Literature: Dora Wilk Series
"So let's sum up today's attractions: corpse, more corpses and meeting with family in mourning.
Well, well, you know how to have fun, Your Bitingness." Dora Wilk Series
(formal name: Witch's Hexalogy
) is Urban Fantasy
book series by Polish author Aneta Jadowska, set in modern
Poland, mostly in Toruń and Three-Citynote
The story centers on Theodora "Dora" Wilk, living a double life as a police officer in Toruń and succubus-like witch
in its magical counterpart, Thorn. While using her powers to aid her during investigations, she tries to keep herself away from magical Fantasy Kitchen Sink
world. The magical world, however, comes to her, as the Council governing Thorn asks her to investigate missing and dead magical creatures. Aided by a devil Miron
and his friend
Joshua, she sets off to find so-called "Soul Thief", at the same time solving a murder case in Muggle world. But with world like Thorn, that's just the tip of the iceberg...
Currently the series consists of five books:
Word of God
- Złodziej Dusz (Soul Thief) - Dora, still a police officer at the time, must solve a political Hot Potato case - an elderly activist of a very religious Real Life organization dies, apparently murdered, and her so-called friends decide to milk it for all the political worth. At the same time, the Council, Thorn's ruling body, requests Dora to solve mystery of Serial Killer who's killed or kidnapped about a dozen paranormal beings - the titular Soul Thief.
- Bogowie Muszą Być Szaleni (Gods Must Be Crazy) - Dora, Miron and Joshua move in to their new house in Thorn to start a new career as private investigators when the repercussions of Soul Thief strike. Also, Norse god Loki begins to mess up and his Arch-Enemy Badb chooses Dora as her champion to stop him, Archangel Raphael really dislikes Joshua and sends an Axe Crazy she-killer and ex-witch to get rid of him and the ghost of Dora's greatgrand...grandma shows up and is not happy.
- Zwycięzca Bierze Wszystko (Winner Takes It All) - as the conflict between Trio and Raphael reaches its peak, so do Hell's internal disagreements. The Grim Reaper shows up, as well as a missing character, ex-lover and lots of kids. Fantastic Racism ensues.
- Wszystko Zostaje w Rodzinie (All Stays In The Family) - vampires start committing mass suicides in Gdańsk's coven and Dora's friends ask her to come and help. Under the nose of local vampire king, who's not very happy about it. On top of that, she-wolves of local pack try to have her murdered, Baal starts acting funny and Miron proclaims that he "needs more space".
- Egzorcyzmy Dory Wilk (Exorcisms of Dora Wilk)
- Na Wojnie Nie Ma Niewinnych (There Are No Innocents At War)
says that with six books published, series is finished, and that she plans to write several spin-offs (probably also as series of books) with some Dora's sidekicks as main characters.
Besides books, Jadowska wrote some short stories about both Dora (narrated by her) and other characters (written in third person). They can be found on author's website
.Coitus tends to ensue here
, so be warned. Compare and contrast Anita Blake
in its early stage.
This series provides examples of:
- 0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes Gajusz, especially in his coven. His popularity boosts (a bit) only when Albin threatens to take over.
- Albin, presiding over Conclave (vampire government) finds out that nobody likes him the hard way.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Zig-zagged. After Miron leaves, Dora and Joshua are on the verge of getting together, but Dora's still missing her man.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Subverted and then played straight in All Stays In The Family. Dora considers getting to Albin's house by the way of air vents, but she quickly finds out that nobody in her team would fit in them. Szelma, however, does, although only in her cat form.
- Accidental Pun: Meta example with pyr. In-universe, pyr is powerful fire demon, but as Polish gramatic rules go, she-pyr is "pyra"... which is also regional Polish name for potato.
- Action Girl: Dora, of course, as a half blood Northern Witch (battle skills) and ex-policewoman with kickboxing training.
- Generally most of the female characters with more than two lines in-story qualify as the Action Girls, either by virtue of having magical powers or as police officers.
- Action Fashionista: Katia. Either kicking some undead ass, or in despair over Dora's broken nails.
- Action Hero: Miron, since he's two-meters tall devil with fire powers.
- Always Someone Better: Dora has this problem with she-vampires.
Every time I feel gorgeous, I meet a goddess
- And the Adventure Continues: at the end of Winner Takes It All Trio sets off to help with some unspecified vampire problem.
