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Hunter's Moon is a fantasy novel written by Brielle Bishop and Charlie Nelson for NaNoWriMo 2016, and is currently being published on Archive of Our Own, while simultaneously going through revisions. (Some spoilers might be accidentally unmarked due to authorial forgetfulness... This page will also include tropes and spoilers for later books, until book one is finished.)

A brief summary:

Elise Dubois just wanted to graduate.

The final internship sounded simple enough: go out into the wilderness, kill an eldritch creature that considers two football teams a nice little snack, and come back with untold riches and lifetime bragging rights.

The problem isn't that no one has ever returned. It's that she's not supposed to exist in the first place, let alone embark on a high-profile quest.

As she joins three others for her career-defining moment, she will learn much more than she ever needed - or wanted - to know about her world.


This book contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Characters with a decent home life are incredibly rare in this 'verse, apparently.
    • Henry Lane.
    • Alexander Smythe.
    • Averted by Francis and Angelika Gerth, Rudolf's parents. Sofia, his grandmother, is an Abusive Parental Figure, but was stopped quickly by Francis when he found out his son has developed an eating disorder.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Lise (Elise).
    • Peep (Philip). Or Peepikins, if you're Rowan. (Or Charlie...)
    • Ro (Rowan).
    • Bo (Connor), and later on, Hartley gave him Conker, which stuck better. Conkadonk hasn't stuck yet, but the author is really, really determined.
    • Rudy and the occasional reindeer (Rudolf).
    • Out of universe, there's Charlie the Formatting Fairy. And, not-so-affectionately, Bee or Evil Kinktress.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Philip.
  • Anti-Hero: Philip sees himself this way, constantly justifying decisions that may have been made out of kindness into practical choices for the greater good.
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  • Arc Words: "Run, little rabbit. Run." (Or the French version: "Cours, petit lapin. Cours.")
  • Bi the Way: Hello, Connor.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Connor's baby blues turn into this in book two.
  • Bury Your Gays: He gets better, but the first character to die onscreen is bisexual.
  • Book-Ends: Book one both begins and ends with Elise talking to a dead man who she loved: Michel and Connor.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: The two male characters who get prominent screentime are Philip and Connor, both described as slim and svelte.
  • Chew Toy: Per Word of God, Brie really likes picking on the Lane brothers: Philip because he's the character most similar to her, and Connor because she just enjoys breaking pretty things. It's a constant, neverending war for Charlie to try and snatch the chew toys away.
  • Death Glare: Philip apparently has a patented one.
  • Death Wail: Oh, Elise.
  • Downer Ending: The heroes have slain the monster, got the loot, and returned home safely, had a Heartwarming meeting with little Dakota, and even a celebratory snowball fight! It's all fun and games now, right? Nope. Overlaps with Shoot the Shaggy Dog for poor Philip, as the little brother he risked his life to protect got brutally murdered a few meters away from him. In Elise's arms. And there's not even a body to bury.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Philip is described as having an unsettling, emotionless stare most of the time. Partly due to his blunted affect thanks to having Asperger's Syndrome, partly from the emotional and physical trauma Henry inflicted.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Connor.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Elise is first seen alone, curled up, and talking to her father's grave about her mission.
    • Philip strides into the room, ignores everyone else, and starts arguing with Connor in a conversation filled with Anger Born of Worry. Also, he flinches when Connor's temper tantrum inadvertently reminded him of his abusive childhood.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: The Austrian exchange student Rudolf, his father Francis, and his grandmother Sofia were named after Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, his father Emperor Franz Joseph I, and his grandmother Archduchess Sophie. His mother's name, however, isn't any variation of Elisabeth, but Angelika.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic (Elise), Sanguine (Rowan), Choleric (Connor) and Melancholic (Philip).
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: "CONNOR ARDEN LANE." is used with worrying frequency.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Philip and Connor are introduced arguing, and simply cannot resist throwing barbs. But deep down... waaaaaay deep down... they love each other. Really.
  • Gratuitous French:
    • Native speaker Elise.
    • Philip is also fond of occasional, pithy French quotations.
    • And then, of course, there's Rowan's pet name for Philip: mon phare.
    • Gratuitous German: Rudolf uses it a lot. When he's not calling sugar sweeties anyway.
  • It Must Be Mine!: Hartley re: rabbits. Sorry, sorry, bunbuns.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Connor.
  • Interspecies Romance: Half-fae Elise falls in love with, and bonds with, werewolf Connor, and later witch Hartley.
  • Jumped at the Call:
    • Rowan, desperate to prove that ey can handle eir own business.
    • Connor, more than happy to get away from his brother and out of his shadow.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "They're coming for us! Th-"
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: In a subversion, it's not the child whose birth killed the mother that "earns" the father's anger. It's the older sibling that got the brunt of the blame.
  • Madness Mantra: The "rabbit" Arc Words first surface as this in book two.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Elise's necklace.
  • Running Gag:
    • Connor's nearly constant snacking. Becomes Foreshadowing for book two, when his unusual metabolism is revealed to be the result of his status as a demon vessel.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man:
    • Philip, befitting his role as the alpha of a strong pack and heir to the Lanes, is rarely seen without a suit on. Or at least a formal shirt and slacks.
    • Robert, full tilt.
  • Shipper on Deck: Elise and Hartley for Johanna/Rudolf.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The second paragraph of the prologue is stuffed with veiled and edited references to Sailor Moon, The Little Prince, and His Dark Materials.
      • The very first line is a shoutout to To the Moon, which has a protagonist with Asperger's married to a neurotypical.
    • Tolkien nerd Perpetual Frowner Philip "has Andúril stuck up his ass."
    • Jo's full name is Johanna Stephanie Caspar, a reference to the women who outlived the aforementioned Crown Prince Rudolf: his wife, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, and his other mistress, Mitzi (or Mizzi) Caspar. Otherwise, Johanna bears a resemblance to Baroness Mary Vetsera, a vivacious, dark-eyed young lady, but seemingly "without serious thought" who had a whirlwind, Love at First Sight romance with the prince that ended in Together in Death.
  • Spock Speak: Philip, per his Asperger's, constantly delivers this.
    "He's basically a walking, talking, incredibly posh APA-formatted essay."
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Magic users sport these.

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