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'''The Diviners demonstrates the following tropes:'''

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'''The !!'''The Diviners demonstrates the following tropes:'''


* BadDreams: Besides their powers, incomprehensible prophetic dreams are the thing that tie all Diviners together.
** Lair of Dreams focuses on this, with people actually trapped in a nightmare.


* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Jericho]].

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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Jericho]].Mabel, Will, and Jericho in that order]].


* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Evie]].

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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Evie]].[[spoiler: Jericho]].


* ShownTheirWork: See RoaringTwenties above - Libba Bray has clearly done a lot of research on 1920s-era US (and especially New York), and those details are generously peppered throughout the books, to the degree that a character doesn't just drink a root beer, it's a ''Hires root beer''. YourMileageMayVary on whether this is too much or not.

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* ShownTheirWork: See RoaringTwenties above - Libba Bray has clearly done a lot of research on 1920s-era US (and especially New York), and those details are generously peppered throughout the books, to the degree that a character doesn't just drink a root beer, it's a ''Hires root beer''. YourMileageMayVary on whether this is too much or not.


* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Jake Marlowe seems like a swell guy, as well as being a brilliant scientist and inventor, but over the books is revealed by degrees to be one of the main villains. Not only is he a ruthless industrialist who runs a "company town" style mine, not only is he an ardent eugenicist who wants to purge America from the "lesser races" and their influence, he also has some sort of DealWithTheDevil with the King of Crows (see below). In a KickTheDog moment in the third book, he also ignores Ling trying to get into his Future of America Exhibition after promising her free entry tickets before.]]



* DarkestHour: The ending of book 3 - unlike the previous two which ended on some note of victory against the MonsterOfTheWeek, the ending of the third book ramps things up dramatically towards TheDayOfReckoning, with things looking very dire for our heroes. [[spoiler: Evie has been disgraced in public by Sarah Snow and Jake Marlow (who has also disgraced James in the process), and ends up quitting from her radio show. Sam has been captured by the Shadow Men; Memphis and Isaiah have to go on the run from them, as well. Jericho's location is still unknown, after he left the Marlow estate, and it's uncertain how well he can make it without his serum. Theta had to quit the follies, and is still threatened by Roy. Mabel and uncle Will are ''dead'' (and knowing the Shadow Men, it's quite possible that so is Aunt Octavia). The public has turned against Diviners. The King of Crows is gaining power. The Time Is Now.]]

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* DarkestHour: The ending of book 3 - unlike the previous two which ended on some note of victory against the MonsterOfTheWeek, the ending of the third book ramps things up dramatically towards TheDayOfReckoning, with things looking very dire for our heroes. [[spoiler: Evie has been disgraced in public by Sarah Snow and Jake Marlow Marlowe (who has also disgraced James in the process), and ends up quitting from her radio show. Sam has been captured by the Shadow Men; Memphis and Isaiah have to go on the run from them, as well. Jericho's location is still unknown, after he left the Marlow Marlowe estate, and it's uncertain how well he can make it without his serum. Theta had to quit the follies, and is still threatened by Roy. Mabel and uncle Will are ''dead'' (and knowing the Shadow Men, it's quite possible that so is Aunt Octavia). The public has turned against Diviners. The King of Crows is gaining power. The Time Is Now.]]


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* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Jake Marlowe apparently made one with the King of Crows; it's notes at one point that all his great successes started after the War, which was when he first made the breach between worlds that will enable the King of Crows to try to take over, and in the third book it's revealed he's receiving directions from him through The Eye.]]


* BiblicalBadGuy

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* BiblicalBadGuyBiblicalBadGuy: John Hobbes is (or at least, wants to become) the antichrist.



