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Mercedes Lackey is a prolific author of {{fantasy}} and UrbanFantasy literature, as well as a lyricist, songwriter, and [[FilkSong filk singer]]. She started out as a {{fanfic}} writer.

She sometimes writes with other authors, including her husband, Larry Dixon, who also illustrates her work.

When not creating, Lackey works as a wild bird rehabilitator in Oklahoma, and owns several parrots. Falconry and other avian pursuits, as well as equestrianism, are therefore [[AuthorAppeal common themes in her work]].

She was also an avid player of ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes'', devoting a lot of time and effort to saving the game from cancellation.
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!!A ''very incomplete'' list of her works includes:
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* Numerous books, organized into trilogies, sub-series, and stand-alone novels, in a fantasy world of her own devising named Velgarth; most of them focus on the kingdom of Valdemar and its allies. Called the ''Heralds of Valdemar'' series on this wiki, for lack of a better term. In roughly in-universe chronological order:
** ''The Mage Wars'' trilogy, which describes events in the prehistory of the setting.
** The ''Last Herald Mage'' trilogy
** ''The Collegium Chronicles'' and ''The Herald Spy'', the most recently published series.
** ''Brightly Burning'', a standalone novel detailing the story of Lavan Firestorm, a historical character mentioned in the ''Arrows'' trilogy.
** The ''Vows and Honor'' series, two novels and a collection of short stories featuring Tarma and Kethry, based on Lackey's earliest published works.
** ''Exile's Honor'' and ''Exile's Valor'', two prequel novels about a defector who becomes Valdemar's Weaponsmaster.
** ''To Take a Thief'', a prequel novel about a street thief-turned-Herald. Forms a rough trilogy with the ''Exile'' books.
** The ''Arrows'' trilogy, the first published novels set in Valdemar proper.
** ''By The Sword'', a novel linking ''Vows and Honor'' with the main Valdemaran series.
** The ''Mage Winds'' trilogy
** The ''Mage Storms'' trilogy
** The ''Darian's Tale'' or ''Owl'' trilogy

* Several albums of music, mostly inspired by Valdemar:
** ''Heralds, Harpers and Havoc'' (1988): Songs inspired by the ''Arrows'' trilogy.
** ''Magic, Moondust, and Melancholy'' (1989): Includes two songs related to the ''Vows and Honor''/''By the Sword'' books.
** ''Oathbound'' (1990): Songs from the book of the same name.
** ''Oathbreakers'' (1991) likewise
** ''Shadow Stalker'' (1994): Songs from ''The Last Herald Mage''.
** ''By the Sword'' (1994): Songs from the book of the same name.
** ''Lovers, Lore, and Loss'' (1995): More songs about the ''Arrows'' trilogy.
** ''Owlflight'' (2000): Based on the ''Owl'' trilogy.
** ''Sun and Shadow'' (2000): Songs about the legendary Sunsinger and Shadowdancer.

* Four Urban Fantasy series, all of which take place in the same universe:
** The Diana Tregarde series, three horror/urban fantasy novels featuring romance novelist/magical Guardian Diana Tregarde.
** The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' books, involving elves, car racing, and lots of child abuse.
** The ''Bedlam's Bard'' books, which follow the development of a very powerful Bard; he also associates with elves a lot.
** The Elizabethan series ''The Doubled Edge'', which is the backstory of the elven politics in the ''Serrated Edge'' and ''Bedlam's Bard'' series, and is a retelling of the life of Queen Elizabeth from her birth to her crowning, and her association with the elves.

* The ''Elemental Masters'' series, about hidden mages in post-Victorian England (with one set in California). These are based somewhat loosely on fairy tales.
* The ''Fairy Tales'' series, which are retellings of not-in-the-common-lexicon mythological stories.
** ''Firebird''
** ''The Black Swan'' (''Theatre/SwanLake'' from Odile's point of view)
* The ''Dragon Jousters'' novels: A series involving a world based on Bronze Age Egypt, where persons who can tame and [[DragonRider ride]] the wild dragons of the land are sort of the ultimate weapon. The main character is a dragon tamer named Kiron (AKA Vetch). Novels in this series:
** '' Joust'' (2003)
** '' Alta'' (2004)
** '' Sanctuary'' (2005)
** '' Aerie'' (2006)
* ''Bardic Voices'', a fantasy series about a group called "The Free [[TheBard Bards]]," essentially the non-union alternative to their world's Bardic Guild; some of them also have MagicMusic. This was based on her writing the novelization of the original ''[[VideoGame/TheBardsTaleTrilogy Bard's Tale]]'' video game; she wanted to expand on the MagicMusic idea.
