“Jolie had Grady's light hair and Edaline's bright turquoise eyes. She was striking and graceful and smiling, with rosy cheeks and gleaming white teeth.”
—Narration, in Exile
Jolie Ruewen is the deceased daughter of Grady and Edaline Ruewen. The name Jolie means pretty in French. She was a part of the Black Swan and worked as a double agent for them by joining the Neverseen and breaking them from the inside. She was twenty years old when she died in a fire at her fiancé Brant's house. Her death took place around 16 years ago. She was a conjurer, like her mother Edaline. Brant worked for the Neverseen and learned of Jolie's involvement in the Black Swan. In his rage he was the one to set fire to his own house, murdering Jolie. She is also associated with her spectral mirror, Vertina, who knew valuable information about her (later discovered by Sophie). Vertina was a close friend of Jolie's and became very sad and secluded in Jolie's room until Sophie moved in with the Ruewens. She was a very faithful friend to Jolie and kept her secret with the password "swan song" until Sophie figured it out.
In Book 5: Lodestar, it can be noted that her favorite color is pale-purple.
Jolie was a slender, blonde girl with turquoise eyes. She is said to have owned lots of purple dresses. It is mentioned that she is much like Sophie and like Edaline, her mother. Vertina mentions that Jolie looks a lot like Sophie except that Jolie had "the most beautiful turquoise eyes" unlike Sophie's boring brown ones and that "Jolie's hair was shinier".wanderling is a fragile-looking tree with pale bark, dark green leaves, and slender limbs that fan out toward the sun. Soft yellow leaves drape off the end of each bough like Spanish moss, making the tree elegant and wispy, and large blossoms exactly the same turquoise blue as Edaline's eyes blanket the branches, filling the air with a scents such as honey, berries, and sugar.
- GRADY (father)
- EDALINE (mother)
Brant is Jolie's fiancé, who is an important figure in the Neverseen and one of three known Pyrokinetics. He caused the fire that killed her, and deep inside is still regretful. He pretended that his sanity was shattered to get others to trust him more, though the truth was his mind must have still had a few splits since Grady couldn't mesmerize his actual mind, only his body. Jolie and Brant met at a young age and were going to marry, not caring about the scorn they would face because Brant was considered talentless, and the fact that they weren't a match made by the matchmakers; therefore making them a bad match. Jolie always saw the good in him, and when she discovered his place in the Neverseen, she tried to convince him to change. Unfortunately, he lost his temper and ignited the fire that resulted in her death.
Vertina was Jolie's talking spectral mirror and best friend. Jolie told her all of her secrets and would spend time just chatting with her. Before her death, Jolie gave Vertina a clue about where to find a hidden journal of hers and instructed Vertina to only tell the clue to a person who knows the password, which was 'swan song'. Vertina proved to be a loyal friend when refusing to tell Sophie the clue Jolie told her. Sophie eventually figured out the password, and Vertina reluctantly tells her the clue she was hiding and said it was hard to tell her this secret because she had been keeping it so long.
Prentice recruited Jolie to the Black Swan. He was the Beacon of the Gold Tower and overheard Jolie telling her friend that the old ways don't apply to the new ways. She meant it for matchmaking, but Prentice showed her how her ideas could apply to the Council. At first, Jolie resisted, but after the Neverseen tried to recruit her too, she became the Black Swan's double agent. When Sophie read Prentice's broken mind Jolie was there with a black swan and told Sophie to "follow the pretty bird across the sky," a line from an old dwarvish poem. After he was exiled his son was left with his wife who soon after died of losing her concentration during a light leap and fading. Prentice's son was adopted by Tiergan.
- BLACK SWAN (Associated Organization)
- NEVERSEEN (Associated Organization/Enemy)
Jolie was a double agent against the Neverseen, spying on them and giving the information to the Black Swan. A fan theory is that Jolie may have faked her death and goes by the alias of Glimmer. It is speculated that she could be using her ability as a conjurer to transport light in and out of the Void.
- SOPHIE (Adopted Sister)
Sophie would have been Jolie's sister by adoption if Jolie hadn't died before Sophie came to the Lost Cities. It is said that Sophie and Jolie looked a lot alike. They most likely would have liked each other if they knew each other. They are very similar, in looks and personality, and they both are/were part of the Black Swan. Jolie probably would've thought of Sophie as a sister. Sophie speculated that Jolie may have been her mother, but Mr. Forkle assures her that her theory is incorrect.