* EsotericHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Both Jack and Thorgil die (but fortunately, they're taken to the Islands of the Blessed to become bards). Their families are left to mourn.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Subverted. The series includes much violence, death, and disturbing imagery, but it came out in 2004, at which time YoungAdultLiterature was becoming an apparent genre of it's own.