- Archangel Gabriel: One of secondary characters in the book and grandfather to Joshua. His main focus seems to be on angelic politics and personal gain. Kind of a Jerkass in the first book, but later he gets a Pet the Dog moment.
- Archangel Michael: Leader of the Archangel Council (Heaven's ruling body), doesn't show up until the end of Gods Must Be Crazy. Himself, Gabriel and Lucipher are connected by the same Triumvirate mental bond Trio forms later. Dora describes his appearance as "too perfect to seem human".
- Archangel Raphael: Healer of the Archangel Council, opposer of any sort of peace between Hell and Heaven. Jerkass and xenophobe.
- Archangel Uriel: Also member of Archangel Council, as their telepath he's charged with interrogating suspects during Court sessions.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: To be on the Council, you've got to be the best - which in magical world means power.
- Badass: In. Spares. The entire Trio fits this trope, as well as Council, vampires and werewolves.
- Badass Grandpa: Lucifer. During a hellish uprising in Winner Takes It All he almost single-handedly stops rebels' assault.
- Invoked with archangels, although we haven't seen Gabriel or Michael in action yet.
- Badass Longcoat: A long, black one is Miron's outfit of choice. For any occasion.
- Badass Normal: Dora's boss in the police. She's capable of keeping in check the ragtag bunch of cops dubbed "Animal Kingdom" by they coworkers and kicking their asses when necessary. And she has results.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the course of three books Dora transformed from regular half-blood northern witch to quasi-vampire landlady, leader of a werewolf pack, uber-powerful multi-skilled witch who's got a mental bond with both an angel and a demon, Miron, a freelancer devil who happens to be boss' grandson became a fire-breathing pyr sharing in the aforementioned mental bond and Joshua went from Shrinking Violet wingless angel to badass Guardian Angel with wings and Cool Sword (although the last one was borrowed from Archangel Michael and returned later). Frankly, the Trio gets new powers and perks Once per Episode.
- Badass Unintentional: The Trio didn't really plan on getting so many levels in Badass.
- Berserk Button: Don't try to harm any member of Dora's "extended family". Just don't.
- Dora states that every cop has a crime that's his/her Berserk Button. For her it's domestic abuse, for Anita it's rape and Witkacy is said to hate drunk drivers.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Joshua, Shrinking Violet well able to kick much ass.
- Big Bad: Archangel Raphael in first three books.
- Bigger Bad: Whoever/whatever possessed Raphael all those centuries ago.
- Big Good: Judeo-Christianic God Almighty and magical world's Goddess (aka Mother Nature). They both care about the world and every single inhabitant of it and are willing to help out as much as they can. "Closer to Earth" (sarcasm intended) we get Archangels Michael and Uriel - even if they can't stop some things because of ancient laws, they care about more than just themselves and promise to get to the truth and deliver justice if Trio wouldn't be able to.
- Bishōnen: Joshua, a boyish angel with long, blonde hair.
- Bi the Way: Dora.
- Beast Men: Werewolves, although more psychically than physically.
- Blessed with Suck: Joshua. His empathy is really handy sometimes, but he can't turn it off and when you're living with Dora and Miron...
- Blue-Collar Warlock: Part of the setting.
- Break-In Threat: Rare instance when it's the good guys who do it. In All Stays In The Family, Dora and her werewolf commando break in Albin's house, find the nesting place (Doraverse vampires sleep during day) and leave... super-cute illusions. The message behind this is clear: they could stake Albin and he couldn't do anything about it.
- Made even clearer later, when Szelma sneaks in on Dora's behalf and leave invitation to Gajusz. They were in the same room and she left the message when he didn't look. As she put it, that scared the vampire good, as it didn't occur to him that Dora might employ a werecat.
- But I Would Really Enjoy It: In the beginning, Dora don't want to change anything between her and Miron (they're friends at the time), but catches herself on thoughts like this sometimes.
- But Not Too Bi: Dora's said to be bisexual and we meet her ex-girlfriend in Winner Takes It All, but in the books, she's interested only in males.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Being her Guardian Angel, Joshua can't sleep with Dora, even though they'd both like it. Subverted in Winner Takes It All when Gabriel proposes to free him from his Guardian position. Joshua declines, as Dora's already with Miron by then.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Honestly, every man in this books is either hot, cute, handsome or distinguished. No wonder poor Bjorn is so concerned about his look.
