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* HadToBeSharp: "Gunther von Weber's" cover story. A young man who travels Germany's shooting competitions, "he" explains his phenomenal skill as coming from taking care of his mother, having to protect their animals and put game in the pot; "don't hit, don't eat." Actually, Gisette is...embroidering the truth a bit; her skill is largely from being a MageMarksman.

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* HadToBeSharp: "Gunther von Weber's" cover story. A young man who travels Germany's shooting competitions, "he" explains his phenomenal skill as coming from taking care of his mother, having to protect their animals and put game in the pot; "don't hit, don't eat." She reuses this backstory later as "Rio Ellie" in Captain Cody's cowboy show. Actually, Gisette is...embroidering the truth a bit; her skill is largely from being a MageMarksman.

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* NeuralImplanting: Magical instead of psionic, but still applies. Elementals can give magicians information as they sleep in exchange for offerings, which is most often used for quickly learning the language of the place the Elemental comes from.


** Mari is the Welsh form of Mary, which can mean 'beloved' and 'rebellious'. Mari Prothero certainly rebelled against the pact of ArrangedMarriage between her family and the Selch and only agreed to it with conditions, and is beloved to her father and husband. Also Maya's name means 'illusion' and she is very adept with spells to avert notice. Peter means stone and Peter Scott [[spoiler: marries Maya, an Earth Master]]. The other Peter [[spoiler: follows him in ''Unnatural Issue'', with his love interest being also an Earth Master]].

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** Mari is the Welsh form of Mary, which can mean 'beloved' and 'rebellious'. Mari Prothero certainly rebelled against the pact of ArrangedMarriage between her family and the Selch and only agreed to it with conditions, and is beloved to her father and husband. Also Mary has also been translated as meaning "of the sea", which fits Mari.
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Maya's name means 'illusion' and she is very adept with spells to avert notice. Peter means stone and Peter Scott [[spoiler: marries Maya, an Earth Master]]. The other Peter [[spoiler: follows him in ''Unnatural Issue'', with his love interest being also an Earth Master]].


* ''The Serpent’s Shadow'' (Literature/SnowWhite)

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* ''The Serpent’s Shadow'' (Literature/SnowWhite)''Literature/TheSerpentsShadow'' (Literature/SnowWhite)
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* ActionGirl: In their "Warriors of the Light" aspects, both Isabelle Harton and Nan can pull this off. Ninette Dupond manages this as well, and then immediately lies about it because NoGuyWantsAnAmazon. Rosamund von Schwarzwald is the real champion of this though. She goes out and kills blood mages for a living.
** Then in ''From a High Tower'' she mentors Giselle through the last stages of her CharacterDevelopment from ActionSurvivor to full-fledged Action Girl.

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In their "Warriors of the Light" aspects, both Isabelle Harton and Nan can pull this off. Ninette Dupond manages this as well, and then immediately lies about it because NoGuyWantsAnAmazon. NoGuyWantsAnAmazon.
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Rosamund von Schwarzwald is the real champion of this though. She goes out and kills blood mages for a living.
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living. Then in ''From a High Tower'' she mentors Giselle through the last stages of her CharacterDevelopment from ActionSurvivor to full-fledged Action Girl.



* AmbiguouslyEvil: We don't know ''what'' is up with [[spoiler: Kali Durga]]. [[spoiler: She does eventually kill Shivani for the crimes the priestess commits in her name, but it's not clear whether She approves of the thugees and HumanSacrifice in the normal course of business; Shivani's death may be a case of EvenEvilHasStandards or GoodAllAlong.]]



* BackAlleyDoctor: Dr. Maya Witherspoon fits the "highly trained and well-equipped criminal" version. She’s a fully-qualified doctor and surgeon, with a perfectly respectable clinic. She also volunteers at a clinic in one of the rougher neighborhoods of London, holds late office hours for the convenience of several courtesans/mistresses among her patients, and is willing to provide any female patient with contraception (illegal at the time).



** Jason Cameron (though he [[IdiotBall did it to himself]])

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** Jason Cameron (though he [[IdiotBall did it to himself]])himself]]).



* CrossoverCosmology: All religions have some truth to them; both the Christian afterlife and the Druidic Summer Country are shown to exist, for example, though the Christian version isn't as all-encompassing as it claims to be. Also, the divine magic of the Hindu pantheon plays a significant part in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.

