* CaptainObviousReveal: In the second book, [[spoiler:Jean was just conning the mooks and isn't betraying Locke. Who really fell for that one?]]
* CryForTheDevil: Prior to the final duel in ''Lies'', readers are treated to a section from the perspective of the Gray King. While it in no way excuses his actions, his lifelong trauma is made very clear - and with his scheme failing utterly and his family and crew all dead, he's essentially lost every reason he ever had to live. Twice.
* MagnificentBastard: Practically ''everyone.''
* {{Squick}}: Selendri's disfiguration and Requin's revenge. Also, the horse urine thing.
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: The scene of Bug's death.]]
** [[spoiler: Ezri's HeroicSacrifice]]