Kira Grasdon is a difficult character for me and she seems to be creating the biggest amount of debate. That’s not the point of this though. Her themes make her a complicated supporting cast member. With her physical absence in some of the books, she has to grow in leaps and bounds. Her influence over events has to either be severe when she’s around or able to continue without her presence. Now, I’ve already discussed the romance part of her a few times, so I’m leaving that out here.
This is more of a teaser than a spoiler. While Luke Callindor has been having trouble adopting the open relationship tradition of Kira’s people, she is struggling to figure out how to work it with an absent boyfriend. It will be revealed that much of this tradition revolves around meeting the other partners and discussing them. Kira’s absence while Luke courts others puts a strain on her that will grow into a conflict of ‘Heart vs Upbringing’. For those wondering, this explodes in book 7, which is what I just started writing. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out and it’s where I get to finally push Kira extremely far in her evolution.
Playing the Game
One of the things that Luke and Kira share is that they were born into famous families with expectations on them. This is why they enjoy being able to be natural around each other. Now, Luke comes from warriors and has set off to prove himself while openly trying to battle his pre-existing fame. Kira goes another route by learning the game of high society and changing her personality/mood depending on what is expected of her. Ilan Callindor says she sounds two-faced and he might be right. In fact, some people have agreed with him and disliked her non-clumsy persona, which was another facade. A question that always comes up to me is which face is her true face. Again, there is going to have to be an event that forces her to grow up and develop a ‘final form’ as it were.