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* In ''Literature/TheLicaniusTrilogy'', Caeden has a major one at the end of both Book 1 and Book 2. In the first he [[spoiler: finds out that he is Aarkein Devaed, ostensibly the series BigBad]], in the second he [[spoiler: find out that he is destined to kill his good friend Davian]]. They both nearly break him.

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* The first three-quarters of ''The Watsons Go to Birmingham'' is a lighthearted comedy about a quirky black family with two sons who have an overabundance of mischief and imagination. Then the real-life 1963 church bombings in Birmingham happen, causing the youngest son to have a HeroicBSOD and spend several weeks hiding behind the sofa due to his inability to fully process what he had witnessed at the church.


* Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' has a few per book, usually towards the end (number two being the only exception).

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' ''Literature/TheDarkTower'' has a few per book, usually towards the end (number two being the only exception).



** The TwistEnding of [[Literature/TheDarkTower the final book]] has stirred enough controversy among the fanbase for it to qualify as ItWasHisSled.

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** The TwistEnding of [[Literature/TheDarkTower [[Literature/TheDarkTower2004 the final book]] has stirred enough controversy among the fanbase for it to qualify as ItWasHisSled.


** In the very next book, ''Scorpia'', we find out about the organization [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Scorpia]], the only recurring villains in the series[[note]]aside from [[spoiler:Julius Grief]][[/note]], and we also find out that [[spoiler:Alex's dad was actually a ReverseMole for MI6. Oh, and Alex gets shot.]]

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** In the very next book, ''Scorpia'', we find out about the organization [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Scorpia]], the only recurring villains in the series[[note]]aside from [[spoiler:Julius Grief]][[/note]], and we also find out that [[spoiler:Alex's dad was actually a ReverseMole for MI6.[=MI6=]. Oh, and Alex gets shot.]]

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* In its first edition print run, ''[[Literature/TheGenesisOfShannara Armageddon's Children]]'' was not given its series title, "The Genesis of Shannara." Because of this, the book appears only to be a sequel to the ''Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid'' trilogy until about halfway in. It is only with the sudden introduction of the elves of Cintra and namedrops for the Elcrys and the capital-D Demons of the ''{{Literature/Shannara}}'' series that the CanonWelding truly begins and the book reveals itself as a Shannara prequel.


* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'': The last four chapters of Part 3. [[spoiler:Kaladin and Elhokar meet with Aesudan, she is revealed to be fully under Odium's influence, [[EldritchAbomination the Unmade Sja-anat]] claims to not be their enemy and tries to plead with Shallan to not activate the Oathgate, claiming that Ashertmarn fled on purpose to lead them into a trap, Moash ''kills'' Elhokar after the former almost became a Radiant, Sah, Noro, and Beard are killed, Kaladin has a HeroicBSOD, Kholinar has fallen, and upon activating the Oathgate against Sja-anat's pleas, Shallan, Kaladin, Adolin, and Azure are brought to Shadesmar, where they two giant spren in the sky, Syl, Pattern, and the spren of Adolin's Shardblade, and Azure reveals she's been in Shadesmar before]].

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* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'': The last four chapters of Part 3. [[spoiler:Kaladin and Elhokar meet with Aesudan, she is revealed to be fully under Odium's influence, [[EldritchAbomination the Unmade Sja-anat]] claims to not be their enemy and tries to plead with Shallan to not activate the Oathgate, claiming that Ashertmarn fled on purpose to lead them into a trap, Moash ''kills'' Elhokar after the former latter almost became a Radiant, Sah, Noro, and Beard are killed, Kaladin has a HeroicBSOD, Kholinar has fallen, and upon activating the Oathgate against Sja-anat's pleas, Shallan, Kaladin, Adolin, and Azure are brought to Shadesmar, where they see two giant spren in the sky, Syl, Pattern, and the spren of Adolin's Shardblade, and Azure reveals she's been in Shadesmar before]].


** ''Literature/SpinningSilver'': Chapter 10 is the marriage chapter. Despite foreshadowing, it goes worse than anyone anticipated. [[spoiler: Miryem is taken away by the Staryk King. Wanda's father plans to sell her for booze and instead ends up dead, with his children fleeing town. Irina become tsarina and we learn that the tsar is host to a fire demon that wants to devour her.]]

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** * ''Literature/SpinningSilver'': Chapter 10 is the marriage chapter. Despite foreshadowing, it goes worse than anyone anticipated. [[spoiler: Miryem is taken away by the Staryk King. Wanda's father plans to sell her for booze and instead ends up dead, with his children fleeing town. Irina become tsarina and we learn that the tsar is host to a fire demon that wants to devour her.]]

