Hilari Bell is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. Her works include the Knight and Rogue Series (currently The Last Knight, Rogue's Home, Player's Ruse, and Thief's War), the Farsala Trilogy, A Matter of Profit, and several other sci-fi and fantasy works for children, young adults, and (in Navohar, which featured a forty-year-old-plus woman geneticist as its lead) adults.
She's notable for not only creating strong characters but entire new worlds, complete with ecosystems, religions, laws, inter-species tensions, and so on with every new book or series.
Works by Hilari Bell with their own trope pages include:
Other works by Hilari Bell provide examples of:
- All Men Are Perverts: When Raven is traveling with Kelsa as a boy in Trickster's Girl she mentions that he's cute once and he's only described again to explain his different transformations. When he becomes a girl in order to work with Jason an incredible amount of attention goes towards her butt and the fact that she's naked after transforming.
- Gender Bender: Raven, in order to more effectively deal with the shift to a male lead in Traitor's Son, becomes a girl.
- Going Native: Navohar.
- Humans Are Warriors: In Songs of Power, Imina warns the whales that if they plan on destroying humanity they should be ready for one hell of a
fightwar on their hands. At the very least, it would be a Pyrrhic Victory for them if they tried.
- King Incognito: Edoran, in Crown of Earth
- Lampshade Hanging: In Shield of Stars Weasle expresses his doubt that they'll find a hidden tunnel in the castle, since that only happens in bad 3 book novels. They promplty find a hidden tunnel.
- Lord Error-Prone: The Prophecy.
- Magic Antidote: Anomaly 1 in Navohar which doubles as the MacGuffin.
- Prophecies Are Always Right: Both subverted and played straight in The Prophecy.
- Secret Test of Character: Most prominent in The Wizard Test.
- Talking Weapon: The Prophecy.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: This is Raven's favorite trope in Trickster's Girl. Whenever Kelsa tries to point out that even if he's trying to compliment her, she finds the condescending way he talks about humans while doing so to be incredibly insulting, he seems not to get what the problem is.