young as twelve.]]
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: In ''Black Dawn'' [[spoiler: Prince Delos goes back in time to warn Maggie to leave the Dark Kingdom. However, when Maggie sees Delos in present-time, the fact that she recognises him from her dream ensures her determination to learn more about him, and events proceed as they originally did. Interesting, as she tells him about the dream, so he is aware that he already changed the past]].
-->[[spoiler: "I know," [Delos] said, and his voice was tired and a bit forlorn. He sounded very young, just then. "But it was worth a try."]]
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