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* LesYay: Lu and Cleareye. They even have a ''PillowFight''.

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* LesYay: Lu and Cleareye. They even have a ''PillowFight''.pillow fight.


* TakeThatScrappy: Bridget has absolutely no redeeming qualities, being an unrepentant [[TheBully bully]] who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections openly admits to using her connections to rig the system in her favour]]; fortunately, her appearances are mostly limited, and [[spoiler:[[BreakTheHaughty she gets knocked down quite a few pegs]] in the SnowballFight]] in a MomentOfAwesome example of this.

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* TakeThatScrappy: Bridget has absolutely no redeeming qualities, being an unrepentant [[TheBully bully]] who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections openly admits to using her connections to rig the system in her favour]]; fortunately, her appearances are mostly limited, and [[spoiler:[[BreakTheHaughty she gets knocked down quite a few pegs]] in the SnowballFight]] in a MomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome example of this.


** [[LaResistance Killers]] in general. Professor Cole, Hallwad Caurn, and [[spoiler:Cleareye]] say that the Killers are ruthless murderers; granted, they are all from [[TheKingdom Ciaró]], so [[UnreliableNarrator this might not be true]], but ‘Hat Lad’ implies it’s true (but only implies). The book cover says that they fought the Royal House ‘bravely’ (or ‘ferociously’ on the English edition), but whether that means VillainousValour or TheUnfettered HeroWithBadPublicity remains to be seen. Further complicating things is that the [[TheEndingChangesEverything last two chapters reveal that]] [[spoiler:the heroic [[ObliviousAdoption Hallwad and Aucasis are adopted]] [[LukeIAmYourFather Killers, and that Shadow and Déaspor are related to Lu somehow]], while [[SequelHook Tyler Killer]] is evil, making generalisations about the Killers’ nature nigh impossible]].

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** [[LaResistance Killers]] in general. Professor Cole, Hallwad Caurn, and [[spoiler:Cleareye]] say that the Killers are ruthless murderers; granted, they are all from [[TheKingdom Ciaró]], Ciaró, so [[UnreliableNarrator this might not be true]], but ‘Hat Lad’ implies it’s true (but only implies). The book cover says that they fought the Royal House ‘bravely’ (or ‘ferociously’ on the English edition), but whether that means VillainousValour or TheUnfettered HeroWithBadPublicity remains to be seen. Further complicating things is that the [[TheEndingChangesEverything last two chapters reveal that]] [[spoiler:the heroic [[ObliviousAdoption Hallwad and Aucasis are adopted]] [[LukeIAmYourFather Killers, and that Shadow and Déaspor are related to Lu somehow]], while [[SequelHook Tyler Killer]] is evil, making generalisations about the Killers’ nature nigh impossible]].


* MarySue: Subverted. Lu has all the innate qualities of being one, being good-looking, intelligent, and possessing formidable magical powers, but she doesn’t always make good use of these attributes: she’s apathetic and suffers from self-loathing, [[BrilliantButLazy can’t be bothered to study at school]], and [[spoiler:can’t conclude she is not [[FriendlyFireproof immune to her own fire]] and [[NeverMyFault blames ‘Hat Lad’]] [[InnerMonologue in her mind]] for not pointing it out to her, despite noticing her dry skin and burn marks on her sheets from practicing the [[PlayingWithFire fire-igniting spell]] he taught her]].


* [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]]: The RescueArc.
* ItGetsBetter: The first third or so of the book comes off mostly as a typical teen drama about an underdog outcast and her conflict with the resident AlphaBitch, with some fantastic elements thrown in, albeit with a few funny quips by Lu, and Professor Cole’s genuinely terrifying lashing out at Lu, followed by a gut-wrenching HeroicBSOD scene. Once she crosses over to Greywall’d, her attempts at survival and her struggling with her heritage and nature make the book far more engaging.

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* [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]]: HolyShitQuotient: The RescueArc.
* ItGetsBetter: The first third or so of the book comes off mostly as a typical teen drama about an underdog outcast and her conflict with the resident AlphaBitch, with some fantastic elements thrown in, albeit with a few funny quips by Lu, and Professor Cole’s genuinely terrifying lashing out at Lu, followed by a gut-wrenching HeroicBSOD scene. Once she crosses over to Greywall’d, her attempts at survival and her struggling with her heritage and nature make the book far more engaging.
RescueArc.