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* CrossoverCosmology: All religions have some truth to them; both the Christian afterlife and the Druidic Summer Country are shown to exist, for example, though the Christian version isn't as all-encompassing as it claims to be. Also, the divine magic of the Hindu pantheon plays a significant part in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.''Literature/TheSerpentsShadow''.



* TheEdwardianEra: Time period for most of the novels.
* EldritchAbomination: One plays a major role in ''A Scandal In Battersea''. What else do you call a people-eating OutsideContextProblem made of darkness and tentacles from AnotherDimension?

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* TheEdwardianEra: Time The time period for most of the novels.
* EldritchAbomination: One plays a major role in ''A Scandal In in Battersea''. What else do you call a people-eating OutsideContextProblem made of darkness and tentacles from AnotherDimension?



* EverybodyHatesHades: Subverted with Kali Durga. Her priestess and cult are the antagonists of ''The Serpent's Shadow'', but they're clearly not instruments of her will, simply fundamentalists twisting religion to their own ends like any other religion could have. [[spoiler:In her one appearance, she's far more ambiguous than good or evil, although she does disapprove of Shivani near the end.]]



* EvilTwin: Shivani was Surya's evil twin. She may have killed Surya, definitely killed her husband, and spends the whole book trying to track down and kill Maya as well.



** One of the stories from ''Elemental Magic'' is based on "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}"

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** One of the stories from ''Elemental Magic'' is based on "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}""Literature/{{Rapunzel}}".



** The forthcoming ''The Bartered Brides'' is based on "Literature/{{Bluebeard}}"

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** The forthcoming ''The Bartered Brides'' is based on "Literature/{{Bluebeard}}""Literature/{{Bluebeard}}".



* ForceFeeding: Learning that this was being done to the suffragettes is what prompted Maya to publicly join their cause in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.



* TheFundamentalist: Shivani and her agents.



* GodWasMyCopilot: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', Maya's Indian pets are all avatars of Hindu gods and goddesses. They manifest powers in the finale; most notably, Charam the monkey turns into Hanuman himself, complete with spear.



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', this becomes an issue when Maya has to operate on a pregnant Irishwoman with an inflamed appendix. It's mentioned that most doctors would just remove the uterus and fetus to get them out of the way, but Maya respects her patient's Catholic beliefs enough to work around them, to the disdain of the watching students.



** The bullying constable Ewynnog in ''Home From The Sea'', who seems to function as this in-universe as well. Nobody respects him but he has too much authority for people to be able to dismiss him entirely.

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** The bullying constable Ewynnog in ''Home From The the Sea'', who seems to function as this in-universe as well. Nobody respects him but he has too much authority for people to be able to dismiss him entirely.



* HeManWomanHater: Richard Whitestone is absolutely convinced that women are mentally inferior to men.

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Richard Whitestone is absolutely convinced that women are mentally inferior to men.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Peter Almsley gets a lot of elements of this in ''Serpent's Shadow'', with his work off-the-page on Maya and Peter's part, and the epilogue consists of a letter from him to his Grandmother. Becomes literally true in ''Unnatural Issue''.

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Peter Almsley gets a lot of elements of this in ''Serpent's ''The Serpent's Shadow'', with his work off-the-page on Maya and Peter's part, and the epilogue consists of a letter from him to his Grandmother. Becomes literally true in ''Unnatural Issue''.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nan and Sarah, who are practically inseparable both personally and professionally. In ''A Study In Sable'' they're even [[HasTwoMommies raising their orphan protege together]].

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nan and Sarah, who are practically inseparable both personally and professionally. In ''A Study In in Sable'' they're even [[HasTwoMommies raising their orphan protege protégé together]].



* HolierThanThou: Characters in ''The Serpent's Shadow'' have a few sharp words for churchmen who think that charity should only be given to "the deserving poor" who adhere to middle-class values despite being unable to afford them. Maya is introduced to a bishop who turns out to be an [[AvertedTrope aversion]], being a genuinely kind man with a lively sense of humor.



* HonorRelatedAbuse: Shivani kills her sister Surya and Surya's English husband, as well as trying to kill their daughter, in order to cleanse the shame of Surya's mixed marriage from the family line.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Norry from "Serpent's Shadow." She also moonlights as a pickpocket.



* InVinoVeritas: Alluded to in ''The Serpent's Shadow'', when Maya Witherspoon brings a young man injured on the orders of one of the book's villains to the Fleet Street Clinic. The head nurse is worried about the attraction he shows to a female medical student/clinic volunteer, until Maya points out that there's just as much truth in a quarter-grain of morphine as there is in wine.



