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A trilogy of fantasy novels by CeliaSFriedman, known for her earlier work the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy''. The ''Magister Trilogy'' books' titles in order are ''Feast of Souls'', ''Wings of Wrath'' and ''Legacy of Kings''.

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A trilogy of fantasy novels by CeliaSFriedman, Creator/CeliaSFriedman, known for her earlier work the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy''. The ''Magister Trilogy'' books' titles in order are ''Feast of Souls'', ''Wings of Wrath'' and ''Legacy of Kings''.

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: With the Queens dead, Kamala and Colivar (who may or may not be a couple at this point) set out to join the efforts in exterminating the rest of the Souleaters. Also Lazaroth [[NeverFoundTheBody may or may not still be out there.]]



* CruelMercy: Colivar declines to finish off the defeated Nyuku, just so [[spoiler: he can experience the pain and madness of his Souleater connection being severed.]]



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - What happens if the Souleaters win

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - What happens if the Souleaters winwin.



* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler: Kamala and Colivar,]] after the war is won.



* ImHavingSoulPains - The Wasting

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* ImHavingSoulPains - The WastingWasting (aka being a Magisters' consort).



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The term "Dragon" is never used for the Souleaters, but they are very clearly designed to bring that kind of being to mind.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The term "Dragon" is never used for the Souleaters, but they are very clearly designed to bring that kind of being to mind. They're more serpentine than most dragons, and they have four wings that more resemble dragon''fly'' wings.


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* RapeAsDrama: Kamala has this in her DarkAndTroubledPast, Gwynofar is raped by a NotHimself Danton, and [[spoiler: Kamala is raped by Lazaroth.]]


* FeministFantasy: Let's see...fiercely independent heroine who shares a name with a feminist politician? Check. She's the first woman to do something it was thought only men could do? Check. The first thing she does with her power is kill a bunch of rapists? Check. She defeats a sexist villain with a GroinAttack after he attacks her with a curse that the narrative phrases like a sexual assault? Check. Inner monologues about the evils of social inequality? Check. Lines about how real men prefer strong independent women to soft feminine ones? Check. A major villain ends up getting killed by a seemingly helpless female character? Check. And that's just volume one.

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* FeministFantasy: Let's see...fiercely independent heroine who shares a name with a feminist politician? Check. She's the first woman to do something it was thought only men could do? Check. The first thing she does with her power is kill a bunch of rapists? Check. She defeats a sexist villain with a GroinAttack after he attacks her with a curse that the narrative phrases like a sexual assault? Check. Inner monologues about the evils of social inequality? Check. Lines about how real men prefer strong independent women to soft feminine ones? Check. A major villain ends up getting killed by a seemingly helpless female character? Check. And that's just volume one.one(the next two really dial it back).

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* FeministFantasy: Let's see...fiercely independent heroine who shares a name with a feminist politician? Check. She's the first woman to do something it was thought only men could do? Check. The first thing she does with her power is kill a bunch of rapists? Check. She defeats a sexist villain with a GroinAttack after he attacks her with a curse that the narrative phrases like a sexual assault? Check. Inner monologues about the evils of social inequality? Check. Lines about how real men prefer strong independent women to soft feminine ones? Check. A major villain ends up getting killed by a seemingly helpless female character? Check. And that's just volume one.

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* EvilWearsBlack: The official uniform of the Magisters is jet-black clothing, since such a pure black can only be produced or maintained by magic, and no witch would waste precious ''athra'' on keeping her clothes black.


A trilogy of fantasy novels by C.S. Friedman, known for her earlier work the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy''. The ''Magister Trilogy'' books' titles in order are ''Feast of Souls'', ''Wings of Wrath'' and ''Legacy of Kings''.

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A trilogy of fantasy novels by C.S. Friedman, CeliaSFriedman, known for her earlier work the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy''. The ''Magister Trilogy'' books' titles in order are ''Feast of Souls'', ''Wings of Wrath'' and ''Legacy of Kings''.


A trilogy of fantasy novels by C.S. Friedman, known for her earlier work the ''ColdfireTrilogy''. The ''Magister Trilogy'' books' titles in order are ''Feast of Souls'', ''Wings of Wrath'' and ''Legacy of Kings''.

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A trilogy of fantasy novels by C.S. Friedman, known for her earlier work the ''ColdfireTrilogy''.''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy''. The ''Magister Trilogy'' books' titles in order are ''Feast of Souls'', ''Wings of Wrath'' and ''Legacy of Kings''.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: While the Ikati are numerous, only two of them are female. Once this is discovered, it becomes their AchillesHeel: once the two queens are dead, the Souleaters will no longer be able to replenish their numbers.

