Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Literature / AWizardInRhyme

Go To


Added DiffLines:

* WeirdTradeUnion: In ''The Secular Wizard'', once Mathew discovers that all crime in King Boncorro's country has unionized, with a different guild for each type of crime- the pickpocket guild, the burglar guild, the mugger guild, the robber guild, the murderer guild...

Added DiffLines:

* TooDumbToLive: A pimp in the beginning of ''The Haunted Wizard'' brags after he's arrested that no man would ever convict him. He's promptly told that well, in that case, they'll make sure the Queen is the one who presides over his trial.

Added DiffLines:

* WimpFight: In ''The Secular Wizard'', two squires try fighting unarmed. Unfortunately, the only kind of fighting they actually know how to do is sword fighting, so they mostly just land a lot of painful but not actually damaging blows until one gets a lucky hit to the solar plexus.


* EasyEvangelism: All over the place. Several times a novel, some minor villain will find themselves controlled by the devil, once a main character (whether Matt, Saul, or someone else) frees them they'll immediately repent.



* FantasticRacism

to:

* FantasticRacismFantasticRacism: Dragons are highly prejudice against dracogriffs.


* RealityWarper: any wizard would count, but special mention goes to Frisson, a genius-savant who comes up with brilliant poetry as easily as breathing... which, given the setting's FunctionalMagic, can go OffTheRails ''real'' fast.

to:

* RealityWarper: any Any wizard would count, but special mention goes to Frisson, a genius-savant who comes up with brilliant poetry as easily as breathing... which, given the setting's FunctionalMagic, can go OffTheRails ''real'' fast.



* RightfulKingReturns: subverted. There's stories of a descendent of Emperor Hardishane, a KingInTheMountain who will return to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong if evil manages to overwhelm all of Europe. AllMythsAreTrue, and such a man does exist, but he's striving with all his might to ''prevent'' his own crowning, as it can only take place AfterTheEnd. ([[spoiler:It's Sir Guy.]])

to:

* RightfulKingReturns: subverted.Subverted. There's stories of a descendent of Emperor Hardishane, a KingInTheMountain who will return to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong if evil manages to overwhelm all of Europe. AllMythsAreTrue, and such a man does exist, but he's striving with all his might to ''prevent'' his own crowning, as it can only take place AfterTheEnd. ([[spoiler:It's Sir Guy.]])



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: all over the place. Whether villainous or virtuous, there's one thing to be said for the royals of this alternate Europe: they work for their crowns.
* SuccessionCrisis: not only is this how some evil rulers take charge, but there's a genuine one at the end of the second book. Of the two people competing for their grandfather's throne, one is the eldest son's daughter, the other the younger son's son. (Solved when the lady [[PairTheSpares marries a third party]], removing herself from the line of succession.)

to:

* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: all All over the place. Whether villainous or virtuous, there's one thing to be said for the royals of this alternate Europe: they work for their crowns.
* SuccessionCrisis: not Not only is this how some evil rulers take charge, but there's a genuine one at the end of the second book. Of the two people competing for their grandfather's throne, one is the eldest son's daughter, the other the younger son's son. (Solved when the lady [[PairTheSpares marries a third party]], removing herself from the line of succession.)



** True {{Succubus}} do appear but the book doesn't do a good job at explaining what they actually are; demon, illusion or if they're just other people like Sayeesa.

to:

** True {{Succubus}} [[{{Succubus}} succubi]] do appear but the book doesn't do a good job at explaining what they actually are; demon, illusion or if they're just other people like Sayeesa.


* TheAtoner: Father Brunel became a priest to find forgiveness for his curse and resist temptation. (He is cursed to transform into a werewolf if he starts feeling lust)

to:

* TheAtoner: Father Brunel became a priest to find forgiveness for his curse and resist temptation. (He temptation (he is cursed to transform into a werewolf if he starts feeling lust)lust).


* OneOfUs: Matthew Mantrell definitely is, and by extension Stasheff as well.

