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Literature: The Twilight Reign
The Twilight Reign
is a five book series witten by Tom Lloyd.
In the world known as "The Land" Isak is a white-eye, a mutation that make men stronger, bloodthirsty, charismatic and white eyed
. The are both feared and despised. Enslaved to his father
, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods
have marked him out as heir to Lord Bahl the Lord of the Farlan and leader of The Ghosts. In a world war and destiny as well as a family of vampires.
Can Isak hold his own?
Not to be confused with a certain other Twilight
- The Stormcaller (2006)
- The Twilight Herald (2007)
- The Grave Thief (2008)
- The Ragged Man (2010)
- The Dusk Watchman (2012)
This series provides examples of:
- Anyone Can Die: Most of the characters introduced in the first book die by the end of the series, including the protagonist Isak
- Action Girl: Legana, Zhia Vukotic and Fei Ebarn.
- Badass: Most of the white-eyed, especially Kastan Styrax. The vampires, the demigods, and a few mortals, such as Legana or Vesna (well, no longer really mortals...) and Mihn also count.
- Heartbroken Badass: What virtually all of them (with the notable exception of Daken) become in some point of the story.
- The Berserker: White-eyes are this trope.
- Body Horror: When Isak is sent to hell, he is brutally tortured and mutilated constantly by demons. After his rescue, no part of his body remains unscarred INCLUDING HIS EYEBALLS
- Boisterous Bruiser: Many of the white-eyed, but especially Daken.
- Butt Monkey: The Litse, who are weakened and looked down upon by the rest of The Land's inhabitants. Then they form an alliance with Azaer with gives them a chance to restore their status. But not only Azaer loses at the end, but before that he chooses their godly patron, Ilit, to be warn the rest of the Pantheon. Which is just mean.
- Cain and Abel: Tiniq and Lahk late in the story. The Vukotic siblings also qualify, with the roles rotating.
- The Casanova: Count Vesna, by reputation.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Zhia and Vorizh Vukotic, in contrast with their older brother Koezh.
- Clothes Make the Superman: The main character is already superhuman, but one of the gifts he gets from the gods is the greatest armor ever made. This was the personal armor of the last king, the elf who rebelled against the gods. It was extremely difficult to pierce unless the foe had superhuman strength and enchanted weapons, it could alter its shape somewhat to fit the current wearer and it was incredibly flexible to the point where the last king was nicknamed the elven equivalent of Quicksilver.
- Cool Sword: With some rather generous gods and a LOT of highly magical people, enchanted weapons are almost mass-produced. They're common to the point that elite military units have them as standard issue. But for the really special weapons, there's Eolis a sword that had been used to kill gods and Kobra which is notorious for having fangs along its guard and being one of the mightiest weapons in the land - having been used to kill a demon prince, a dragon and countless mortals. Even greater than those two, is the last sword forged by the king of the elves and a sword lost by the Queen of the gods.
- Cosmic Keystone / Mineral MacGuffin: The crystal skulls.
- Dark Messiah: Azaer/Ruhen.
- Death by Childbirth: All white-eyes are born too large and end up killing their mothers at birth.
- Death by Sex: A variation. If you're a woman and in a romantic relationship with one of the heroes (and the villains of the story just don't appear to form any), you will be killed. Even a minor character like Fei Ebarn gets hit by this, hell, even Zhia Vukotic isn't immune. Though in her case it doesn't harm her for long. Legana, on the other hand, and nearly all of her named 'sisters', survive.
- Does Not Like Men: Legana, definitely. Shinira also shows that trait.
- Fate Worse Than Death: At the end of the third book Isak is sent straight to the Hell without technically being dead by the furious Kastan Styrax. At the end of the fourth book, Styrax himself (probably) qualifies.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: The gods in the series are dependent on the faith of their worshippers in order to sustain their identities. The gods are truly immortal, even when they are killed a spark of them still remain in existence but without faith to sustain their identity a god falls apart until it's almost a catatonic shadow with no way of climbing back up to godhood.
- Ladykiller in Love: Vesna with Tila.
- Meaningful Name: Each title of a book refers to an important character who earns that title role applied to him based on his actions. For example the first book is called Stormcaller because main character Isak calls down lightning
- Our Elves Are Better: Played straight and subverted. The elves were originally much taller than humans, possessing superhuman strength, magic powers and great beauty as well, so the elves ruled the world enjoying favoured status from the gods while humans seem to be just another lackey species. But the greatest of them, their king led them in a rebellion against the gods. The resulting war devastates the world and kills a few gods including some of the from the highest ranks. The victorious gods curse the elves to become stunted and ugly, they also create the white-eyes amongst humans who are a match in size, strength and magic to the old elves. But even though the curse has been in effect for thousands of years, every so often a rare elf atavism is born who has all the looks and powers of the old elves.
- Really 700 Years Old: The Vukotic siblings, Azaer and the various gods and their aspects.
- Sleazy Politician: King Emin and Zhia.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Kohrad Styrax, Xeliath (subverted in that Isak is unable to remember her afterwards) and ultimately Tila as well.
- Strong, but Unskilled: The vast majority of white-eyes are this. In terms of fighting, their superhuman strength and speed makes them almost unstoppable by most human opponents. But this leads to all but the most disciplined among them to neglect their training, so the top human swordsmen stand a surprisingly good chance of beating a white-eye. In terms of magic, a white-eye naturally has more magic power than a human wizard, so they can do feats of magic that beyond the intensity of anything a human wizard can hope to dream of doing. However white-eyes lack a human wizard's versatility and seldom do anything but learn how to blast an enemy with magic
- The Cavalry: At the last battle, Lord Fernal and the rest of the Farlan come to save the remainder of the heroes' army.
- The Chosen One: Isak was tailored from birth by the gods beyond that of other white-eyes he was chosen to defeat Kastan Styrax who was a previous chosen one made for the purpose of defeating the elven king if he is reborn. Isak succeeds.
- The Unperson: The eventual fate of Kastan Styrax.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Let's say that the ending isn't very specific about the fate of some.