Literature / The Spirit Ring

The Spirit Ring is a fantasy novel by Lois McMaster Bujold.

This novel contains examples of:

  • Hope Spot: At the climax, the evil wizard's attempt to magically disable the Living Statue results in a No Sell, but this promptly flips back on the heroes, as the wizard's necromantic dabblings had gotten him to the point where his physical demise made matters worse.
  • Living Statue: At the climax, a bronze statue is temporarily inhabited by the spirit of the dead man who was its model, in order to lead an army to save the city while molten-hot.
  • Love Potion: Averted — Fiametta tries to create a love ring, but her father explains that the spell only reveals true love, not compels it, and that magically induced true love is a paradox. The spell does work, just not on who Fiametta intended it for.
  • Not Brainwashed: Sorcerers can attach the spirits of the recently deceased to inanimate objects and compel them to do their bidding. The heroine decides to skip the compulsion in favor of asking nicely, leading to an unexpected failure when the bad guy tries to destroy her animated statue by unbinding the animating spirit.
    Uri: You cannot release me. I am not bound.
  • Shooting Superman: In the climax. All right, the first vat of burning oil poured on the Living Statue of molten bronze is an acceptable result of soldiers resorting to training in a stressful situation. However the second and third vat used while said statue is laughing at them...
  • Villainous Valor: At the climax, the Big Bad fights an animated red-hot metal statue with a sword. Even the heroine is awed by his courage.