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* LeftHanging: The final book in the series, ''Palace of Dreams'', ends on an as-of-now unresolved {{Cliffhanger}}, with several loose ends such as [[spoiler:where Aldwyn's sister is]] not wrapped up.


The Familiars is a series of children's fantasy books written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. The Familiars is also the title of the first book in the series, featuring familiars, magical animal companions to a wizard or witch, particularly three familiars: Aldwyn a cat, Skylar a blue jay, and Gilbert a tree frog. The series consists of 4 books, published between 2010 and 2013.

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''The Familiars''
is a series of children's fantasy books written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. The Familiars is also the title of the first book in the series, featuring familiars, magical animal companions to a wizard or witch, particularly three familiars: Aldwyn a cat, Skylar a blue jay, and Gilbert a tree frog. The series consists of 4 four books, published between 2010 and 2013.
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* ''The Familiars'' (2010)
* ''The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown'' (2011)
* ''The Familiars: Circle of Heroes'' (2012)
* ''The Familiars: Palace of Dreams'' (2013)

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* TheHighQueen: Loranella is actually a benevolent queen, and the evil Loranella is an imposter. [[spoiler:By the end of the third book another example Galatea, queen of the lightmares, rules at her side as an equal in order to bridge the gap between humans and animals in Vastia.]]


* EmpireWithADarkSecret: The entire history and queendom of Vastia is built on a lie: [[spoiler:that humans are the only true mages. At one point all species lived in equality, but humans invaded, took over, forced the animals to give up any magic other than their own innate talents, and reduced them from full citizens to mere familiars before [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting history]] so that all of the animals' major accomplishments were credited to humans and save for a few groups the animals themselves forgot that it should be otherwise.]]



* ItsAWonderfulPlot: Bloodhounds have the power to see the past if they'd made a different choice, and possibly show it to others, which many view as a curse since they feel like they're constantly seeing their mistakes. Aldwyn sees a world where he wasn't chosen and another familiar was chosen, one much better than him who finished the quest, and feels hopelessly inadequate. [[spoiler:As we later learn though, Aldwyn was key to restoring the balance between humans and animals, and while the other world defeated Paksahara more quickly, the oppressive regime remained because the only one who challenged it was silenced.]]



* ThePoorlyChosenOne: Aldwyn believes himself to be this, firstly because he thinks he's a fraud, and secondly because he sees a vision where, [[ItsAWonderfulPlot if he was never chosen]], Jack chose another familiar that finished the quest much more quickly than he did.



** Throughout most of the third book, Gilbert lives in fear of a vision of [[spoiler:Skylar supposedly killing him]]. Clues start to add up, things get closer and closer, and Gilbert realizes he won't escape and comes to terms with it...[[spoiler:and it's actually Paksahara, shapeshifted to look like Gilbert, that Skylar kills.]]



* TheUnchosenOne: Jack, Dalton and Marianne are at best the sidekicks of their familiars though Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert are quite glad for their help.

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* TheUnchosenOne: Jack, Dalton and Marianne are at best the sidekicks of their familiars though Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert are quite glad for their help.help.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Many of Paksahara's followers, and possibly the hare herself. While tyrannical and power-hungry, she's right about humans oppressing animals, erasing their contributions from history, and downgrading them to second class citizens in a kingdom they built. It's for this reason that many animals end up joining her.]]


** A "Vision Twist" example: Gilbert has a puddle vision where he is warned to beware of a gray hair witch (his own words). The trio assumes this is warning them about a human witch with gray hair but she ultimately turns out to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Then when they confront the queen who kidnapped the kids who has locked up her familiar, a gray-furred rabbit; when certain things stop adding up, Gilbert suddenly realizes he got the wording wrong and that his vision wasn't warning them about a witch who ''has gray hair'' but rather a witch who ''is a gray hare''.

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** A "Vision Twist" example: Gilbert has a puddle vision where he is warned to beware of a gray hair witch (his own words). The trio assumes this is warning them about a human witch with gray hair but she ultimately turns out to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Then when they confront the queen queen, who kidnapped the kids who and has locked up her familiar, a gray-furred rabbit; when certain things stop adding up, Gilbert suddenly realizes he got the wording wrong and that his vision wasn't warning them about a witch who ''has gray hair'' but rather a witch who ''is a gray hare''.hare''. Indeed the queen's familiar is a horrid monster who wants to bring down the kingdom for belittling familiars and downgrading their importance.