* ''Sacred Ground'', about a Cherokee and Osage private investigator Jennifer Talldeer, who as an apprentice shaman is known as Kestrel-Hunts-Alone.
* ''If I Pay Thee Not in Gold'', co-written by Piers Anthony, about a world whose magic powers change hands and natures every few generations, just long enough for most people to forget that society was ever different. Those with the magic of course make the rules, and in the heroine's country it's in the hands of women, hence a matriarchal society where most men are slaves. There are other magical races as well, including a race of "demons" who change gender when they have sex, and die if their partner is unfaithful.
* ''The Obsidian Trilogy'', a fantasy trilogy done in conjunction with Creator/JamesMallory about a coming war with demons. Later they released ''The Enduring Flame Trilogy'', set a thousand years later. Currently they are writing the ''Dragon Prophecy Trilogy'', about Elven Queen Vielissiar Faricarnon, mentioned in the previous trilogies as the first to face demons in battle and bond with a dragon. The first book is the only one out so far.
* ''Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms'', a romantic series set in a world governed by the [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality Tradition]], a magical force that causes certain people's lives to follow folkloric motifs (Cinderella, Snow White, etc.) Much of the humor and conflict arises from the fact that the protagonists are often [[GenreSavvy aware of the Tradition]], and the truly skilled can deliberately invoke whichever tale or aspect of a tale will help them out of a tight spot.
* ''Literature/WingCommander: Freedom Flight'' (with Creator/EllenGuon), the first novel based on the ''Wing Commander'' franchise. One of her few licensed novels, and the only one which stuck closely to the themes of the original game (the remainder, written primarily by a well-known military fiction author and conservative pundit, veer far more toward traditional MilitaryScienceFiction).
* ''The Halfblood Chronicles'' (with Creator/AndreNorton), a fantasy trilogy.
* ''The Heirs of Alexandria'', a HistoricalFantasy series with Creator/EricFlint and Creator/DaveFreer.
* ''The Ship Who Searched'' (with Creator/{{Anne McCaffrey}})
* ''Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit'': her take on Arthurian legend, told from the perspective of Arthur's queen.
* ''Shadow Grail'' series with Creator/RosemaryEdghill, about Spirit White, a teenager who has lost her family in an accident and is sent to [[WizardingSchool Oakhurst Academy]], where all the students have magical powers.
* ''[[Comicbook/RedSonja Legends of Red Sonja]]'': Contributor to a comic book anthology celebrating Red Sonja's 40th anniversary.
* ''The One Dozen Daughters'': A fantasy series written with James Mallory about twelve princesses from a tiny kingdom that can't afford twelve royal dowries, so they must all leave the country to seek their own fortunes on their eighteenth birthday. The first book, about the oldest princess Clarice, is out so far.
* ''Secret World Chronicle'': A series inspired by ''City of Heroes'', about a world where superheroes are common seeking to stop an invasion of supervillains from another world.
* She has contributed short stories to the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' SharedUniverse, including one that started fleshing out the character Tom Stone, who becomes much more prominent as the series continues.
* The ''Hunter'' trilogy, with the first two books out so far, of a dystopian future Earth, where otherwordly creatures, most with some basis out of various myths and legends, appear and attack the world (most likely due to some Christians setting off a nuke in attempt to kickstart the Apocalypse). Hunters, or those born with some kind of magic, are normally recruited and trained by the capital, Apex City, to fight the monsters, known as Othersiders, with the aid of their Hounds, supernatural creatures that allied with the humans. The trilogy focuses on a young Hunter named Joyeaux Charmand.
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!!Works by Mercedes Lackey with their own pages:
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* ''Literature/BardicVoices'' series
* ''Literature/TheBlackSwan''
* ''Literature/DianaTregarde'' series
* ''Literature/DragonJousters'' series
* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series
* ''[[Literature/FirebirdLackey Firebird]]''
* ''Literature/{{Gwenhwyfar}}''
* ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'' series
* ''Literature/TheHeirsOfAlexandria'' series
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series
** ''Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy''
* ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy''
** ''Literature/TheEnduringFlameTrilogy''
* ''Literature/ShadowGrail'' series
* ''Literature/TheShipWhoSearched''
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series
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!!Other works by Mercedess Lackey contain examples of:
* AlienCatnip: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, caffeine is an instantly addictive drug for elves.