Added DiffLines:

* PrefersRawMeat: Creatures like the dragon Stegoman and the [[MixAndMatchCritters Dracogriff]] Narlh are intelligent and friendly to the protagonist, but only take their meat "hot and fresh". Narlh can't stomach cooked meat at all and is surprised that something so foul-tasting can smell so delicious.


The series is relatively obscure--and, if truth be told, deservedly so. Books are a ClicheStorm: Matthew is set a task involving setting to rights another European country. He collects a RagTagBunchOfMisfits as he travels, often supplementing them with {{Public Domain Character}}s created through SummonMagic; most of them fade back into obscurity, though two from the first book, the BlackKnight, Sir Guy de [[BilingualBonus Toutarien]], and the dragon Stegoman, make repeat appearances. Matthew makes more study into the fabric of magic and Stasheff gets to soapbox about morality and virtue, whether in a Christian context or no. Main characters are flat, with secondaries having more interesting moments. So on.

The ''real'' reason tropers will want to check it out anyhow is that it is decidedly, deliberately, unabashedly {{Troperiffic}}. The TheoryOfNarrativeCausality is in full force, and characters are GenreSavvy enough to actively ''[[InvokedTrope invoke]]'' tropes if they stand to benefit from them (in the first book alone Princess Alisande calls upon "UnderdogsNeverLose" and "TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin"). The result is a PostModern series in the trappings of an HistoricalFantasy (complete with YeOldeButcheredEnglish, even though technically they are speaking French), a flood of classic poetry, and a series of {{Lampshade Hanging}}s which can only be described as loving.

to:

The series is relatively obscure--and, if truth be told, deservedly so.obscure. Books are a ClicheStorm: Matthew is set a task involving setting to rights another European country. He collects a RagTagBunchOfMisfits as he travels, often supplementing them with {{Public Domain Character}}s created through SummonMagic; most of them fade back into obscurity, though two from the first book, the BlackKnight, Sir Guy de [[BilingualBonus Toutarien]], and the dragon Stegoman, make repeat appearances. Matthew makes more study into the fabric of magic and Stasheff gets to soapbox about morality and virtue, whether in a Christian context or no. Main characters are flat, with secondaries having more interesting moments. So on.

The ''real'' reason tropers will want to check it out anyhow is that it It is decidedly, deliberately, unabashedly {{Troperiffic}}. The TheoryOfNarrativeCausality is in full force, and characters are GenreSavvy enough to actively ''[[InvokedTrope invoke]]'' ''{{invoke|dTrope}}'' tropes if they stand to benefit from them (in the first book alone Princess Alisande calls upon "UnderdogsNeverLose" and "TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin"). The result is a PostModern series in the trappings of an HistoricalFantasy (complete with YeOldeButcheredEnglish, even though technically they are speaking French), a flood of classic poetry, and a series of {{Lampshade Hanging}}s which can only be described as loving.



# Her Majesty's Wizard (1986)
# The Oathbound Wizard (1993)
# The Witch Doctor (1994)
# The Secular Wizard (1995)
# My Son, the Wizard (1997)
# The Haunted Wizard (1999)
# The Crusading Wizard (2000)
# The Feline Wizard (2000)



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Because magic in this setting is controlled by ExactWords, Matt has to be very careful with his phrasing. Otherwise, a spell to conjure fire can summon a [[BreathWeapon fire]]''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons breather]]'', and and a [[HybridMonster Dracogriff]]-sized saddle can come out big enough for the ''Dracogriff'' to ride.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Matt and Alisande. They bicker and argue almost like an old married couple, call each other out on moments of weakness, and even after all is said and done in the first novel [[spoiler: [[CanNotSpitItOut Matt still has trouble admitting his feelings for her]]]].

to:

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Because magic in this setting is controlled by ExactWords, Matt has to be very careful with his phrasing. Otherwise, a spell to conjure fire can summon a [[BreathWeapon fire]]''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons breather]]'', and and a [[HybridMonster Dracogriff]]-sized saddle can come out big enough for the ''Dracogriff'' to ride.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Matt and Alisande. They bicker and argue almost like an old married couple, call each other out on moments of weakness, and even after all is said and done in the first novel novel, [[spoiler: [[CanNotSpitItOut in a case of CanNotSpitItOut, Matt still has trouble admitting his feelings for her]]]].her]].



