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* Expy: [[spoiler: Damian Frost and his wife, Lady]] are heavily reminiscent of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: Damian Frost and his wife, Lady]] are heavily reminiscent of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.


* AncientArtifact: Every one of the Rider Broaches is a thousand years old, and was worn by one of the original Riders in the war against Mornhavon. When Karigan states that her broach used to be the First Rider's, the general reaction was that one of Riders had to have had it.

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* AncientArtifact: Every one of the Rider Broaches Brooches is a thousand years old, and was worn by one of the original Riders in the war against Mornhavon. When Karigan states that her broach brooch used to be the First Rider's, the general reaction was that one of Riders had to have had it.



* Expy: [[spoiler: Damian Frost and his wife, Lady]] are heavily reminiscent of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.



* FantasyContraception: The Rider Broach keeps serving female Riders from getting pregnant, but [[DoubleStandard does not prevent male Riders from fathering children]].

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* FantasyContraception: The Rider Broach Brooch keeps serving female Riders from getting pregnant, but [[DoubleStandard does not prevent male Riders from fathering children]].



* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: F'ryan's message and magical Rider broach.

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* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: F'ryan's message and magical Rider broach.brooch.



* TakeUpMySword: Or rather broach, although he does give her his sword, too.

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* SwordAndSorcery: The series as a whole, except for ''Mirror Sight'', which substitutes GaslampFantasy.
* TakeUpMySword: Or rather broach, brooch, although he does give her his sword, too.



* TheExpy: [[spoiler: Damian Frost and his wife, Lady]] are heavily reminiscent of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.

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* GaslampFantasy: ''Mirror Sight'' whisks Karigan away from Sacoridia's SwordAndSorcery setting to its future evolution: a Victorianesque world powered [[DefiedTrope not by steam]] but by [[MagiTech hydraulics plus magic]] (based on the author's [[ShownTheirWork work experience in a 19th-century hydraulic textile mill]]). Comes complete with [[UtilityMagic magical wristwatches]].


* EpicFail: Karrigan's date at the start of Book 3. Gets ''really'' [[SheCleansUpNicely dressed up]] for a date with a representative of a foreign merchant house. And winds up in a sword fight. In a dress and corset. In the middle of a museum.

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* EpicFail: Karrigan's date at the start of Book 3. Gets ''really'' [[SheCleansUpNicely dressed up]] for a date with a representative of a foreign merchant house. And winds up in a sword fight. In a dress and corset. In the middle of a museum. KickingAssInAllHerFinery is [[AvertedTrope averted]] on that occasion, but [[TaughtByExperience as a result of]] this Epic Fail she [[InvokedTrope decides]] to [[TookALevelInBadass learn it]].

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** The ending of Firebrand: [[spoiler: Karrigan and Enver are forced to part ways because he is entering his first Unfolding (think puberty, but more violent) and will literally force himself on her if she doesn't leave. She still considers him a friend, but the implication is that the [[WhoNeedsEnemies Eletian High Council]] may have sent him with her for just that purpose.]]


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** Also [[spoiler: Graelalia.]] [[spoiler: Especially considering that she's the sister of Eletia's Prince, but her death was necessary for Karrigan to succeed.]]
** [[spoiler: Enver]] could also qualify, somewhat, considering the machinations behind his assignment.


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** Riders have historically (except in one case) been highly valued servants of the Throne, and killing one, or hindering them in any way in the execution of their duties is heavily discouraged.


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* TheExpy: [[spoiler: Damian Frost and his wife, Lady]] are heavily reminiscent of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.


* PhantomThief: Impoverished nobleman Xandis Amberhill becomes the Raven Mask, using his wall-climbing and swordfighting skills, to restore his fortune.

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* PhantomThief: Impoverished nobleman Xandis Amberhill becomes the Raven Mask, using his wall-climbing and swordfighting skills, to restore his fortune.fortune (with a [[InstantSeduction shag]] or two on the side).


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* ShoutOut: The [[Creator/TerryGoodkind Terrygood]] River.

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* PhantomThief: Impoverished nobleman Xandis Amberhill becomes the Raven Mask, using his wall-climbing and swordfighting skills, to restore his fortune.


* CutTheKnot: Rather than [[spoiler: play Intrigue with the shades of Amilton and Shawdell in order to escape the in-between place, Karigan destroys the board]].

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* CutTheKnot: CuttingTheKnot: Rather than [[spoiler: play Intrigue with the shades of Amilton and Shawdell in order to escape the in-between place, Karigan destroys the board]].

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* CutTheKnot: Rather than [[spoiler: play Intrigue with the shades of Amilton and Shawdell in order to escape the in-between place, Karigan destroys the board]].


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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: It's called "Intrigue" and can have either two or three players. Karigan's not a fan.


* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Timons Mirwell's getting Karigan suspended from Selium over a petty personal dispute caused her to not be present for his father's plot to murder the heirs for a number of rival heirs, and for her to cross paths with a dying F'ryan Cobblebay, setting in motion the events that would thwart the Mirwell's attempted treason later in the first book.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Timons Timas Mirwell's getting Karigan suspended from Selium over a petty personal dispute caused her to not be present for his father's plot to murder the heirs for a number of rival heirs, and for her to cross paths with a dying F'ryan Cobblebay, setting in motion the events that would thwart the Mirwell's attempted treason later in the first book.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Timons Mirwell's getting Karigan suspended from Selium over a petty personal dispute caused her to not be present for his father's plot to murder the heirs for a number of rival heirs, and for her to cross paths with a dying F'ryan Cobblebay, setting in motion the events that would thwart the Mirwell's attempted treason later in the first book.

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* RankUp: In Book 6 the Riders are upgraded to a Colonel's command to give formerly-Captain Mapstone more authority when dealing with the rest of the military. This results in several other Riders (including Karigan) also getting promotions as this creates more rank slots under her.

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* PassedOverInheritance: Zachary was the previous king's younger son, but he was named heir over his older brother Amilton after their father realized that his firstborn was utterly unfit to rule. Amilton didn't take being disinherited well.


* FantasticRacism: Thanks to the atrocities committed by Mornhavon the Black, magic users became prejudiced against, so strongly that people are still suspicious of magic in the story's present day, ''a thousand years later''. This has caused problems, as while destroying or losing all the things that would allow the rise of a second Mornhavon, they also lost or destroyed things that would have helped them deal with the aftermath of the original, which is a very real problem now that the D'Yer wall has been breached.

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* FantasticRacism: Thanks to the atrocities committed by Mornhavon the Black, magic users became prejudiced against, so strongly that people are still suspicious of magic in the story's present day, ''a thousand years later''. This has caused problems, as while destroying or losing all the things that would allow the rise of a second Mornhavon, they also lost or destroyed things that would have helped them deal with the aftermath of the original, which is a very real problem now that the D'Yer wall has been breached. The Riders - whose skill in magic is not widely known, and tends to be limited to a single skill each - are implied to be just about all the mages that Sacoridia has ''left''.



** She finally attains level one status in ''Firebrand'', making her a rarity among Riders (Most Riders with swordmaster potential either spend so much time on the road that they never get the training time needed to reach their full potential, and most of the rest end up dying in the line of duty). The King is level 3. All the Black Shields are level 4.

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** She finally attains level one status in ''Firebrand'', making her a rarity among Riders (Most Riders with swordmaster potential either spend so much time on the road that they never get the training time needed to reach their full potential, and most of the rest end up dying in the line of duty). The King is level 3. All the Black Shields are level 4.


* CliffHanger: Blackveil. Blackveil. [[spoiler: As the novel ends, Lord Amberhill is about to be confronted with an ancient spirit, Captain Mapstone faces the unpleasant task of informing Stevic G'ladheon that she sent his daughter on a nearly suicidal mission, and Lynx will soon return to Sacor City and reveal that at most there is only one other surivior of a mission with a 66% fatality rate (or higher.) All of these are blown away by Karigan's fate, whose last moments in the novel exemplify this trope. After shattering the looking mask, she finds herself enclosed in rectangular stone box she is unable to break out of. She has no idea where she is and, beginning to suffocate, she realizes she probably will never find out.]]

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* CliffHanger: Blackveil. Blackveil. [[spoiler: As the novel ends, Lord Amberhill is about to be confronted with an ancient spirit, Captain Mapstone faces the unpleasant task of informing Stevic G'ladheon that she sent his daughter on a nearly suicidal mission, and Lynx will soon return to Sacor City and reveal that at most there is only one other surivior survivor of a mission with a 66% fatality rate (or higher.) All of these are blown away by Karigan's fate, whose last moments in the novel exemplify this trope. After shattering the looking mask, she finds herself enclosed in rectangular stone box she is unable to break out of. She has no idea where she is and, beginning to suffocate, she realizes she probably will never find out.]]



** And then by the sixth book, Karigan falls in love with a boy from the future who she has to leave behind when she returns to her own time, and [[spoiler:Estral gains another suitor]].



* OutOfCharacterAlert: [[spoiler:Why Lady Estora brings F'ryan's love letter back to Karigan and how the Karigan realizes it contains a coded message.]]

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[[spoiler:Why Lady Estora brings F'ryan's love letter back to Karigan and how the Karigan realizes it contains a coded message.]]]]
** Estora realizes the king has been replaced when he starts doting over her - very unusual behavior in a man who only married her for reasons of politics and is secretly in love with another woman.

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