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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Gwen, Kyln, and Aerie-Smith.


* FunnyAnimals: Most of Aerie-Smith's subjects. Largely justified by the fact that they were once humans.

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* FunnyAnimals: {{Funny Animal}}s: Most of Aerie-Smith's subjects. Largely justified by the fact that they were once humans.


* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Averted. Naef's rape by the village bullies left him bleeding internally for weeks and drove his sister to kill one of them.

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* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Averted. Naef's rape by the village bullies left him bleeding internally for weeks and drove his sister to kill one of them.


* BerserkButton: Aerie-Smith is terrified of storms. Not so surprising, given that he's part cat.

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* BerserkButton: Aerie-Smith is terrified of storms. Not so surprising, given that he's part cat.cat, although the given explanation is a childhood experience with cannon fire.



* BodyHorror: The book doesn't shy away from the implications of having sex a lion-human hybrid.



* GroinAttack: Gwen castrates a man for sexually assaulting Naef.

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* GroinAttack: Gwen castrates a man for sexually assaulting Naef. Later, Naef kicks a would-be rapist in the crotch.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Gwen, Kyln, and Aerie-Smith.



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: No one who knows Aerie-Smith Gwen believes this.

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* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: No one who knows Aerie-Smith or Gwen believes this.



* [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]]: Aerie-Smith. Unlike the spell's other victims, he can transition from a full-on lion form into a human-lion hybrid, meaning that the novel averts the tradition of leaving beauty-beast affairs unconsummated.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Played with. [[spoiler: The elves intended to demand a sacrifice of tears, but the curse changed to require blood after three humans misinterpreted the tears as such.]]
* RapeAsBackstory: When Naef was twelve, a gang of bullies raped and beat him almost to death.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Everyone seems to view members of the "kind old family" that rules the archipelago as this.

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* [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]]: Aerie-Smith. Unlike the spell's other victims, he can transition from a full-on lion form into a human-lion hybrid, meaning that the novel averts the tradition of leaving beauty-beast affairs unconsummated.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Played with. [[spoiler: The elves intended to demand a sacrifice of tears, but the curse changed to require blood after three humans misinterpreted the tears as such.]]
* RapeAsBackstory: When Naef was twelve, a gang of bullies raped and beat him almost to death.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Everyone seems to view members of the "kind old family" that rules the archipelago as this.
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* SexSlave: Knife's family worried that Aerie-Smith wanted to turn him into one, an idea that Knife considered ludicrous until the spell turned him into a beauty. Aerie-Smith still didn't want him for a sex slave and was horrified that Knife thought he would.


* BadassGay: Aerie-Smith. He commands a ship, tears a would-be rapist to bits, and doesn't flinch at being [[HumanSacrifice sacrificed]] to save his villagers.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Beautiful Gwen suffers permanent scars from her (ultimately successful) fight with Naef's rapist.



* {{Geas}} The reason for Aerie-Smith and the islanders' predicament.



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Averted with Gwen, who remains a kind, loving person after gruesomely offing a rapist. And then there's Aerie-Smith, who uses his lion form to kill an attempted rapist, but is still a respected ruler and devoted lover.

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* HumanSacrifice: Demanded to end the curse on Aerie-Smith's island. [[spoiler: Actually, this wasn't the fairies' intent, but it became necessary when humans misinterpreted the original requirements.]]
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Averted with Gwen, No one who remains a kind, loving person after gruesomely offing a rapist. And then there's Aerie-Smith, who uses his lion form to kill an attempted rapist, but is still a respected ruler and devoted lover.knows Aerie-Smith Gwen believes this.



* LargeAndInCharge: Aerie-Smith.



* MisplacedRetribution: The elves didn't just take revenge on Aerie-Smith for [[spoiler: kissing an unwilling elven woman]]; they cursed ''everyone'' in his village.

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* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: The longer Aerie-Smith's islanders remain in animal bodies, the more closely their personalities approach those of the relevant animals.
* MisplacedRetribution: The elves didn't just take revenge on Aerie-Smith for [[spoiler: kissing an unwilling elven woman]]; elf]]; they cursed ''everyone'' in his village.


* BerserkButton: Aerie-Smith is terrified of storms. Not so surprising, given that he's part cat.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Do ''not'' hurt Knife with Gwen or Aerie-Smith around.



* HelloSailor: There's a good deal of this aboard Aerie-Smith's ship, and it also pops up with visiting sailor Ban.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Averted with Gwen, who remains a kind, loving person after gruesomely offing a rapist. And then there's Aerie-Smith, who uses his lion form to kill an attempted rapist, but is still a respected ruler and devoted lover.



* IncompatibleOrientation: Knife and Kyln.



* MeaningfulRename: Naef (probably a take on "naif," a naive person) started going by "Knife" during his adolescence.
* MisplacedRetribution: The elves didn't just take revenge on Aerie-Smith for [[spoiler: kissing an unwilling elven woman]]; they cursed ''everyone'' on the island.

