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The Pardoner's Tale was a novella written by The Ninth, meaning it is a Troper Work. It was published in 2008 by Torquere Books. A sequel, Ace of Wands, was released in 2009.

The original ebooks are no longer available, but a new ebook version and a print version were re-released in late 2014. The new version combines the two original tales along with several short stories.

We're first introduced to Nick in The Pardoner's Tale where he's working as a private investigator — small claims, insurance fraud, and cheating spouses, mostly. He's also contracted by an antiques dealer to pick up items. Sometimes the items are cursed and Nick's been trained to handle that. He's also under orders to kill any vampires he comes across. This is fine with him until he runs into Alex in a dark alley one night and ends up losing the fight.

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It turns out that Alex is a jovial, juvenile vampire that worms his way into Nick's life and things are prickly but livable until Alex's former boss — a very old demon — comes looking for him, bringing death and destruction and putting Nick right in the middle of things.

The Pardoner's Tale is now the series title as well as the title of the first novella.


The Pardoner series contains examples of:

  • Asexuality — Nick Pardoner, although it's never explicitly stated.
  • Daywalking Vampire — Alex Finch. No problems with sunlight.
  • Demon Slaying — Demon trapping, which may be worse than death.
  • Everyone Is Bi — Well... nearly everyone. Of the main characters, Nick is the only exception.
  • Friend on the Force — John Doderberg, a Baltimore City cop.
  • Fur Against Fang — Averted. Nick and Alex fight, but not because of what they are.
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  • Genuine Human Hide — A book of dark magic is bound in "meat".
  • I Do Not Drink Wine — Averted. Alex spends a lot of time drunk.
  • If It's You, It's Okay — Nick's thoughts on Alex. Kinda. It's more like "if it's you it's OK, but I still don't like you."
  • Occult Detective — Kind of. Nick's a detective and occult, not always a detective OF the occult.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different — Nick is a werewolf by birth. He's not bound by the moon and has to work to maintain a lot of his "supernatural" skills.
  • Paranormal Romance — For certain definitions of "romance".
  • The Undead — Death and zombies.
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