Pamela Dean is an American SF and fantasy writer. She has also written short stories set in the Literature/{{Liavek}} SharedWorld universe. She also began a Liavek novel, but seems to have put it aside for the moment in order to complete ''Abiding Reflection''.

!!!The Secret Country books
* The Secret Country Trilogy, about a group of five cousins who find themselves in a world they thought they had invented for their games.
** ''The Secret Country''
** ''The Hidden Land''
** ''The Whim of the Dragon''
* ''The Dubious Hills'' is set in the same world, but takes place in a different area and involves different characters.
* ''Abiding Reflection'' (working title), an upcoming joint sequel to the four previous books.

!!!Stand-alone
* ''Tam Lin'', which retells the Literature/TamLin story in a modern college setting
* ''Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary'', which involves three sisters and their neighbor, who wants to build a TimeMachine in their house.

!! Tropes found in her work include:

* TheAtoner: Prospero (no, not [[Theatre/TheTempest that one]]), Melanie's elder brother, who helped her kill a unicorn and became immortal using its blood; he later foreswore the teachings of their school of sorcery and is currently one of the scholars of Heathwill Library.
* ArrangedMarriage: Lady Ruth of the Green Caves and Lord Randolph. In the kids' game, it was arranged when she was a young child [[spoiler: although in the real Hidden Land, it seems likelier that it was arranged later to strengthen ties between their opposing schools of magic.]] Later on, [[spoiler: Lord Andrew complicates the peace negotiations between the Hidden Land and the Dragon King by offering Ted and Ruth to be married to the Dragon King's son and daughter.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Carroll children learn this in ''The Secret Country'' books.
* BigBad: Claudia/Melanie in ''The Secret Country'' trilogy.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Benedictis from her Literature/{{Liavek}} stories.
* {{Bromance}}: Lord Randolph and Fence the wizard are devoted friends.
* CastIncest: In-story in "The Last Part of the Tragical History of Acrilat"- Deleon's character is the mother of the character played by his boyfriend.
* ChildMage: In ''The Dubious Hills'', all children younger than ten have magical abilties, which [[GrowingUpSucks wear off as they grow older]].
* CrosscastRole:
** Since Literature/{{Liavek}}an theatre roles aren't determined by gender, pretty much all of the Desert Mouse theatre company play both male and female characters.
** In the school production of ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' in ''Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary'', both Malvolio and Antonio are cast as girls.
* EskimosArentReal: Lord Andrew, living in a world imbued with many different kinds of sorcery, does not believe in magic.
* TheFairFolk: In ''Tam Lin''.
* ImmortalityImmorality: In the Secret Country books, humans can become immortal using the blood of a unicorn killed in treachery. Since the unicorns, although annoying, are sentient beings, most of the characters are horrified by this. The wizard Shan, one of the founders of the Secret Country and a major contributor to its culture, also apparently disapproved of immortality on principle.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: In ''The Secret Country'', when Fence, Randolph, Patrick, Ellen, and Laura are discussing Lady Claudia, whom Randolph had been looking chummy with earlier:
---> '''Fence:''' What did she [Claudia] want with thee?
---> '''Randolph:''' ::looks amused::
---> '''Fence:''' Apart from the obvious.
** Laura catches on very quickly what they're talking about.
* LongingForFictionland: The Carroll children in ''The Secret Country'' had a long, elaborate fantasy game about said country for years. They thought it was a fantasy of their own creation. [[IWishItWereReal It wasn't.]] Once they're involved with the actual place and its people, not only the real world but their old fantasy looks dull and wrong by comparison.
* MagicMusic: The Flute of Cedric.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In the first two ''Secret Country'' books, the Carrolls impersonate the royal children and everything depends on their maintaining this facade. People in the Secret Country speak Early Modern English, more or less, with formal and casual styles. The children do well with this when they remember to use it. But they frequently lapse into 20th-century American English. Nobody seems to notice. Either they are all hearing what they want to hear, or given the reason the kids are there in the first place, maybe AWizardDidIt.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In ''The Dubious Hills'', where the enchantment that turns people into werewolves [[spoiler: cancels the one that gives the Dubious Hills' inhabitants their "knowledge".]]
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: A very odd example. [[spoiler: There are no indications that Lady Ruth and Lord Randolph would have gotten on well at all... but when Ruth Carroll takes Lady Ruth's place, she finds herself falling in love with Lady Ruth's intended, who ultimately reciprocates.]]
* PromotedToParent: Arry in ''The Dubious Hills'', after her parents mysteriously never returned from a business trip.
* RealitySubtext: In-story example in "The Last Part of the Tragical History of Acrilat."
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Prospero and Melanie in ''The Whim of the Dragon''; [[spoiler: Nick and Robin]] in ''Tam Lin''.
* [[ShowWithinTheShow Play Within The Book]]: All the time, and it's always a play:
** ''The Secret Country'' opens with a the kids performing the climatic scene of their original, "game" version of the story, as a private play.
** In ''The Hidden Land'', Ted participates in a ritual play, whose significance he does not know about until it's over.
** In ''Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary'', Gentian and her friends try out for the SchoolPlay, ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.
** In ''Tam Lin'', some college students perform ''The Revenger's Tragedy,'' a real but obscure Jacobean play, as a commentary on their deparment head's conduct.
** One of her Literature/{{Liavek}}an characters, Deleon Benedicti, was an actor; the two stories in which he had a major role, "Two Houses in Saltigos" and "The Last Part of the Tragical History of Acrilat", ended with the first stagings of plays.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Used in a... different context than usual in ''The Hidden Land.''
* {{Unicorn}}s: the ones in the Secret Country are snarky and unhelpful, but can be bargained with.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Shan in the Secret Country Trilogy. He never wanted to become immortal; his lover Melanie made him so against his wishes, using unicorn's blood. He then spent the rest of his life trying to undo this. People in the Hidden Land now swear by Shan's mercy, meaning "that mercy which was granted to Shan"- death.
* YearInsideHourOutside: Subverted in ''The Secret Country''. In fact, several chapters at the beginning are devoted to the kids finding out that time moves exactly the same outside the Secret Country as in it, and realizing that they are quickly going to get into serious trouble in both worlds if they don't find a way to account for themselves. They finally jerry-rig a solution, which has both good and bad consequences.

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