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* SlowPacedBeginning: The first third or so of the book comes off mostly as a typical teen drama about an underdog outcast and her conflict with the resident AlphaBitch, with some fantastic elements thrown in, albeit with a few funny quips by Lu, and Professor Cole’s genuinely terrifying lashing out at Lu, followed by a gut-wrenching HeroicBSOD scene. Once she crosses over to Greywall’d, her attempts at survival and her struggling with her heritage and nature make the book far more engaging.


* TrueNeutral: Lu’s profound apathy makes her come off as this, to the extent that it’s said she ‘would not bat an eye at a bomb exploding and killing a large number of people right in front of her’, at least until her would-be killers tell her they [[RelativeButton killed her family]]. However, once she crosses over to Greywall’d, she appears to be more NeutralGood.


-->'''Lu:''' Goodbye, world.

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-->'''Lu:''' --->'''Lu:''' Goodbye, world.


* {{Woolseyism}}: The poems show this in particular.

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* {{Woolseyism}}: The translator, N. L. Lumi, is a native speaker of both Hebrew and English who’s had experience with translating since elementary school, and has written some poetry on commission. Feeling that Lu’s language should be richer after she becomes an {{Omniglot}}, they embellished the language of the original, which used somewhat typical teen speech patterns, every now and then. The four poems show this featured in the book--the poem at the entrance to the Dark Ones’ tunnels, the poem their cantor recites at the feast, the song from Lu’s vision, and the song Cleareye sings to Lu--showcase their talent in particular.

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** Lu mentions how cold the weather is as an offhanded remark, despite it being [[http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jan/05/december-coldest-uk-month-100-years the coldest winter in 100 years]]. Which makes perfect sense--she just got there from Scotland, where the weather is generally colder, and she barely talks to people around her (who, presumably, would want to TalkAboutTheWeather), so she doesn’t give much thought to how abnormally cold it is.


** The {{Foreshadowing}} using ChekhovsGun seem to be a bit heavy-handed and spelled out until you realise it makes perfect sense in-universe--‘Hat Lad’ [[spoiler:and Déaspor]] want to make sure Lu was following their plans exactly as she is told, even if she doesn’t know why. A clear example would be [[spoiler:Déaspor]] giving Lu the map at the Chopped Tree Inn: [[spoiler:she knew she was going to meet Hallwad, who was [[TheChosenMany also chosen]] to play a part in Shadow and Déaspor’s [[ThePlan plans]], and was practically spelling it out for her to show it to him]].

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** The {{Foreshadowing}} using ChekhovsGun seem to be a bit heavy-handed and spelled out until you realise it makes perfect sense in-universe--‘Hat Lad’ [[spoiler:and Déaspor]] want to make sure Lu was following their plans ThePlan exactly as she is told, even if she doesn’t know why. A clear example would be [[spoiler:Déaspor]] giving Lu the map at the Chopped Tree Inn: [[spoiler:she knew she was going to meet Hallwad, who was [[TheChosenMany also chosen]] to play a part in Shadow and Déaspor’s [[ThePlan plans]], and was practically spelling it out for her to show it to him]].


** The {{Foreshadowing}} using ChekhovsGun seem to be a bit heavy-handed and spelled out until you realise it makes perfect sense in-universe--‘Hat Lad’ [[spoiler:and Déaspor]] want to make sure Lu was following their plans exactly as she is told, even if she doesn’t know why. A clear example would be [[spoiler:Déaspor]] giving Lu the map at the Chopped Tree Inn: [[spoiler:she knew she was going to meet Hallwad, who was [[TheChosenMany also chosen]] to play a part in Shadow and Déaspor’s [[ThePlan plans]]]], and was practically spelling it out for her to show it to him]].

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** The {{Foreshadowing}} using ChekhovsGun seem to be a bit heavy-handed and spelled out until you realise it makes perfect sense in-universe--‘Hat Lad’ [[spoiler:and Déaspor]] want to make sure Lu was following their plans exactly as she is told, even if she doesn’t know why. A clear example would be [[spoiler:Déaspor]] giving Lu the map at the Chopped Tree Inn: [[spoiler:she knew she was going to meet Hallwad, who was [[TheChosenMany also chosen]] to play a part in Shadow and Déaspor’s [[ThePlan plans]]]], plans]], and was practically spelling it out for her to show it to him]].