** And throughout all three books, the King of Crows.



* CreepyBasement
* CreepyCemetery

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* CreepyBasement
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CreepyBasement: Knowles End. The whole house is creepy, but the basement is where the real horror happens.
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CreepyCemetery



* CruelAndUnusualDeath
* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:Jericho]]

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath
CruelAndUnusualDeath: John Hobbes' victims.
** In book 2, [[spoiler: Wae-Mae, who ran way after murdering the men who tricked her and destroyed her dreams, her brain addled by opium and syphilis, hid in the defunct Beach Pneumatic Train station, and was accidentally buried alive there.]]
** In books 2 and 3, several people are devoured by hungry ghosts.
* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:Jericho]][[spoiler:Jericho has machinery inside him to help keep him alive, after suffering from infantile paralysis.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: Practically everybody except Jericho, and how.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Practically everybody except Jericho, but especially Evie, Theta and how.Sam.



* EldritchAbomination
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt

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* %%* EldritchAbomination
* %%* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt



* EvilIsVisceral

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* %%* EvilIsVisceral



* HumanResources
* ICanSeeYou

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* HumanResources
*
HumanResources: The Eye is [[spoiler: powered by the troop of Diviner soldiers - including Evie's brother James - that have been sucked into it in an experiment during WWI. Marlowe also somehow uses captured Diviners for that purpose.]]
%%*
ICanSeeYou



* LetThePastBurn

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* %%* LetThePastBurn



* MalevolentArchitecture

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* MalevolentArchitectureMalevolentArchitecture: Knowles End again.



* OldDarkHouse

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* %%* OldDarkHouse



* ReligionIsMagic

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* %%* ReligionIsMagic



* ReligiousHorror

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* %%* ReligiousHorror



* AStormIsComing

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* AStormIsComingAStormIsComing: Essentially ArcWords throughout the series, more and more so as TheDayOfReckoning approaches.


''The Diviners'' is a 2012 young adult novel by Creator/LibbaBray. Like her first hit series, the Literature/GemmaDoyle trilogy, ''The Diviners'' is a gothic historical novel and due for expansion into a series. Not to be confused with the 1974 [[TheDiviners1974 novel]] of the same name by ''Creator/MargaretLaurence''.

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''The Diviners'' is a 2012 young adult novel by Creator/LibbaBray. Like her first hit series, the Literature/GemmaDoyle trilogy, ''The Diviners'' is a gothic historical novel and due for expansion has been expanded into a series. Not to be confused with the 1974 [[TheDiviners1974 novel]] of the same name by ''Creator/MargaretLaurence''.



%%* ApocalypseCult: The Brethren.
%%* ArcWords: ''The time is now.''
%%* ArtifactOfDoom: The house. It's more than haunted. It's alive.
%%* AuthorAppeal: Libba Bray is a self-admitted huge fan of horror.

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%%* * ApocalypseCult: The Brethren.
%%* * ArcWords: ''The time is now.''
%%* ** Also, although to a lesser degree, ''They never should have done it''.
*
ArtifactOfDoom: The house. It's more than haunted. It's alive.
%%* * AuthorAppeal: Libba Bray is a self-admitted huge fan of horror.



%%* BetaCouple: Theta and Memphis.
%%* BiblicalBadGuy

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%%* * BetaCouple: Theta and Memphis.
%%* * BiblicalBadGuy



%%* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Knowles End.
%%* BlessedWithSuck: It's not glamorous being a Diviner.
%%* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Evie, Theta (black hair), and Mabel, respectively.
%%* BodyHorror: The true form of the Beast.
%%* BrainlessBeauty: Evie isn't stupid, but to other people she comes across as shallow and unintelligent.
%%* BreakTheCutie: Oh, Evie. Poor Evie.
%%* BrokenBird: Little Betty Sue Bowers.
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer: Evie describes her uncle as "a book that occasionally remembers to put on a bowtie."

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%%* * {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Knowles End.
%%* * BlessedWithSuck: It's not glamorous being a Diviner.
%%* * BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Evie, Theta (black hair), and Mabel, respectively.
%%* * BodyHorror: The true form of the Beast.
%%* * BrainlessBeauty: Evie isn't stupid, but to other people she comes across as shallow and unintelligent.
%%* * BreakTheCutie: Oh, Evie. Poor Evie.
%%* * BrokenBird: Little Betty Sue Bowers.
%%* * BunnyEarsLawyer: Evie describes her uncle as "a book that occasionally remembers to put on a bowtie."



