[[caption-width-right:191:''Shaman's Crossing'' cover art by John Howe]]
''The Soldier Son'' is a {{Fantasy}} trilogy by Creator/RobinHobb, featuring a more modern setting than usual. The books are:

# ''Shaman's Crossing''
# ''Forest Mage''
# ''Renegade's Magic''
!!Contains examples of:

* AgentMulder: Epiny.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: As it turns out, [[spoiler:the authorities of Gettys knew all along about the holy trees of the Specks and the creeping depression/fear; they just didn't care, since changing the road's route would draw trading away from Gettys.]]
* AntiAntiChrist: [[spoiler:Nevare doesn't particularly ''want'' to wipe out every Gernian in existence just because the Speck magic says so...]]
* AntiMagic: [[ColdIron Iron]].
%%* AnyoneCanDie
* ArrangedMarriage: Nevare and Carsina.
%%* AttemptedRape
%%* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
* BalancingDeathsBooks: Well, Soldier's Boy tries, at least.
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Hitch.]] Of course, things are a bit more complicated than usually in this trope, since there's no clearly Evil side. Not to mention he couldn't exactly help it.
* BlessedWithSuck: Being a wizard sounds great, but not when you realize what it can and will do to you, should you ever go against the will of your magic.
* TheCaligula: [[spoiler:Nevare's father]] becomes this after the Speck Plague strikes his family.
* TheCassandra: Nevare throughout most of the second book.
* CastFromCalories: [[spoiler: Speck Great Ones gouge on food (especially magically potent food) to become obese and full of magic. Using the magic withers all the stored fat from their bodies]]
* ColdIron: Iron stops magic and is harmful to magic-users.
* CosmicPlaything: [[spoiler:Nevare, Buel Hitch, Nevare's father]] and others, for the magic.
* CountryMouse: Nevare and most of the battle lords' sons, compared to the old nobles' sons.
* TheChosenOne: You get one guess.
* CultureClash: Between the Gernians and the Specks.
* CuteKitten: Comes into play near the end.
%%* CycleOfRevenge
* DaddysGirl: This time it's Epiny.
* DatingCatwoman: Olikea.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Amzil.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Gernian gender roles, among other things.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Nevare's father]] crosses it, and it drives him mad.
** Used as a weapon by the [[spoiler:Speck magic]] in ''Forest Mage''.
%%* DrillSergeantNasty
* TheDutifulSon: A variation runs between Nevare and his female cousin Epiny.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Creator/RobinHobb seems fond of these.
%%* EnemyWithin
* EquivalentExchange: Magic/[[spoiler:body fat]]
%%* FakingTheDead
* FantasticRacism: Goes with the MightyWhitey attitude of the Gernians, mentioned below.
%%* FantasyAmericana
* FantasyGunControl: Averted.
* FunctionalMagic: the "Wild" subtype (Speck); the Plains magic appears to be some kind of Force Magic.
* GaiasVengeance: Subverted.
* GentlemenRankers: [[spoiler: Nevare]] ends up enlisting in the ranks after his expulsion from the Cavalla Academy. Aggravating his situation, Spink (who does have a commission) is assigned to the same regiment, as is the officer his former fiancee married.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Averted.
-->'''Orandula:''' Do you honestly believe that we derive our powers because you believe in us? What sort of impotent god would that be?
* GoingNative: Although "being dragged" might be a better verb choice.
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: A curse here, a hand sign there, a steel knife ''there''...
%%* GreyAndGrayMorality
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Nevare, ''fiercely''. Provided "nobility, with lots of privileges" counts as normal.
%%* InMysteriousWays
%%* ItsAllMyFault
%%* [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies It's Not You, It's My Enemies]]
%%* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Lisana at the end, killing two guards in a nightmarish way and trying to kill Amzil.]]
* ManEatingPlant: ''Corpse'' eating plant, [[spoiler:although, of course, sometimes they make the corpses themselves...]]
* MightyWhitey: Deconstructed in Gernia's colonization of the Plainspeople and the Specks.
* MoralMyopia: On all sides, regarding the others.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: See Love Makes You Evil above.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nevare gets a couple of these from Hitch, among others.
* TheNeidermeyer: Colonel Stiet, among others.
* NobleSavage: Dewara. Possibly. [[spoiler:Subverted with]] the Specks.
%%* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished
* PaterFamilicide: Mention is made of a father who strangled his wife and drowned his children before shooting himself.
%%* ThePlague
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The Dance generates [[spoiler:the creeping sense of gloom in Gettys and of terror in the forest outside the town.]]
%%* RealityEnsues
* RebelliousPrincess: Epiny
* RefusalOfTheCall: Nevare has practically disconnected the phone, ''and yet it keeps ringing'' ...
* RichBitch: Carsina, and Epiny's mother.
* SentientCosmicForce: The magic behaves much like this.
* ShotgunWedding: Epiny runs away in the night to meet Spink to force her parents' hands.
* SpiritWorld: Nevare and Dewara's spirit journey, later [[spoiler:the location of Tree Woman's afterlife.]]
%%* SplitPersonality
* VillainousBSOD: Although the villain in question is a lesser one.
* WeaponizedWeakness: Iron beats magic. And mages.
* WeHaveReserves: Kinrove's attitude towards the Dancers.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''All'' the Great Ones except Jodoli.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: At least one per book.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell, Hero?]]: Despite meaning well, poor Nevare gets ''way'' more of these than words of encouragement.