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Literature / Aquasilva

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A series of books written by Anselm Audley, set on the eponymous giant ocean-planet of Aquasilva. Comprising a trilogy and a separate book, the series focused more in the political, economic and religious issues of the inhabitants than on great battles and heroics, though there are several examples of these, too.

Volumes within the series and publication Years

  1. Heresy, 2001
  2. Inquisition, 2002
  3. Crusade, 2003
  4. Vespera, 2011


Provides Examples Of:

  • Action Girl: Ravenna and Palatine. They will kick your ass any day and rule countries the odd days
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Aether. Seriously, it powers everything wort calling technology.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Subverted and played straight with storms and the Aeon. It must be kind of frustrating finally managing to find the mother of all ships, only to discover that you simply couldn't use it. At the time, at least.
  • Badass Family: The Tar'Connatur. To name just a few of their traits, they controlled a planet-spanning Empire, they usually had awesome control over Water and, also very usually, are crazy. Not enough? Then consider that they broke down their planet's climate, just to make sure that the enemy power of Tuonetar would never rise again. Also, when the old Tar'Connatur lost the throne, another family just adopted their name and tried to remake the Empire
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  • Black and Gray Morality: The series is literally about this. No one is really as monster-like as the other side says, nor as pure as it claims. : For example, Heretics using the same techniques of interrogation the Inquisition do.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Good luck not spotting one: [[spoiler weeds, places and people]]
  • Cincinnatus : Subverted. Ruthelo Azrian restored a Republic, but couldn't stand the idea of simply not being in command.
  • The Empire: Many. Haleth, Thetia, Tuonetar and even Qalathar were very typical Empires at some point. The Domain, too, being described like a Empire with parts scattered everywhere.
  • Evil Twin: Cathan twin is no other than the : insane Thetian Emperor Orosius
  • Fiery Redhead: Empress Aesonia, although in a cold and overly threatening way.
  • Gambit Pile UP: Always. Everywhere, people try to outmaneuver other people with absurd amounts of complicated plots.
  • The Load: Cathan himself looked like this. Somewhat subverted when he actually managed to bring down both the Domain and the Thetian Empire
  • Not So Different: Cathan and Sarhaddon were both trying to avert a new Crusade. Simply put, they had opposite motives to do so.
  • Schizo Tech: Pairing medieval land technology and space-ship looking submarines doesn't quite sound right.
  • Tsundere: Ravenna. Cathan must be wary of her tantrums. But, she ends being Cathan's love interest, predictably
  • Unreliable Narrator: Carausius Tar'Connatur. He forgot to tell the future generations about the Thetians creating the storms.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Everything is so packed with references to real life history, religion and politics that sometimes it takes a history degree to get to them. For example, Ravenna's grandfather family name is Di tolossa. Do you remember where Catharims survived longer?


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