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** It's worth noting that one of the main reasons why having a Magister Royal can be so indispensable is as a kind of insurance. Thanks to the Magister's Law, having a Magister Royal is pretty much the only defense against another Magister deciding to screw around with your kingdom.


* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Bonding with [[spoiler a Souleater]] will cause this, as its incredibly aggressive, territorial personality starts bleeding over into you. The Magisters are a less extreme, but still visible, example [[spoiler: because they all draw to a greater or lesser degree on Souleater power]].

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Bonding with [[spoiler a [[spoiler:a Souleater]] will cause this, as its incredibly aggressive, territorial personality starts bleeding over into you. The Magisters are a less extreme, but still visible, example [[spoiler: because they all draw to a greater or lesser degree on Souleater power]].

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** [[spoiler: Magisters also have an AchillesHeel of sorts: Catching a Magister during Transition leaves him briefly vulnerable. In the first book, Kamala accidentally kills another Magister by pushing him off a balcony. He should have been able to catch himself with magic, but he went into Transition at just the wrong time and died of the fall.]]


* AnticlimaxBoss: Kostas, and later Siderea, both killed by a single sword cut that caught them unawares.



* BlackCloak: Black is the official color of the Magisters (since a pure black that doesn't fade can only be produced by magic), and many of them wear cloaks in that color (though any clothing can cound as a Magister "uniform" so long as it's jet black).

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* BlackCloak: Black is the official color of the Magisters (since a pure black that doesn't fade can only be produced by magic), and many of them wear cloaks in that color (though any clothing can cound count as a Magister "uniform" so long as it's jet black).



* OurSoulsAreDifferent: the ''athra'', or soulfire, is an energy source that everybody has; witches can tap into it in order to produce magical effects, but every spell burns up a little of it and slightly shortens the witch's life. The process of becoming a Magister involves deliberately burning your ''athra'' out so that you latch onto someone else's instead. Whenever their "consort" burns out, they then latch onto someone else, rendering them effectively immortal and capable of perfoming tremendous feats of magic.

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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: the ''athra'', or soulfire, is an energy source that everybody has; witches can tap into it in order to produce magical effects, but every spell burns up a little of it and slightly shortens the witch's life. The process of becoming a Magister involves deliberately burning your ''athra'' out so that you latch onto someone else's instead. Whenever their "consort" burns out, they then latch onto someone else, rendering them effectively immortal and capable of perfoming performing tremendous feats of magic.

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* AnticlimaxBoss: Kostas, and later Siderea, both killed by a single sword cut that caught them unawares.


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* IdiotBall: Siderea spends a ''lot'' of time and energy pondering the significance of items which bear the signature, or magical resonance of a particular person (in this case, her collection of Magister tokens). Much is made--in her own thoughts--of how vulnerable these items make a person, and how much trust it took for her Magister lovers to leave her those items. And yet, when she departs her palace after her FaceHeelTurn, she leaves literally ''piles'' of items there which bear her own signature. The good guys make free use of these items in their plans to destroy Siderea, and no one ever wonders why such an intelligent and cautious woman was so stupidly careless as to leave them there.


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* SquishyWizard: Applies to both Witches and Magisters, in that even though magic can achieve nearly anything, an unexpected attack, even something as mundane as a sword cut, can end their life before they have a chance to react.
** Partially subverted in that, so long as the spellcaster ''does'' see the attack coming, they can either deflect, avoid, or repair the damage with the speed of thought. In some cases, this takes MadeOfIron to a fairly insane level, as two magical combatants dish out and in turn absorb absurd amounts of punishment, and come back for more.


* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Though intelligent, the Souleaters are ''very'' primal and as such aren't driven by anything that particularly resembles human morality. This is lessened somewhat [[spoiler: when they start bonding with humans. In the end, though, understanding the BlueAndOrangeMorality of Souleaters lets Colivar and Kamal exploit it to defeat them]].

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Though intelligent, the Souleaters are ''very'' primal and as such aren't driven by anything that particularly resembles human morality. This is lessened somewhat [[spoiler: when they start bonding with humans. In the end, though, understanding the BlueAndOrangeMorality of Souleaters lets Colivar and Kamal Kamala exploit it to defeat them]].



* BrokenBird: Kamala, so much. [[spoiler: She gets some better across the series]].

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* BrokenBird: Kamala, so much. [[spoiler: She gets some somewhat better across the series]].

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