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The Chronicles of the Emerged World is a recent Italian fantasy saga written by Licia Troisi, and published also in several other European countries (Sadly, it is not yet out in the UK.)The trilogy is set in the Emerged World, where the evil "Tyrant" Aster is launching a full-fledged war in order to take over the Eight Lands, and has almost taken control of all of them. The young girl Nihal, a Half-Elf (Half-Elves are considered a whole race in this setting) lives with her friends and her adoptive father in the Land of Wind, but then, the Tyrant invade. Armed with the precious Black Crystal sword and along with her friend Sennar, Laio and her master Ido she begins her journey to become a Dragon Knight and fight the Tyrant and his army of monsters before it takes over the remaining free lands, and more.The trilogy's titles are: Nihal of The Land of the Wind, The Mission of Sennar and The Talisman of Power. The series was well-received by readers and became quite popular. It also spawned two sequel trilogies known as The Wars of the Emerged World and Legends of the Emerged World but they did not reach the previous series' level of popularity.
The Chronicles of the Emerged World contains examples of:
Always Chaotic Evil: Fammin are a race of Orc-like monsters created as soldiers by the Tyrant. There are however some rare exceptions called the "Wrong ones", who still have feelings and free thoughts... but must obey the orders when their true name is spelled. However when Aster dies, the remaining Fammin turns good or, at least, harmless and are spared.
An Axe to Grind: During Nihal's trials to be accepted in the Knighthood, she faces a warrior wielding one, and is forced to resorts to Dual Wielding to win.
Atlantis: The Submerged World, a whole undersea kingdom far in the north. The first part of the second book is focused on Sennar's mission to persuade their King, Nereo to send helps against the Tyrant.
Authority Equals Asskicking: At a first glance, High Commander Raven looks like a self-righteous, pompous snob with a ridicolous dog and fancy clothes. It's later revealed in the third books that, asshole or not, there IS a reason why he's the High Commander.
Blue and Orange Morality : Aster, which claims in the last book that he has legitimate reasons to do what he's doing and that war and peace belong in a never-ending cycle, but loses a few levels in credibility when his backstory is revealed. It gets worse when we know that, decades later, another war does indeed strikes the emerged world with awfully similar circumstances.
Boobs of Steel: Nihal is often noted for being very buxom and also really strong.
Break the Cutie: Nihal, starting from Dola's attack. Also Laio, Sennar and, most of all, King Galba.
Breast Plate: At first Nihal has troubles because she can't fit properly in any armor, but in the second book she gets a new, shiny armor made exactly for her.
Co-Dragons: Dameion and Sameion, the Dragon Knight twins serving Aster.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Stones, specifically the colors are Azure for Water, Blue for Sea, Yellow for Light, Teal for Time, Black for Darkness, Red for Fire, Brown for Stone and White for Wind.
Cool Sword: Nihal's adoptive father Livon forges a bastard sword made of Black Crystal for his daughter.
Creepy Child: Aster, who was cursed and forced to have the body of a 12 years old boy until his death.
Curse: When a wizard cast a spell and dies before it's dispelled, said spell becomes a "Sigil" and can't be undone. The Land of the Night was put under a sigil that constantly covers it in thick darkness and its inhabitants can see well in the dark.
Also Megisto and Aster were cursed.
Cycle of Revenge: A little with Ido and Deinoforo in the third book. There's even an almost literal case of Eye for an Eye.
Dark Is Not Evil: Laio came from the Land of the Night, shrouded in eternal darkness, but he's one of the nicest guys around. Also the guardian spirit of Goriar is very kind and gentle, the kind of darkness which brings rest and peace rather than nightmares.
The Determinator: When the Supreme General Raven refused to let Nihal join the Academy, she climbed on a statue in the hall and waited there until he was forced to at least offer her the chance of joining.
Distressed Dude: At one point during the quest for the Stones, Laio is taken prisoner twice (first by Bandits, then by Fammin). And Sennar is captured by the Tyrant's men and took to The Fortress.
The Dragon: Dola the Gnome and later Deinoforo for Aster.
Dragon Rider: Present in the whole saga. Unlike Eragon, Dragon Knights here are more like Elite Troops than Magic Knight. Both Nihal and Ido have a Dragon (namely Oarf for Nihal and Vesa for Ido). The Tyrant has at least four Black Dragon Knight serving him.
Golem: Two golems wards the Sanctuary of Tarephen (Tareph himself is a sort of faun).
The Grotesque: Malerba, a deformed gnome who was captured by the Tyrant in the past and experimented on.
Half-Human Hybrid: Nihal is an Half-Elf, and there were a whole race of them, (though elves themselves are gone from a long time). Aster himself is a Half-Elf/Human Hybrid (Half-Elvish mother and Human father).
Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted for once: Nihal is often stated to wear an helmet (expecially when she couldn't wore a proper armor), and even on the cover books she's often picturen with the helm on. At least it leaves the face exposed.
Heroic BSOD: During the last segments of the first book and also about halfway through the third one.
Heroic Sacrifice: Nihal to save Sennar in the third book. She got better thanks to Phos' last magic.
Holy Hand Grenade: When the Tyrant start using ghosts in battle, Soana and the other sorcerers counterattack by enchanting the swords of the soldiers with ghost-repelling spells. They're still, however, not very efficient, because ghosts need still four or five hits before being suppressed.
Kraken and Leviathan: On their way to the Submerged World, Sennar's ship come across a gargantuan sea beast, so large that they sail on its very body (which is described as looking like a sort of water equivalent of magma) and has several tentacles and a gaping mouth in the middle. It's the unnamed guardian of the World.
Lethal Lava Land: The Land of the Fire. However, in a nice subversion, the main danger protecting the Sanctuary of Flaren is not a huge stream of cool magma but rather the poisonous vapors and foul gases of the area.
Light Is Not Good: The guardian of Glael, who wants to end its eternal solitude by taking over Laio's body. Fortunately, they managed to persuade it to leave.
Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Gnomes are actually more like dwarves, just taller than your usual dwarf. They hail from the Land of the Fire, where they forge weapons inside volcanoes.
Our Elves Are Better: Averted: The true elves are nowhere to be seen in this saga, and little is known about their descendents, the Half-Elves, except that they have pointy ears, blue hair and purple eyes.
Our Mermaids Are Different: They coexist with the albino-like inhabitants of the Submerged World and can swim underwater like fish.