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* AltarDiplomacy: Lara and Aren from ''The Bridge Kingdom'' get married as a part of peace treaty. In ''Dark Shores'' [[CorruptPolitician Cassius]] agrees to marry Lydia to gain political favor from her foster father, senator Valerius.

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* AltarDiplomacy: Lara and Aren from ''The Bridge Kingdom'' get married as a part of peace treaty. In ''Dark Shores'' [[CorruptPolitician Cassius]] agrees [[ArrangedMarriage to marry Lydia Lydia]] to gain political favor from her foster father, senator Valerius.


** ''Dark Skies'' (to be released in May 2020)

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** ''Dark Skies'' (2020)
** ''Gilded Serpent''
(to be released published in May 2020)April 2021)


** In ''[[Literature/Dark Shores Dark Skies]]'' High Lord Torrington is the only one who drinks wine during the council meeting although he quickly puts his goblet away and makes a face. A few chapters later [[spoiler: he turns out to be infected with blight]].

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** In ''[[Literature/Dark Shores ''[[Literature/DarkShores Dark Skies]]'' High Lord Torrington is the only one who drinks wine during the council meeting although he quickly puts his goblet away and makes a face. A few chapters later [[spoiler: he turns out to be infected with blight]].


* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Cecile and Tristan, partly thanks to troll love potion that all couples drink on their wedding day. Aren and Lara also gradually seem to become this, following a long period of distrust after their politically-motivated marriage.

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: PerfectlyArrangedMarriage:
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Cecile and Tristan, partly thanks to troll love potion that all couples drink on their wedding day. day.
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Aren and Lara also gradually seem to become this, following a long period of distrust after their politically-motivated marriage.marriage.
** {{Subverted}} with Lydia and Lucius Cassius--the marriage is strictly political and ends before it really begins.


** In ''[[Literature/Dark Shores Dark Skies]]'' High Lord Torrington is the only one who drinks wine during the council meeting although he quickly puts his goblet away and makes a face. A few chapters later [[spoiler: he turns out to be infected with blight]].



* {{Deuteragonist}}: All Jensen's series have the female character (Cecile, Lara, Teriana) as TheProtagonist, with male character (Tristan, Aren, Marcus) as Deuteragonist. Women get proportionally more time as PoV but their partners (husbands) are equally important for the plot.

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* {{Deuteragonist}}: All Jensen's series have the female character (Cecile, Lara, Teriana) Teriana, Lydia) as TheProtagonist, with male character (Tristan, Aren, Marcus) Marcus, Killian) as Deuteragonist. Women get proportionally more time as PoV but their partners (husbands) are equally important for the plot.



** {{Subverted}} in the Celendrial Empire in ''Dark Shores'', where women are treated as the property of their men (fathers, brothers, husbands). Played straight on the Dark Shores, where women are equal to men and some of them are military (the best general in Gamdeshian army is its Sultan's daughter) and political (empress Ereni) leaders.

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** {{Subverted}} in the Celendrial Empire in ''Dark Shores'', where women are treated as the property of their men (fathers, brothers, husbands). Played straight on the Dark Shores, where women are equal to men and some of them are military (the best general in Gamdeshian army is its Sultan's daughter) and political (empress Ereni) leaders. Zigzagged in Mudamora, where, especially in the South, women are not really expected to be soldiers and [[LadyOfWar Dareena Falorn]] was not chosen as a Queen mostly because of her gender--which has not stopped her from becoming High Lady (leader) of her House.



* OffingTheOffspring: What king Silas of Maridrina has planned for eleven of his daughters. And how [[spoiler: Anushka the witch has managed to stay alive for hundreds of years]] in ''Malediction Trilogy''.

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* OffingTheOffspring: What king Silas of Maridrina has planned for eleven of his daughters. And how [[spoiler: Anushka the witch has managed to stay alive for hundreds of years]] in ''Malediction Trilogy''. Also, princess Malahi from ''Dark Skies'' is afraid her father wants to kill her to bury their DarkSecret forever.



* SelfMadeOrphan: Lara is seriously considering it at one point, so is Tristan [[spoiler: although the deed is finally done by his brother Roland]].

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* SelfMadeOrphan: Lara is seriously considering it at one point, so is Tristan [[spoiler: although the deed is finally done by his brother Roland]]. And [[spoiler: Malahi sends Lydia]] to kill her father.

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** ''Dark Skies'' (to be released in May 2020)

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* {{Deuteragonist}}: All Jensen's series have the female character (Cecile, Lara, Teriana) as TheProtagonist, with male character (Tristan, Aren, Marcus) as Deuteragonist. Women get proportionally more time as PoV but their partners (husbands) are equally important for the plot.