- Category Traitor: Fantastic Racism in action. Dora's considered this by some, as she keeps company of devil and angel (there was a war between judeo-christianism and magicals in the past). Joshua gets it worse from his peers - he's the angel part of the trio and angels are the most racist non-people in the 'verse.
- Subverted with Miron. Hellians don't really mind that he keeps Dora and Joshua's company, even though they find it unusual.
- Celibate Hero: Joshua's apparently not interested in any woman apart from Dora, and even in her case he's not pursuing her, as he can see the UST between her and Miron.
- Common Mary Sue Traits: Dora, oh, Dora. Extremely beautiful, with two perfect men at her side, everybody wants her, she gets New Powers as the Plot Demands...
- Jadowska might finally start subverting this with introduction of Varg, who's competent, on heroes' side and can't stand Dora.
- Comically Missing the Point: Happens to Joshua few times.
- Cool Old Guy: Lucifer. He's pretty chill about his grandson sneaking out to visit Eden, or keeping company of angel and witch. He also always supports the Trio, tries flirting with Dora (as a joke, but still...), and is capable of kicking much ass when necessary.
- Cool Sword: Archangels' swords, the only weapon capable of killing an angel.
- Cowboy Cop: Dora has never been known for obeying rules. That's true for all the "Animal Kingdom" cops.
- Covers Always Lie: Averted in second edition of the series - covers shows Dora in different badass positions, although the model seems to change every book. However, the first edition of Soul Thief is guilty: the blurb suggested Soul Thief was yet another paranormal romance (with a healthy serving of lame puns). It probably scared off a lot of readers.
- Creative Sterility: After Henry turned into vampire, he gained ability to play every song in his listeners' minds perfectly, but is no longer able to compose anything himself, to his grief.
- Daddy's Girl: Szelma. Her father simply can't refuse her, as can't most of his werewolves.
- Dark Action Girl: Nikita. Anti-Hero or Anti-Villain, depends on who you ask. She belongs to a secret international assassins society.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Varg is said to possess a huge collection of digital porn. Dora mocks it whenever he annoys her, but can't understand why he does that, as he probably could have any girl he'd start to.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: Hell's rulers, with no Evil Overlord figure to take the helm, are a mix of forgotten deities, fallen archangels and demons (original denizens). Their standing in relation to each other is somewhat ambiguous - while Lucifer is often the one calling the shots and acting as a ruler, Samael seems independent and nobody crosses Baal.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: Some time after Trio gets their mind link Dora and Miron have sex, but have to stop because Joshua, who's asleep at the time, is seeing the entire thing from Dora's perspective and wakes up, surprised. Matter takes some time to clear, but finally Trio has a healthy laugh at it, with Miron proposing that Joshua (who Can't Have Sex, Ever) can spy next time... only maybe from Miron's perspective.
- Domestic Abuse: In All Stays In The Family Dora stumbles upon a werewolf family where husband abuses his wife and little (<10) daughter. Domestic abuse being her Berserk Button, Dora quickly beats the hell out of him, but later realizes with shock that wolf's wife loves him despite everything.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: One of Dora's powers which sometimes overlaps with Talking in Your Dreams (mostly in Gods Must Be Crazy) and Dream Spying (mostly in Winner Takes It All). Sometimes it gets downright annoying, but is generally helpful. Except when you're spying on the dreamsnatcher, because he can go full Freddy Krueger on you.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Played with. In book 2 the Trio is invited to a carnival party by the vampires of Triple Alliance. Expecting interrogation, maybe imprisonment, they come in armed, but as vampire carnival party rule is "dress as non-vampire", The Trio - none of whom is a vampire - decide to dress as vampires from famous movies.
- Evil Is Petty: Raphael really knows how to hold a grudge, and Jezebel isn't much better, either.
- Evil Is Sexy: As admitted in-universe, Jezebel is a hell of a woman and gets upset when someone doesn't fall for her charm.
- Fan Disservice: Surprisingly for a series with tones and tones of fanservice, there is some.
- Jezebel is walking Fan Disservice every time (sexy, but murderous bitch).
- There's a scene in Winner Takes It All when Dora gets to watch Baal make out with cute girl. The scene starts as pure Fanservice... up until girl drugs Baal unconscious and kills him in rather gruesome manner.
