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The Soldier Son
aka: Soldier Son
Shaman's Crossing cover art by John Howe The Soldier Son
, featuring a more modern setting than usual. The books are:
Shaman's Crossing Forest Mage Renegade's Magic Contains examples of: Agent Mulder: Epiny. A Million Is a Statistic: As it turns out, the authorities of Gettys knew all along about the holy trees of the Specks and the creeping depression/fear; they just didn't care, since changing the road's route would draw trading away from Gettys. Anti Anti Christ: Nevare doesn't particularly want to wipe out every Gernian in existence just because the Speck magic says so... Anti-Magic: Iron. Anyone Can Die Arranged Marriage: Nevare and Carsina. Attempted Rape Be Careful What You Wish For Balancing Death's Books: Well, Soldier's Boy tries, at least. Big Bad Friend: Hitch. Of course, things are a bit more complicated than usually in this trope, since there's no clearly Evil side. Not to mention he couldn't exactly help it. Blessed with Suck: Being a wizard sounds great, but not when you realize what it can and will do to you, should you ever go against the will of your magic. The Caligula: Nevare's father becomes this after the Speck Plague strikes his family. The Cassandra: Nevare throughout most of the second book. Cold Iron: Iron stops magic and is harmful to magic-users. Cosmic Plaything: Nevare, Buel Hitch, Nevare's father and others, for the magic. Country Mouse: Nevare and most of the battle lords' sons, compared to the old nobles' sons. The Chosen One: You get one guess. Culture Clash: Between the Gernians and the Specks. Cute Kitten: Comes into play near the end. Cycle of Revenge Daddy's Girl: This time it's Epiny. Dating Catwoman: Olikea. Defrosting Ice Queen: Amzil. Deliberate Values Dissonance: Gernian gender roles, among other things. Despair Event Horizon: Nevare's father crosses it, and it drives him mad. Used as a weapon by the Speck magic in Forest Mage. Drill Sergeant Nasty The Dutiful Son: A variation runs between Nevare and his female cousin Epiny. Earn Your Happy Ending: Robin Hobb seems fond of these. Enemy Within Equivalent Exchange: Magic/ body fat Faking the Dead Fantastic Racism: Goes with the Mighty Whitey attitude of the Gernians, mentioned below. Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. Functional Magic: the "Wild" subtype (Speck); the Plains magic appears to be some kind of Force Magic. Gaia's Vengeance: Subverted. Gentlemen Rankers: Nevare ends up enlisting in the ranks after his expulsion from the Cavalla Academy. Aggravating his situation, Spink (who does have a commission) is assigned to the same regiment, as is the officer his former fiancee married. Going Native: Although "being dragged" might be a better verb choice. Gollum Made Me Do It: A curse here, a hand sign there, a steel knife there... Grey and Gray Morality I Just Want to Be Normal: Nevare, fiercely. Provided "nobility, with lots of privileges" counts as normal. In Mysterious Ways It's All My Fault It's Not You, It's My Enemies Laser-Guided Amnesia Love Makes You Evil: Lisana at the end, killing two guards in a nightmarish way and trying to kill Amzil. Man-Eating Plant: Corpse eating plant, although, of course, sometimes they make the corpses themselves... Mighty Whitey: Deconstructed in Gernia's colonization of the Plainspeople and the Specks. Moral Myopia: On all sides, regarding the others. Murder the Hypotenuse: See Love Makes You Evil above. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nevare gets a couple of these from Hitch, among others. The Neidermeyer: Colonel Stiet, among others. Noble Savage: Dewara. Possibly. Subverted with the Specks. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Pater Familicide: Mention is made of a father who strangled his wife and drowned his children before shooting himself. The Plague Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Dance generates the creeping sense of gloom in Gettys and of terror in the forest outside the town. Reality Ensues Rebellious Princess: Epiny Refusal of the Call: Nevare has practically disconnected the phone, and yet it keeps ringing ... Rich Bitch: Carsina, and Epiny's mother. Sentient Cosmic Force: The magic behaves much like this. Spirit World: Nevare and Dewara's spirit journey, later the location of Tree Woman's afterlife. Split Personality Villainous BSOD: Although the villain in question is a lesser one. Weaponized Weakness: Iron beats magic. And mages. We Have Reserves: Kinrove's attitude towards the Dancers. Well-Intentioned Extremist: All the Great Ones except Jodoli. Wham Chapter: At least one per book. What The Hell, Hero?: Despite meaning well, poor Nevare gets way more of these than words of encouragement.