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: Averted in ''Music To My Sorrow'', where we are told that Eric has found a therapist that knows that magic and elves are real.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: The short story "Last Rights" features Animal Liberation activists wanting to free the re-created dinosaurs from an experimental park. One discovers that an apatosaurus that doesn't notice you can squash you good, another that dromaeosaurs are not your new friend, and the sole survivor that triceratopses are bad-tempered, territorial, and surprisingly fast--but, fortunately, can't climb trees.
* ApocalypseCult: In the ''Hunter'' novels, this is the back story as to why the world is a dystopian future with otherworldly monsters as threats to be fought back against. Back when the world was starting to go bad, most Christians saw it as the start of the Apocalypse. When the Rapture didn't happen (Christians being raised to Heaven while everyone else went to Hell), a group of Christians in the Middle East stole a nuclear weapon and set it off in hopes of kick-starting the Apocalypse. All it did was just made things even worse, as it broke the barrier between us and the otherworldly monsters.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: The Bazaar of the Bizarre in ''Ill Met by Moonlight'', among several other of her works set in the same universe.
* BondCreatures: In "Skitty", a loose sci-fi adaptation of the [[Literature/DickWhittingtonAndHisCat Dick Whittington]] myth, ships' cats are genetically-engineered high-intelligence creatures, some of whom are telepathic with their handlers.
* BrownNote: In ''Chrome Circle'', Tannim uses the entire discography of Music/TheyMightBeGiants to do this to a group of psychics sicced on him by the BigBad; the theory was that the nonsensical nature of the band's lyrics made it impossible to sing along to without devoting a considerable amount of conscious thought to them, meaning his (and their) minds would be too preoccupied with thinking about the lyrics to do much of anything else. (It helped that the psychics trying to pick his brain were culturally stuck in the Middle Ages and had no ''possible'' context by which to even begin to grasp what was going on in his head; one of them was led off wailing helplessly about alchemical formulae.) Also, they were [[EarWorm Ear Worms]], so every psychic who didn't have them stuck in their head yet would hear it from the ones who are already affected, thus infecting them too.
* BulletproofVest: In a couple of Urban Fantasy books, the hero has not just a vest, but a bodysuit made out of dragon scales. These resist cutting, will stop bullets, and also have some protection against magic, but he can still be crushed through them.
* CarFu: In one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, Tannim takes out an Unseelie Fae with a classic Mustang. A car with a nice all-steel body makes a powerful weapon against a creature who can't even ''touch'' steel without getting nasty burns.
* ChangelingTale: In the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' [[TheVerse 'verse]], the fey specifically only do this when the children have AbusiveParents. The reason given is that as nigh-immortals, Elves have a very low birth rate and thus value children very highly.
* CityOfWeirdos: In ''Invasion'', Belladonna Blues comments that it's easy for people like her (a metahuman with blue skin) to blend in in Vegas -- in this town, you can wait for the bus alongside a Russian acrobat, a seven foot tall transvestite in Cleopatra drag, a guy with an albino snake wrapped around his shoulders and five Elvii, and all anyone wants to talk about is last night's football game.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: In ''Summoned to Tourney'', one of the characters is claustrophobic due to a childhood trauma; the bad guys find this out and put her in a decompression chamber to break her. She's rescued, but spends the remainder of the book struggling with PTSD.
* CloseCallHaircut: In ''Born to Run'', due to participating in a magical battle while exhausted (his aim goes to pieces when he's tired), Tannim accidentally gives an elf a 'Reverse Mohawk' because his magic bolt riccohets off and cuts a clean line along his scalp. The elf keeps this style for the rest of the book, despite their glamour magic.
* ColdIron: In the world of ''[=The SERRAted Edge=]'', it's a rare Fae who can so much as touch iron without getting nasty burns. In addition, iron warps Elven magic; the good-guy Elves have learned to predict what running past an iron bar will do to a spell's trajectory, and take advantage of this during at least one fight scene. A group of Elves who get involved in stock car racing get around the cold iron by making their cars out of fiberglass -- which has the added benefit of making them lighter and therefore faster.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In ''Chrome Circle'', racer-mage Tannim is captured by unseelie fey, and in order to keep their mind readers from learning anything, he concentrates on the music and lyrics of Music/TheyMightBeGiants. He ''drives several mind readers insane,'' and theorizes he may have started a rash of accordion thefts by convincing them of the magical nature of the instrument. Part of the reason they go insane is because they think Tannim is thinking about alchemical terms (and they can't figure out what the terms mean because he really isn't).