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** ''Literature/SpinningSilver'': Chapter 10 is the marriage chapter. Despite foreshadowing, it goes worse than anyone anticipated. [[spoiler: Miryem is taken away by the Staryk King. Wanda's father plans to sell her for booze and instead ends up dead, with his children fleeing town. Irina become tsarina and we learn that the tsar is host to a fire demon that wants to devour her.]]


* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'': The last four chapters of Part 3. [[spoiler:Kaladin and Elhokar meet with Aesudan, she is revealed to be fully under Odium's influence, [[EldritchAbomination the Unmade Sja-anat]] claims to not be their enemy and tries to plead with Shallan to not activate the Oathgate, claiming that Ashertmarn fled on purpose to lead them into a trap, Moash ''kills'' Elhokar after the former almost became a Radiant, Sah, Noro, and Beard are killed, Kaladin has a HeroicBSOD, Kholinar has fallen, and upon activating the Oathgate against Sja-anat's pleas, Shallan, Kaladin, Adolin, and Azure are brought to Shadesmar, where they meet the true forms of Sja-Anat, Ashertmarn, Syl, Pattern, and the spren of Adolin's Shardblade, and Azure reveals she's been in Shadesmar before]].

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* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'': The last four chapters of Part 3. [[spoiler:Kaladin and Elhokar meet with Aesudan, she is revealed to be fully under Odium's influence, [[EldritchAbomination the Unmade Sja-anat]] claims to not be their enemy and tries to plead with Shallan to not activate the Oathgate, claiming that Ashertmarn fled on purpose to lead them into a trap, Moash ''kills'' Elhokar after the former almost became a Radiant, Sah, Noro, and Beard are killed, Kaladin has a HeroicBSOD, Kholinar has fallen, and upon activating the Oathgate against Sja-anat's pleas, Shallan, Kaladin, Adolin, and Azure are brought to Shadesmar, where they meet two giant spren in the true forms of Sja-Anat, Ashertmarn, sky, Syl, Pattern, and the spren of Adolin's Shardblade, and Azure reveals she's been in Shadesmar before]].

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* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'': The last four chapters of Part 3. [[spoiler:Kaladin and Elhokar meet with Aesudan, she is revealed to be fully under Odium's influence, [[EldritchAbomination the Unmade Sja-anat]] claims to not be their enemy and tries to plead with Shallan to not activate the Oathgate, claiming that Ashertmarn fled on purpose to lead them into a trap, Moash ''kills'' Elhokar after the former almost became a Radiant, Sah, Noro, and Beard are killed, Kaladin has a HeroicBSOD, Kholinar has fallen, and upon activating the Oathgate against Sja-anat's pleas, Shallan, Kaladin, Adolin, and Azure are brought to Shadesmar, where they meet the true forms of Sja-Anat, Ashertmarn, Syl, Pattern, and the spren of Adolin's Shardblade, and Azure reveals she's been in Shadesmar before]].


** Also, the final chapter before the epilogue of the third book, ''The Hero of Ages'', where we learn that the Hero of Ages referred to ''Sazed'' all along, not Vin like we had assumed, thanks to a gambit on Preservation's part to kill Ruin and create a god with power over both Ruin and Preservation.

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** Also, the final chapter before the epilogue of the third book, ''The Hero of Ages'', where we learn that the [[spoiler:the Hero of Ages referred to ''Sazed'' all along, not Vin like we had assumed, thanks to a gambit on Preservation's part to kill Ruin and create a god with power over both Ruin and Preservation.]]

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** Also, the final chapter before the epilogue of the third book, ''The Hero of Ages'', where we learn that the Hero of Ages referred to ''Sazed'' all along, not Vin like we had assumed, thanks to a gambit on Preservation's part to kill Ruin and create a god with power over both Ruin and Preservation.


* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'':
** ''The Titan's Curse'', chapter 13. Bianca di Angelo dies, making her the first hero to die onscreen. This is to show that, yes, demigods are not and have never been safe.
** ''The Battle of the Labyrinth''. Luke becomes Kronos' host, casting doubt whether he can be redeemed. The next book says yes, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath but at a tragic price]].



*** The new BigBad is revealed to be [[spoiler:Gaea, goddess of the Earth itself]].

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*** It turns out that Camp Half-Blood is not the only demigod camp in the world. There is also Camp Jupiter, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it is where Jason came from. What's more, they are the home of the ''Roman'' demigods.
*** The new BigBad is revealed to be [[spoiler:Gaea, goddess Gaea, the personification of the Earth itself]].itself.



