* {{Anvilicious}}: Averted to unpleasant effect, showing how Tropes Are Not Bad. One is led to believe that a lot of the InternetBackdraft regarding [[spoiler: Henrietta]] could have been avoided had the author been much more blunt about [[spoiler: Henrietta finding her plans for Louise to be DirtyBusiness]].
* InternetBackdraft: [[spoiler: Henrietta's thoughts and actions in Chapter Nine]] have spurred... ''spirited'' debate.
* TheWoobie: Louise is showing competence with her magic and has an incredibly powerful and bizarrely loyal familiar but she's plagued with low self-esteem, thinks she might be losing her humanity, is showing signs of [[spoiler:[[SanitySlippage losing her sanity]] and her fiance is EVIL]]. Siesta was just a poor school worker when she happened across Louise and Alex. While she's ultimately better for it, there's no question life has been unkind to her.
** JerkassWoobie: While he makes it clear that [[IAmWhatIAm he's made peace with what he is]], the story makes it clear that [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife Alex really doesn't know what to do with himself]] and as a result of this and his experiences, is rather lonely. Also, he still remembers his many, many victims' last moments and not all of them deserved what happened to them.
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