* CostumePorn: The ''Doubled Edge'' series, about the young (Queen) Elizabeth, goes into enough detail on Tudor and Elven attire that reproducing the outfits for a costuming competition would be child's play.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted in ''Sacred Ground''. A housewife has been cursed by malevolent spirits, who cause lightning to hit her child. She has her other child call 911 and starts both CPR and chest-pumps with counts for each, and keeps doing this until the paramedics arrive. He's dead.
* CreativeSterility: In the ''Bedlam's Bard''/''[=SERRAted=] Edge'' universe, Elves can't create (at least in the artistic/cultural sense), only adapt. They don't have anything like human imagination. Elven Bards create music and play it very well, but it's not ''new'' music, just minor variations on what's come before. When a human bard created a work for a christening and played it, the elves were astonished. Also, while the elves have extraordinarily long lives, they tend to fall into patterns, and eventually fade away for lack of anything new. A human living with some actually roused a number back into vitality by suggesting that they go and hunt wild monsters in abandoned domains -- something which had never occurred to them. Many an elven villain's lair is described as a bad knock-off of a Hollywood horror film. One of the funnier moments in this respect was when an evil elf got all huffy because someone saw his throne room and commented, "I think you owe Creator/FrankFrazetta licensing rights." The elf's response implied he'd '''already''' been sued by Frazetta at least once.
* CrowbarCombatant: In the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, mage-warrior Tannim fights with a crowbar, since twenty pounds of ColdIron, enchanted for maximum effect, will ruin the day of a lot of magical beings.
* DeadlyDisc: Engineer Sam Kelly in ''Born to Run'' uses blunted sawblades to great effect, throwing them like a discus. It works in part because he's battling elves highly vulnerable to ColdIron.
* DeliberateInjuryGambit: At the end of ''A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows'', the Big Bad Perenor runs elflord Terenil through with his sword... and Terenil pulls himself along the blade to get close enough to stab Perenor.
* DodgeByBraking: In ''Sacred Ground'', protagonist Jennifer is being chased by hired hitmen, in a woefully underpowered car. Thwarted in her attempts to outmaneuver them and about to be forced off the road, she abruptly remembers her brakes. The bad guys overshoot and are promptly rammed by a bus going in the opposite direction.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: A secondary character in one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels got a swastika tattoo before the novel started, while his father was in his "race war" phase. He has a HeelFaceTurn during the novel, and in a later novel we learn that one of the first things he did after escaping from Dad was to get the tattoo removed.
* EnergyDonation: At one point in the ''Doubled Edge'' series, Rhoslyn has returned Underhill (translation: to the elven realms) because she's drained herself working in the mortal world. Her mother transfers energy from herself into Rhoslyn to restore her.
* ExploitedImmunity: In the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series, it's common to use a bag of [[ColdIron iron filings]] as an area-effect anti-[[TheFairFolk sidhe]] weapon that won't hurt human hostages.
* ExtraParentConception: The song "Mis Conceptions" features a character who was apparently the result of a party with several mythological beasts as guests.
-->My mother never talks about that orgy\\
And I can't really blame her much, although\\
I would love to read the guest list for that party\\
And if there's another like it let me know
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: In one of the ''[=SERRAted=] Edge'' novels, a little boy sees his own picture on the side of a milk carton. His father, [[spoiler:who has [[AbusiveParents kidnapped him]] so that a cult can use him as a [[DemonicPossession conduit for a demon]],]] insists that it's not really him. This is one of the kid's early clues that [[ParentalBetrayal Daddy doesn't really have his best interests at heart]].
* TheFairFolk: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, the Seleighe and Unseleighe Sidhe are very real, both dwelling "Underhill", a sort of parallel dimension that is imbued with magic and touches on our world at "Nodes". They were driven there by the increasing preponderance of iron (which is hazardous to them) in the world, but some have adjusted and made a comeback. These books strongly feature the Seleighe/Unseleighe ("good"/"evil") divide among the Fairie. The Unseleighe make a living off evil, feeding off the psychic energy of pain and suffering. They also hold grudges millennia past their expiration dates and believe in returning all ills sevenfold. The Seleighe have a huge soft spot for children (explained by their own very small birth rate), and many books feature their efforts to protect abused kids, often by kidnapping them from desperate situations to raise as their own Underhill. For all their good qualities, though, even the Seleighe are often portrayed as supercilious, arrogant, and given to pettiness.
