- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Lus changing attitudes towards her kills are a case of Character Development; whether that character development is her realisation that sometimes her kills are a necessity, becoming more accustomed to killing and embracing her innate murderous nature, or simply becoming Conditioned to Accept Horror, is anyones guess.
- Shadow and Déaspor. While they are heroic, their repeated Jerkass behaviour is left unexplained and subject to interpretation.
- Just how happy Bridgets posse was to go along with her is unclear, as she is keeping them in line by bullying. One girl in her posse, Lola, seems more cooperative than the other girls with Bridget, but after the Snowball Fight she is the only one among them who is explicitly mentioned as actively trying to befriend Lu; this seems to imply shes a Turn Coat.
- Hallwad neglecting The Plan to jump in fury to attack the Dark Ones torturing his sister, then running off to distract them from her is either the result of his Big Brother Instinct overcoming his better judgement, his judgement being poor to begin with, the poor quality of The Plan he and Lu came up with, or any combination of the three.
- Killers in general. Professor Cole, Hallwad Caurn, and Cleareye say that the Killers are ruthless murderers; granted, they are all from Ciaró, so this might not be true, but Hat Lad implies its true (but only implies). The book cover says that they fought the Royal House bravely (or ferociously on the English edition), but whether that means Villainous Valour or The Unfettered Hero with Bad Publicity remains to be seen. Further complicating things is that the last two chapters reveal that the heroic Hallwad and Aucasis are adopted Killers, and that Shadow and Déaspor are related to Lu somehow, while Tyler Killer is evil, making generalisations about the Killers nature nigh impossible.
- Angst? What Angst?:
- Evil Is Cool: The Dark Ones avert this. While their Throne Hall sports a spectacular design, and their king is an accomplished scholar (see the Wicked Cultured entry in the Literature tab), they barely manage to evoke any sympathy.
- Fridge Brilliance:
- Lu mentions how cold the weather is as an offhanded remark, despite it being the coldest winter in 100 years. Which makes perfect sense—she just got there from Scotland, where the weather is generally colder, and she barely talks to people around her (who, presumably, would want to Talk About the Weather), so she doesnt give much thought to how abnormally cold it is.
- The Foreshadowing using Chekhov's Gun seem to be a bit heavy-handed and spelled out until you realise it makes perfect sense in-universe—Hat Lad and Déaspor want to make sure Lu was following The Plan exactly as she is told, even if she doesnt know why. A clear example would be Déaspor giving Lu the map at the Chopped Tree Inn: she knew she was going to meet Hallwad, who was also chosen to play a part in Shadow and Déaspors plans, and was practically spelling it out for her to show it to him.
- The poem recited at the Dark Ones feast mentions by name only three characters and one place name (and a demonym, if youre reading the Hebrew version), but Lu still says she has trouble keeping up with the names after only Roythebrune and Orce-Blatt are mentioned, and she was already familiar with Orce-Blatt. So whats there to mix up? It makes sense when you notice she mentions by name pretty much everyone she interacts with, so shes struggling to keep remembering the new names in general, not just in this poem.
- The point of the ending doesnt really click until you think about it for a bit.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The Rescue Arc.
- Les Yay: Lu and Cleareye. They even have a pillow fight.
- Rewatch Bonus: Hallwad hesitates before answering when Lu addresses the Arc Words at him. Re-reading the scene after discovering theyre the traditional Killer blessing explains why: he was worried that she might be a killer after all.
- Slow-Paced Beginning: The first third or so of the book comes off mostly as a typical teen drama about an underdog outcast and her conflict with the resident Alpha Bitch, with some fantastic elements thrown in, albeit with a few funny quips by Lu, and Professor Coles genuinely terrifying lashing out at Lu, followed by a gut-wrenching Heroic BSoD scene. Once she crosses over to Greywalld, her attempts at survival and her struggling with her heritage and nature make the book far more engaging.
- Take That, Scrappy!: Bridget has absolutely no redeeming qualities, being an unrepentant bully who openly admits to using her connections to rig the system in her favour; fortunately, her appearances are mostly limited, and she gets knocked down quite a few pegs in the Snowball Fight in a Moment of Awesome example of this.
- Tear Jerker:
- Lu hearing about her heritage for the first time and suffering a massive Heroic BSoD.
- Lu hunting the rabbit on the Myles Mountains. The rabbits pointless death and Lus helplessness will give you a pang of sadness.
- The effect Aucasis horrific experiences had over her.
- The Woobie: Lu herself starts off as a bit of a Jerkass Woobie, albeit a somewhat amusing one, and slowly joins Aucasis in the Iron Woobie territory.
- Woolseyism: The translator, N. L. Lumi, is a native speaker of both Hebrew and English whos had experience with translating since elementary school, and has written some poetry on commission. Feeling that Lus language should be richer after she becomes an Omniglot, they embellished the language of the original, which used somewhat typical teen speech patterns, every now and then. The four poems featured in the book—the poem at the entrance to the Dark Ones tunnels, the poem their cantor recites at the feast, the song from Lus vision, and the song Cleareye sings to Lu—showcase their talent in particular.
YMMV / Murderess