- Fanservice: Loads. Every sex or kiss scene is quite detailed, most of the characters look young and sexy (and what would you do, dear Tropers, if you could work on your body for thousands of years?) and their descriptions are generally Scenery Porn. The female characters wear leather, translucent costumes, skin-tight costumes or Absolute Cleavage.
- Fantastic Racism: An important plot point and one of the themes of the series. It's said that many of angels dislike magicals and vice-versa. Half-blood, such as angel-devil hybrids (like Leon) or angel-magical creature hybrids (like Nathaniel) are not seen favourably - attitudes vary from "it's a bit unnatural" to "this thing must die". Magicals and Judeo-Christianics have a long history of violence and, being long lived, some of them still remember Inquisition and witch burning. Members of Hell, Heaven and magical community have separate districts, restaurants and clubs - it's unlikely to see a magical in Hell's bar or an angel in magicals' club. Although leaders of all three groups try to calm them down, conflict remains festering under the surface. In those circumstances, friendship between Dora, Miron and Joshua is considered something unusual, to say the least.
- Fallen Angel: Rulers of Hell, like Samael or Lucifer are those. Most of hellians, however, were living there long before the Fall.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Miron is the most physically powerful, Joshua has the best magical perks and Dora is the tricky one.
- Gentle Giant: Leon, who's over two meters tall and a czart (one of Hell's residents), but at the same time is the kindest and gentlest of Dora's friends. On the other hand, he's Lucifer's ex-general...
- Give Me a Sword: Twice.
- In Sword Thief Joshua borrows Michael's Archangelic Sword when he senses that Dora and Miron are in danger.
- In the climax of Winner Takes It All Angel Of Death lends his sword to Dora when she's about to face Trial by Combat (she doesn't have her own).
- Good Is Not Soft: Lucipher. Miron. Baal. Leon. Generally most of hellians aren't bad guys, but aren't very compassionate, either.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Dora and Miron, both after they finally do and after Miron comes back.
- Gorgeous Period Dress: In their covens, vampires often dress in clothes from their youth filtered through their nostalgia.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Inga is extremely jealous of Dora's "obvious infatuation" with Olaf (her love) - so much, Dora actually thinks that Inga was one of she-werewolves that attacked her. It passes after Inga finds out that "obvious infatuation" was an act.
- Happy Ending: All Stays In The Family ends like that: She-wolves gang is broken, Albin is defeated and out of country, and Miron comes back. Of course, there are two more books after that, so happiness is bound not to stay for long.
- Hell: Not a bad place, if you happen to be friends with the boss' grandson. Has a lovely old town, too, with gas lamps and old-timey cabs. However, it's much less fun in regions like Samael's domain or old Heaven vs Hell battlefields (blood never did soak into the ground). And generally being a client isn't much of a holiday.
- Heaven: Angels' domain, not necessarily a nice place. It's full of politics, though, and fantastic racists.
- Hemo Erotic: Seems to be a generic vampire fetish, since they enjoy sex and blood drinking in the same way. Partially werewolves' fetish too, since ability to turn into giant, fanged, tusked beast opens possibilities for BDSM-ers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Joshua with Miron. They kept each other company since they were seven and Dora doesn't change anything in between them.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Dora says "oh my Goddess" instead of "oh my God" (witches believe in Goddess of Earth) and Olaf curses by "difficult change" (he's a werewolf. It sounds better in Polish).
- Hot as Hell: Miron, Baal (see Mr Fanservice below) and Lucifer, even if the last one is just showing off for fun.
- Hypocrite: Dora in All Stays In The Family when she finds out Baal's shipping her with Miron. She considers shipping a terrible practice and doesn't want him to do this... while, two chapters earlier, she started "playing little Cupid" to Olaf and Inga.
- Hot Witch: Definitely Dora. Being a half-fertility witch that has to feed on sex, this is something of a must.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Teresa is this to Gajusz. She's been a seneshal (second-in-command) of another vampire for years before Gajusz picked her up. She's capable of translating his "do this, now!" into coherent orders, she's able to organize everything in the nest while he's only playing inter-nest politics, she's able to smooth his fits of rage into relative calmness, she's able to aid him even when he clearly doesn't want help... It's insinuated that Gajusz would fall long ago if not for Teresa.
- Indifferent Beauty: Dora doesn't care very much about her beauty, never really dressing up to show it. Justified in that if she'd dress up to show how Hot Witch she is, men would be probably too charmed by her magic to be of any use.
