YMMV / The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

  • Adult Fear - There are children being frequently put in danger, and sometimes killed. There's the woman in Oath Breaker who miscarries. There's children being radicalized into cults, there's the inability to provide for one's loved ones, and there's ostracism from the community.
  • Development Hell - A movie with Ridley Scott as the producer has been talked about since 2004...
  • Die for Our Ship - Poor Bale.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dark, introduced in the last book.
  • Foe Yay - Lots and lots in Outcast. All involving Seshru.
  • Funny Moments - a lot of things that Wolf does.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Tokoroths! They are very young children stolen from their families, enclosed in a cave, fed only rotting bat meat. Their teeth, fingernail, and toenails are filed to a point. They are kept like that until they have forgotten even the face of their mother. Then a demon is trapped inside of them. They then do crazy-evil stuff, at the bid of their creator. Renn is often said to have a "sharp-toothed grin", which is fine, until in Outcast Seshru reveals that she was preparing Renn to be a tokoroth, until Saeunn saved her as a baby... That just makes it darkly serious.
    • Seshru, Thiazzi, and Eostra. The demon bear. Eostra's dogs, especially when they attack Renn. Eostra's owl.
    • The non-consensual tattooing scene in Soul Eater. Oddly rapey for a children's book.
    • "Your son died." Adult Fear in its purest form.
  • Tear Jerker: Plenty.
    • Wolf and Torak having to separate at the end of Wolf Brother.
    • Nef sacrificing herself to seal in the piece of the fire opal, with her last actions being to send her beloved bat away, so it doesn't die with her, and for Torak to tell his father that her debt to him is paid.
    • Torak forced to undergo the outcast ritual, where he's treated as if he just died. And then he's forced to run for his life.
    • Bale's sudden death in Oath Breaker.
    • Most of Ghost Hunter.
      • When Eostra's owl attacks the wolves.
      • When Torak says goodbye to Renn and kisses her.
      • Later in the book when Renn is thinking of continuing her life after Torak dies. He comes back to life, but when she realizes it, it's still a tear jerking part.
      • The last few, bittersweet pages.
      • The Reveal of the Walker and Narik's actual identities.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? - Despite it mostly marketed as children's literature, there is a great deal of heavily described violence and gruesome images, as well as one or two important deaths in each book (also very gruesome and well-described). There is also some sensuality, especially in the final three books. And Thiazzi's physical and psychological torture of Renn in Oath Breaker
  • The Woobie: Dark, probably the most. His clan was disgusted by him because he was an albino, the only person who loved and protected him was his mother. When he was eight, his mother died. His father took him deep into the mountains and left him there. The next time he had human contact was when he was fifteen, and met Torak and, later, Renn.
    • Most of everyone else (Torak, Renn, and Fin-Kedinn) falls into Stoic Woobie.
      • Torak loses his father and is tossed into a destiny he was not prepared for, against foes he has no clue how to deal with. Having been raised away from the clans, he's not used to living with so many people, and feels like he doesn't belong with them. It doesn't help when he is later made outcast.
      • Oh, Renn. To start with, her mother is Seshru. Seshru only planned to use her as a tokoroth, at least before Saeunn intervened. Afterwards, Seshru didn't even bother to see if her daughter survived. She loses her father at an early age, and because of her talent for Magecraft, (which she is reluctant to use because she inherited it from her mother) people avoid her. Her first real friends were Torak and Wolf.
      • For Fin-Kedinn, his two best friends joined a cult and disappeared, and the girl he loved married one of the aforementioned friends and died. His little brother also dies, leaving him the sole caretaker of his niece and nephew. The nephew gets himself killed in an avalanche, and the niece keeps getting herself in danger helping with Torak's quest and so forcing him to run all over the known world to rescue her. The Soul Eaters almost kill him in book 1... and in book 5. Book 1 also sees him find out his best friend has died, which he blames himself for. And in book 6, Renn and Torak leave for the other forest, and Saeunn dies, leaving him with no close relationships left.
      • Torak's father accidentally joins the Religion of Evil, thinking he was doing good. He ends up having to fake his own death, chop off bits of himself, and commit murder to get out, after which his wife dies and he spends twelve years as an outlaw in the woods. And then his brother kills him. And then, he gets brainwashed right back into being a Soul Eater again.
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