YMMV: Emberverse

  • Fridge Brilliance: With Rudi and Mathilda getting together it could be said that three of biggest "kingdoms" in Oregon are being united.
    • All three major dynasties will have blood ties via Rudi and Mathilda's children, with additional kinship ties to a fourth (the Dúnedain Rangers). And a fifth (Mt. Angel) is brought into the fold (in about the only way it could be) by their choosing Father Ignatius as Chancellor.
  • Genius Bonus: the Church Universal and Triumphant is an actual fringe religious group based in Montana, and the leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant shortly after the Change (the one who turns them from just random nutjobs into an Eldritch Abomination) is heavily implied to be none other than the Unabomber himself.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Arguably, Sandra Arminger. She is, by her own admission, not a nice person, with murder and blackmail being just a few of her morally-dubious choices. And yet, in the later books she comes across as rather lonely. Though she lived for at least 20 years after Norman's death, she never remarried, and, as image-conscious and politically savvy as she is, it seems unlikely she ever risked her reputation by taking a lover. She is one of the last atheists in her society (though she comes to recognize the validity of religion in her universe, she has a difficult time accepting it in her heart); she cannot admit it publicly, and it separates her, not only from most of her world, but also from her beloved and devout daughter. Among her peers, she is respected (deservedly), but not liked or trusted (also deservedly). She seems all-too-aware that her descendants will have no very clear understanding of how people like her think; indeed, as she's very clever and somewhat alienating, most of the people she knows have no very clear idea of how people like her think. It seems as if she has no real companion after losing Norman.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Sandra Arminger oh so much, almost to Lord Vetinari levels..