- Infinity+1 Sword: Archangelic swords. They're apparently the only things that can kill angels of higher order permanently.
- Insistent Terminology: Dora is a witch note . The difference is that witch is born with magic, while czarownica must learn witchcraft from the scratch and will never be as good at it as witch.
- Instant Seduction: Dora can do this, being fertility witch. One of the short stories show that that's how she got her "batteries" when she still had to power herself up with sex to live. Once she's free to abandon this habit, she stops.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Vampires, full stop.
Roman: Miss Wilk, I advise you to be careful. For vampires, speaking of blood is like a foreplay. Asking about what kind of blood they like is like asking whether they prefer vanilla or BDSM.
- Interspecies Romance: Dora's a witch and Miron's devil. In the background, czart (half-demon) Leon romances wiccan (in-story it's something of a nature witch). More cases like this are implied when The Trio discovers a prison-like facility where Raphael keeps half-angel-half-magical kids in Winner Takes It All.
- I Shall Taunt You: Dora's tactic against Albion is breaking in and making some cute illusions: butterflies, roses...
- Jerkass Gods: Most of Pagan gods, but Badb and Loki take the cake. Both are willing to destroy people's lives and start wars and genocides for the sake of winning a debt. Anubis as well - he kidnaps and mummifies young women because he wants to "have them forever".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Baal, although so far only Dora and Joshua can see this.
- Junkie Prophet: Witkacy has been experimenting with drugs since he was a teenager, causing a lot of problems for him. In Soul Thief (he's forty by then) he finds out he's a shaman, able to see and interact with spirits, although shamans in Doraverse have to drug themselves to do so.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Implied to be true for angels: they are so absurdly fertile, they often have child after first sex, and nothing helps them. Defied, though, with Dora, who can magically reduce her chances of having a child to zero.
- Long Haired Prettyboy: Joshua has long blond hair and many people (most often Dora) call him "cute". His gentle, kind personality reinforces this.
- Looks Like Orlok: Jean Mark attempts this, with mixed effects.
- Magitek: Underplayed, but electrical stuff in alternative world runs on magic and magical abilities are genetic.
- Magnetic Hero: Dora seems to be able to make friends with almost everybody - the more feared in magical community, the more likely they'll be on first name basis by the end of the book. It's most notable with Baal - he's introduced as deadly fallen god, merciless and scary, but at the end of Winner Takes It All he even proposes to sleep with Dora. Lampshaded in the same book (check Pornomancer below) when everyone thinks she sleeps with all those non-people.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Played straight with Miron, but not with Joshua, despite the fact that both are 350 years old. Justified in Joshua's case - if angel sleep with woman who's fertile, the chance of her getting pregnant is roughly 100% percent. Joshua would be bound to marry her, and he don't want to settle down yet.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Albin seems to play it straight in his initial appearances. When we have a chance to see his house, though... Well, he's definitely a man of wealth, but not so much of taste.
- Masquerade: Magicals and others hide from Muggles. It's partly explained by the possibility that, if Muggles ever found out, magicals would be shunned down or even hunted. They could, of course, hide in magical world, but that would mean that they couldn't safely enter muggle world.
- Meaningful Name: Wilk, Polish for Wolf. Dora's great...grandma was werewolf and Dora has some genes, as proven in Gods Must Be Crazy. Szelma as well - szelma is Polish word for someone akin to trickster.
- Mother Nature: The Goddess, who (despite there being many, many gods) is the supreme deity of magicals and as such is worshiped - especially by witches.
- Mr. Fanservice: Miron. Big, sexy, well-built, beautiful, Hot as Hell. Quite often shows up wearing no shirt and at home (which he shares with Dora and Joshua) he's often trouserless, too.
- Ms. Fanservice: Dora. Before she moved in with Miron and Joshua, she used to go about her house in the nude, and author describes her in detail.
- Muggles Do It Better: Part of the reason supernaturals stay hidden in another world is that nowadays, with criminology and forensic medicine, discovering them would be a piece of cake for anyone with DNA-sequencing equipment. Also, Dora often prefers her Beretta to her spells (it's faster) and muggle cops have no problem with capturing supernatural criminals (although this is partially because said criminal was wise enough not to turn into wolf in front of the muggles).
