* CargoShip: A somewhat complicated InUniverse example--Jewels never stopped loving [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Arsteel]]... Yes, we mean it in ''[[{{Squick}} that]]'' way.
* FridgeBrilliance: Lemex catches fever and dies just as Vivenna reaches him, resulting in the fortunate passing on of his Breath to her. The timing of the death is a large coincidence that slightly strains suspension of disbelief. [[spoiler: However, the truth is that Denth is responsible for the death and the timing, revealed with his sudden betrayal.]]
* LawfulNeutral: [[spoiler:The God King's priests.]]
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler:Denth. Not only does he have Vivenna (and the reader) convinced he's a good guy for the first half of the novel, he's also the driving force behind destabilizing Hallandren from within and is DangerouslyGenreSavvy.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Blushweaver's murder.]] ''So not cool''.
* NightmareFuel: This little exchange:
-->Vasher [quietly]: Torturing me won't bring her back.
-->Denth [turning, the moonlight glinting on his blade]: No. It won't.
* {{Squick}}: Per WordOfGod, Clod the Lifeless was once Arsteel. Denth's teammate [[DarkActionGirl Jewels]] was once in love with Arsteel. Now that he's a Lifeless, she still sometimes sleeps with him. [[spoiler:Yeah, Denth's team all have issues.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: The foreshadowing that [[spoiler:the Pahn Kahl]] are behind everything is very subtle; not much information is given about them, so it feels like TheReveal comes out of nowhere.