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* MugglePower: The books here used the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' approach to psychics-they're tools, not people. Not because they are actually dangerous, mind you, but just because the society that has them considers them "[[FantasticRacism mutant freaks]]."

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* TheSoulless: Shadow posits that fetches and revenants are "off" because of this. People on Faerie believe that their Goddess places a spirit in them, and thus these may be lacking it, which Shadow admits.





''Out of This World'' (1993

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''Out of This World'' (1993(1993)


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They are as follows:
''Out of This World'' (1993
''In the Empire of Shadow'' (1995)
''The Reign of the Brown Magician'' (1996)



* BenevolentMageRuler: [[spoiler: Pel]] is one to the world of Faerie.

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* BenevolentMageRuler: [[spoiler: Pel]] is becomes one to for the world of Faerie.


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* CoversAlwaysLie: The covers (especially the original ones) are very bad in most cases, with little link to the books' contents nor indication who the characters shown even are in some cases.

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* OrcusOnHisThrone: Shadow. For most of the series, Shadow's exact nature is not even known to the heroes, and never leaves the palace. Though some monsters are sent out to stop the heroes, Shadow never just intervenes to crush them personally. It turns out that [[spoiler: she]] is bored and doesn't view them as a threat, concentrating on conquering another universe, with [[spoiler: her]] power on the world of Faerie basically absolute, so this is not surprising.

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* TheMultiverse: The story reveals alternate universes exist, and are nearly infinite in number. However only two others are actually shown: one is a sci fi style universe with an interstellar empire, the other a fantasy world. It's explained the universes you can visit must have features in common.

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* FantasticAesop: Bringing your dead loved ones back from the dead won't work-they'll just be a {{soulless shell}}. So better make your peace with it.

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* BackFromTheDead: The [[VoodooZombie fetches]] and revenants. Neither are quite the same.


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* CameBackWrong: Fetches and revenants. There is a "spark" both lack. Fetches can't speak well, while both are entirely apathetic and will follow orders blindly.
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Amy]] gets pregnant due to being repeatedly raped by her owner Walter.


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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted with [[spoiler: Amy]] once she gets pregnant due to her rape. She decides to have an abortion quickly, waiting only until she's on Earth. Though she finds it unpleasant, she's not shown as regretting her choice or even hesitating much at all.


* BenevolentMageRuler: Pel becomes this in the world of Faerie after he takes over.

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* BenevolentMageRuler: Pel becomes this in [[spoiler: Pel]] is one to the world of Faerie after he takes over.Faerie.


* ArtificialHumans: The simulacra, people created by magic from samples of hair or blood from previous natural ones. Shadow used them to impersonate people in the Galactic Empire as spies. It is implied that the originals [[KillAndReplace have been murdered]]. The simulacra seem just like normal humans, except they're completely obedient to their creator/master-the only thing that upsets them is the idea of not having one, or failing in a mission.

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* ArtificialHumans: ArtificialHuman: The simulacra, people created by magic from samples of hair or blood from previous natural ones. Shadow used them to impersonate people in the Galactic Empire as spies. It is implied that the originals [[KillAndReplace have been murdered]]. The simulacra seem just like normal humans, except they're completely obedient to their creator/master-the only thing that upsets them is the idea of not having one, or failing in a mission.


* ArtificialPerson: The simulacra, people created from samples of hair or blood from previous natural ones. Shadow used them to impersonate people in the Galactic Empire as spies. It is implied that the originals [[KillAndReplace were murdered]].

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* ArtificialPerson: ArtificialHumans: The simulacra, people created by magic from samples of hair or blood from previous natural ones. Shadow used them to impersonate people in the Galactic Empire as spies. It is implied that the originals [[KillAndReplace were have been murdered]]. The simulacra seem just like normal humans, except they're completely obedient to their creator/master-the only thing that upsets them is the idea of not having one, or failing in a mission.


* AnyoneCanDie
* ArtificialPerson: The simulacra, people created from samples of hair or blood from previous natural ones. Shadow used them to impersonate people in the Galactic Empire as spies. It is implied that the originals [[KillAndReplace were murdered]].

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* AnyoneCanDie
AnyoneCanDie: Many of the starting characters don't make it through to the end of the series.
* ArtificialPerson: The simulacra, people created from samples of hair or blood from previous natural ones. Shadow used them to impersonate people in the Galactic Empire as spies. It is implied that the originals [[KillAndReplace were murdered]].


* AllJustADream: One character is convinced the events of the story are a dream, and suffers a mental breakdown as a result since it becomes a full on psychological delusion.



* AllJustADream: One character is convinced the events of the story are a dream, and suffers a mental breakdown as a result since it becomes a full on psychological delusion.

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* AllJustADream: One character is convinced ArtificialPerson: The simulacra, people created from samples of hair or blood from previous natural ones. Shadow used them to impersonate people in the events of Galactic Empire as spies. It is implied that the story are a dream, and suffers a mental breakdown as a result since it originals [[KillAndReplace were murdered]].
* BenevolentMageRuler: Pel
becomes a full on psychological delusion.this in the world of Faerie after he takes over.


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* SorcerousOverlord: Shadow is one for Faerie, ruling with a cruel hand for centuries.


* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Shadow is revealed to be just a [[spoiler: plump woman whose appearance is middle-aged, though she's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld actually centuries old]].

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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Shadow is revealed to be just a [[spoiler: plump woman whose appearance is middle-aged, though she's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld actually centuries old]].old]]]].

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* SexSlave: This is the fate of Amy and Prossie (not to mention, no doubt, many other women) when they get sold as slaves after pirates' hijack their ship. Luckily they are rescued by the Galactic Empire along with the rest of the slaves on the planet where they're being held.
* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Racist and imperialist though it may be, the Galactic Empire is still wholly opposed to slavery, punishing those who bought slaves with imprisonment after they take over a planet. Those who murdered them are hanged.

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