A fantasy story by Charles de Lint set in Ottawa, Canada. It begins with Sara Kendall finding a mysterious bag bequeathed to the antique shop where she works. Soon she, the residents of Tamson House, and several members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are involved in a convoluted and magical story.
The book contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Arguably, all of the women in the final stand
- Anyone Can Die
- Bears Are Bad News: Inverted with the totems, and subverted because wolverines are also called devil bears, which compose the Tragg'a partly.
- Came Back Strong: It's revealed Mal'ek'a has been killed two times before, and came back stronger.
- Catch Phrase: "Nom de tout!" and "Lord lifting Jesus!" are two of Kieran's favorites
- Deflector Shield: Created by the House.
- Duel to the Death: Although a bit of a twist on it.
- Dwindling Party
- Gag Penis: Some faeries and manitou.
- Good People Have Good Sex
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Leave No Witnesses: Gannon and crew's plan
- Magical Native American: Basically every First Nations person that appears is a shaman of some sort or another
- Meaningful Name: Kieran's last name is Foy, which means raven. Guess what his totem turns out to be?
- No Body Left Behind: Puwadji
- Oh Look, More Rooms!: Tamson House is a good example. It's a mansion that takes up a city block, but looks like a series of townhouses from the outside. That's without going into how one can reach multiple spirit worlds from within it.
- Our Fairies Are Different
- Our Monsters Are Different: The Tragg'a
- Ravens And Wrens
- Survivor Guilt
- Taken for Granite
- Time Travel
- Voluntary Shapeshifting