*** Chapter 4. The ''Argo II'' has arrived at Camp Jupiter, and so far, things are going well. Annabeth and Percy are reunited, Octavian is keeping his mouth shut, and Annabeth and Rayna are getting along. Then [[spoiler:the ''Argo II'' opens fire on Camp Jupiter]].
*** The ending. The destruction of Rome has been averted, Nico is rescued, the giants holding him are dead, and the Athena Parthenos, the key to ending the rivalry between the Greek and Roman demigods, is secure aboard the ''Argo II''. [[spoiler:Then the floor crumbles, and Annabeth and Percy fall into Tartarus]].

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*** Chapter 4. The ''Argo II'' has arrived at Camp Jupiter, and so far, things are going well. Annabeth and Percy are reunited, Octavian is keeping his mouth shut, and Annabeth and Rayna are getting along. Then [[spoiler:the the ''Argo II'' opens fire on Camp Jupiter]].
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*** The ending. The destruction of Rome has been averted, Nico is rescued, the giants holding him are dead, and the Athena Parthenos, the key to ending the rivalry between the Greek and Roman demigods, is secure aboard the ''Argo II''. [[spoiler:Then Then the floor crumbles, and Annabeth and Percy fall into Tartarus]].Tartarus.
** ''The House of Hades''. Nico [[ComingOutStory comes out of the closet]] and confesses that he once had a crush on Percy.
* ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'':
** ''The Hidden Oracle''. The Triumvirate is led by a trio of immortal Roman emperors. In fact, one of them is [[TheCaligula Caligula]] himself.
** ''The Burning Maze''. Jason Grace dies. [[KilledOffForReal FOR REAL]]. For those who cannot fathom the shock it does to the fandom, he is not only a main character, but also a narrator in three books of the Riordanverse. Usually, they are expected to have PlotArmor.

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** The Red Wedding was an event of massive consequences, not only for devastated/furious readers everywhere, but also in universe: diplomatic relations will never be the same between houses, once that one of the most sacred rules, guest right, was desecrated.


* The end of ''Dead Beat'' in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. So far the series had been about a OccultDetective. There were always acknowledgements of a BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, and wizarding politics were often a problem for Harry, but for the first six and a half books of the series Harry was a detective who happened to investigate vampires in addition to mobsters and to carry a staff in addition to a revolver. Then, at the end of book seven, Harry is recruited into [[MutantDraftBoard the Wardens]] because ''over half the organization had been slaughtered by a blitzkrieg in their ongoing war with vampires''. Shortly after that, Harry deduces that his {{Monster Of The Week}}s weren't just sorcerers feuding with each other but were fighting over enough power to become {{Physical God}}s. At the end, he points out that his enemies had probably been allied to the vampires all along. Since then, the series has more been about wizarding world problems than his investigation business, even if that's how the story gets started sometimes.
** ''Turn Coat'': [[spoiler: Morgan]], a major recurring character since the first book, is KilledOffForReal. The Black Council's mole on the White Council is revealed and killed, but the newest Senior Council member is believed by Harry to potentially be another mole. In response, Harry and [=McCoy=] start putting together a Grey Council to resist both the Black Council's manipulations and the White Council's HeadInTheSandManagement. Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Thomas]] is [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] to the point of crossing the DespairEventHorizon, and [[spoiler: gives up attempting to resist his vampiric nature.]]
** ''Changes''. There's a very good reason that this is the first book in the series to not have a two-word [[PunnyName Punny Title]]: the entire book, in a very big way, is basically a wham episode. [[spoiler: We find out that Harry has a daughter and that his mentor Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is his maternal grandfather. Harry's office, his car, and his apartment are all completely destroyed, along with almost all of his possessions. The White Council is on the verge of disintegrating; Ramirez and many of the younger Wardens have been imprisoned by the Council, and Luccio and a number of other older Wardens are missing. Harry accepts the position of Winter Knight, Susan dies ''at Harry's hand'', doing so in a way that takes THE ENTIRE FREAKING RED COURT with her, he finally makes a date with Murphy, and the book ends with [[CliffHanger Harry being shot in the chest and falling into a lake, his exact fate unknown]]. Then the next book got announced: ''Ghost Story'' - Harry's DEAD. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Harry's duster gets destroyed]]]]. The whole book qualifies as a [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Wham Bomb]].
** The next book, ''Ghost Story'', goes even further. Supernatural powers are running around snatching up whatever bits are left of the [[spoiler: Red Court]]'s former power base, leading to covert wars in the streets with the White Council locked up just trying to keep order. [[spoiler: The Corpsetaker]] is back and is pissed. Bob's evil side is going completely Red Skull. Molly has gone almost completely off the deep end thanks to the trauma she took in the final battle in ''Changes'' [[spoiler: and from erasing Harry's memories]]. And Harry discovers who [[spoiler: had him killed]]: [[spoiler: He did it to himself]] and [[spoiler: had Molly erase his memories of setting it up, so she now has to live with the knowledge]]. And at the end of the book, [[spoiler: he takes up the mantle of Winter Knight willingly, but not without telling Queen Mab where she can stick it.]]
** ''Cold Days'' throws even more curve balls at the readers. [[spoiler:Demonreach is [[SealedEvilInACan a prison for dark gods]] created by Merlin. An entity called Nemesis is behind the Black Council, and can infect people's minds to twist them to its cause. Maeve has been so infected, and kills Lily before being killed as well, with Molly becoming the new Winter Lady.]]