** A "Vision Twist" example: Gilbert has a puddle vision where he is warned to beware of a gray hair witch (his own words). The trio assumes this is warning them about a human witch with gray hair but she ultimately turns out to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Then they meet the familiar of the queen who kidnapped the kids and she begs them for help; when she keeps acting suspiciously, Gilbert suddenly realizes he got the wording wrong and that his vision wasn't warning them about a witch who ''has gray hair'' but rather a witch who ''is a gray hare''.

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** A "Vision Twist" example: Gilbert has a puddle vision where he is warned to beware of a gray hair witch (his own words). The trio assumes this is warning them about a human witch with gray hair but she ultimately turns out to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Then when they meet the familiar of confront the queen who kidnapped the kids and she begs them for help; who has locked up her familiar, a gray-furred rabbit; when she keeps acting suspiciously, certain things stop adding up, Gilbert suddenly realizes he got the wording wrong and that his vision wasn't warning them about a witch who ''has gray hair'' but rather a witch who ''is a gray hare''.


** A "Vision Twist" example: Gilbert has a puddle vision where he is warned to beware of a gray hair witch (his own words). The trio assumes this is warning them about a human witch with gray hair but she ultimately turns out to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Then they meet the familiar of the queen who kidnapped the kids and she begs them for help; when she keeps acting suspiciously, Gilbert suddenly realizes he got the wording wrong and that his vision wasn't warning them about a witch with gray hair but rather a witch who ''is'' a ''gray hare''.

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** A "Vision Twist" example: Gilbert has a puddle vision where he is warned to beware of a gray hair witch (his own words). The trio assumes this is warning them about a human witch with gray hair but she ultimately turns out to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Then they meet the familiar of the queen who kidnapped the kids and she begs them for help; when she keeps acting suspiciously, Gilbert suddenly realizes he got the wording wrong and that his vision wasn't warning them about a witch with who ''has gray hair hair'' but rather a witch who ''is'' ''is a ''gray gray hare''.

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** A "Vision Twist" example: Gilbert has a puddle vision where he is warned to beware of a gray hair witch (his own words). The trio assumes this is warning them about a human witch with gray hair but she ultimately turns out to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Then they meet the familiar of the queen who kidnapped the kids and she begs them for help; when she keeps acting suspiciously, Gilbert suddenly realizes he got the wording wrong and that his vision wasn't warning them about a witch with gray hair but rather a witch who ''is'' a ''gray hare''.


* CoolBigSis: What Marianne ultimately is towards Jack, comforting him when he's scared after they and Dalton are captured by the villain of the first book.



* [[spoiler:{{Telepathy}}: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]

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* [[spoiler:{{Telepathy}}: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]]]
* ThisIsMyHuman: The attitude most familiars have towards their wizards, with the main trio being utterly devastated and/or enraged by any threat towards Jack, Dalton and Marianne.
* TheUnchosenOne: Jack, Dalton and Marianne are at best the sidekicks of their familiars though Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert are quite glad for their help.

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* [[PapaWolf Protective]] [[MamaBear Familiar]]: Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert may be small and animals but ''no one'' hurts their wizards. Bonus points for Aldwyn who had originally intended to be a freeloader but quickly came to care deeply for Jack.


* [[spoiler:Telepathy: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]

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* [[spoiler:Telepathy: [[spoiler:{{Telepathy}}: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]


* [[spoiler: [[Telepathy]]: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]

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* [[spoiler: [[Telepathy]]: [[spoiler:Telepathy: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]


* [[spoiler:[[Telepathy]]: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]

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* [[spoiler:[[Telepathy]]: [[spoiler: [[Telepathy]]: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]


* [[spoiler:Telepathy: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]

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* [[spoiler:Telepathy: [[spoiler:[[Telepathy]]: Aldwyn finds out he also has telepathy near the end of the third book.]]


* TheChosenOne: More like chosen three. Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert are prophesied to save the land of Vastia courtesy of three shooting stars circling each other.

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* TheChosenOne: More like chosen three. Courtesy of three shooting stars circling each other Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert are prophesied to save the land of Vastia courtesy of three shooting stars circling each other.from disaster.

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