This novel provides examples of:
- Anachronic Order: The novel's signature style. The chapters are in chronological order, but the events within the chapters are rather jumbled up.
- Blurbs Always Spoil: The final sentence of the book is on the back cover.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Averted with the arquebuses.
- The Ghost: Esumi.
- Kill 'em All: Of all the main characters, only Zahn survives the final battle.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Adel.
- Low Fantasy: The dragons are gone and apart from the golem, there's no explicit magic.
- Tastes Like Purple: Someone comments that a fruit tastes like moonlight.
- Not Using the Z Word: Grandfather's reanimated corpse could comfortably be called a zombie, but it's referred to as a "Golem".