%%* CatchPhrase: ''Pos-i-tute-ly!''
%%* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: [[spoiler:Evie's coin pendant]].
%%* ConsummateLiar: Sam Lloyd.
%%* CoolTeacher: Uncle Will.
%%* CreepyBasement
%%* CreepyCemetery
%%* CreepyChild: Young John Hobbes.
%%* CruelAndUnusualDeath
%%* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:Jericho]]
%%* TheDayOfReckoning

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%%* * CatchPhrase: ''Pos-i-tute-ly!''
%%* * [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: [[spoiler:Evie's coin pendant]].
%%* * ConsummateLiar: Sam Lloyd.
%%* * CoolTeacher: Uncle Will.
%%* * CreepyBasement
%%* * CreepyCemetery
%%* * CreepyChild: Young John Hobbes.
%%* ** And a few more examples in later books, especially Sara Beth.
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CruelAndUnusualDeath
%%* * {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:Jericho]]
%%* TheDayOfReckoning* DarkestHour: The ending of book 3 - unlike the previous two which ended on some note of victory against the MonsterOfTheWeek, the ending of the third book ramps things up dramatically towards TheDayOfReckoning, with things looking very dire for our heroes. [[spoiler: Evie has been disgraced in public by Sarah Snow and Jake Marlow (who has also disgraced James in the process), and ends up quitting from her radio show. Sam has been captured by the Shadow Men; Memphis and Isaiah have to go on the run from them, as well. Jericho's location is still unknown, after he left the Marlow estate, and it's uncertain how well he can make it without his serum. Theta had to quit the follies, and is still threatened by Roy. Mabel and uncle Will are ''dead'' (and knowing the Shadow Men, it's quite possible that so is Aunt Octavia). The public has turned against Diviners. The King of Crows is gaining power. The Time Is Now.]]
* TheDayOfReckoning: The whole series is building up to one against the King of Crows. As of the end of book 3, it's imminent but has not started just yet.



%%* DeadpanSnarker: Practically everybody except Jericho, and how.

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%%* * DeadpanSnarker: Practically everybody except Jericho, and how.



%%* EldritchAbomination
%%* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
%%* {{Epigraph}}
%%-->''And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,''
%%-->''slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?''
%%--->"The Second Coming," William Butler Yeats
%%* EvilIsVisceral
%%* FilleFatale: Evie, and how! And Theta as well.
%%* FishOutOfWater: Evie was this in Zenith. In NYC, Mabel feels this way intensely.
%%* TheFlapper: Evie.
%%* TheGenerationGap
%%* AGodAmI
%%-->[[AC:I-S-T-A-N-D-A-T-T-H-E-D-O-O-R-A-N-D-K-N-O-C-K]]\\
%%[[AC:I-A-M-T-H-E-B-E-A-S-T]]\\
%%[[AC:T-H-E-D-R-A-G-O-N-O-F-O-L-D]]
%%* HauntedHouse: Knowles End, and how.

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%%* * EldritchAbomination
%%* * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
%%* * {{Epigraph}}
%%-->''And -->''And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,''
%%-->''slouches -->''slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?''
%%--->"The --->"The Second Coming," William Butler Yeats
%%* ** Also, each book ends with an "Author's Note" with some details on the era.
*
EvilIsVisceral
%%* * FilleFatale: Evie, and how! And Theta as well.
%%* * FishOutOfWater: Evie was this in Zenith. In NYC, Mabel feels this way intensely.
%%* * TheFlapper: Evie.
%%* * TheGenerationGap
%%* * AGodAmI
%%-->[[AC:I-S-T-A-N-D-A-T-T-H-E-D-O-O-R-A-N-D-K-N-O-C-K]]\\
%%[[AC:I-A-M-T-H-E-B-E-A-S-T]]\\
%%[[AC:T-H-E-D-R-A-G-O-N-O-F-O-L-D]]
%%*
-->[[AC:I-S-T-A-N-D-A-T-T-H-E-D-O-O-R-A-N-D-K-N-O-C-K]]\\
[[AC:I-A-M-T-H-E-B-E-A-S-T]]\\
[[AC:T-H-E-D-R-A-G-O-N-O-F-O-L-D]]
** In the third book, the New Jericho, at least for a short while.
*
HauntedHouse: Knowles End, and how.



