- Anvilicious: Possibly the frequent assertions of the superiority of the Barca's Hamlet folk.
- Nightmare Fuel: Happens several times over the series, the most blatant being the tale of Cerix, a wizard who opened a window into another plane, but closed the portal with his legs still inside! Now his legs are in a place where demons tear at them every day...
- Trapped by Mountain Lions: At least two out of the four main characters are Trapped by Mountain Lions for a significant portion of each book, after the first novel. Of course, Fridge Brilliance suggests that because of this when three characters visit The Underworld in a book called The Gods Return it is not readily apparent that this is more than yet another trippy side trip.
YMMV / The Lord of the Isles