Linh Hai Song (pronounced Lin Hai Song) is a sixteen-year-old elf and a member of the Black Swan. At the age of eleven, she was banished from the Lost Cities to Exillium with her twin brother Tam, where she stayed as a Wayward until the age of fifteen. She is a Hydrokinetic, and is known for being the infamous "Girl of Many Floods," after she flooded Atlantis. As of Legacy, Linh resides in Choralmere with her parents and Tam Song, her twin brother, and is attending Foxfire Academy.
Linh is implied to be Vietnamese. The name "Linh" is a Vietnamese name, along with Tam and her parents'. It means "spirit" or "soul." The name "Linh" also has a lot of other meanings. "Hai," her middle name, means "ocean" or "sea" in Vietnamese— a fitting name for a Hydrokinetic.
Her last name was originally Tong (in Vietnamese, it's spelled Tống", but her great-great-grandmother changed it to Song in honor of her profession. Song is the Chinese variation of "Tống".
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Linh has waist-length jet-black hair with silver tips, created by melting one of her necklace chains (registry pendant or home crystal chain) after she was banished to remind her what happens when she loses control, silver-blue dramatic eyes, soft pink lips and a creamy complexion with soft pink cheeks. She is implied to be far more beautiful than the average elf. She is also said to be looking quiet, thoughtful and serene.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Linh Song had a more difficult childhood than most elves. Her parents were ashamed that they had twins, which is a rarity in the Lost Cities, and that is seen to be a curse and disgrace. As a result, they did not like her nor her brother very much and tried to convince other elves that Tam was actually a year older than Linh. Both twins bravely refused to go along with this lie.
She was banished from the Lost Cities and sent to Exillium after she almost flooded Atlantis. She was still new to her powers as a Hydrokinetic at the time and was not yet in full control of her powers, as stated by Mr. Forkle. The incident that almost flooded Atlantis was after a few other previous ones, and at that point, her parents decided they had to let her go. Tam, her brother, disagreed with this and says that "They had a choice, all right." This is why she had difficulty with underwater breathing lessons held in Exillium, even though she is a Hydrokinetic. She kept muttering "I can't, I can't" whenever Tam encouraged her to hold her breath underwater. Tam was not sentenced to Exillium, but instead did not want to have his parents lie about him being an only child, also not wanting Linh to go through it on her own. This is one of the reasons their bond is so strong.
Tam, her twin, was angry at their parents, who would attempt to pass him off as an only child. He went with her to Exillium and left their parents. Linh and Tam both melted their registry pendants, and they dipped the ends of their hair in the liquefied substance, creating silver streaks in their hair. For Tam, it was a sign of rebellion, while Linh wanted a reminder of what can happen if she loses control. She states this in her first meeting with Sophie in Neverseen.
Linh is shown to be very fond of animals. In a bet started by Grizel, the boys and girls had to compete to find something important left by Keefe in Candleshade. Because the girls won, Tam knew that he had to go to Claws, Wings, Horns and Things to get Linh a pet, a murcat. Linh is seen to be excited about owning this murcat, even though Tam states that it is poisonous and can be deadly. In fact, Linh could "lose a few fingers" in the process of training one. In the book Flashback, Linh begged Sophie to let her ride on Greyfell when she saw Sophie preparing to fly on Silveny.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Match Status: Unregistered
- TAM (twin brother)
Tam is very protective of Linh, and although he had nothing to do with the almost-flooding of Atlantis unlike his twin sister, he still chose to be banished from the Lost Cities with Linh, foiling their parents' plan to make Tam an only child so they wouldn't have to be ashamed of bringing twins into the world. Tam attended Exillium with Linh before the Council lifted the ban.
Since they grew up together and wanted to rebel against their parents, they have an incredibly close brother-sister bond. Their parents wanted people to think they were not twins, but they chose otherwise - even if it meant going away from the protection of the Lost Cities. They also have a way of discreetly communicating using a secret code they invented while they were fleeing. They replaced the meaning of a few words and chose two "I'm in trouble“ phrases. One for Linh, one for Tam.
Sophie attended Exillium with Linh when she was banished from the Lost Cities. When Linh couldn't keep calm enough to breathe underwater, Sophie helped her by inflicting calm across the water to tranquilize her. Sophie was also the one who told Mr. Forkle about the twins' situation and made him offer Linh and Tam a proper place to stay at Alluveterre.
Fitz, along with Dex, stares at Linh and says "Wow" when Linh crosses the river at Wildwood, when they first meet her, or whenever she uses her ability. It is unknown whether he is impressed by her ability to raise up the whole river, or whether he truly has a romantic interest for her. He also catches her when she trips from concentrating on forming a bubble around them to keep them dry from the rain, and then compliments her abilities. He helps steady her when she lifts the river in Ravagog.
Dex, along with Fitz, stares at Linh and says "Wow" when Linh crosses the river at Wildwood or whenever she uses her ability. It is unknown whether he is impressed by her ability to raise up the whole river, or whether he truly has a romantic interest for her. Although Dex is suspected to have a possible love interest with Linh, further relationship is doubted.
- MR. FORKLE (benefactor)
After hearing from Sophie about Tam and Linh's situation, he said that they should probably keep themselves serrate, but as Tam and Linh continued to prove themselves, he immediately offered them a place to stay in Alluveterre, where they could be safe, and at the same time avoid facing their parents until they were ready. After hearing about their organization, Linh became interested in the Black Swan and even took the initiative to ask Mr. Forkle what she could do if she wanted to join the Black Swan. As of Lodestar, she has officially joined the Black Swan with her twin, Tam.
In Lodestar, Linh defends Keefe in front of the Black Swan when Tam, Wraith, and Granite were speaking against him. In chapter 19 of Legacy, Marella also hints about Linh having a crush on Keefe. She then changes the subject, probably because she was confided to and didn’t mean to spill the secret.
- WYLIE (friend)
Biana and Linh met in Neverseen. They are friends and are on good terms. When the team goes down to Atlantis to look for Vespera's Nightfall, Biana trusts Linh in going below the waters, even though she is known for flooding half of the city.
- QUAN (father)
- MAI (mother)
- JENSI (friend)
"Is that real silver?". He also tells Tam and Linh about the Ultimate Splotching Championship. He then asks Linh if she can go to Foxfire. Linh mentions flooding Ravagog, and Jensi comments, "Whoa, that was you?".
Quotes[edit | edit source]
“The water doesn't get to command me anymore. Only I command it. And I think I can save the city.”
“No. The code for when I am.”
“Actions never tell the whole story. Good can be done for the wrong reasons and bad can be misunderstood.”
Character Bio by Shannon Messenger[edit | edit source]
Linh may be the soft-spoken, easily blushing counterpart to her twin brother’s surly moods—but that doesn’t make her any less of a force to be reckoned with. In fact, she’s one of the most powerful characters in the series—which sometimes causes problems for her. But she’s moved beyond her days of being the Girl of Many Floods and is ready and willing to prove her incredible control whenever the need arises, whether it be with awe-inspiring tricks or life-saving rescues.