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* AFamilyAffair: In ''Valiant'', Valerie Russel discovers that her boyfriend Tom is sleeping with her mother. This causes her to run away from home due to feeling betrayed.

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Additional short stories in the setting are "The Lament of Lutie-Loo", included in the trilogy omnibus, and "A Visit to the Impossible Lands", included in the paperback of ''[[Literature/TheFolkOfTheAir The Cruel Prince]]''.


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* EvilVersusEvil: Silarial is just as evil, if not more, than her twin Nicnevin.
** Silarial comes off as the good one but when the reader gets a good look into her it's easy to see she's the worst of two evils when compared to Nicnevin, who while not thrilled about the truce between the courts, is content with it nonetheless. Compared to Silarial who not only wants Nicnevin dead and wants to take the Unseelie court, but wants to destroy it and all the fey part of it, and is willing to sacrifice any and all of her faeries to do so, Nicnevin seems like a saint.
** Silarial allows the (almost) sacrifice of one of her changelings, trades off her best knight/lover to be tortured by her sister, and was willing to sacrifice one of her hand maidens for a chance of getting the Unseelie court.

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* ExactWords: A faerie commanded by their TrueName is compelled to obey the order, but only to the exact letter of what was commanded. Thus, when ordered by his full name to [[spoiler:catch Kaye, Roiben grabs her - and immediately releases her, since the order said nothing about ''keeping her there'']].


* LiteralAssKissing: Used as a joke, a CMOA and as a source of horror in ''Tithe'': after finding out Rath Roiben Rye's TrueName, the main character sarcastically tells him to kiss her ass, and doesn't realize he's magically compelled to obey.

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* LiteralAssKissing: Used as a joke, a CMOA and as a source of horror in ''Tithe'': after finding out Rath Roiben Rye's TrueName, the main character sarcastically tells him to kiss her ass, and doesn't realize not realizing he's magically compelled to obey.


* SinisterSubway: In Valiant, the protagonist and her friends live in one. Since they are all homeless children spending alot of time doing faerie drugs that give them magic, they make it even more sinister than it was when they arrived.

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* SinisterSubway: In Valiant, the protagonist and her friends live in one. Since they are all homeless children spending alot a lot of time doing faerie drugs that give them magic, they make it even more sinister than it was when they arrived.


* AccidentalMurder: Ravus accidentaly killed Tamson in a duel, which is the reason that he was exiled from the Seelie Court. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that Mabry had weakened Tamson's armor prior to the duel because Tamson knew that [[DoubleAgent she was working for The Unseelie Court]].]]

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* AccidentalMurder: Ravus accidentaly accidentally killed Tamson in a duel, which is the reason that he was exiled from the Seelie Court. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that Mabry had weakened Tamson's armor prior to the duel because Tamson knew that [[DoubleAgent she was working for The Unseelie Court]].]]



* CanNotTellALie: Faeries can only "bend the truth until it snaps under its own weight." i.e, they can't lie per se, but are very, very fond of leaving out important information or "little details" that could be willfully damaging to the hearer. This becomes a plot point in ''Ironside'' when [[spoiler: Kaye is required to find a faerie that can tell an untruth for Roiben's quest. 'Cause she's a wily girl, she uses a {{quibble}} to solve the riddle.]]

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* CanNotTellALie: Faeries can only "bend the truth until it snaps under its own weight." weight," i.e, they can't lie per se, but are very, very fond of leaving out important information or "little details" that could be willfully damaging to the hearer. This becomes a plot point in ''Ironside'' when [[spoiler: Kaye [[spoiler:Kaye is required to find a faerie that can tell an untruth for Roiben's quest. 'Cause she's a wily girl, she uses a {{quibble}} to solve the riddle.]]

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* BaldWomen: Valerie Russell in ''Valiant''.



* ImpossibleTask: In ''Ironside'' Kaye is forbidden from seeing the one she loves until she can find a [[CannotTellALie faerie that can tell a lie]], but promised his hand if she can. She solves this by [[spoiler:claiming she is able to lie, without mentioning that she means lie down on the ground. Which is a sort of lie in itself]].



* LongHairedPrettyboy: Roiben.

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* LongHairedPrettyboy: Roiben.Roiben, an elf with "long pewter hair". Kaye first encounters him in the rain and severely injured, i.e., sopping wet and covered in mud and his own blood, and even in that state Kaye describes him as "beautiful in a way that made her breath catch" (this is one of the reasons she knows he's a faerie).


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* TwoferTokenMinority:
** The two brothers from ''Valiant'' are Hispanic and African American.
** Luis, who is black and [[spoiler:is also gay]].

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* BodyHorror: When Kaye [[spoiler:learns she's a pixie]], her skin starts to "slough off like a sunburn", ''including her face.''
--> "Her eyes itched, and she rubbed her knucklebones over them. Something came off against her fingers. It felt like a contact lens, but when she looked down, she saw that it was skin[...]"


* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lolli and Ruth, both of who dye their hair. Strange hair colors are normal for the rest of the fae.

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lolli and Ruth, both of who whom dye their hair. Strange hair colors are normal for the rest of the fae.


* TheFilmOfTheBook: Both ''Tithe'' and ''Valiant'' have been picked up. ''Tithe'' by Jim Henson Company, and Valiant by MTV.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Both ''Tithe'' and ''Valiant'' have been picked up. ''Tithe'' by Jim Henson Company, and Valiant ''Valiant'' by MTV.


* EthicalSlut: Kaye.

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* EthicalSlut: Kaye.Kaye, according to her best friend Janet, since she is initially only interested in Roiben as a hot boy to hook up with before she develops serious feelings for him.

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