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Literature / The Soldier Son

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Shaman's Crossing cover art by John Howe
The Soldier Son is a Fantasy trilogy by Robin Hobb, featuring a more modern setting than usual. The books are:

  1. Shaman's Crossing
  2. Forest Mage
  3. Renegade's Magic

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  • Agent Mulder: Epiny.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: As it turns out, the authorities of Gettys knew all along about the holy trees of the Specks and the creeping depression/fear; they just didn't care, since changing the road's route would draw trading away from Gettys.
  • Anti Anti Christ: Nevare doesn't particularly want to wipe out every Gernian in existence just because the Speck magic says so...
  • Anti-Magic: Iron.
  • Balancing Death's Books: Well, Soldier's Boy tries, at least.
  • Big Bad Friend: Hitch. Of course, things are a bit more complicated than usually in this trope, since there's no clearly Evil side. Not to mention he couldn't exactly help it.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being a wizard sounds great, but not when you realize what it can and will do to you, should you ever go against the will of your magic.
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  • The Caligula: Nevare's father becomes this after the Speck Plague strikes his family.
  • The Cassandra: Nevare throughout most of the second book.
  • Cast from Calories: Speck Great Ones gouge on food (especially magically potent food) to become obese and full of magic. Using the magic withers all the stored fat from their bodies
  • Cold Iron: Iron stops magic and is harmful to magic-users.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Nevare, Buel Hitch, Nevare's father and others, for the magic.
  • Country Mouse: Nevare and most of the battle lords' sons, compared to the old nobles' sons.
  • The Chosen One: You get one guess.
  • Culture Clash: Between the Gernians and the Specks.
  • Cute Kitten: Comes into play near the end.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted.
  • Functional Magic: the "Wild" subtype (Speck); the Plains magic appears to be some kind of Force Magic.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Subverted.
  • Gentlemen Rankers: Nevare ends up enlisting in the ranks after his expulsion from the Cavalla Academy. Aggravating his situation, Spink (who does have a commission) is assigned to the same regiment, as is the officer his former fiancee married.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Averted.
    Orandula: Do you honestly believe that we derive our powers because you believe in us? What sort of impotent god would that be?
  • Going Native: Although "being dragged" might be a better verb choice.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: A curse here, a hand sign there, a steel knife there...
  • Pater Familicide: Mention is made of a father who strangled his wife and drowned his children before shooting himself.

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