* CompleteMonster: Vicar Zhaspahr Clyntahn is Grand Inquisitor of a CorruptChurch, which tells you all you need to know. However in the fourth book, he not only executes every vicar in the Church who even thought about opposing him, but their families as well, including [[WouldHurtAChild children as young as twelve]]. This act is monstrous enough that a declaration of Holy War that had been hanging over the plot since the second book is rendered an ''afterthought.''
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Raynoz Alvahrez, a WorthyOpponent and developing FatherToHisMen. He's appeared only in two books so far, but his performance in ''Like A Mighty Army'' made him a favorite of many and forum-goers treat him in the same way they do the characters who's been there since day one. It helps that he's one of best-developed characters on [=CoGA=] side.
* MagnificentBastard: Subverted; Kahlvyn, Duke of Tirian shows every sign of being one, but is then killed off very quickly.
* MoralEventHorizon: The Ferayd Massacre and (in the eyes of Church Loyalists) the Charisian response to it.
** Clyntahn's treatment of anyone even remotely associated with the Wylsynns is this for Duchairn, who comes to view voting for the invasion of Charis as his own.
** It takes a ''lot'' to turn a declaration of Holy War into an afterthought. Clyntahn pulls it off.
*** ''How Firm A Foundation'' also shows that this has become an InUniverse Moral Event Horizon, as it cements Clyntahn's status as a complete monster to anyone who isn't plain ignorant or as fanatical as Clyntahn himself.
* ProtectionFromEditors: The books are quite long and could use a little tightening. One example would be the jargon-laden, plodding opening chapter of ''How Firm A Foundation'' which is about a ship getting fighting to avoid running aground in a storm; it really contributes nothing to the plot, though it revisits two minor side characters and [[AuthorAppeal shows off Weber's knowledge of sailing]].
** The later books also show spelling errors, characters called by one name when the narrative clearly means another, occasional confusion between Charis, Chisholm, and Corisande and a changing in the name of Hektor Aplyn-Ahrmahk's duchy from Darcos to Darcos Sound.
** The first ''five'' books contain the story that Weber had originally planned for book one. He's openly stated that he's deliberately dragging things out to put his kids through college.
* WarShip: Cayleb & Sharleyan, given they started out as (albeit reluctant) enemies.