A novel by Creator/JesseHajicek 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.

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'''This book provides examples of:'''
* 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."
* BadassGay: Kieran is an extreme example, but Ash develops into a pretty tough cookie too.
* BadassLongcoat: Kieran sports one during the second half of the book.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Kieran, at least after his HeelFaceTurn.
* BarrierWarrior: Kieran and Thelyan fight this way.
* BigBad: Thelyan, [[spoiler: once known as Delan]].
* {{Bookworm}}: Ash... evolving into BadassBookworm over the course of the novel.
* BreakTheCutie: Kieran's childhood did this to him; Ash expects to experience the same in prison.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Why Kieran tries to ditch Ash after [[spoiler: escaping Churchrock]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted. Kieran really, really wasn't.
* CombatPragmatist: Kieran isn't interested in "rules" of combat. Mostly, he cares about coming out alive.
* 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.
* 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".
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Thelyan thinks so, at least.
* EliteMooks: The Whites.
* TheEmpath: Ash.
* EnemyWithin: Kieran discovers one after fleeing Burn River.
* EnergyAbsorption: Used in the climactic duel between Kieran and Thelyan.
* 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.
* FictionalCurrency: Thrones and signets in Eskarne, ya in pre-invasion Iavaia.
* 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.
* AGodAmI: Delan and [[spoiler: his reincarnation, Thelyan]]; Ka'an.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* HealingHands: One character gains these.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kieran and, more surprisingly, [[spoiler: Colonel Warren]].
* 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: Rasa, Kieran's mother. Averted with pretty much all the other examples-- Kieran gave up hooking as soon as he found out he could make more money killing people, and Shou Shou seems even worse.
* IdentityAbsorption: Gods can do this; on occasion, so can people.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Why does Shou Shou deck out Kieran in black [[HellBentforLeather leather]] pants and a [[BadassLongcoat black leather coat]], for high-mobility life as an assassin in a mid-latitude desert ''in summer''? [[FetishFuel Isn't]] it [[RuleOfCool obvious]]?
* InnocentBlueEyes: Ash's puppy-dog eyes save him from a lot of misery.
* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Kieran.
* JerkassGods: Ka'an, who, according to Kieran, is "the kind of god you don't want to meet in a dark alley." Thelyan is closer to being a GodOfEvil.
* KidsAreCruel: Barely-adolescent boys threaten rape and beat younger orphans for kicks.
* KillTheGod: Ashes and Kieran, although they're helped by the fact that the gods in question are [[spoiler: actually [[DeityofHumanOrigin deities of human origin]]]].
* KnightInSourArmor: Kieran, on his better days.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Pretty much everyone agrees that Kieran has a pretty face, and he tops it off with yard-long black hair.
* LoveRedeems
* MagicIsMental: In fact, some of it requires calculus. With base 13 1/2.
* ManlyGay: Kieran.
* 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."
* NoWomansLand: The Theocracy will rip magical powers out of any woman it finds, possibly leaving her a mentally disabled as a result.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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]]. Rain and iron also nullify magic.
* Kieran, when working for the White Rose Gang.
* PureEnergy: A major battle involves shooting bolts of this back and forth.
* RapeAsBackstory: Kieran.
* ReligionOfEvil: Delanism.
* {{Room101}}: Where prisoners at Churchrock are taken for "surveys," AKA mind rapes.
* 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.
* SecretArt: The government tightly controls knowledge of spell-working in Eskarne and its territories.
* SecondActBreakup: Well, having a stable relationship with a self-loathing professional hit man is pretty dicey.
* SquishyWizard: Seriously averted with Kieran: he can kill you with a wish, a gun, or his bare fists.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Kieran struggles to deal with [[spoiler: containing the reincarnation of the very nasty god Ka'an]].
* SuperPoweredMooks: The cream of the Thelyan's police force.
* TailorMadePrison: Churchrock, for holding magic users.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Kieran committed his first homicide when he was nine years old.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: People who encounter Ash do it on a regular basis.
* UnscrupulousHero: Kieran. Ash very rarely crosses this line.
* ViceCity: Burn River.
* 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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