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Grady Howell Ruewen lives at Havenfield and is Sophie Elizabeth Foster's adopted father. He is a Mesmer and had worked for the Councillors until they wouldn’t let him look into Jolie’s death. After Alden's mind broke, Grady became an Emissary again to honor his friend and was given a mission to find 30 missing dwarves from King Enki. He then resigned again in Everblaze because of Sophie's ability restrictor. Grady is married to Edaline. He and Edaline adopted Sophie 16 years after their daughter, Jolie, died in a fire. The fire was caused by Brant, a Pyrokinetic and member of the Neverseen, who was her fiancé at the time. He and Edaline own and run an animal rehabilitating center at Havenfield. As stated in Everblaze, Sophie figured out Grady is about a couple centuries older than she had believed. His first name means “noble”. Grady has also expressed to no one in particular that he is afraid of losing control of his ability because of how dangerous it can be. He also admits to Sophie that being a Mesmer is hard, people kept doubting his power and he even got teased by Edaline's parents, they'd asked if Grady had Mesmerized Edaline into engaging him or by her own free will.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Grady is very protective—specifically of Sophie—, willing to be sent to Exile to prevent Sophie from being punished, and not wanting any boys he doesn't approve of (i.e. Keefe ) to be near her. The reason he started calling Keefe "That Boy" is because he hurt Sophie by joining the Neverseen. He was likely as protective of Jolie as he is to Sophie.
- Strong Willed
Grady is often stubborn at times when it comes to protecting Sophie. He almost never takes "No" for an answer. In Book 5: Lodestar, Sophie says that "Reasoning with Grady was sometimes like trying to give Verdi something new to eat."
Grady is constantly caring towards Sophie and Edaline, in book one when Edaline was crying Grady was comforting her, and telling her it would be okay.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Grady has blond hair and blue eyes. Sophie described that he looked like Robin Hood and/or James Bond because of his "chiseled features", and has a husky voice. He often has neon-colored feathers in his hair and clothes from taking care of Verdi, Havenfield's resident T. Rex.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Grady is married to Edaline. They comfort each other a lot, especially after their daughter Jolie died. They both also were rarely seen in public since Jolie's death until Sophie came to live with them. Edaline also helps him manage his emotions so that he doesn't get too angry or feel too guilty. For example, Grady punched the window when talking about Jolie, but Edaline got him into control afterward.
- JOLIE (daughter, deceased)
Jolie was Grady's daughter who died in a fire when she was twenty. They visit her Wanderling yearly and each year, he and Edaline put a new charm on her charm bracelet. She is said to have looked quite similar to Sophie, as Edaline and Grady often point out. Both Edaline and Grady rarely went out of Havenfield after Jolie died until they adopted Sophie.
- SOPHIE (adoptive daughter)
Sophie lives with Edaline and Grady after living with her human family. At first, they cancel her adoption, but later they reinstate it. Grady loves Sophie and cares for her. He also tried to take the blame when she bottled Everblaze and broke a very serious law, showing how much he cared for her.
In Book 3: Everblaze, Sophie reluctantly tells Grady that Brant was the person who killed Jolie. Grady became really angry and told Sophie not to follow him to confront Brant. But when Sophie didn't leave him to go alone, he was not happy with that and told her to leave. Sophie refused, fearing for Grady's life. She eventually saves him from Brant, as well as finding out that Brant was in the Neverseen.
In Book 4: Neverseen, Sophie and Grady spend a lot of time away from each other, due to Sophie's joining in the Black Swan. It is said by Sophie that she misses Grady dearly while she's at Alluveterre, but they share a sweet reunion towards the end of the book.
In Book 7: Flashback, he seemed to disapprove of Sophie's relationship with Fitz, and became protective of Sophie. He also became wary of what Sophie was discussing with Tarina, and didn't buy the excuses Sophie tried to come up with.
- BRANT (would-be son-in-law, deceased)
Brant was Jolie's fiancé before her death. Every year on the day that Jolie died, Grady and Edaline go to visit Brant in his completely fire-proofed house.In Everblaze when Grady found out that Brant actually was responsible for Jolie's death, he became furious and mesmerized Brant to burn off his own hand as well as some other things.
- ALDEN (close friend)
Alden Vacker is a close friend of Grady's. He was the reason Sophie came to stay with Grady and Edaline. When Alden's mind is broken Grady decides to become an Emissary again. Alden calls him, "...old friend..."
- KESLER (brother-in-law)
Kesler is Grady's brother in law, since Juline is married to Kesler, and Edaline is married to Grady. Not much is known about their relationship except that Grady tells Edaline to say hi to Kesler for him.
- DEX (nephew)
Dex Dizznee is his nephew. He seems to enjoy having Dex around and is fond of him. He likes Dex so much that it is implied by Edaline that Grady would be okay if Sophie and Dex did ever date, and he was in fact trying to push Dex towards Sophie, which, as later shown, did not work out.
- BLACK SWAN (former enemy/acquaintance/ally)
At first, Grady hated the Black Swan because he thought that they were responsible for Jolie's death. However, Sophie discovers, by asking Mr. Forkle, that the Black Swan did not kill Jolie. This made Grady trust them. The Black Swan had been trying to recruit Grady because he is a Mesmer. Ever since then, Grady has tried to help the Black Swan whenever possible, though prioritizing his family's needs above theirs.
- FITZ VACKER (acquaintance)
- KEEFE SENCEN (annoyance)
Grady believes that Keefe likes Sophie and thinks that Keefe is a bad influence, therefore calling Keefe "That Boy." In fact, he and Sandor gave Sophie a 'boy talk' in Book 5: Lodestar because of her relationship with Keefe. Over the course of the series, their relationship goes up and down, often with the reveal of each truth. As of Nightfall, it is implied that Grady is warming up to Keefe and starting to like him, or at least thinks better of him than when he was with the Neverseen.
In Unlocked, Grady catches Keefe leaving a note for Sophie before running away. When he realizes Keefe is running away, he tries to talk him out of it. Keefe won't cooperate, so Grady gives him an imparter so he can be reached if Sophie needs him. Before Keefe goes, Grady tells him to take care of himself.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
“Interfering with the Council's decisions is a treasonous offense." Grady snorted. "Not if the Council's gone crazy.”
“If that boy does anything to you, I want you to drop him with the full force of your inflicting”
“With great power comes great responsibility” - Grady, to Sophie
"I've realized now that our world doesn't define us. We define our world. And I hope you'll fill yours with as much light and happiness as you can.” - Grady, In Everblaze