* FakeTwinGambit: ''Born to Run'' has one mechanic doing this as a practical joke to get back at a pair of elf twin brothers, who he had thought were just one person.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: In ''Born to Run'', Tania ran away from home because her parents strictly forbade her from having any form of entertainment -- no media or activities that weren't purely educational, no foods that weren't chosen based on nutritional fads. When they discovered and burned her tiny stash of fantasy novels, lecturing her about her "betrayal" and how reading such things would ruin her mind and prevent her from being accepted into college, it was the last straw. (The end of the book suggests that [[spoiler:they realized their mistake after she ran away, and presents Tania's upcoming reunion with them in a hopeful light]].)
* FascinatingEyebrow: In ''Chrome Circle'', Tannim's mentor, a dragon currently wearing human form, arrived (magically) in response to a call for aid and "raised one long eyebrow at Tannim in a gesture that Tannim knew perfectly well had been copied after long study of Leonard Nimoy."
* GirlOfMyDreams: In ''Chrome Circle'', Tannim and Shar have repeated dreams of one another long before they ever meet... mostly because a dragon decided to make up for a mistake in his past by playing matchmaker via manipulating their dreams. The funny part is, he wasn't trying to matchmake for ''them'' -- and he was very embarrassed when he found out how erotic their dreams had gotten.
* GRatedDrug: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, elves react to caffeine the way humans to cocaine. (Give an elf a can of cola and he'll be very happy. Give him a double shot of expresso, and it could kill him if he's not used to it.)
* HalfHumanHybrid: The ''Bedlam's Bard'' series has half-human, half-elven characters, but also states that the species are not cross-fertile unless deliberate actions are taken to make them so. One plotline in one of the books is Beth and Kory searching for a means to accomplish this without resorting to the means used by Perenor to father Ria (which involved forcibly draining other humans of magic -- with frequently lethal consequences).
* HeinzHybrid: The song "Misconceptions" by Mercedes Lackey parodies it "My mother never talks about that orgy..."
* HeirClubForMen: The background of the ''One Dozen Daughters'' series is a tiny kingdom where the royal couple of a nation that practices strict primogeniture ends up producing thirteen children before they finally get an heir.
* HeroicBastard: Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, in ''This Scepter'd Isle''.
* HistoricalFantasy: The ''Doubled Edge'' series.
* HolyBurnsEvil: In one book of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series, a character blesses seltzer water and sprays it right at a Banshee whose throat is completely burned/melted away, keeping it from screaming.
* ImmortalProcreationClause: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, the immortal sidhe can reproduce, but it happens extremely infrequently. As a result, children are treasured by both the Unseighlie and Seighlie Sidhe, although only the Seighlie expand this love to human children and try to save them from unpleasant fates.
* ImmuneToDrugs: In one of the ''Serrated Edge'' novels, an organization trying to kidnap a psychic finds one and puts something in his drink which should incapacitate him and would kill him if the antidote wasn't given within about ten hours. However, he is an elf, immune to anything but ColdIron and caffeine, and he saw them do it, so he drinks and goes on his way, not thinking much of it. The head operative, thinking that either her subordinates had betrayed her or the drug was a dud, feeds it to them. Since it works on them exactly as advertised, she puts it down to treachery.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: In the ''One Dozen Daughters'' series, the ruler of a small kingdom has thirteen children before his wife finally produces the male heir he needs. Because he can't afford twelve royal dowries, all the daughters are expected to leave the country and seek their own fortune on their eighteenth birthday. (He does provide them with a first-rate education in whatever craft they desire first.)
* ImprobableWeaponUser: In one of the Serrated Edge stories, an ordinary human takes down a Banshee with a bottle of (blessed) soda water (containing iron filings). When asked how he managed to get cold iron into water, he replied "Never piss off an engineer."
