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Trope Discussion: Soulmates in All or None [Caffeine Book Tours blog tour stop!]

Soulmates: The Trope

The idea of soulmates is a pretty simple one at its core. The idea is that there is some innate connection between two (or more) people that draws them together. This appears as a theme, trope, or iconic part of a variety of stories. In literature, generally the idea is found in romance or fantasy genres though it is discussed philosophically in many genres.

Soulmates in All or None

Pretty early on in the novel the idea of soulmates is introduced pretty simply: people have soulmates that they are unavoidably drawn to, and who will provide unconditional love. This is one of the most easily recognizable ways to include the trope, but there’s also some philosophical thought behind it. Characters cannot deny the existence of real soulmates, but children are seen to play “pretend” soulmates in order to provide one another with comfort. I won’t go too deep into this since this is meant to be a spoiler free post, but it is interesting to see the idea of creating your own soulmates introduced in a story setting where soulmates are a tangible and demonstrable thing!

Final Thoughts

Soulmates are always a tricky topic in a novel. Luckily, this novel is in a fantasy setting, where suspense of belief is much easier on the readers. Already introduced to the topics of magic and trained assassins, soulmates are eased onto the page to allow readers to be introduced to the idea and see it manifest correctly and “incorrectly” (with the play soulmates game). I think it was also interesting that we see soulmate pairs as separate entities instead of always in pairs.

All or None by Aurora Lee Thornton, published August 20, 2020

Synopsis:

In a world where everyone has a soulmate, uniquely powerful mage Royiora and reluctant assassin Kalo collide in the worst of ways.

Royiora Daralkaen, the only mage alive able to use all five kinds of magic, has a near idyllic childhood in the country of Porescalia – before war breaks out with their antagonistic neighbors, Kloria.

Kalo Porla, a naturally magic-proof individual known as a Null, is trained to be as an assassin by the authoritarian empire known as the Domain.

When Kalo and his partner assassin are sent to kill a mage and his apprentice, it starts a journey neither man was prepared to begin.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

Bio:

Aurora is a nonbinary, asexual writer with a new goal in life: to write the queerest books possible. (And yes, xe means gay, but also weird is good too.) Xe loves dragons and fantasy, and someday hopes to complete a (soft) science fiction novel as well. Currently, xe lives with xyr two cats.

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