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Laurent. He's a dwarf, but instead of mining and smithing, he became a fashion designer - and one of the best, at that.
- Never Sleep Again: Soul Thief attacks Dora when she sleeps. Also, Albin's death charms start working when vampire is asleep, making him/her go out into deadly daylight.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Series is often criticized for it, and rightfully. Stuck in the basement with Ax-Crazy psycho and no way to call help? Make currently not-imprisoned angel form a mental bond with heroine and gain badass powers to come and save her. Pack of dangerous werewolves who has to be reasoned with? Surprise! Dora's great-grandma was friend with feared werewolf goddess and werewolves honor that. Being stuck in the burning building? Funny, Miron just got this fire powers... Preparing for a duel with centuries-old archangel? This mental bond from book 2 gave Dora angelic super-strenght. Dying? Give the same angel extremely rare healing powers!
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: A lot of magicals are those and angel-nonangel hybrids aren't unheard of, either. Most notably Leon, Nathaniel and Dora, although in her case this trope is played with, as her parents are humans, but she only inherited the non-human, recessive genes.
- Not Himself: Once played with, once played straight. Archangels were a bit surprised when Raphael started to hate half-bloods and magicals, but as it begun during Inquisition times, they never thought there was anything wrong since he's always been antisocial and had no love for non-angels. Turns out he was possessed all along.
- Played straight when Dora finds out that Raphael, hater of all non-angelic, has illegitimate and half-blood son. It's serious OOC for him.
- Odd Couple: Joshua and Miron before Dora moves in. One is angel and grandson of Archangel Gabriel, who's "destined" to become important political figure in Heaven one day, broke because his grandpa don't want to give him money (because Joshua don't want to be "destined") and is terrible with woman. Another is happy-go-lucky devil, grandson of Lucifer and something of a womanizer, who drowns his grandpa's checks in a ball aquarium to show Luc he's independent. They met when Miron sneaked into Eden and Luc convinced Gabriel to let them be friends, as only Miron matches Joshua's noble status.
- Once per Episode: At the beginning of every book Dora gains one magical runic tattoo to aid her during the story. The tattoo gets "taken back" by magic at the end of every book. Also, The Trio seems to gain more allies and powers in every consecutive book.
- Our Angels Are Different: Long-lived beings with empathic powers, who Detect Evil and form mental bonds between close family members (although it seems it's more about emotional closeness than how much DNA they share). Also: much stronger and more resistant than normal humans, and much better-looking. If a person considers an angel his/her guardian and believes this very strongly, the angel becomes said person's Guardian, able to sense the ward's psychical state and location no matter where they are (and which world). There are different kinds of angels (let's not go into that...) and only some of them have wings. More powerful ones are equipped with extra powers or skills, as well as ability to enter Glory State, in which they are super-powerful, super-resistant, shine with holy light and banish all that is unholy with their mere existence. As it's God who grants them powers, even a plain vanilla angel can have Glory State or wings, like Joshua.
- Our Demons Are Different: There were residents of Hell even before Fall, who are now subjected to the rule of Fallen Angels, the devils. They aren't bound to obey them any more than any middle-age folk would be to obey their king, although their punishment for disobedience gets rather severe. note . They look human-like, but have small horns, bristles instead of hair and red-colored eyes. There's also an untranslatable differenciation between demons - polish czorty are folks described above, while czarty are demon-nondemon hybrids.
- Our Monsters Are Different: Most of the paranormal creatures - magicals - comes from Slavic mythology, so we're treated to strigas, szyszymorasnote , rusalkas and other creatures that didn't look at all humanlike in the original legends. Here, however, they can all pass for humans easily, though some need to hide tiny details like pointy ears or extra gills. They can interbreed and chidren inherit some of the genes from both sides.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Immortal, although not invincible, and stay the age they were when transformed. They have mental powers and can use them against any other sentient being. A vampire can create new vampires, but he/she stays mentally bonded with his/her spawn and is obliged to treat them like children. They can also create human servants, renfields, who are granted very long lifespan, but must obey every wish of their master. Most powerful vampires (well-fed and possessing numerous spawn, that is) can walk out in daylight, which they do mostly to show off, but others are killed by the sun. They are organized into pseudo-feudal dependency system, with regional Master on the top and mere loyal subordinates or local landlords at the bottom. Transforming someone into vampire without one's landlord's knowledge is considered a serious gaffe, if not outright crime, and disobedience is punished with death. As Authority Equals Asskicking, vampire can get a higher position by means of a Klingon Promotion, although whether they do it by an official duel or coup depends on the situation. Oh, and most of them can control mortal minds to some extent.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: They can shapeshift whenever they want, although younger ones must do it by full moon, as well. Most are criminals, since their many animal and predator instincts just don't mesh with society, and favor BDSM. Men hold higher position than women. Werewolves are organised into packs, each holding a territory (a city or geographical region in wilder parts of the world). They are ruled by alpha male, aided by his second-in-command, beta. Notable pack members include omega, who acts as a negotiator, and lupa, the leading female of the pack. One's rank in the pack depends on one's strength (Jadowska seems to really love Authority Equals Asskicking trope), yet any werewolf (even from outside the pack) can challenge alpha for his position. Such conflicts are solved in official duels and usually end with loser's death. New alpha usually replaces all the important positions in the pack.