* IndianBurialGround: In ''Sacred Ground'', the book's villain invokes the trope by seeding a construction site with (stolen) Native American artifacts and arranging a few "accidents", causing the more superstitious workers (quite a few of whom are Native American themselves) to get spooked enough to refuse to continue working at the site. The book also plays with the trope in some other ways: messing around with Native American artifacts can bring on quite a bit of supernatural unpleasantness, and the ultimate source of the trouble that moves the book's plot is a burial site -- albeit disturbed by erosion rather than the hand of man, which [[SealedEvilInACan let out something very nasty the site was designed to contain]].
* IntimateHealing: The "Osage blanket ritual" mentioned a few times in ''Sacred Ground''.
* InventedInvalid: In the ''Doubled Edge'' novels, Rhoslyn excuses her regular absences from attending on Mary Tudor by saying her brother has a chronic illness. (The brother is real; the illness isn't.)
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Played with in one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels. During the final fight scene, an evil elf casts a spell on one of the heroes that deactivates the ammo in his gun. She then ignores that hero, because his only weapon is the gun, and, well, see the trope name. Too bad she'd never learned about speedloaders.
* KarmicRape: In one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, the villain of the book has been sexually molesting his daughter since she was 2 or 3. At the end of the book, he's dumped in an extradimensional prison cell with an entity that will put him through everything he did to the girl.
* KillerTeddyBear: In "The Last of the Season", a little girl's teddy bear comes to life to protect her from a serial rapist/murderer, which it does with extreme prejudice.
* TheKindnapper: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, the Seleighe elves have their reputation for stealing children because they hate to see a child endangered and have no problem with taking a child away from AbusiveParents.
* {{Kitsune}}: Foxtrot X-Ray and Lady Ako in ''Chrome Circle''. FX has three tails and is pretty weak (though he eventually earns a two-tail upgrade for extreme valor). Ako has nine tails. She's also "the bearer of some of the most noble blood Under- or Above- Hill." Her half-kitsune/half-dragon daughter also has nine tails in her kitsune form.
* LadyInWaiting: In the ''Doubled Edge'' novels, most of young Elizabeth's ladies in waiting are spying on her for other factions.
* LethalChef: One of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' books features a Sidhe warrior attempting to cook breakfast. Mind, the Sidhe ordinarily magic their food out of thin air... The sequence includes such gems as breaking the number of eggs required by the recipe and then "carefully picking out most of the shells" and figuring that hey, tomato paste, Tabasco... Both red sauces, a 1-1 substitution should be perfectly cromulent. This disaster actually becomes a major ''plot point'' instead of just a random funny. [[spoiler:He gives up after recognizing his failure and conjures the breakfast -- but doesn't do it sneakily enough, blowing his human cover identity.]]
* LiteralGenie: In ''Born to Run'', an elven sorceress commands elemental spirits to neutralize the gunpowder in the bullets of a gun so that they won't fire, and then ignores the guy with the gun. Too bad, because the spirits only altered the bullets ''in the gun'', and the guy's got a speed-loader.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: All of the titles of the ''Bedlam's Bard'' series are taken from the lyrics of "Tom O'Bedlam", such as ''Music to My Sorrow'' and ''Knight of Ghosts and Shadows''.
* LoudOfWar: In ''Chrome Circle'', Tannim drives his telepathic jailers insane by mentally singing Music/TheyMightBeGiants songs.
* MageInManhattan: Mercedes Lackey's modern fantasies usually involve some version of this, with the monster usually being one of the Unseleighe Sidhe (Dark Court Elves). Most representative of this trope is ''Mad Maudlin'', in which Aerune, self-styled Lord of Death and Pain, tries to open a Nexus to Underhill in Central Park and a Sidhe driven mad by the presence of cold iron turns into a literal Bloody Mary, murdering people left and right.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: In the stand alone novel ''Sacred Ground'', the main character has magical powers explicitly because she's a Native American shaman-in-training.
* MagicMusic: The main character in the ''Bedlam's Bard'' series is a Bard, which in that universe means he is possessed of fairly powerful Magic Music.
* MagpiesAsPortents: "Counting Crows". "One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a wedding, four for a birth".
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: In the ''One Dozen Daughters'' series, a king and queen have twelve daughters before finally producing a male heir.
* TheMenInBlack: In the ''S.E.R.R.Ated Edge'' universe, agents of the covert government elf hunting organization are the Men In Green. The green is because of their special suits, which make them invisible to the Sidhe they're after.
* MuggingTheMonster: "The Last of the Season". What could be more helpless than a cute six-year-old girl holding a teddy bear?