** The twins sisters in "The Serpent's Shadow". Surya was gentle, loving and maternal (light). Shivani is vicious, vindictive and cruel. Maya as well is light being a doctor and healer.
** Marina and Madame Arachne in "Gates of Sleep." Marina is kind and friendly, if somewhat stubborn and "positively lawyer-like" in her ability to stymie rules or orders she doesn't care for. Her notable exercises of Water Mastery are to seek out poison and eradicate it. She has to be forced into wearing mourning black - by virtue of having her wardrobe completely replaced. In contrast, Madame Arachne is cold, manipulative, and cruel but seductive and alluring. The base of her power is in poisoning - the environment, people, souls. Her entire wardrobe is expensive, impractical, and very, very black.

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** The twins twin sisters in "The ''The Serpent's Shadow".Shadow''. Surya was gentle, loving and maternal (light). Shivani is vicious, vindictive and cruel. Maya as well is light light, being a doctor and healer.
** Marina and Madame Arachne in "Gates ''The Gates of Sleep." Sleep''. Marina is kind and friendly, if somewhat stubborn and "positively lawyer-like" in her ability to stymie rules or orders she doesn't care for. Her notable exercises of Water Mastery are to seek out poison and eradicate it. She has to be forced into wearing mourning black - by virtue of having her wardrobe completely replaced. In contrast, Madame Arachne is cold, manipulative, and cruel but seductive and alluring. The base of her power is in poisoning - the environment, people, souls. Her entire wardrobe is expensive, impractical, and very, very black.



* LovecraftLite: ''A Scandal In Battersea'' adds CosmicHorror trappings to the existing FantasyKitchenSink, but the heroes manage to hold their own, albeit with considerable difficulty.

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* LovecraftLite: ''A Scandal In in Battersea'' adds CosmicHorror trappings to the existing FantasyKitchenSink, but the heroes manage to hold their own, albeit with considerable difficulty.



* MagicMirror: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', the villainess has a magic mirror called a dark mirror (understandable, since this is an adaptation of the Snow White tale). Said mirror is horror of the AndIMustScream variety -- she uses it to imprison the ghost of a man she sacrifices and tortures him constantly to insanity then slavish devotion so he can be useful to her. And she planned to do this to the heroine...



* MeaningfulName: Marina in ''The Gates of Sleep'' is a Water Master. Mari is the Welsh form of Mary, which can mean 'beloved' and 'rebellious'. Mari Prothero certainly rebelled against the pact of ArrangedMarriage between her family and the Selch and only agreed to it with conditions, and is beloved to her father and husband. Also Maya's name means 'illusion' and she is very adept with spells to avert notice. Peter means stone and Peter Scott [[spoiler: marries Maya, an Earth Master]]. The other Peter [[spoiler: follows him in ''Unnatural Issue'', with his love interest being also an Earth Master]].

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Marina in ''The Gates of Sleep'' is a Water Master. Master.
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Mari is the Welsh form of Mary, which can mean 'beloved' and 'rebellious'. Mari Prothero certainly rebelled against the pact of ArrangedMarriage between her family and the Selch and only agreed to it with conditions, and is beloved to her father and husband. Also Maya's name means 'illusion' and she is very adept with spells to avert notice. Peter means stone and Peter Scott [[spoiler: marries Maya, an Earth Master]]. The other Peter [[spoiler: follows him in ''Unnatural Issue'', with his love interest being also an Earth Master]].



* MeaningfulTitle: ''Reserved for the Cat''; as lampshaded by Thomas in the ending scene, 'Reserved for the Cat' is actually a theatrical in-joke/double entendre: back when theatres had actual 'reserved for...' signs on the expensive private boxes, the phrase 'reserved for the cat' was used for people so important (often royalty) that they couldn't be openly identified. The novel's main location is a theatre/music hall, and it's a retelling of ''Puss in Boots''!
** ''A Study in Sable'' and ''A scandal in Battersea'' are slightly-adjusted versions of the titles of two of the most well-known Sherlock Holmes stories; these books both feature Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Mary Morstan Watson.

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''Reserved for the Cat''; as lampshaded by Thomas in the ending scene, 'Reserved for the Cat' is actually a theatrical in-joke/double entendre: back when theatres had actual 'reserved for...' signs on the expensive private boxes, the phrase 'reserved for the cat' was used for people so important (often royalty) that they couldn't be openly identified. The novel's main location is a theatre/music hall, and it's a retelling of ''Puss in Boots''!
** ''A Study in Sable'' and ''A scandal Scandal in Battersea'' are slightly-adjusted versions of the titles of two of the most well-known Sherlock Holmes stories; these books both feature Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Mary Morstan Watson.