- One-Scene Wonder: Jean Mark appears in once scene, but his over-the-top Dracula rendition (which he takes absolutely seriously) combined with Purple Prose is enough to make him memorable.
- OOC Is Serious Business: It's not normal for Joshua to forget that he's not allowed to sleep with Dora, even in the heat of the moment.
- Orange And Blue Morality: Gods don't really care about good or evil - not as much as about "mine" and "theirs". Vampires' morality is not exactly clear, too, and werewolves think in terms "good for the pack" or "good for me".
- Pet the Dog: Gabriel gets his moment in Gods Must Be Crazy. Up until then he's been shown as self-centered old man who's all politics, willing to sacrifice his own grandson and closest relative for the sake of his own political gain. Then, when Joshua is overcome with fever Gabriel arrives at Trio's home, clearly worried and scared about angel's state. Up from then, we see more of him, and he isn't that bad after all.
- Paranoia Gambit: This is how Dora defeats Albin : she changes his kill charm formula by adding runes "mirror reflection" and "powering up" (thus making the charm return to him stronger every time he makes it) and then suggests that she added charm elixir to his drink. She didn't, but being a vampire, Albin thinks she did, so if he ever tries throwing this charm again, it will kill him instead.
- Physical God: Badb and Loki. Both are really, really big folks with strange body features.
- Playing with Fire: Due to events of Gods Must Be Crazy Miron becomes a "pyr", devil capable of creating and control over fire (although "control" might be overstating it a little).
- Pornomancer: Dora, as part fertility witch, needs sex in order to survive ( until the end of Soul Thief). Her talents make satisfying that need easy.
- Protectorate: Dora considers her "extended family" (which grows steadily with every book) to be her protectorate. Gods help you if you try to hurt it.
- Psychic Powers: Popular among non-humans, especially witches and vampires. Most notably empathy, mind-reading, precognition and mind control.
- Purple Prose: Jean Mark's speech, as he tries (hard) to emulate Count Dracula. Dora finds it hard not to laugh.
- Put on a Bus: Witkacy. He's the side character in Soul Thief, appears briefly in Gods Must Be Crazy, but hasn't been seen since then, despite being referred to.
- They same for Dora's coworkers in the police. After Soul Thief they are theoretically still living and working, but they weren't even mentioned since then.
- Miron leaves in 1/3 of All Stays In The Family.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The group of cops nicknamed "Animal Kingdom" consists of witch with psychopathic tendencies (Dora), a perpetually-depressed junkie (Witkacy), an alpha male (Hare, currently in psychiatric hospital), a boorish drunk (Nowakowski) and two newbies nobody else wanted. They stay in service because they're really good at the job, but stay on the same team because nobody else would take them.
- Really Gets Around: Mocked hilariously in Winner Takes It All. While the only people in the entire Hexalogy we see Dora making out with are Miron and one sea demigod, everybody in Thorn believes she has slept with nearly everybody important, including Lucifer, Baal, two Archangels, local vampire lord and Angel Of Death. That's mostly because of her magneticness and how easily she makes friends, even with the most feared members of magical establishment. It goes even further in All Stays In The Family, when magicals believe she sleeps with all Tri-City leaders.
- Red Baron: Werewolves call Dora "Cahan", as in the name of their top goddess.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Defied. While most demons have red eyes, or red ring around irises, it's simply natural color of their species.
