A young woman (later) named Willow awakens to find herself on a mystical world with no memories
of her former life. She soon discovers that not only are the residents of this world fantastical creatures of ancient lore, but the planet itself is alive and conscious... and in grave danger! Caught in the middle of a terrible struggle, Willow must come to terms with a harsh reality not of her own choosing.
Earthsong contains examples of:
- All Myths Are True: Actually attempts to justify the existence of all myths in the first place. After a resident of Earthsong is sent back home, they receive an imperfect mindwipe of all the time they spent there. It works well enough, but they tend to still see flashes of memories, maybe not often or vivid enough to think that they actually saw these creatures, but enough that they can translate the images and basic traits into stories, passed down through the ages.
- All Planets Are Earthlike: Strictly, the other way around. We never see aliens from non-Earthlike planets because planets have to make themselves Earthlike should they wish to support life. And Gaia, one of the three Alpha Planets, is Earth.
- Anti-Villain: Most of the Mandragora, especially Tristram. They are kept against their will and fear for their lives. Beluosus constantly lies to them to ensure their compliance, and in the end, "eats" their soulstones.
- Axe Crazy: Skogul certainly comes off this way.
- Body to Jewel: Soulstones are crystalized parts of sentient planets.
- Chekhov's Skill: Nanashi subtly uses what turns out to be the soulstone power of Gaia's children, humans: telepathy and mind control. She considers it cowardly and avoids it, but when Beluosus recruits a human, it's shown to be devastatingly powerful.
- First Kiss: K'thonya's remnant.
- Fish out of Water: Everyone who arrives on Earthsong in general, Willow, as the point-of-view character, in particular.
- Genius Loci: Earthsong. All planets, in actual fact. And stars.
- Glowing Eyes: Whenever a planet's avatar (ie: Earthsong) uses their powers or a given planet's child uses their soulstone power, their eyes are glowing. Nanashi's eyes also glow when she's using the power of the Sidera. Or in one case, using her native power of telepathy.
- Jerk Ass: Most of the Mandragoras, so far. Morgan and Ulkurz stand out in particular.
- Nanashi is a heroic version. She dutifully serves Earthsong, but tends to treat people and their feelings with contempt and doesn't care about 'a little girl's feelings' when Willow finds out they were lying to her. Gwendolyn as well for calling Willow 'as dangerous as a ball of fluff and half as useful'.
- Knight Templar: Nanashi's top priority is the safety of Earthsong, and she will go to extremes to ensure her safety.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: All newcomers to Earthsong.
- Limited Wardrobe: Apparently, most of the guard have multiple identical sets of clothing.
- Longing Look: Jormand seems to have a thing for Neuria.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Haven's Guard are absolutely stumped as to what species Willow is and what her powers are. Their solution to this is to 'assign' Felucca to Willow to keep her distracted, and then secretly hold meetings behind her back to figure out what she is, if she's a threat, and if she has any use to them, rather than help Willow figure out who she is. Understandably, Willow doesn't take it well when she finds out.
- Meaningful Name: Virtually everyone has a meaningful name, based on the namer's (Nanashi, a japanese meaningful name in itself) assessment of their character or species.
- Noodle Incident: "If such is not the case, I will have no qualms about informing Nanashi just WHO was responsible for the 'noodle incident.'" See here.
- Older Than They Look: People don't age on Earthsong, so nearly everyone fits here. The most obvious example is Alyss, who looks about ten.
- Our Monsters Are Different: Each race is based on some mythical creature, so the list is huge, including dragons, elves, faeries, demons, gorgons, harpies, goblins, giants, all the way up to hindu gods. (Case in point: Alyss is a prepubescent giant...meaning that she's stuck at less than half her ten-foot adult height.)
- Our Vampires Are Different: Tristram's species.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Neuria's species.
- Parental Favoritism: Earthsong to Willow, her Eve and real daughter. Nanashi is quickly being shunned to the side.
- Petting Zoo People: Most look like variations on humans, but several are humanoid-animal hybrids, including Skogul and Oliblish's children.
- Team Shot: We get◊ two◊.
- Telepathy: The long-speculated-on human soulstone power. Also an ability of Spinster's race, but to a lesser extent.
- Time Travel: So, people are zapped away from their own planets to Earthsong in the present, then they are given the opportunity to stay on Earthsong for hundreds of years without aging, then when/if they decide to go home they get sent back in time to the instant they left, presumably because the Planet/God would get lonely if everyone ran home as soon as possible because their loved ones (who they can't actually remember, they just have to assume that they have some) think that they've vanished off the face of the earth (which would be true in this case, but still...)
- Translator Microbes: Being on Earthsong allows her to psychically translate all speech into a common language. However, writing remains in the writer's original language, but the Translator Microbes allow it to be read by all as long as someone's there who understands it.
- Tuckerization: See Sacrificial Lamb.
- Voice of the Legion: The Sidera.
- Walls of Text: Suffers from it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Willow has a moment of righteous calling-out on Haven's Guard for holding secret meetings behind her back where they callously assumed she was either a spy, a possible threat (or was too pathetic to be a threat) or maybe a useful tool for them to use.