* MuggleFosterParents: Inverted with Marina Roeswood – the three godparents who raise her (and the fourth who is brought in to help teach her) are all Elemental Masters.
** both played straight and inverted with Susanne Whitestone: she's raised collectively by the servants of the Whitestone manor house, but her magical tutor and metaphorical fairy godfather is ''Robin Goodfellow''.

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Inverted with Marina Roeswood – the three godparents who raise her (and the fourth who is brought in to help teach her) are all Elemental Masters.
** both Both played straight and inverted with Susanne Whitestone: she's raised collectively by the servants of the Whitestone manor house, but her magical tutor and metaphorical fairy godfather is ''Robin Goodfellow''.



* NobleBigot: Lord David Alderscroft can never quite override his biases against those of lower social classes. He gets manipulated like a puppet by a commoner (and Dark Magician) who did the [[Theatre/MyFairLady Henry Higgins]] thing and took elocution lessons to speak like an upper-class lady. He also tends to treat "women with brains" as rare creatures, as noted in ''Home From The Sea'' by Nan. Most of the time he dismisses them and it took a lot to shake him up in that regard to allow ladies into the Lodge.

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* NobleBigot: Lord David Alderscroft can never quite override his biases against those of lower social classes. He gets manipulated like a puppet by a commoner (and Dark Magician) who did the [[Theatre/MyFairLady Henry Higgins]] thing and took elocution lessons to speak like an upper-class lady. He also tends to treat "women with brains" as rare creatures, as noted in ''Home From The the Sea'' by Nan. Most of the time he dismisses them and it took a lot to shake him up in that regard to allow ladies into the Lodge.



* NoodleIncident : so what happened during Nan and Sarah's trip to Africa just prior to ''Home from the Sea''? More importantly, how exactly did they acquire their foster daughter between then and ''Study in Sable''?

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* NoodleIncident : so NoodleIncident: So what happened during Nan and Sarah's trip to Africa just prior to ''Home from the Sea''? More importantly, how exactly did they acquire their foster daughter between then and ''Study ''A Study in Sable''?



* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: One of Shivani's motivations is to throw the English out of India.



* PoorCommunicationKills: or at least impoverishes. If Giselle's mother had thought to tell her [[spoiler: exactly what she was doing with Giselle's offcut hair, Giselle wouldn't have had to SweetPollyOliver in shooting contests to support herself... but then, if Giselle '''had''' known that, ''From a High Tower'' would have ended at about chapter 5.]]

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* PoorCommunicationKills: or Or at least impoverishes. If Giselle's mother had thought to tell her [[spoiler: exactly what she was doing with Giselle's offcut hair, Giselle wouldn't have had to SweetPollyOliver in shooting contests to support herself... but then, if Giselle '''had''' known that, ''From a High Tower'' would have ended at about chapter 5.]]



* RaceLift : Maya Witherspoon, the series' version of Snow White, is English-Indian mixed race.



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Paul du Mond from ''The Fire Rose'' is a bad man, and one of the ways that this is made abundantly clear is that he essentially works as a professional rapist[[note]]He's still paying for the use of the women, but he gets a discount[[/note]], turning poor Mexican and East Coast girls into properly-broken San Francisco prostitutes.

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Paul du Mond from ''The Fire Rose'' is a bad man, and one of the ways that this is made abundantly clear is that he essentially works as a professional rapist[[note]]He's still paying for the use of the women, but he gets a discount[[/note]], turning poor Mexican and East Coast girls into properly-broken San Francisco prostitutes.



* RedOniBlueOni: Though they're both [[MakingASplash Water Masters]], Peter Almsey and Peter Scott from ''The Serpent's Shadow'' definitely count.



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* StrongFamilyResemblance: Susanne Whitestone looks almost exactly like her mother...which unfortunately attracts the ''[[ParentalIncest wrong]]'' kind of attention from her father.

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: Susanne Whitestone looks almost exactly like her mother... which unfortunately attracts the ''[[ParentalIncest wrong]]'' kind of attention from her father. father.