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* The end of ''Dead Beat'' ''Literature/DeadBeat'' in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. So far the series had been about a OccultDetective. There were always acknowledgements of a BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, and wizarding politics were often a problem for Harry, but for the first six and a half books of the series Harry was a detective who happened to investigate vampires in addition to mobsters and to carry a staff in addition to a revolver. Then, at the end of book seven, Harry is recruited into [[MutantDraftBoard the Wardens]] because ''over half the organization had been slaughtered by a blitzkrieg in their ongoing war with vampires''. Shortly after that, Harry deduces that his {{Monster Of The Week}}s weren't just sorcerers feuding with each other but were fighting over enough power to become {{Physical God}}s. At the end, he points out that his enemies had probably been allied to the vampires all along. Since then, the series has more been about wizarding world problems than his investigation business, even if that's how the story gets started sometimes.
** ''Turn Coat'': ''Literature/TurnCoat'': [[spoiler: Morgan]], a major recurring character since the first book, is KilledOffForReal. The Black Council's mole on the White Council is revealed and killed, but the newest Senior Council member is believed by Harry to potentially be another mole. In response, Harry and [=McCoy=] start putting together a Grey Council to resist both the Black Council's manipulations and the White Council's HeadInTheSandManagement. Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Thomas]] [[spoiler:Thomas]] is [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] to the point of crossing the DespairEventHorizon, and [[spoiler: gives [[spoiler:gives up attempting to resist his vampiric nature.]]
** ''Changes''.''Literature/{{Changes}}''. There's a very good reason that this is the first book in the series to not have a two-word [[PunnyName Punny Title]]: the entire book, in a very big way, is basically a wham episode. [[spoiler: We [[spoiler:We find out that Harry has a daughter and that his mentor Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is his maternal grandfather. Harry's office, his car, and his apartment are all completely destroyed, along with almost all of his possessions. The White Council is on the verge of disintegrating; Ramirez and many of the younger Wardens have been imprisoned by the Council, and Luccio and a number of other older Wardens are missing. Harry accepts the position of Winter Knight, Susan dies ''at Harry's hand'', doing so in a way that takes THE ENTIRE FREAKING RED COURT with her, he finally makes a date with Murphy, and the book ends with [[CliffHanger Harry being shot in the chest and falling into a lake, his exact fate unknown]]. Then the next book got announced: ''Ghost Story'' - Harry's DEAD. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Harry's duster gets destroyed]]]]. The whole book qualifies as a [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Wham Bomb]].
** The next book, ''Ghost Story'', ''Literature/GhostStory'', goes even further. Supernatural powers are running around snatching up whatever bits are left of the [[spoiler: Red [[spoiler:Red Court]]'s former power base, leading to covert wars in the streets with the White Council locked up just trying to keep order. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Corpsetaker]] is back and is pissed. Bob's evil side is going completely Red Skull. Molly has gone almost completely off the deep end thanks to the trauma she took in the final battle in ''Changes'' [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and from erasing Harry's memories]]. And Harry discovers who [[spoiler: had [[spoiler:had him killed]]: [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He did it to himself]] and [[spoiler: had [[spoiler:had Molly erase his memories of setting it up, so she now has to live with the knowledge]]. And at the end of the book, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he takes up the mantle of Winter Knight willingly, but not without telling Queen Mab where she can stick it.]]
** ''Cold Days'' ''Literature/ColdDays'' throws even more curve balls at the readers. [[spoiler:Demonreach is [[SealedEvilInACan a prison for dark gods]] created by Merlin. An entity called Nemesis is behind the Black Council, and can infect people's minds to twist them to its cause. Maeve has been so infected, and kills Lily before being killed as well, with Molly becoming the new Winter Lady.]]

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