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* MeaningfulRename: Naef (probably a take on "naif," a naive person) started going by "Knife" during his adolescence.
when he was twelve.
* MisplacedRetribution: The elves didn't just take revenge on Aerie-Smith for [[spoiler: kissing an unwilling elven woman]]; they cursed ''everyone'' on in his village.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Rejected by Aerie-Smith, although
the island.situation in question involves a forced kiss rather than full-on rape.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Gwen and Aerie-Smith do this to a rapist and a would-be rapist, respectively.



* SituationalSexuality: Apparently common among sailors.

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* SituationalSexuality: Apparently common among sailors.ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Everyone seems to view members of the "kind old family" that rules the archipelago as this.


* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Aerie-Smith.

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* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Aerie-Smith.Aerie-Smith, at least among his subjects.



* BeAllMySinsRemembered: Aerie-Smith realizes that his arrogance led him to [[spoiler: kiss an elf against her will]] and indirectly caused his subjects' terrible predicament. He vehemently stalls Knife's attempt to excuse his behavior.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Naef thinks the elves' treatment of Aerie-Smith is this. By contrast, Aerie-Smith seems to think he [[BeAllMySinsRemembered deserves]] it.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Naef thinks the elves' treatment of Aerie-Smith is this. By contrast, Aerie-Smith seems to think he [[BeAllMySinsRemembered deserves]] deserves it.


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* GroinAttack: Gwen castrates a man for sexually assaulting Naef.


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* {{Kids Are Cruel}}/{{Teens Are Monsters}}: A major factor in Naef's early life.


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* SituationalSexuality: Apparently common among sailors.

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''Truth in the Dark'', a novel by Amy Lane, is an exploration of the [[BeastAndBeauty beauty and the beast]] fable, with a couple of twists: first, the lovers are gay; and second, the "beauty" is actually homely, clubfooted, and embittered by his miserable life. The cursed nobleman Aerie-Smith, believing that he needs a pure-hearted man to reverse the spell that's turned him and the people he rules into partial or full animals, finds crippled woodworker Naef (better known as Knife) on a northern island and brings him home. In exchange for a year of company, not intended to be sexual, and "one regrettable task" at its end, he'll give Knife's sister the money she needs to marry her beloved and move out of the family's miserable fishing village. Once in reach of the island's spell, Knife himself transforms, not into a beast, but into a beautiful, healthy young man who reflects his inner self. While living on the island, Knife and Aerie-Smith fall in love, and Knife begins to dread performing the "regrettable" task that will return life to normal.
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!! ''Truth in the Dark'' contains examples of:

* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Aerie-Smith.
* TheAtoner: Aerie-Smith.
* AttemptedRape: By a visiting sailor, on Knife. It ends very badly for the sailor.
* BeastAndBeauty: The whole story is an adaptation and subversion of this trope. What makes Knife special is his inner beauty; the island's magic merely makes his body match it.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted in the ending, when [[spoiler: Knife's body reverts to its original form, but the people he's come to know realize that he's just as good a person as he ever was]].
* CoolBigSis: Gwen. After the village bullies raped and beat Naef nearly to death, she took revenge by castrating the ringleader and letting him bleed to death from the wound.
* DefiledForever: Averted. Aerie-Smith specifically says that rape "never counts," and none of the humans (or semi-humans) in the story seems overly jealous of past consensual affairs, either.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Naef thinks the elves' treatment of Aerie-Smith is this. By contrast, Aerie-Smith seems to think he [[BeAllMySinsRemembered deserves]] it.
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Averted. Naef's rape by the village bullies left him bleeding internally for weeks and drove his sister to kill one of them.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Aerie-Smith. He'd much rather have a normal name, but he doesn't get to change it, probably because he's in the nobility.
* FunnyAnimals: Most of Aerie-Smith's subjects. Largely justified by the fact that they were once humans.
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful: Naef as a young boy. Being constantly abused for his deformities turned him into a very bitter young man.
* KnifeNut: Knife, appropriately enough. He makes tiny wooden knives to throw at people who are rude to him.
* MeaningfulRename: Naef (probably a take on "naif," a naive person) started going by "Knife" during his adolescence.
* MisplacedRetribution: The elves didn't just take revenge on Aerie-Smith for [[spoiler: kissing an unwilling elven woman]]; they cursed ''everyone'' on the island.
* [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]]: Aerie-Smith. Unlike the spell's other victims, he can transition from a full-on lion form into a human-lion hybrid, meaning that the novel averts the tradition of leaving beauty-beast affairs unconsummated.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Played with. [[spoiler: The elves intended to demand a sacrifice of tears, but the curse changed to require blood after three humans misinterpreted the tears as such.]]
* RapeAsBackstory: When Naef was twelve, a gang of bullies raped and beat him almost to death.
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: The story is basically built around this {{Aesop}}.
* VirginSacrifice: Subverted. Lot interpreted a ceremony's requirements this way, but it actually called for [[spoiler: a man of pure heart. Oh, and it was intended to use tears, not blood]].

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