*** this could also be because one of her mentors [[spoiler: and eventual husband]] Jack, is suffering from either PTSD or serious depression from soldiering in the Boer War, due to participating (under orders) in a massacre of a native tribe. As for Lionel... Katie is a very new magician, and she's coming to it very late (most Elemental magicians start training either as a child, or early puberty); it's possible that murder by elemental could set a dangerous precedent as well, and her age means it will be very difficult to train out of her magic.
** There's also an implication that while some of the 'Dark' Elementals are always that way by nature, some of them were corrupted by doing things like killing for Dark magicians.

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*** this This could also be because one of her mentors [[spoiler: and eventual husband]] Jack, is suffering from either PTSD or serious depression from soldiering in the Boer War, due to participating (under orders) in a massacre of a native tribe. As for Lionel... Katie is a very new magician, and she's coming to it very late (most Elemental magicians start training either as a child, or early puberty); it's possible that murder by elemental could set a dangerous precedent as well, and her age means it will be very difficult to train out of her magic.
** There's also an implication that while some of the 'Dark' "Dark" Elementals are always that way by nature, some of them were corrupted by doing things like killing for Dark magicians.



* VirginSacrifice: The rarity of male virgin sacrifices is mentioned in ''The Fire Rose''. The villain needs a virgin sacrifice, and remarks that while the gender doesn't matter, it's so much easier to verify a woman's virginity than a man's.

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The rarity of male virgin sacrifices is mentioned in ''The Fire Rose''. The villain needs a virgin sacrifice, and remarks that while the gender doesn't matter, it's so much easier to verify a woman's virginity than a man's.



--> Do not mock me, Jemmie Hightower. And keep a civil tongue in your head. I knew your uncle, and I knew you when you were still in [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish nappies]].
** [[spoiler: It also reveals to Jonathan that he knew Thomas when Thomas was human.]]

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--> Do -->Do not mock me, Jemmie Hightower. And keep a civil tongue in your head. I knew your uncle, and I knew you when you were still in [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish nappies]].
** [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It also reveals to Jonathan that he knew Thomas when Thomas was human.]]



* WorthlessForeignDegree: Maya was a practicing doctor in India for several years, but when she moves to London she has to retake her medical exams and be interviewed by the head of the hospital she wants to practice at.
* WouldHurtAChild: Lady Cordelia doesn't settle for simply ''hurting'' orphans and street children--that would be far too crude. She ''kills'' them, then ''enslaves their souls''.

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* WorthlessForeignDegree: Maya was a practicing doctor in India for several years, but when she moves to London she has to retake her medical exams and be interviewed by the head of the hospital she wants to practice at.
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Lady Cordelia doesn't settle for simply ''hurting'' orphans and street children--that would be far too crude. She ''kills'' them, then ''enslaves their souls''.


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** Twice over in ''Unnatural Issue''. TheFairFolk do not intervene in human affairs and focus on attending the land only, and they do not go into cities due to the abundance of ColdIron sickening them. [[spoiler:In the climax, however, they do both to help Susanne take down her father, as his necromantic power was growing rapidly from the death, pain, and misery of WW1 and if left unchecked he'd have eventually turned all of England into a blighted empire of corpses.]]

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** Twice over in ''Unnatural Issue''. TheFairFolk do not intervene in human affairs and focus on attending the land only, and they do not go into cities due to the abundance of ColdIron sickening them. [[spoiler:In the climax, however, they do both to help Susanne take down her father, as his necromantic power was growing rapidly from the death, pain, and misery of WW1 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and if left unchecked he'd have eventually turned all of England into a blighted empire of corpses.]]


* {{Oxbridge}}: Several characters have attended or are attending either Oxford or Cambridge. Eleanor Robinson goes to Oxford to study literature at the end of ''Phoenix and Ashes''. In ''Home from the Sea'', a minor character mentions that he is being sponsored at Cambridge by Lord Alderscroft, and when Sarah asks, "What, not Oxford?", he replies that his father was a Cambridge man and the idea of his son attending Oxford made him turn puce.

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*** Though perhaps a typo or author error, [[TruthInTelevision many people didn't use consistent spellings for their names]] until at least 1930, and Marie/Maria were in period interchangeable.

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* WindsOfDestinyChange: It's mentioned in ''Steadfast'' that enough magicians working together tends to bend luck in their direction, whether by manipulating fate itself or because their Elementals pull some strings to help. Best shown in the climax, [[spoiler:when, not long after Katie got the blessing of a great dragon, her abusive husband is accidentally burned alive right before he can kill her.]]

