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A fantasy series by British author Mark Charan Newton set in a fantasy world faced with an impending ice age. The series has received critical acclaim for its stellar world building, unconventional characters and exploration of real-life issues.
So far the series consists of:
- Nights of Villjamur (2009)
- City of Ruin (2010)
- The Book of Transformations (forthcoming)
This series contains examples of:
- Anti-Villain: Dartun Sur.
- Art Initiates Life: Tuya's paintings.
- Casanova: Randur Estevu.
- Cool Old Guy: Denlin.
- Cosmic Horror Story
- Crapsack World
- Dead Person Impersonation: Randur.
- Evil Chancellor: Chancellor Urtica.
- Fantastic Racism: Although non-fantastic prejudices, such as homophobia, skin color and the divide between rich and poor, notably take center stage far more often.
- Heroic Albino: Brynd.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Tuya Daluud.
- Immortality Seeker: Dartun.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It's quite satisfying when Jeryd finally beats the hell out of Tryst and later shoots him.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Rumex Jeryd and Brynd Lathraea.
- Last of His Kind: Jurro.
- Lost Technology: The Dawnir artifacts.
- Mad Scientist: Dartun Sur.
- Manipulative Bastard: Urtica.
- Not So Harmless: The Ovinists, who no one really pays attention to.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Reanimated by lost science and used as an obedient personal army, to be precise.
- Proper Lady / Silk Hiding Steel: Rika.
- The Resenter: Tryst.
- Shout-Out: Dartun wears a cloak of fuligin, the color darker than black.
- Smug Snake: Urtica again.
- Straight Gay: Brynd.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Tuya.
- Took a Level In Badass: Eir, by the end of the first book.
- Torture Technician: Tryst.
- Tsundere: Eir for Randur.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Chancellor Urtica
- Wretched Hive: Villiren, described as the most lawless city in the Empire.