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The Shining Falcon is a fantasy novel by Josepha Sherman, a Twice-Told Tale retelling of the Russian Fairy Tale The Feather of Finist the Falcon.


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  • Bad Dreams: Ljuba has bad dreams about her attempts to ensnare Finist. She suppresses the knowledge that she deserved it.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Finist finds that a wolf really is a transformed man. His girlfriend, angry with him, hadn't really expected it to work.
  • The Exile: On the false charges, Maria and her family have to flee.
  • Fallen Princess: After their exile, the sisters Maria and Vasilissia.
  • Femme Fatale: Ljuba uses magic and sex to try to work herself into power.
  • The Lost Woods: The forest. Exactly how evil depends on whether the leshy like you.
  • Love Potion: Ljuba creates these. She can even put them in candles.
  • Magic Is Evil: Danilo and many others are convinced of this. Finist distinguishes between sorcery, which is, and magic, which need not be.
  • Malicious Slander: A man slanders Maria's father to the prince, which is why she and her family have to flee.
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  • Nice to the Waiter: Ljuba is quite frustrated at how Finist is so concerned with the welfare of the peasants and other commoners.
  • The Pardon: After Finist reveals the falsity of the charges, Danilo is pardoned.
  • Oblivious to Love: Ljuba intends to use Finist for her ambitions. She insists on this to herself whenever unpleasant thoughts, such as it hurts not to be trusted by him, occur.
  • Rags to Royalty: Maria is reduced to a peasant's life before gaining Finist's love.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Finist. So frustrating to Ljuba.
  • Royal Blood: One royal family is also magical; you have to be able to turn into a bird to prove you are royal.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Finist appears in Alexi's dreams, posing as a bad dream.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Every person with Royal Blood in a certain city can assume bird form.
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  • Youngest Child Wins: The younger of the two sisters is the heroine.

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