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* GreenEyes: Halfrida's green eyes are brought up several times in the story, and serve to link her with another character. Also, Arissa is known for her odd, cat-like, yellow-green eyes.


* BrownEyes: Benjamin is the only major character to have hazel-brown eyes, a trait he got from his mother. They are several times described as being part of his overall plain appearance.

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* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Skeeter may be a little girl, but she is also the character most willing to pick fights and kick butt. However, she risks her life for complete strangers and cries when she thinks that [[spoiler: Benjamin is dead]].

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* BloodKnight: Skeeter Traps may be a cute, ten year-old girl, but that doesn't keep her from enjoying every single instant she's allowed to fight in battle.


* ObliviouslyBeautiful: Despite being the character whose beauty is commented on the most, Halfrida gives no thought to her features at all. Justified in that she is still the town outcast whose family just got slaughtered a while ago.

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* ObliviouslyBeautiful: Despite being the character whose beauty is commented on the most, Halfrida gives no thought to her features at all. Justified in that she is still the town outcast whose family just got slaughtered a while ago.ago.
* PerpetualFrowner: Skeeter is a ten year-old version of this.


* KidHero: [[spoiler: Benjamin]]

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* KidHero: Benjamin starts out a naive, timid boy, but ends up [[spoiler: Benjamin]]not only saving his father and friends, but becoming the Chosen One and the High King]].



* TheHighKing: What [[spoiler: Benjamin]] becomes in the end.
* TheLadette: Skeeter comes off as a child-version of this, for reasons mentioned above. Along with her tomboyish attitude, she has an irreverent sense of humor and enjoys teasing and bullying Benjamin.



* TheLadette: Skeeter comes off as a child-version of this, for reasons mentioned above. Along with her tomboyish attitude, she has an irreverent sense of humor and enjoys teasing and bullying Benjamin.


* AntiHero: Skeeter is this and the ''Main/PragmaticHero''. While she does want to save lives and change the world for the better, she isn't afraid to do it the dirty way.



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Cinder in spades and then some. A fourteen year old girl raised to kill her own subjects without remorse or respect. She is also a competent Chessmaster who enjoys toying with people's minds.

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Cinder in spades and then some. A fourteen year old girl raised to kill her own subjects without remorse or respect. She is also a competent Chessmaster ''Main/TheChessmaster'' who enjoys toying with people's minds.


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* KidHero: [[spoiler: Benjamin]]


* ActionGirl: Skeeter and Anri



* HotConsort: What Anri was before she became a spy and [[spoiler: what Cinder seems to secretly want Matthias to be]].



* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Benjamin with Skeeter [[spoiler: at first]].



* SheCleansUpNicely: Near the end, Benjamin sees Skeeter in a dress with her hair brushed and plaited. He thinks that she looks nice, but that her mother must have forced her into it.



* Tomboy: Skeeter enjoys fighting, shooting, and collecting weapons; she is also more like a boy than the main character-- who ''is'' one.

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* Tomboy: {{Tomboy}}: Skeeter enjoys fighting, shooting, and collecting weapons; she is also more like a boy than the main character-- who ''is'' one.one.
* TheLadette: Skeeter comes off as a child-version of this, for reasons mentioned above. Along with her tomboyish attitude, she has an irreverent sense of humor and enjoys teasing and bullying Benjamin.


* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Downplayed. Halfrida is known for her beautiful golden hair, but she is one of the darker, more troubled members of the cast. She seems to be aware of this.

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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Downplayed. Halfrida is known for her beautiful golden hair, but she is one of the darker, more troubled members of the cast. She seems to be aware of this.Rowan plays it straight.


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* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: The Falians are mentioned as being known for their beauty, so much so that the men of Castria practically trip over themselves gawking at Anri.


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* ObliviouslyBeautiful: Despite being the character whose beauty is commented on the most, Halfrida gives no thought to her features at all. Justified in that she is still the town outcast whose family just got slaughtered a while ago.


