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* DecoyProtagonist: The first chapter starts with Christopher's point of view, and, as FishOutOfWater in his new family by adoption, it looks like he's set to be the main character. [[spoiler:He gets killed off in the middle of the book]].


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! The novel has two sequels, ''Die Unsterbliche'' and ''Die Gebannte''.

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* DemotedToDragon: For quite a large part of the book Lysander is the BigBad. [[spoiler:And then Morgantus comes out]].

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* DecoyProtagonist: The first chapter starts with Christopher's point of view, and, as FishOutOfWater in his new family by adoption, it looks like he's set to be the main character. [[spoiler:He gets killed off in the middle of the book]].
* DemotedToDragon: For quite a large part of the book Lysander is the BigBad. [[spoiler:And then Morgantus comes out]].out. And then it gets subverted in ''Die Gebannte'', when Lysander appears as the main villain again]].



* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Taken UpToEleven with Sylvette. Even [[spoiler:being forced into incest, giving birth at the age of eight, being separated from her daughter, and living in the underground tunnels]] couldn't destroy her angelic nature.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Taken UpToEleven with Sylvette. Even [[spoiler:being forced into incest, giving birth at the age of eight, being separated from her daughter, and living in the underground tunnels]] couldn't destroy her angelic nature. Subverted in the sequels, where she does get more bitter and cynical as she grows up, but her HiddenHeartOfGold stays in its place [[spoiler:and she dies in a HeroicSacrifice]].



* LadyLooksLikeADude: Madame de Dion, Headmistress of St. Jacob's Institute for Ladies. She is extremely strong and muscular, speaks in a deep voice, and shows no interest in men, and the girls nickname her Monseigneur. [[spoiler:Subverted as she turns out to be really a man.]]

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* LadyLooksLikeADude: Madame de Dion, Headmistress of St. Jacob's Institute for Ladies. She is extremely strong and muscular, speaks in a deep voice, and shows no interest in men, and the girls nickname her Monseigneur. [[spoiler:Subverted as she turns out to be really a man.]]man]].


'''Die Alchimistin''' (''The Alchemist Woman'', 1998, second version published 2011) is a fantasy/mystery novel by Kai Meyer. It follows the story of Aura Institoris, seventeen at the beginning of the novel. She lives in a remote castle with no company but her DysfunctionalFamily: [[ParentalNeglect a mysterious and bad-tempered elderly father Nestor who is an alchemist and rarely ever leaves his laboratory]], [[UglyGuyHotWife a much younger beautiful mother Charlotte who struggles to bring joy into the castle]], [[FlirtyStepsiblings an adopted brother Daniel who is just a tad too close with Aura]], [[HappilyAdopted another adopted brother Christopher who finds a mentor figure in her father]], and [[CheerfulChild the cute little sister Sylvette that everyone adores]]. Life isn't all nice to begin with, and then Aura is being sent away to a boarding school in the mountains. Just before she leaves, however, her father is murdered, and later she encounters the same murderer on the train, who first attempts to kill her but then somehow doesn't; worse, Aura feels herself attracted to him.

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'''Die Alchimistin''' ''Die Alchimistin'' (''The Alchemist Woman'', 1998, second version published 2011) is a fantasy/mystery novel by Kai Meyer. It follows the story of Aura Institoris, seventeen at the beginning of the novel. She lives in a remote castle with no company but her DysfunctionalFamily: [[ParentalNeglect a mysterious and bad-tempered elderly father Nestor who is an alchemist and rarely ever leaves his laboratory]], [[UglyGuyHotWife a much younger beautiful mother Charlotte who struggles to bring joy into the castle]], [[FlirtyStepsiblings an adopted brother Daniel who is just a tad too close with Aura]], [[HappilyAdopted another adopted brother Christopher who finds a mentor figure in her father]], and [[CheerfulChild the cute little sister Sylvette that everyone adores]]. Life isn't all nice to begin with, and then Aura is being sent away to a boarding school in the mountains. Just before she leaves, however, her father is murdered, and later she encounters the same murderer on the train, who first attempts to kill her but then somehow doesn't; worse, Aura feels herself attracted to him.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Gillian's master is always like that. Gillian isn't fooled.


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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Stein and Bein who do the dirty work for [[spoiler:Morgantus]]. A rarer example of the trope since they are TheDividual and nobody can tell one from the other.


* GiveHimANormalLife: Charlotte, in the beginning, desperately tries to create a happy and loving family. Primarily for Sylvette's sake

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* GiveHimANormalLife: Charlotte, in the beginning, desperately tries to create a happy and loving family. Primarily for Sylvette's sakesake.


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** Then there's Gillian who stays out of his son Gian's life as he's not yet over with his [[spoiler:plans of revenge against his master]].


* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Subverted. Nestor knows very well [[spoiler:who Sylvette's true father is]], and doesn't have any problems with that.

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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Subverted. Nestor knows very well [[spoiler:who Sylvette's true father is]], and doesn't have any problems with that.that, meaning he doesn't treat Sylvette worse than anyone else.

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: St. Jacob's Institute for Highborn Ladies. If you blindly follow the rules it's just a very strict institute, but if you dare do anything Madame de Dion doesn't like, one day you're likely disappear never to be found. [[spoiler:Actually, you'll be sacrificed so that Morgantus would bathe in your blood.]]


* GiveHimANormalLife: Charlotte, in the beginning, desperately tries to create a happy a loving family. Primarily for Sylvette's sake

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* GiveHimANormalLife: Charlotte, in the beginning, desperately tries to create a happy a and loving family. Primarily for Sylvette's sake


** Gillian [[spoiler:is believed dead]] for seven years. Gian isn't amused when he does show up with LukeImYourFather.

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** Gillian [[spoiler:is believed dead]] for seven years. Gian isn't amused (at first) when he does show up with LukeImYourFather.LukeIAmYourFather.

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: [[spoiler:Sylvette]] gives birth at ''eight''. It's not specified whether it was natural or [[spoiler:Morgantus]] used some potions of his to make her puberty come early.


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** Gillian [[spoiler:is believed dead]] for seven years. Gian isn't amused when he does show up with LukeImYourFather.


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* TeenPregnancy: Aura becomes pregnant at seventeen, when still (technically) a student of St. Jacob's Institute. She deals with it surprisingly well, which is lampshaded by Christopher.


* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: [[spoiler:Charlotte]] and Aura.

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* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Subverted with [[spoiler:Charlotte]] and Aura.Aura, as neither of them is particularly fond of Nestor (or Nestor of them).

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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Aura, for her family at least.


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* GiveHimANormalLife: Charlotte, in the beginning, desperately tries to create a happy a loving family. Primarily for Sylvette's sake
** [[spoiler:Lysander]] has the same motive when he decides not to claim his daughter, as a life in the cellars and sewers of Vienna isn't exactly what a normal childhood is like.

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* DisappearedDad: Nestor hardly comes down from his laboratory to see his family, and then he dies (the death isn't discovered until much later).

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* HonoraryUncle: Family friend and Charlotte's lover Friedrich is called "Uncle" by her children.

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* FamilyDisunion: Charlotte insists on family dinners, but they are always a highly strained affair and quarrels can break out any second.

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