YMMV: Alex Verus

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: While pathwalking through Morden's mansion, Alex finds a way to overrun the landscape with giant intelligent badgers. This is never elaborated on in any way or even mentioned again afterwards.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cinder. While he is definitely ruthless, he's still more sympathetic than most of the council, plays nice with Alex, whether they're fighting together or not and averts the Dumb Muscle cliche he seems to be. He also gives a very fitting Hannibal Lecture/pep talk to Alex right before the climax of Cursed.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Rachel's mage name is Deleo, which can be considered as Latin for "I delete", referring either to her disintegration spells or to the fact that she wants to erase her past and all the bad things she's done.
  • Fridge Logic: It is never actually explained why Crystal approached Alex for help with security in the beginning of Taken. Given that she's the one kidnapping the apprentices, having the renowned secret-solver who wants to keep adepts and apprentices safe working security would have been very much detrimental to her plan.
  • Hate Sink: There is absolutely no redeeming quality to Levistus and he represents just about everything Alex means when he says something negative against the council.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The entirety of Elsewhere. Almost every time Alex goes there, he finds himself in some kind of horrible danger. The fact that Alex specifically mentions that nobody is sure what exactly it is and how it works makes it even scarier, though no less fascinating for that.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Richard Drakh, Alex's old Evil Mentor, makes a brief yet chilling appearance in Hidden.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Whatever Richard found in the dimension he went to, it allows him to access and leave Shadow Realms at will, which should not be possible. Meaning, he can appear anywhere he pleases, anytime.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Will Traviss. While his motivation is perfectly justified and his stated goal is very likable, his one-track-mind, hypocrisy, Sore Loser-attitude and absolute unwillingness to acknowledge the fact that leading his friends to their death for his own revenge was his own fault make it very hard to feel sorry for him when Alex kills him.
  • The Untwist: The Foreshadowing for Rachel having Harvested Shireen was just a bit too obvious in Cursed. Readers who already figured it out were a little bored with the "big reveal" in Chosen.