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** The {{Foreshadowing}} using ChekhovsGun seem to be a bit heavy-handed and spelled out until you realise it makes perfect sense in-universe--‘Hat Lad’ [[spoiler:and Déaspor]] want to make sure Lu was following their plans exactly as she is told, even if she doesn’t know why. A clear example would be [[spoiler:Déaspor]] giving Lu the map at the Chopped Tree Inn: [[spoiler:she knew she was going to meet Hallwad, who was [[TheChosenMany also chosen]] to play a part in Shadow and Déaspor’s [[ThePlan plans]]]], and was practically spelling it out for her to show it to him]].


* {{Troperrific}}: Especially at the beginning: an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent from England who’s ConvenientlyAnOrphan in a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors, where she defeats the [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] AlphaBitch whose boyfriend is a dreamy blond boy who’s behaviour implies he’s [[SchoolIsForLosers too cool for school]], and discovers she’s TheChosenOne who has to go SavingTheWorld in a MagicalLand… However, this tendency drops significantly once she actually crosses over to the MagicalLand.



* {{Woolseyism}}: The poems show this in particular.
* XMeetsY: ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' meets ''Literature/HarryPotter'' meets ''Literature/TheHobbit'' meets just a hint of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

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* {{Woolseyism}}: The poems show this in particular.
* XMeetsY: ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' meets ''Literature/HarryPotter'' meets ''Literature/TheHobbit'' meets just a hint of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
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** [[LaResistance Killers]] in general. Professor Cole, Hallwad Caurn, and [[spoiler:Cleareye]] say that the Killers are ruthless murderers; granted, they are all from [[TheKingdom Ciaró]], so [[UnreliableNarrator this might not be true]], but ‘Hat Lad’ implies it’s true (but only implies). The book cover says that they fought the Royal House bravely, but whether ‘bravely’ means VillainousValour or TheUnfettered HeroWithBadPublicity remains to be seen. Further complicating things is that the [[TheEndingChangesEverything last two chapters reveal that]] [[spoiler:the heroic [[ObliviousAdoption Hallwad and Aucasis are adopted]] [[LukeIAmYourFather Killers, and that Shadow and Déaspor are related to Lu somehow]], while [[SequelHook Tyler Killer]] is evil, making generalisations about the Killers’ nature nigh impossible]].

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** [[LaResistance Killers]] in general. Professor Cole, Hallwad Caurn, and [[spoiler:Cleareye]] say that the Killers are ruthless murderers; granted, they are all from [[TheKingdom Ciaró]], so [[UnreliableNarrator this might not be true]], but ‘Hat Lad’ implies it’s true (but only implies). The book cover says that they fought the Royal House bravely, ‘bravely’ (or ‘ferociously’ on the English edition), but whether ‘bravely’ that means VillainousValour or TheUnfettered HeroWithBadPublicity remains to be seen. Further complicating things is that the [[TheEndingChangesEverything last two chapters reveal that]] [[spoiler:the heroic [[ObliviousAdoption Hallwad and Aucasis are adopted]] [[LukeIAmYourFather Killers, and that Shadow and Déaspor are related to Lu somehow]], while [[SequelHook Tyler Killer]] is evil, making generalisations about the Killers’ nature nigh impossible]].


** Lu’s changing attitudes towards her kills reflect. They’re either a case of CharacterDevelopment, indicating her realisation that [[SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable sometimes her kills are a necessity]]; [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain becoming more accustomed to killing and embracing her innate murderous nature]]; or simply beoming ConditionedToAcceptHorror.

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** Lu’s changing attitudes towards her kills reflect. They’re either are a case of CharacterDevelopment, indicating CharacterDevelopment; whether that character development is her realisation that [[SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable sometimes her kills are a necessity]]; necessity]], [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain becoming more accustomed to killing and embracing her innate murderous nature]]; nature]], or simply beoming ConditionedToAcceptHorror.becoming ConditionedToAcceptHorror, is anyone’s guess.

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