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Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge is a British writer who debuted with critically acclaimed Fly By Night. It was subsequently followed by Verdigris Deep (Well-Witched in America), Gullstruck Island (The Lost Conspiracy), her debut novel's sequel, Twilight Robbery (Fly Trap), A Face Like Glass, and Cuckoo Song (2014). Her seventh novel, The Lie Tree, is scheduled to be released on May 7, 2015 and is said to concern a girl in Victorian England investigating the death of her father.

Tropes in Frances Hardinge's Works Include:

  • Action Girl: Laylow in Twilight Robbery.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The list of Clent's crimes in Fly Trap comes off as an elongated version.
    Eponymous Clent- Wanted for thirty-nine cases of fraud, counterfeiting, selling, and circulating lewd and unlicensed literature, claiming to be the impecunious son of a duke, impersonating a magistrate, impersonating a horse doctor, breach of promise, forty-seven moonlit flits without payment of debts, robbing shrines, fleeing from justice, stealing pies from windows and small furniture from inns, fabricating the Great Palthrop Horse Plague for purposes of profit, operating a hurdy-gurdy without a license.
  • Beneath the Earth: Caverna is of the urban variety in A Face Like Glass.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A lot of people in both Gullstruck Island and Fly By Night. The backstory of the Lady Tamarind is especially a Tear Jerker.
  • Doorstopper: Four of the five books so far published are over two and a half inches thick, these being Fly by Night, Gullstruck Island, Twilight Robbery, and A Face Like Glass.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: At the beginning of Fly Trap, when Mosca goes to a remote barn with some stranger in order to read for him and his friends and promptly gets abducted, taken out of town and forced to do some things she's not so crazy about, the whole situation reads like... something else. The narration doesn't help:
    She would charge this man and his friends too much, of course, but how much was too much? How much would cause them to walk away in disgust instead of haggling?
  • Feathered Fiend: Saracen, of type A.
  • Gambit Pileup: She seems to be fond of this trope. As an example, there are no fewer than five different factions, with a minimum of five different plots, though Fly by Night - and that's not even counting the two main characters. Or the goose.
  • Government Conspiracy: Common in Hardinge's writing, especially The Lost Conspiracy.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Quite a few people through Fly by Night assume that Mosca and Clent are together. As in, not platonically. May be historically appropriate, but still, ew.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: In The Lost Conspiracy. The main characters especially seem to think that any old pigeons can be used to send messages, although this confusion is justified; they never actually use pigeons to send messages.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Pick any novel of short story by her, and there'll be one.
  • Kidnapping Bird of Prey: Eagles mentioned on the coast of the Lace.
  • Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate: Saracen's not a duck, but he certainly fits the bill of the trope.
  • Shout-Out/Genius Bonus: In Fly Trap, Mosca learns that her Beloved (the god, in whose hour she was born) is considered a negative character, her Beloved Palpitattle being the emperor of flies. You know whose name translates to "Lord of Flies"? Beelzebub.
  • Stylistic Suck: Mosca may be starving for words, but she's still a terrible writer, as her letter to Lady Tamarind proves.
  • Swans A Swimming: Saracen again.

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