%%* HumanResources
%%* ICanSeeYou

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%%* * HumanResources
%%* * ICanSeeYou



%%* LetThePastBurn

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%%* * LetThePastBurn



%%* MalevolentArchitecture

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%%* * MalevolentArchitecture



%%* NiceHat: The girls do love their hats.

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%%* * NiceHat: The girls do love their hats.hats (or, occasionally, rhinestone headbands).



%%* OldDarkHouse

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%%* * OldDarkHouse



%% * RavenHairIvorySkin: Theta. Leading up to TheReveal in ''Before The Devil Breaks You'' that Theta is [[spoiler: part Cherokee.]]
%%* ReligionIsMagic

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%% * RavenHairIvorySkin: Theta.Theta, although some of that is just make-up, as she's described at least once as being tanned. Leading up to TheReveal in ''Before The Devil Breaks You'' that Theta is [[spoiler: part Cherokee.]]
%%* * ReligionIsMagic



%%* ReligiousHorror

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%%* * ReligiousHorror



%%* SacredScripture: The Book of the Brethren.
%%* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Gabriel]].
%%* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Evie]].
%%* SmokingIsCool: TruthInTelevision for the Twenties.

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%%* * SacredScripture: The Book of the Brethren.
%%* * SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Gabriel]].
%%* * SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Evie]].
%%* * ShownTheirWork: See RoaringTwenties above - Libba Bray has clearly done a lot of research on 1920s-era US (and especially New York), and those details are generously peppered throughout the books, to the degree that a character doesn't just drink a root beer, it's a ''Hires root beer''. YourMileageMayVary on whether this is too much or not.
*
SmokingIsCool: TruthInTelevision for the Twenties.



%%* AStormIsComing
%%* TheStoic: Jericho. The subtext in his backstory indicates he [[spoiler:could be susceptible to berserker-rages if he's not careful]].

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%%* * AStormIsComing
%%* * TheStoic: Jericho. The subtext in his backstory indicates he [[spoiler:could be susceptible to berserker-rages if he's not careful]].


%%* [[DidTheResearch Did Her Research]]



%%-->[[AC:I-S-T-A-N-D-A-T-T-H-E-D-O-O-R-A-N-D-K-N-O-C-K]]
%%-->[[AC:I-A-M-T-H-E-B-E-A-S-T]]
%%-->[[AC:T-H-E-D-R-A-G-O-N-O-F-O-L-D]]

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%%-->[[AC:I-S-T-A-N-D-A-T-T-H-E-D-O-O-R-A-N-D-K-N-O-C-K]]
%%-->[[AC:I-A-M-T-H-E-B-E-A-S-T]]
%%-->[[AC:T-H-E-D-R-A-G-O-N-O-F-O-L-D]]
%%-->[[AC:I-S-T-A-N-D-A-T-T-H-E-D-O-O-R-A-N-D-K-N-O-C-K]]\\
%%[[AC:I-A-M-T-H-E-B-E-A-S-T]]\\
%%[[AC:T-H-E-D-R-A-G-O-N-O-F-O-L-D]]


* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: Sarah Snow and her supporters

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* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: Sarah Snow and her supporterssupporters.


* BiggerBad: The Man in the Stovepipe Hat


* RavenHairIvorySkin: Theta. Leading up to TheReveal in ''Before The Devil Breaks You'' that Theta is [[spoiler: part Cherokee.]]

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%% * RavenHairIvorySkin: Theta. Leading up to TheReveal in ''Before The Devil Breaks You'' that Theta is [[spoiler: part Cherokee.]]


* TwentiesBobHaircut: All the girls, but Mabel gets one at the end of ''The Diviners.''

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* TwentiesBobHaircut: All the girls, but girls sport a bob, appropriate since it is set in 1920's. Mabel gets one at the end of ''The Diviners.''


%%* PlatonicLifePartners: Henry and Theta.

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%%* * PlatonicLifePartners: Henry and Theta.Theta. They live together, work together, and even try to pull of cons so that Henry can make it into the music industry together.

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