Engines of Creation
is Fantasy Literature
revolving on the lives of eight thousand small-town Canadians as they find themselves suddenly and irrevocably stuck in the Pactlands, a land that still abides by the rules of steel, magick and blood.
- A Little Something We Call "Rock and Roll":
- Ryan performs songs by the Smashing Pumpkins, Finger Eleven and more to several groups within the Disputed Lands and Halen, including in front of an audience in Arronay.
- Lily introduces Arie to Metallica
- Bayne develops a fondness for dubstep.
- Background Magic Field: The Veil is an example of this trope.
- Caught on Tape:
- Quick uses Terra's digital camera to capture evidence of conspiracy by Izon Dueck.
- A surveillance camera with a live feed is set up directly in the center of a Vectoran war camp.
- Civilized Animal: The Tyl, the Featherclaw and the El'Dar
- Cluster F-Bomb: Lily swears at Phearon Tome. A lot.
- Elemental Powers: Pyromagi, Aquamagi, Aeromagi, Geomagi, Voltimagi and others have control over the elements.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Featherclaw and the Spiketeeth are examples of this trope.
- Fainting Seer: Terra crashes her quad into a tree after having a seizure induced by a vision.
- Functional Magic: The various forms of magi have practical applications for their gifts.
- Kick the Dog: Ryde kills Mis in a shockingly cruel display.
- Le Parkour: Boomer is quite adept at Parkour.
- Medieval Stasis: Despite making several advances one thousand years in the past, the Pactlands is still largely medieval, mostly due to the Council's control over the flow of information.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: Mike Sephalon, the Blue Seer.
- Sir Swearsalot: Gerald Boone and Lily Rasmussen.
- The Chosen One: Terra is given powers that have not been seen for a thousand years. Also, it can be argued that the entire town of Dunsmith are in essence Chosen Ones.
- Trapped in Another World: The town of Dunsmith is trapped in the Disputed Lands.
- This Is My Boomstick:
- Terra is consistently snapping pictures during her trip, surprising many of the locals.
- Terra shows Silvereye a Bic lighter, and teaches Quick how to use her camera.
- The group that enters Halen does so riding modern All-Terrain Vehicles.
- Anastae is bombed by modern aircraft.