** ''The Bridge Kingdom'' (2018, as Audible Originals audiobook)

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** ''The Bridge Kingdom'' (2018, (2018 as Audible Originals audiobook, 2019 in book form)
** ''Traitor Queen'' (2019
as Audible Originals audiobook)

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Whether it's humans and trolls in ''Malediction Trilogy'', Maridrina and Ithicana in ''Bridge Kingdom Archives'' or Celendor and the Maarin in ''Dark Shores'', the male and female protagonists (conveniently, coming from the opposing side of the conflict) soon come to realise that they are NotSoDifferent, that both sides of the conflict have their points and that neither is fully good or completely evil.

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* ChekhovsGun:
** In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'': At the beginning of ''Hidden Huntress'' Cecile's friend Chris buys a a small charm that is supposed to protect the wearer from magic, which Cecile dismisses as rubbish. By the end, it turns out the charm worked -- because it was made from witches' bane, rowan. And in ''Warrior Witch'', Martin the librarian steals a bottle of magical Elixir de la Lune to bind himself with the girl he loves, which later on turns out to be highly important not only for couples in love.
** In ''Literature/TheBridgeKingdomArchives'' a letter to king Silas that Aren begins to write soon after his marriage to Lara (and never finishes) turns out to be very important near the end.
** In ''Literature/DarkShores'': Small ornaments that Teriana wears in her braids turn out to be very important [[spoiler: after she's kidnapped.]]


* ''Dark Shores''
** ''Literature/DarkShores'' (2019)

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* ''Literature/DarkShores''
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''Dark Shores''
** ''Literature/DarkShores''
Shores'' (2019)


* AltarDiplomacy: Lara and Aren from ''The Bridge Kingdom'' get married as a part of peace treaty. In ''Dark Shores'' [[CorruptPolitician Cassius]] agrees to marry Lydia to gain political favor from her foster father, senator Valerius.



* DamselOutOfDistress: Both Cecile from ''Malediction Trilogy'' and Lara from ''The Bridge Kingdom'' are not helpless and can easily take care of themselves, often to the surprise of those around.

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* DamselOutOfDistress: Both Cecile from ''Malediction Trilogy'' and Trilogy'', Lara from ''The Bridge Kingdom'' and Teriana from ''Dark Shores'' are not helpless and can easily take care of themselves, often to the surprise of those around.



* GenderIsNoObject: Troll society in ''Malediction Trilogy'' works this way. What matters is a troll's level of magical power and the family they come from, gender is irrelevant. In the kingdom of Ithicana in ''The Bridge Kingdom'' everyone needs to fight to protect the country, so women fight alongside men.

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** As the author herself claims, the Celendrial Empire in ''Dark Shores'' is based on the Ancient Rome, with their legions, conquests, political system (from the republican period), fashion and role of women.
* GenderIsNoObject: GenderIsNoObject:
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Troll society in ''Malediction Trilogy'' works this way. What matters is a troll's level of magical power and the family they come from, gender is irrelevant.
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In the kingdom of Ithicana in ''The Bridge Kingdom'' everyone needs to fight to protect the country, so women fight alongside men.men.
** {{Subverted}} in the Celendrial Empire in ''Dark Shores'', where women are treated as the property of their men (fathers, brothers, husbands). Played straight on the Dark Shores, where women are equal to men and some of them are military (the best general in Gamdeshian army is its Sultan's daughter) and political (empress Ereni) leaders.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Royal twins Aren and Ahnna of Ithicana both fight to protect their homeland from raiders and often get wounded in the process. And royal family of Trollus in ''Malediction Trilogy'' is tasked with maintaining the magical "tree", without which Trollus would be destroyed.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
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Royal twins Aren and Ahnna of Ithicana both fight to protect their homeland from raiders and often get wounded in the process. And royal process.
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family of Trollus in ''Malediction Trilogy'' is tasked with maintaining the magical "tree", without which Trollus would be destroyed.destroyed.
** On Dark Shores most political leaders (who may or may not be royals) are also military leaders: Gamdeshi army is led by its Sultan's daughter, empress Ereni of Arinoquia is a warrior and Teriana's mother Tesya is a trumvir and a captain of a merchant vessel.


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** At one point in ''Dark Shores'', the legionnaires and Teriana tell stories about their various scars. Marcus has one on his face, where an arrow almost hit him.


** ''Dark Shores'' (to be published in May 2019)

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** ''Dark Shores'' (to be published in May 2019)''Literature/DarkShores'' (2019)

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* ''Dark Shores''
** ''Dark Shores'' (to be published in May 2019)



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