* MoralEventHorizon: Ravenna, when she [[spoiler: betrays Maximillian and then has him killed. She's just lucky that Ishbel took mercy on her for being pregnant with his child and could resurrect him.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: To many, Axis in these books is much more tolerable because Azhure is not revived with him.
** The fact that he's no longer an arrogant ass (due to his CharacterDevelopment in previous books) might contribute to it as well - the fact is that he now ''recognises'' how flawed he is and how mistaken many of his actions were, and he's turned out better for it.
* {{Squick}}: The usual coming from a Sara Douglass book.