YMMV: The Magids
- Ending Fatigue: Everything's wrapped up...so now let's spend 20 pages on what was happening in Babylon while Rupert was waiting.
- The Scrappy: Rupert is one of Jones' most disliked protagonists. Granted, part of this is exactly the response she was going for, but it goes a bit beyond that. He's pretty much Rincewind with zero self-awareness.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?/What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This is possibly why blurb copy likes to try and distance Merlin from Secret. Despite being written by a prominent children's/young adults' author, Deep Secret was originally published under an adult label and has more adult themes than most of her other works. (It has a couple instances of rather shocking violence, and a few references to sex, though it's never explicit.) The Merlin Conspiracy is slightly more child-friendly, but not by much.