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: Elves in Mercedes Lackey's urban fantasy setting ride shape-shifting steeds that get to be both horses and motorcycles.
* NoSenseOfHumor: In the ''Literature/[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, Unseleighe psychics have absolutely No Sense of Humor, along with little comprehension of allegory and the imaginations of bricks. In ''Chrome Circle'', they were driven insane trying to comprehend the lyrics of Music/TheyMightBeGiants.
* OurBansheesAreLouder: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels have a male Banshee as an enemy of the elves, with a painful false etymology (mixing Gaelic with Old English) that banshees are the ''bane'' of the Sidhe.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: In the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series:
** There is a huge Western-style dragon with a vast, disorganized library, a love of Japanese, and the ability to shapeshift into a human. He wears Armani suits and ''loves'' popping popcorn. He also has a half-brother who is half human. His human apprentice and adopted son (even though he has a perfectly normal relationship with his parents proper) Tannim (meaning "son of Dragons") is the main protagonist of the book in which he first appears.
** There's also another [[spoiler:very antagonistic]] dragon who has a half ''kitsune'' daughter [[spoiler:who becomes Tannim's SO]].
* OurElvesAreBetter: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series features classic versions of High Elves (tall, pointed ears, magical, immortal) who incidentally drive race cars. They must have needed a little extra badass.
* PayingInCoins: In ''Tiger Burning Bright'', a horse trader responds to the outrageously large hike in the business license fee by the city's new ruler by paying it in large sacks of the smallest denomination of coin he could find -- sacks which had carefully weakened seams, causing them to rip open while the debt collectors were taking them away.
* PlatonicProstitution: In the first book of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series, the protagonist hires a runaway teen prostitute specifically to get her off the streets. In the end, after saving her and some of her friends/coworkers from an [[FairFolk Unseelie]] plot, he is able to get her off the streets and back to her parents.
* {{Polyamory}}: This is the resolution to the love triangle between Eric, Beth, and Korendil in ''A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows''. The relationship continues happily throughout the next book, but Eric breaks up with them amicably between books two and three.
* PostModernMagik:
** In ''Sacred Ground'', the very first page mentions that the "sweatlodge" Jennifer uses for her ritual purposes is a modern electrically-heated sauna, and Jennifer's grandfather makes the point very clearly that the specifics of the ritual materials are irrelevant next to the essence of the magic.
** [=The SERRAted Edge=] series is about a company of racecar-driving elves who own a car company and their attempts to create a marketable product. Their foes are evil elves who make their money by making porn of some seriously illegal stuff and enjoying the pain of the people involved. It's mentioned that they have some serious copy protection; any attempt to duplicate the tapes just wipes the original and copies nothing. [[SchmuckBait Which people keep trying even though they're warned not to]].
* ThePowerOfRock: In ''Music to My Sorrow'', the protagonists stop a riot and defeat the villain by staging an emergency magical rock concert. It helps that the main character is an elven-trained Bard who can rip holes in local spacetime with his music and their lead singer is gifted with the ability to influence the emotions of anyone who hears her sing.
* PrisonRape: In one of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels, a stepfather had spent years abusing his stepdaughter, giving her multiple personality syndrome as a defense mechanism. Once the elves caught him, he was placed in an extra-dimensional space, with something large which began using the same lines he'd used, just before the scene cut away.
* PsychicStatic: In ''Chrome Circle'', Tannim the mage fends off Elven mindreaders this way ([[CoolAndUnusualPunishment to their distinct distress]]) using Music/TheyMightBeGiants songs, including "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head", "Birdhouse in Your Soul", and "We Want a Rock". One of the telepaths is reduced to incoherent gibbering before they drag it away.
* SafetyInIndifference: Her short story "Medic", based on her Filk Song of the same name, focuses on a combat medic who constantly transfers to new posts to avoid getting familiar enough with anyone to be hurt when they die.
* SapientSteed: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels feature Elven Steeds, who can also turn into cars. Or motorcycles, or whatever they feel like, really. They don't talk but are quite intelligent nonetheless. There are a few occasions where it's hinted that they can communicate, mostly by flashing their headlights, but can't actually talk. In ''Born to Run'' one of the Elven Steeds communicates telepathically with its rider to plan how to distract one of the villains.
