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  • Acceptable Targets: Downplayed with the gil'shar. Despite being religious fanatics who systematically eradicate Gifted from their country, Wirr feels sympathy when he is forced to kill large portions of their army.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The immortals and their ilk offer several.
    • Are Nethgalla's feelings for Caeden real? Or is it simply a false remnant of Elliavia's love, which she uses to manipulate and get close to someone powerful?
  • Crazy Awesome: Elocien's preferred method of entering a meeting is to kick the door down.
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  • Genius Bonus: Augurs were real-life religious officials in Ancient Rome who claimed to see the future by observing innocuous signs in nature.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The scenes in the first book where Nihim (who masqueraded as a priest of the Desrielite god Talkanor) and Caeden (who is really Tal'kamar, the person who the god Talkanor was based on) can be entertaining to reread once you've finished the series.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Downplayed but still present. The paperbacks bear numerous references to The Wheel of Time and the potential for fandom overlap. While this story is a High Fantasy in the same vein with obvious influence from Jordan's opus, it's a much more concise, fast-paced and self-contained narrative that follows The Law of Conservation of Detail and generally avoids a Kudzu Plot sprawl.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Echoes. They inhabit corpses and act like the person they used to be, right up until they get an opening to murder you. Even if they fail, they just go right back to acting like the dead person. This means you essentially have to kill something that is, at that moment, non-aggressive and may just be begging for its life.
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    • Notably, despite the First Tenet forbidding the use of Essence against non-Gifted, the Gifted are still able to use Essence against Echoes. Whatever they are, it apparently doesn't count as "alive" or "human".
  • Signature Scene: The moment when Davian's future self appears as a time-travelling apparition in Asha's room is when readers will understand that they're in for something more than just another High Fantasy series.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Aarkein Devaed. Shadreahin. Raeleth.
    • Made more confusing for audiobook listeners, as Niha is sometimes accidentally heard as Nya.
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