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The Idhún's Memories (originally Memorias de Idhún) is a High Fantasy and Paranormal Romance trilogy written by the Spanish author Laura Gallego.

The story follows three children: Jack, Victoria and Kirtash, who are destined to save a world named Idhún from Ashran the Necromancer, who also happens to be Kirtash's father. From here, the story passes to include multiverse switches, dragons, unicorns, sheks and gods.

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The trilogy has got a spin-off comic book series. Even though the fans have asked for a movie based on the trilogy, the author has long refused to share the rights of the books with film producers, but late in The New '10s she relented enough to accept a deal with Netflix for the first book, which resulted in a short-lived Animated Adaptation titled The Idhun Chronicles.

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These books (and comic books) contain examples of:

  • The Ace: Victoria.
  • Author Appeal: The protagonist is a green-eyed blond, just like the protagonist from Gallego's other trilogy Chronicles of the Tower.
  • Author Avatar: Officially, Victoria for Laura Gallego. She admitted herself that the trilogy's story started out as a fourteen years old girl daydream.
  • Barbarian Tribe: There is one in Idhún.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished
  • Big Bad: Ashran, or rather the Seventh God.
  • The Chosen One: The three lead.
  • Creation Myth: Idhún has one, related to its six gods.
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Kimara and Gerde go barefoot, the former by tribal customs and the latter by preference.
  • The Dragon: Kirtash to Ashran, later replaced by Gerde.
  • Giant Flyer: Both the dragons and the sheks.
  • Healing Hands: Healing magic takes this form here.
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  • Hazy Feel Turn: Christian does a rather vague Enemy Mine in order to get in the good side.
  • Here There Were Dragons: But were killed by Ashran.
  • Idiot Hero: Jack is clearly not an intellectual type, and his approach to the war, as well as his relationship with Victoria, is often reduced to follow his Hot-Blooded nature. Not played for laughs, though.
  • Lizard Folk: The szish, as well as the Custodian. Half -lizard in his case.
  • Love Triangle: Possibly one of the most bizarre and literal examples ever. Victoria ends up with both two of her love interests.
  • Magic Knight: Kirtash is both a wizard and a swordsman, although Jack technically counts as well given that he wields a magic sword.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!: Ashran the Necromancer uses an astral conjunction to wipe out all dragons and unicorns after hearing one of each will destroy him. Eventually, one baby dragon and unicorn are rescued and sent to the Earth through magic, which will end up killing him.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Justified. Ashran is an unusually minor mage for a High Fantasy Big Bad, as he can't fuel the magic of his own tower without Victoria's help and the process requires him and Gerde to pour their combined power in a long ritual.
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • Patchwork Map
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Subverted in that Victoria doesn't lead officially the Resistance, but almost as a gag, she is always right, while the wise Resistance leaders are always wrong.
  • Purple Prose: Frequent in romantic scenes, and somewhat repetitive.
  • La Résistance: The Idhunite Resistance.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Ashran during the first book.
  • The Vamp: Gerde is an expert in using her charms to get whatever she wants, and it only gets amped up when she becomes the Seventh Goddess.
  • World of Badass: Both heroes and villains. There are few characters who cannot use either weapons or magic to kick plenty of ass.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Many races have inusual hair colors.

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