- Complete Monster: Since Thomas and Lara prove that it is possible for a full vampire of the White Court to have a conscience, a sense of morality and genuine emotions for people they care about, Lord Raith can be held morally responsible for his crimes. In addition to his on and off-screen acts of evil, he reveals that even his supposed affection for his daughters is simple pragmatism, making him totally without redeeming qualities.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Harry lays out the extent to which motorcycles are excessively dangerous and can get you seriously maimed, if not killed outright. "All that said, riding a motorcycle is fun."
- Foreshadowing: Kincaid appears in Harry's Sight as a huge, demonic figure... with something described as a "double image... a corpse-specter" behind him. We've seen something like this before; the lingering psychic resonance clinging to Harry's own Sight-image... left by He Who Walks Behind.
- Freud Was Right: Obvious in the final chapters of the book, to the point that it was even Lampshaded by Harry in the narrative.
- Moral Event Horizon: Harry considers the practitioners who send off the Entropy Curse to have fully crossed it because of the cold murder of Emma. Even though they are women, Harry will no longer care about that fact as they must be stopped at any cost now.
- Ship Tease: Murphy/Harry and Murphy/Kincaid have several moments in this book. Of note, Harry tells Murphy she looks nice in a dress along with a few She Is Not My Girlfriend moments, and Kincaid took off her pants, Harry was most definitely jealous.
Kincaid was bracing her legs, hands on her calves, and sliding down as she moved forward, helping her to keep them from accidentally moving too far.Or at least that damn well better have been what he was doing, because if it wasn't I would be forced to kill him.Dresden: Don't be silly. The image of you gunfighting in your panties is going to boost my morale for years."
- Harry also candidly mentions he wouldn't mind marrying Murphy for her mom's cooking.
- Tear Jerker: Emma's death, mainly because she was just a nice woman trying to do her job, feed her kids and pay the bills, and she got killed because her murderers thought she was the only woman left on set who was pretty enough to be attractive to Genosa. And she wasn't even his fiancee.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Harry's talk with Ebenezar. While this isn't the first or last time that Harry has lost his temper in a MAJOR WAY, this one has always stuck with this Troper. Nothing explodes, or is crushed, or is burnt into oblivion, but the psychological aspect of it has always been unnerving. Brash, loud, explosive-when-angered Harry is left shaking with rage; speaking in quiet, broken two or three word sentences; actively feeling his sanity crumbling around him; and is drawing in enough power to scare the hell out of McCoy. Holy shit.
Dresden: Kill him. Kill him. Everything. All of it. Nothing left.