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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Yanjingyi mages all over. They can't even conceive of ambient magic and seem to use every plant and mineral ''against'' its inclinations. For example, they put poison spells in willow wood. Willow, of course, is the basis for aspirin. This is rather {{JustForFun/egregious}} considering that they're able to send a quite cunningly poisoned piece of cloth to Berenene in ''Literature/TheWillOfTheEmpress'', on top of the fact that ''real'' China (where the willow tree originates) figured out its medicinal properties thousands of years ago... without any magic to help.

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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Yanjingyi mages all over. They can't even conceive of ambient magic and seem to use every plant and mineral ''against'' its inclinations. For example, they put poison spells in willow wood. Willow, of course, is the basis for aspirin. This is rather {{JustForFun/egregious}} considering that they're able to send a quite cunningly poisoned piece of cloth to Berenene in ''Literature/TheWillOfTheEmpress'', on top of the fact that ''real'' China (where the willow tree originates) figured out its medicinal properties thousands of years ago... without any magic to help. Additionally, the salysilic acid that makes willow and aspirin a painkiller is toxic to humans improperly used or in high enough doses, just like anything else that can be used for healing.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When touring the Emperor's rose garden Briar and Rosethorn notice an ailing plant off the beaten path and stop to treat it. This draws Weishu's notice to it, and he demands the rosebush be destroyed and the gardeners whipped until bloody. The visiting plant mages argue, very politely, that the gardeners didn't do anything wrong and that the plant should survive, and when Rosethorn offers to make a new variety of rose out of the offending one Weishu finally agrees to spare it. That night Weishu has the gardeners staked out in the garden, which is doused with oil and set ablaze.


* EvilUncle: Parahan and Soudamini's uncle took over their kingdom and gave him to the Emperor of Gyongxe as a prisoner. At the end of the book, the twins stay in Gyongxe to earn money to raise an army to overthrow him.

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* EvilUncle: Parahan and Soudamini's uncle took over their kingdom and gave him to the Emperor of Gyongxe Yanjing as a prisoner. At the end of the book, the twins stay in Gyongxe to earn money to raise an army to overthrow him.


* CallBack: We see how Evvy met the mountain heart/god/spirit Luvo, first mentioned in ''Literature/MeltingStones''.
* AChildShallLeadThem: The God-King of Gyongxe is about eleven years old during the events of the book.
* TheEmperor: The Emperor of Yanjing is a ruthless man who is willing to burn gardeners to death just because they couldn't cure a sick plant.

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* BadBoss: Servants to the Yanjingyi emperor who fail to please in some way are beheaded, at best.
* BuriedInAPileOfCorpses: [[spoiler:Evvy is thrown in a pile of corpses when she uses her magic to convince her Yanjingyi torturers that she's died in order to keep from breaking and answering their questions.]]
* CallBack: We see how Evvy met the mountain heart/god/spirit Luvo, an event first mentioned in ''Literature/MeltingStones''.
* AChildShallLeadThem: The God-King of Gyongxe is about eleven years old during the events of the book.
book. It's pointed out it must be a hard job for someone who's just a kid.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: The Gyongxin tradition of sky burial.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Literally. The gods of Gyongxe humiliate Weishu and kick him out.]]
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:The book with fighting a very long battle against Weishu's army and successfully holding him off, though with the knowledge that they'll be back again. Then, everyone wakes up in chains with Weishu on the throne because he suddenly always had sleeper agents in the capital… which goes on to set up a DeusExMachina.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Early in the book, Emperor Weishu is showing Rosethorn and Briar his rose gardens and finds one moldy plant. First he says he'll tear out the plant and whip the gardeners. Then later, he burns the entire garden. With the gardeners in it.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Luvo says this to Briar when they finally meet.
-->"I did think you would be larger, from Evumeimei’s descriptions."
* TheEmpire: Yanjing. It conquers a couple of neighbors during the story and then goes after Gyongxe.
* TheEmperor: The Emperor Weishu of Yanjing is a ruthless man who is willing to burn gardeners to death just because they couldn't cure a sick plant.plant. And he has absolute power and wants to claim Gyongxe because it's the land of the gods. Definitely not the benevolent type.



