These two have certainly gone through the ringer and left bruises, which is odd since Kira doesn’t always show up in a book. She didn’t start making a more common appearance until after Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue. Prior to that 7th Book, she was absent for three of them and that became part of the problem. It’s been brought up a lot here, but I guess I’ll get into it again.
Kira Grasdon comes from a culture that was nearly destroyed by rampant divorce. They came up with a social system where you could date multiple people with one being the alpha and there being rules of introduction. Most people outside of the culture like at this solely as sex, but it’s not. Once married, a Bor’darukian couple must either stay together or accept exile. This is how it’s supposed to work, but it went haywire with Kira and Luke because they aren’t in the same spot. With Luke being on the road, they can’t abide by the rules of introduction and that’s where things got messy. Kira wanted to uphold the traditions and Luke wanted to respect her culture. At least that’s the surface stuff since we established Monday that there’s more.
If Sari is the lust and life of wandering that Luke can choose then Kira is the polar opposite of that. Being the daughter of a successful merchant and heir to at least part of the family business, Kira will settle down one day. She isn’t even an adventurer even though she has learned how to fight and her fortune gives her access to a lot of magical tricks. While Luke is the think on his feet type, Kira has gradually become a planner. This makes them a great pair that offsets each other’s flaws just like Luke and Sari work together like a single unit. This isn’t about battle though. It’s about how they can function when the fighting is done. When it comes to this relationship, it has always been about the future more than the past and present. Kira stands as the future for a hero who has found the end of the road and wishes to let someone else save the day. Quite simply, the path that Luke walks with her is a full retirement.
Now, it’s only fair that I give a brief psychological analysis to Kira since I kind of did one for Sari. She never considered that Luke would find someone who would be a true rival, so she became rather lazy. Then again, they were rarely around each other, which means she only had rumors and stories to go by. Kira holds onto some guilt for taking too long to fight for her love. She feels sorry that her traditions got Sari hurt and put Luke in a terrible position. This is part of what makes her grow up and it’s a rather ungainly, clumsy evolution. Kira has tried to maintain a rivalry with Sari to prove she is willing to fight, but she comes off as mean and that isn’t easy to maintain around a friendly gypsy. Especially when she has the sense that Luke has chosen her. Throughout the rest of the series, Kira remains fragile and her personality masks routinely get mixed up. She’s also itching to get onto a battlefield and take some semblance of revenge on the Baron’s forces.
So, what happens when Luke is captured and being tortured? First, one has to wonder how Kira finds out. That’s for one to find out through reading. It wouldn’t be surprising to think that she does whatever she can to join in the rescue. Luke is the last bit of family Kira has left. Without him, she’s alone. She’s still at a point where she will attack any threat to her loved ones, but enough time has passed that she’s not impetuous. When given enough time, she puts her resources and planning into action, which could very well put her on par with the champions. Then again, it doesn’t seem like good things happen to those who follow the champions and aren’t ‘blessed’ by the same prophecy.