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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).

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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