* IstanbulNotConstantinople: many names are traceable to influences in our history. Merovence, for instance, takes its name from the same [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merovingian_dynasty dynasty of French kings]] that [[Film/TheMatrix The Merovingian]] is named after.

to:

* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each novel's title ends with "Wizard", except for "The Witch Doctor".
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: many Many names are traceable to influences in our history. Merovence, for instance, takes its name from the same [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merovingian_dynasty dynasty of French kings]] that [[Film/TheMatrix The Merovingian]] is named after.


* MeaningfulName: Sir Guy introduces himself in ''Her Majesty's Wizard'' as "Sir Guy Losobal," which Matt works out as the Merovencian equivalent to "Sir Guy, the Black Knight." Later on in the book, it's revealed that his real name is [[spoiler:Sir Guy de Toutarien. Toutarien = 'toute ou rien' (all or nothing); if evil completely takes over, it'll be his cue to rebuild Hardishane's empire.]]

to:

* MeaningfulName: Sir Guy introduces himself in ''Her Majesty's Wizard'' as "Sir Guy Losobal," which Matt works out as the Merovencian equivalent to "Sir Guy, the Black Knight." ("''Le sable'' would be how you say "the black" in French.) Later on in the book, it's revealed that his real name is [[spoiler:Sir Guy de Toutarien. Toutarien = 'toute ou rien' (all or nothing); if evil completely takes over, it'll be his cue to rebuild Hardishane's empire.]]


* AlternateHistory: The timeline split when Romulus and Remus fought, in this version Remus won and Reme became famous for it's peacemaking and negotiation prowess.

to:

* AlternateHistory: The timeline split when Romulus and Remus fought, in fought. In this version Remus won and Reme became famous for it's peacemaking and negotiation prowess.


* YearInsideHourOutside: at one point, Matthew returns to "our" dimension after five years in Merovence, to discover that it's been three days since he left.

to:

* YearInsideHourOutside: at one point, Matthew returns to "our" dimension after five years in Merovence, to discover that it's been three days since he left. This inches into NarniaTime territory, since Saul had been transported into Merovence searching for him after he'd been missing several days years previously from their perspective.


* RecycledScript: A weirdly blatant example, the Grendel scene from the second book is repeated verbatim in the third with the names changed to the closest equivalent in the new party even though it means the characters refer to and use abilities they don't actually have and ignore the ones they do.

to:

* RecycledScript: A weirdly blatant example, the Grendel scene from the second book is repeated verbatim in the third with the names changed to the closest equivalent in the new party even though it means the characters refer to and use abilities they don't actually have and ignore the ones they do. The troll trying to fly away is a highlight.


* PublicDomainCharacter: RobinHood and his Merry Men, Literature/DonQuixote, [[AMidsummerNightsDream Puck]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_demon Maxwell's demon]] and more.

to:

* PublicDomainCharacter: RobinHood and his Merry Men, Literature/DonQuixote, [[AMidsummerNightsDream [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Puck]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_demon Maxwell's demon]] and more.


* TrueNeutral: InvokedTrope. Saul is a major ally for the good guys and a hero in his own right, but he refuses to accept their religion or belief system in favor of systematically studying how magic ''really'' works in this setting, and makes sure to commit a "technical sin" (like eating meat on Friday) for every good deed he does.

to:

* TrueNeutral: InvokedTrope. Saul is a major ally for the good guys and a hero in his own right, but he refuses to accept their religion or belief system in favor of systematically studying how magic ''really'' works in this setting, and makes sure to commit a "technical sin" (like eating meat on Friday) for every good deed he does. The religious characters are rather bemused by this.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 46

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report