The big introduction of Allure of the Gypsies is Sari, who is the titular gypsy. Now, I won’t go into details about her story because you can read the book for that. There are also other posts that involve her. The basics are that she saw her clan wiped out and is determined to survive. So, she’s tougher than she looks.
Vengeance or Survival?
As stated, Sari survived the destruction of her clan. She swears vengeance, but there’s still a question of what she lives for. Sari isn’t a violent character and is prone more to tricks and cunning. She’ll fight to the death for her loved ones, which is why she seeks revenge for a bit. Yet, she also wants to retain the essence of her culture by living and loving life. A path of vengeance could consume this goal. Events in Family of the Tri-Rune alter this subplot and Sari keeps a lot of her turmoil hidden. Most times people don’t realize her issues until she explodes.
Fear of Abandonment
Sari has never been alone due to growing up in a huge family, so she clings to Luke and Nyx for dear life. The trauma caused by the massacre is kept beneath her surface, but you can see signs of it. Even if she isn’t with her friends, she stays around other people because they give her a distraction from her pain. Flirty, sexual nature aside, Sari really is in pain. That makes one of her biggest subplots (love triangle with Luke and Kira) even worse for her. In the end, Sari can end up alone, which works against her deep fear of not having anyone in her life. People can see this as stupid, but there is another theme and mentality at work here.
Love of Love
Sari was raised to believe in all forms of love and seeing it as the purest emotion. She loves Nyx, Luke, Fizzle, and nearly everyone she comes across. Even a few villains fall into her heart, which seems to be nothing more than an open door. One would assume this leaves her vulnerable to constant heartache. It does and she accepts that by moving on and deciding that it wasn’t meant to last. In regards to the Luke/Kira/Sari romance, she has accepted losing from the beginning and looks at it as helping one of her new friends satisfy his fiancee’s request. A few people have called her a whore, but I don’t agree with that considering where her heart is. Then again, I also know that Sari isn’t going to be able to stay neutral on this for the entire series. Something is going to give here and there’s a 50/50 chance that it’s her.Appearance Vs. RealitySari is very much about giving off a certain vibe while only her friends know the truth. It can be an issue for readers since they only have the appearance until Sari reveals what’s beneath the surface. A big one is her sexuality, which has come under fire from a few people. She’s been called whore, slut, and those are the nice ones. Odd thing is that she really isn’t. Sari is a flirt and may use sex (or promise of it) for manipulation, but some people seem to think she’ll pounce on every guy in the room. She is very careful about the persona that she crafts for the public and there are moments where her friends are fooled, which causes some issues. For example (mild spoiler), Nyx believes Sari is highly experienced in sex. Bringing this up causes a fight because Sari knows a lot about it, but her amount of partners can be counted on one hand without running out of fingers. Let this be a lesson to readers: just as in real life, it doesn’t pay to always jump to conclusions with characters.