- Replacement Goldfish: Underplayed. In the beginning of Gods Must Be Crazy Dora notices that her one-night lover looks suspiciously similar to Miron and that Miron's one-night lover looks like she could be her sister.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Most of Dora's perceived attractiveness comes from her fertility-witch magic. When Jezebel charms her, multiplying the effect, she's attacked twice on the way home by would-be rapists.
- Not to mention that when she converses with her male friends who are in relationships, their girlfriends start suspecting that she's flirting.
- Smells Sexy: Dora for werewolves and vampires. And (considering their manners), she's quite unhappy about the fact and tries her hardest to hide it.
- Shipper on Deck: Baal for Dora and Miron, to her dismay, though she's guilty as well, planning to ship Olaf and Inga.
- Shout-Out: The books have loads of references to modern pop culture depicturing of werewolves and vampires, such as Twilight (look below), Interview With a Vampire along with the movie adaptation and various metal bands (The Trio love those). Hell is divided into nine circles (on the other hand, ever since Dante's Inferno Hells just plain have circles), various biblical characters show up and Gabriel's Annunciation is referred to more than once.
- Sequel Hook: At the end of both Gods Must Be Crazy and Winner Takes It All.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: Illusions Dora leaves in Albion's hideout. On purpose.
- The Bus Came Back: Miron returns at the very end of All Stays In The Family, having made up his mind.
- The Charmer: Miron, from time to time.
- The Empath: Seems to be standard feature for angels. Trio gains it after they form a mental bond, although it only works between the three of them.
- They Do: As it was expected, Dora and Miron do.
- íThree Amigos!: The Trio (gender compatibility not included):
- Token Trio: Supernatural variety; Dora's a female witch, Miron's devil and Joshua's angel.
- Touch Telepathy: One of Dora's and Uriel's powers.
- Translation Convention: There's apparently some translation going on, since it's hard to believe that people from France, England, Poland and Norway (and some supernatural places) all speak Polish between each other. However, language issue is never mentioned.
- Trespassing to Talk: Baal breaks into Dora's house to... make her scrambled eggs. Or have a chat. Really, he's kind of a lonely guy, but Prince of Hell can't really be seen visiting a witch's house.
- Trial by Combat: Dora fights one against Raphael at the end of Winner Takes It All.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Dora Wilk, Deputy of Thorn Council, Honorary Alpha of Gdansk's Pack, Vampire Mistress (Under Special Circumstances), Liason between Triple Alliance Forces, Official Love Interest ofBaal.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Miron, Joshua and Dora.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Dora and Miron has it in spades for the first three books. Finally they do, to Joshua's relief.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: And even hearing the word "blood" out loud turns them on.
- Who Needs Enemies?: Teresa and Dora cooperate, and Teresa seems to be doing it only because it would benefit Gajusz... Until it would not. It turns out she's a raging vampire feminist who wants women to be more actively involved in vampire politics, so her plan is to entangle Dora deep enough in the case that she'll have no choice. So far, mixed results.
- Wicked Cultured: Inverted. Raphael acts petty, rude and unfair, to the shock of other angels. They expect someone in his position (archangel, don't forget) to hold himself in more dignified manner.
- Will They or Won't They?: First three books play this with Dora and Miron.
- Windmill Political: The Muggle case in Soul Thief. The murdered woman was member of Real Life right-wing organization and the fact that her case was not resolved after a day (!) is used by her so-called friends to claim that "ruling party doesn't care for citizens who are not this party's electorate".
- Witch Species: While witchcraft can be learned by normal people (called czarownicenote ), it comes naturally for witches, who have magical blood and must "fuel up" by their element to be able to use their magic or actually live. There are two types of witches mentioned: fertility witches (fueled up by sex) and north witches (fueled up by sea and sea breeze), though more are implied.
- Woman Scorned: Jezebel. After Joshua's father hadn't fell for her, she used her magic to take revenge on his entire family. The fact that he wasn't interested in her fuels her entire plot arc.
- Your Vampires Suck: To Twilight, in short story Wolf In Sheep's Clothing:
Dora: Hey, you're not planning to shine like Svarovski's crystals?
He turned to face me, very slowly.
Roman (vampire master): One more comparison to Twilight and there'll be nothing left when I finish with you.
- Zerg Rush: Baal's army in Winner Takes It All. It basically eats the enemy. Leon states it's "rather impressive".