- Like You Would Really Do It: As if two thirds of the main characters were actually going to die at the end. Given this is Jim Butcher... wait until the last book or two.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Whatever Ferus actually did to the men that invaded his home. All we know is Folly refused to look, knowing that it would give her "more bad dreams"...
- Everything Cavendish does, since she simply radiates Uncanny Valley.
- Sark, Cavendish's warriorborn servant, who acts unnervingly feral, and is referred to as a "monster" by Espira.
- The Woobie: Folly, a young etherealist whose particular form of madness can't let her talk directly to anyone, and with the certain knowledge that it's going to get worse.
YMMV / The Cinder Spires