* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: There's nothing wrong with a little responsible use of drugs; not just alcohol, but marijuana and crystal meth.
** Even/especially if you're pregnant!
* LesYay: Miriam and Brilliana get plenty of subtext. Brilliana even kisses Miriam at one point, though that's ''probably'' not intended to come off as sexual.)
* MagnificentBastard: Miriam's uncle and [[spoiler:the king's spymaster.]]