-> Possessed of an unnatural and legendary hunger, the Kurians have come to Earth to establish a New Order build on the harvesting of enslaved human souls. They rule the planet. They thrive on the scent of fear. And if it is night, sure as darkness, they will come.

Postapocalyptic novels by E. E. Knight following David Valentine's fight against the Kurian Order, himself and occasionally his allies.

* Way of the Wolf
* Choice of the Cat
* Tale of the Thunderbolt
* Valentine's Rising
* Valentine's Exile
* Valentine's Resolve
* Fall with Honor
* Winter Duty
* March in Country
* Appalachian Overthrow
* Baltic Gambit

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!!These books provide examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: David's luck with women (but not relationships) seems to increase with his scar tissue.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Kurians
** Subverred with[[spoiler:The Onceler (once-ler), an ancient kurian that doeasn't feed off of people, but instead subsists off of the energy of plants and the small amounts of life force that people give off, this method is harmless to people, but he himself has stated that it's like being an addict in withdrawl, with only being able to take miniscule portions of the drug, and he also looses his ability to not physically age, while he is still in the multiple centuries, he is now physically a wizened old man, which is why the majority of Kurians wouldn't use it, he even went so far as to actually give David a method of killing Reapers, which has seen widespread use in the war.]]
* AlwaysLawfulGood: Lifeweavers, we hope
* AncientArtifact: touchstones, able to send libraries worth of information into a being's mind when touched.
* AncientKeeper: Kurians and Lifeweavers, sometime for the good of man, sometime not.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Unless you're David Valentine, in which case every time a baby is involved, your life will be screwed over.
* BadassPreacher: Father Max in his earlier years
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: The main goal of the New Universal Church is to get as many babies, as much work and as little resistance out of the population as possible. This works well with a good chunk of Kurian Zone citizens.
* BigEater: Bears get a metabolism boost along with berserker characteristics
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* TheBrigadier: seeing as David is part of Southern Command or a spy among the Quislings, we see a few on both sides
** Notably, Xray-Tango
* TheCaretaker: Narcisse to Blake, though she does do work in her isolated community.
* TheChampion: David, but to whom varies
* ChristianityIsCatholic: David was raised by a Jesuit and stuck to some deeply Catholic areas for his first few adventures. Protestants may not register on his radar.
** Also, the [[CorruptChurch New Universal]] [[ReligionOfEvil Church]] seems to have services along Protestant lines. May be because the Catholic church took time to corrupt, may be an AuthorTract.
* CommanderContrarian: General Martinez, Valentine’s enemy-in-high-places from ‘’Valentine’s Rising’’ on.
* Confessional: Pity the priests David talks to after his missions.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: David and several others, a common background after the Kurians set up shop.
* DeflectorShield: Kurians and Lifeweavers are supposed to have this and various other {{AppliedPhlebotinum}}s, but the only one we've seen is the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Goobermaker's]]
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: [[spoiler:Quickwood]] and later [[spoiler:Quickwood bullets]] to Reapers.
* DirtyOldMonk: Most of the upper level NUC members are portrayed like this, starting with the creepy pervert who took an interest in Molly.
* [[TheDrunkenSailor DrunkenSailor]]: William Post of the Thunderbolt is a depressed example. He gets better.
* DumbMuscle: Grogs, specifically Gray Ones are used for this by both sides. However, most Bears we see are of normal intelligence.
* EnfantTerrible: Blake [[spoiler:he is a Reaper, after all]].
* FatherNeptune: Captain Sauder of the Thunderbolt, an unnecessarily cruel man
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: The opinion held by the NUC and Valentine. Gail Post and Molly Carson disagree, despite being “decent” people
* HealingPotion: [[spoiler:Bear blood]] is used as this in later books
* HeelFaithTurn: Brother Mark in ''Fall With Honor''. He couldn't keep lying to himself like he did to the laity.
* HeroicBSOD: After a crowning moment of triumph over the Kurian Order, Southern Command turns on him, [[spoiler:Malia]] doesn't love him anymore and his best friend is lost, probably dead. The once proud and cleanly Major Valentine turns into an unwashed trader who hangs around Grogs and questionable truck stops.
* HideYourLesbians: Seriously, where are the gays and Protestants?
* IncrediblyLamePun: one or two per book that are nearly painful
* InTheBlood:
* TheKirk: Valentine, when he’s in a command position
* KnightInSourArmor: A lot of people on both sides are tired of the BlackAndGrayMorality
* KnightTemplar
* LonersAreFreaks: Turned up a notch after David’s HeroicBSOD
* MeaningfulName:
** David against the giant Kurian Order
** Valentine (Lat. ‘’valens’’ strong, healthy) who rarely is under the weather and heals quick is also unlucky in love
* TheMenFirst: If a commanding officer is a somewhat decent person, odds are s/he'll have this view. David himself has hauled a good number of men out of harm's way. Most Quisling officers, not so much.
* MilitaryAndWarfareTropes: ''Go find one that '''doesn't''' fit!''
* NickNameBasis: In reports, Cats are known only by their codenames (Smoke, Ghost, etc.). Eveready is known only by that alias
* NonhumanSidekick: Ahn-Kha and Bee
* NoPeriodsPeriod: averted with Molly, but then never brought up again.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Valentine and a number of other officers. The other men of Southern Command have to be gentlemen (women's needs first) even if they aren't officers.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: the vampire myth came from two parts, the blood drinking avatar and the life draining Kurian controling it.
* PapaWolf: Valentine is very protective of the people he is/has been close with.
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: actually, the beings from before the Lifeweavers ate all their vital aura.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Kurian immortality
* PreacherMan: Father Max, Brother Mark, and usually one among the larger groups/tribes David runs into (Trekkers and Bulletproof).
* TheQuisling: Guess what the soldiers of the Kurians Zones are called...
* SacrificialLamb and [[SacrificialLion Lion]]: A few of the former and at least one of the latter per book, proving again and again, AnyoneCanDie
* SanityBall: David has a good grip on it most of the time
* ShootTheDog:
* StayInTheKitchen: Southern Command takes care of their women, but not to the extent of sheltering them from battle. Kur wants them pregnant and/or working.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: Of the evil, AGodIAm type
* Telepathy: Lifeweavers and Kurians use it to communicate among themselves and with humans. Some Lifeweaver tried to set up a network of humans given telepathy, to connect rebellions, but it didn't take with Obay.
* WeHaveForgottenThePhlebotinum: It took over an entire book to get the [[spoiler:Quickwood]] from Haiti to the Free Territory, but how many times does David forget to bring some and run into a Reaper?
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