* {{Interquel}}: Set between ''Literature/TheCircleOpens'' and ''Literature/TheWillOfTheEmpress''.
* {{Irony}}: In Yanjing, cinnabar has the symbolic meaning of long life. Cinnabar contains ''mercury''.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Emperor Weishu is a horrific example of this, because he has unlimited power in Yanjing and is entirely unafraid to use it.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Yanjingyi mages all over. They can't even conceive of ambient magic and seem to use every plant and mineral ''against'' its inclinations. For example, they put poison spells in willow wood. Willow, of course, is the basis for aspirin. This is rather {{JustForFun/egregious}} considering that they're able to send a quite cunningly poisoned piece of cloth to Berenene in ''Literature/TheWillOfTheEmpress'', on top of the fact that ''real'' China (where the willow tree originates) figured out its medicinal properties thousands of years ago... without any magic to help.



* {{Retcon}}: Although there's nothing ''too'' major, many of the details of the war don't quite match up with what was mentioned in ''The Will of the Empress'' and ''Melting Stones''.

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* PerceptionFilter: Gyongxe is the home of many gods and things that the gods made (or which made themselves), examples being naga and "cave snakes" (little skulls that move around on a spinal column). However, you lose all clear memory of these things when you leave its borders because they prefer to be left alone.
* PhysicalGod: The tiger gods, big stone statues that smack around enemies. [[spoiler:Some of the gods of Gyongxe take part in the battle against Weishu, and their mortal forms can be killed.]]
* {{Retcon}}: Although there's nothing ''too'' major, Excluding the presence of magical creatures, since a reason why the protagonists forgot them is explicitly given, many of the details of the war don't quite match up with what was mentioned in ''The Will of the Empress'' and ''Melting Stones''.
Stones''. One example is that in ''Empress'', Briar has a mind palace that he created while imprisoned by the Yanjingyi. In this book, Briar is only held captive for a few hours and we never see him creating it.
* WarIsHell: The war between Yanjing and Gyongxe. Briar, Evvy, and Rosethorn are exposed to horror and brutality with entire villages razed. We see the results with their behavior in ''Empress'' and ''Melting Stones'' — they all seem to have [=PTSD=].
* WrongContextMagic: Ambient magic in Yanjing. They have no clue what it is, can't detect it, and are therefore extremely vulnerable when Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy use it against them.


** Gyongxye is Tibet, what with being located in the world's highest mountain range and being ruled by a boy who is said to be chosen by the gods.

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** Gyongxye Gyongxe is Tibet, what with being located in the world's highest mountain range and being ruled by a boy who is said to be chosen by the gods.


* AChildWillLeadThem: The God-King of Gyongxe is about eleven years old during the events of the book.

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* AChildWillLeadThem: AChildShallLeadThem: The God-King of Gyongxe is about eleven years old during the events of the book.

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''Battle Magic'' is the eleventh book in Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/{{Circleverse}}'', first published in 2013. It's an {{interquel}} that details the war between Gyongxe and Yanjing first mentioned in ''Literature/TheWillOfTheEmpress''.

Briar Moss, Dedicate Initiate Rosethorn and Evumeimei "Evvy" Dingzai are visiting Gyongxe, staying at the First Circle Temple and visiting the God-King, when they discover that the ruthless Emperor of Yanjing is plotting to invade. They step up to help with the defence, but things prove more complicated then they imagine when they become aware of Gyongxe's secrets.

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* CallBack: We see how Evvy met the mountain heart/god/spirit Luvo, first mentioned in ''Literature/MeltingStones''.
* AChildWillLeadThem: The God-King of Gyongxe is about eleven years old during the events of the book.
* TheEmperor: The Emperor of Yanjing is a ruthless man who is willing to burn gardeners to death just because they couldn't cure a sick plant.
* EvilUncle: Parahan and Soudamini's uncle took over their kingdom and gave him to the Emperor of Gyongxe as a prisoner. At the end of the book, the twins stay in Gyongxe to earn money to raise an army to overthrow him.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** Yanjing is clearly Imperial China.
** Gyongxye is Tibet, what with being located in the world's highest mountain range and being ruled by a boy who is said to be chosen by the gods.
** The Realms of the Sun, where Parahan and Soudamini are from, are the subcontinent of India.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Anyone who encounters the magical creatures who live exclusively in Gyongxe will forget them when they leave.
* ObfuscatingDisability: While escaping from Yanjing, Prince Parahan disguises himself as a blind beggar by putting egg whites in his eyes.
* {{Retcon}}: Although there's nothing ''too'' major, many of the details of the war don't quite match up with what was mentioned in ''The Will of the Empress'' and ''Melting Stones''.

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