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* DamselOutOfDistress: A recurring trope, as the books are fairy tales retold with a more feminist view. While the fairy tale beats usually require the heroine to become a DamselInDistress as in the original tale, the climax will often be rewritten so she saves herself and usually others.


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* FeministFantasy: They're retellings of popular fairy tales where the female characters have powerful magic and far more agency than the original tales, and the Edwardian setting means that the heroines have to routinely confront and overcome sexism in order to succeed.


* LovePotion: Love spells are mentioned but rarely employed, and never by the heroes for [[DoubleStandardDateRapeSciFi obvious reasons]]. The closest is Andrew's spell to make his patients fall out of love with him to avoid the FlorenceNightingaleEffect.

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* LovePotion: Love spells are mentioned but rarely employed, and never by the heroes for [[DoubleStandardDateRapeSciFi [[DoubleStandardRapeSciFi obvious reasons]]. The closest most notable is Andrew's the villain of ''A Study in Sable'', who uses her siren blood to make everyone fall in love with her, and in an inversion, Andrew has a spell to make his patients fall out ''out'' of love with him to avoid the FlorenceNightingaleEffect.him.

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* FoodPorn: Every meal the characters eat is described in period-accurate, mouthwatering detail, whether it's a full course or simply a quick snack. Lemonade, anyone?


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* {{Satan}}: May or may not exist. At least two villains use Satanic and blasphemous trappings to tap into dark magic, but Arachne openly scorns the idea that he exists, seeing the rituals as powerful in their own right. He might have shown up in ''The Gates Of Sleep''....or it might have been a powerful elemental masquerading as Satan.

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** In ''The Bartered Brides'', Moriarty intends to cheat death this way. [[spoiler:His magician succeeds in tearing out the soul, but Caro jumps into the body before he can, and his SoulJar being shattered means that he's not getting a second chance at it.]]


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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Twice over in ''A Study In Sable''. The fearsome man engaging in blood sacrifice who infuriates Nan's past self just by seeing him is actually a priest of Tyr using willing and already dying subjects to tend to the land. [[spoiler:Likewise, the man with the violin who steals a woman's arm bone and makes it into a harp, then summons spirits to torment an opera singer with it, is actually completely benevolent. The woman's spirit gave him permission to use her bones, and the opera singer is the real villain who murdered her.]]


* TheMasquerade: To various degrees. England, the setting of the majority of the novels, has a full Masquerade in place with magicians keeping quiet for fear of a BurnTheWitch situation, although Lord Alderscroft eventually convinces his peers to let the highest echelons of government know since they'll probably find out eventually and it's better to get started off on the right foot. Germany and Eastern Europe is a bit more complicated since monsters are roaming its forests and therefore the Hunt Masters and local witches can usually pass muster, but it's not mainstream. The Pawnee are the only group confirmed to not have a Masquerade of any sort (although they still hide their magic from other cultures, for obvious reasons), while the traditions of African, Indian, and Romani magicians and psychics are only glimpsed.



* PassFail:
** Suki, a girl with mixed white and African blood, is passed off as an Italian girl by Nan and Sarah to avoid prejudice.
** Leading Fox's tribe of Pawnee are intending to do this en masse, living as white people and passing as Italians so they can maintain their traditions in secret rather than face the fate of other Native American tribes of the era.



* VictorianLondon: The setting/period for ''The Wizard of London'', chronologically (though not in publication order) the earliest of the novels.

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* VictorianLondon: The setting/period for ''The Wizard of London'', chronologically (though not in publication order) the earliest of the novels. The rest of the Nan and Sarah books are late Victorian era.


* ABoyAndHisX:
** Nan and Sarah from ''The Wizard of London'',''Home from the Sea'',''Study in Sable'', ''Scandal in Battersea'' and ''The Bartered Brides'' have familiars, Neville the raven and Grey the parrot, respectively. They appear on the covers of the last three.
** ''Reserved For The Cat'''s Ninette has Thomas, though that's a bit more complex since [[spoiler:he's not an elemental creature but her own father under BalefulPolymorph.]]


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* {{Familiar}}:
** Nan and Sarah from ''The Wizard of London'',''Home from the Sea'',''Study in Sable'', ''Scandal in Battersea'' and ''The Bartered Brides'' have familiars, Neville the raven and Grey the parrot, respectively. They appear on the covers of the last three.
** ''Reserved For The Cat'''s Ninette has Thomas, though that's a bit more complex since [[spoiler:he's not an elemental creature but her own father under BalefulPolymorph.]]

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