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* Tomboy: Skeeter enjoys fighting, shooting, and collecting weapons; she is also more like a boy than the main character-- who ''is'' one.


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* UnkemptBeauty: It is noted that, even mud-caked and bedraggled, Halfrida is still lovely to look at.


* BrownEyes: Benjamin is the only major character to have hazel-brown eyes, a trait he got from his mother. They are several times described as being part of his overall plain appearance.



* HiredForTheirLooks: Anri (a beautiful spy) briefly experiences a pang of resentment over this, but quickly gets over it and goes on with her job.
* IcyBlueEyes: Matthias Panthera has these, and a cold personality to match.



* InnocentBlueEyes: Strangely enough, Rowan (a twenty-something year-old man) has these, along with golden hair. His personality matches, as he is innocent and naive compared even to the younger characters. Averted with Skeeter, who has dark blue eyes and a far more cynical personality.



* ModestRoyalty: [[spoiler: Benjamin]] in the end.



* ModestRoyalty: [[spoiler: Benjamin]] in the end.


* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Cinder in spades and then some.

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Cinder in spades and then some. A fourteen year old girl raised to kill her own subjects without remorse or respect. She is also a competent Chessmaster who enjoys toying with people's minds.


* TenderTears: Rowan is known for crying easily, even though he's a grown man.

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* TenderTears: Rowan is known for crying easily, easily. Halfrida even though he's feels responsible for making him cry several times, and finds it strange that she (as a young girl) is worried about a grown man.man crying over her.


* BreakTheCutie: Halfrida in spades.
* BornUnlucky: How Halfrida feels about herself... and she's pretty much right.

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* BreakTheCutie: Halfrida in spades.
spades. First her entire family is killed in front of her, then [[spoiler: she finds out it was because of her]].
* BornUnlucky: How Halfrida feels about herself... and she's pretty much right.proven right.



* CowardlyLion: Benjamin ''is'' this.

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* CowardlyLion: Benjamin ''is'' this.starts out as this in the beginning; but his inner bravery shines through when he puts his life at risk again and again not only for those he loves, but for those he's just met.



* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Queen Cinder can fight rather impressively for someone in a pimped-out dress. Downplayed with Anri, who strips out of her finery to kick butt.

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* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Queen Cinder can fight rather impressively for someone in a pimped-out dress. Downplayed Averted with Anri, who strips out of her finery to kick butt.


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* StandardFantasySetting: Somewhat. It's in a European-based, alternate world and features magic, but there are no elves, dwarves, trolls, etc. Also, Magic is a living being also known as The Great Spirit, who imparts its power on those who believe in it.


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* VillainousBSOD: Queen Cinder near the end, when [[spoiler: Benjamin is resurrected]].


* ModestRoyalty: [[spoiler:hide this text Benjamin]] in the end.

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* ModestRoyalty: [[spoiler:hide this text [[spoiler: Benjamin]] in the end.


* BreakTheCutie: Halfrida in spades.



* BrokenBird: Halfrida in spades. Also Skeeter, Rowan, and Benjamin to a certain degree.

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* BrokenBird: Halfrida in spades.could be defined by this trope. Also Skeeter, Rowan, and Benjamin to a certain degree.



* ComicallySerious: Tobias has shades of this. A former soldier, he is older than most of the main cast and has had limited experience with children. Plus, he's just naturally stodgy.
* CowardlyLion: Benjamin ''is'' this.



* DeadpanSnarker: Tobias and Skeeter especially, but Halfrida and Rowan also have their moments.



* ModestRoyalty: [[spoiler:hide this text]] Benjamin in the end.

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* ModestRoyalty: [[spoiler:hide this text]] Benjamin text Benjamin]] in the end.


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* StepfordSnarker: What Skeeter seems to be at times. Ben notes that when she's not snarking, he sometimes sees fear or sorrow in her eyes.

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