* TheShutIn: Victoria Victrix from ''The Secret World Chronicle'' became one of these through a combination of being betrayed by a lover and set on fire by a crazy relative. Her writing career allowed her to make a living without needing to leave her apartment for anything other than the horrifically stressful ordeal of grocery shopping, which she has to steel herself for days to perform, and does as early in the morning as possible so that she doesn't have to encounter many people. She starts opening up more after becoming a superheroine, but [[MissionControl her duties]] to her team are still arranged so she can perform them without leaving home, and her idea of hanging out with her teammates is to send an elemental to the bar where the others are hanging out to pick up drinks while she chats with them over the radio.
* SidenoteFullStory: The main character of the short story "Wide Wings" was originally a minor character in ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'', one of the potential brides that the Prince rejects in favor of Odette. According to Lackey, Honoria stood up and announced that she wanted ''her'' story told, and she didn't really care what Lackey wanted.
* SituationalSociability: In the ''Secret World Chronicle'', Victoria Nagy has to constantly fight down panic attacks when she's outside her apartment or facing people. However, when running [[VoiceWithanInternetConnection Overwatch]], which she can do alone from inside her apartment, she becomes as confident and sassy as anyone.
* SleepingDummy: In one of the ''Doubled Edge'' novels, Rhoslyn needs to go Underhill while seeming to stay in the mortal world. She arranges a couple pillows under her blanket ... and then casts an illusion of her sleeping mortal disguise on the pillows.
* SplitPersonality: In ''When the Bough Breaks'', a young girl develops multiple personalities when her father starts raping her. One personality takes over whenever she realizes a rape is about to occur, to protect the other personalities from knowing what's been going on.
* SportsStory: The ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series is about elves who race cars.
* SuperWheelchair: In one of the ''Bedlam's Bard'' novels, a secondary character is left paraplegic by events in the book. In the epilogue, we learn that she was given a shape-shifting elvensteed to help her get around. It pretends to be a normal wheelchair when mundanes are around, and can pretty much do whatever she needs at any other time; no need for a handicap-accessible remodel of her home with it on the job.
* TechnicalVirgin: In the ''Doubled Edge'' series, Princess Elizabeth thinks at one point that should she be forced into an alliance marriage, "human to human she would be a virgin still". (She's sexually active through half the series, but with the elven lord Denoriel.)
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: In Mercedes Lackey's urban fantasies, this trope is out in full force. The secret government facility or evil corporations are more than happy to track down people with psychic or magic talents and do nasty things to them in the name of controlling them and/or using their powers.
* TooImportantToWalk: In the ''Doubled Edge'' novels, the dark Sidhe Aurelia occasionally travels by sedan chair, in part because steering the slaves via magical torture produces more magical power than she's expending.
* TroubledAbuser: In ''When the Bough Breaks'', the rich and successful father horrifically sexually abuses his preteen daughter. When he's brought to the elven version of justice, it's shown that his father physically and psychologically abused him as a child.
* TruceZone: The BazaarOfTheBizarre in the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' novels forbids fighting within, even if you meet your mortal enemy there.
* UndeadTaxExemption: One of the [=SERRAted Edge=] novels mentions that an elven protagonist carries a magically-created driver's license (copied with alterations from a human friend's license). The novel in question predates the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REAL_ID_Act [=REAL ID=] Act]], so the forged license not being in any official databases is a moot point. Besides, all three protagonists are deliberately living "off the record" to hide from enemies.
* WalkingTechbane: A ghost character in the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series is told to stay away from Tannim's tapes because ghosts in that 'verse have a devastating effect on electromagnetic items. He eventually prevents a BigBad's getaway by walking through a plane's navigation board, rendering it completely useless.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: In the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' series, elves who get involved with humans are traumatized by the deaths of the people around them, especially lovers and spouses, but they live with it.
* TheWildHunt: In the world of the ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'', ''Bedlam's Bard'', and ''The Doubled Edge'' series, both the Unseleighe and Seleighe Sidhe have a Fairy Raed. The Seleighe version hunts evil men whom mortal laws cannot touch, and the Unselieghe version hunts anyone foolish enough to be out during a Wild Hunt, but especially the innocent. Later ''another'' Wild Hunt shows up: this one composed of gods of death from forgotten religions. It hunts mortal and sidhe alike, wielding spears tipping with meteoritic iron.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: In ''Sacred Ground'', the protagonist's grandfather reminds her of the importance of the "Osage blanket ritual" to relieve stress. A few chapters later, she decides to take the advice.

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