i see a lot of people complaining about how they didn’t like the way kaz and inej first met, how kaz only noticed inej because of her skills and he wouldn’t have cared about her if she wasn’t a great spy.
now i agree with that but i also believe that kaz’s initial attraction(?)/ recognition of inej had more to do with the thing she said to him, I can help you. kaz is a boy who’s had to struggle with everything by himself ever since he came to ketterdam, ever since jordie died e as had to do everything alone and no one has ever offered to help him. so for inej to say that she can help him is new for kaz and something that he didn't realize he desperately needed.
to me it feels like the duology picks up right after kaz has had enough of is self-loathing and emo shit and wants to be better for himself, inej and the rest of the crows being a very important part of it all. which is why i personally love the line, I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker, or I will not have you at all. because in a way inej is just saying kaz’s deepest thoughts out loud, that he wants to change and he wants to be helped.
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What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.
Inej Ghafa, lovely and honest and brave. Investment, the Wraith, Captain Ghafa of the seas. A girl who had been beaten and assaulted and lashed, who loved her Saints when nobody loved her, who had a laugh like the sweetest summer rain.
Inej might just be one of my favourite characters, not just in the Grishaverse, but in all the books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. She is unapologetic and fierce, gentle and patient, and so, so wonderful.
She knows what she wants, and moreover, she knows what she deserves. She will not settle for less, and this is such an admirable quality in a female character.
Inej was sexually assaulted, forced against her will to work in a pleasure house. She was kidnapped and sold into slavery at age fourteen. She was made to give up her values and become a killer.
Her trauma and sexual assault and pain could have made her cruel. It could have stripped Inej of her faith. It could have broken her trust in people, and ruined her love for the world. But it didn’t. It didn’t.
Inej seeks the good in people, the warmth. She cares a great deal for her friends family, and would do anything to defend them. Her forgiveness is open to all, and she will always make the choice to be kind.
She was slightly insensitive towards Kaz’s trauma, yes, but come on. I refuse to blame her for not being able to see inside his head. All my lovely Inej knew was Kaz was harsh and bitter towards her. She didn’t wish for his trauma to vanish, she wished for his emotional walls to soften slightly.
She is allowed to want the same level of commitment she shows.
Nobody’s perfect, and the second she realized her mistake she corrected it. Inej is the last person in the world who would invalidate trauma, but I do hope this might be addressed a little more in the future, for the sake of mutual understanding.
I love Inej, not because she’s perfect, but because she isn’t.
She has her flaws and issues, but she never tries to minimize them. She works through her problems and never allows another to take her burden.
I love Inej, not despite her mistakes, but because of them. She is a strong, fierce, kind, sweet, religious, brown female character, and as a WoC myself, this means a lot to see Inej portrayed so well.
Captain Ghafa deserves the world, and I can only beg Kaz to give it to her.
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Inej holds a really special place in my heart because she's the first PoC character I have read that represents my culture. She's Desi, she's Indian and Hindu. And everytime I read her, I get comfort. She isn't stereotypically written, she doesn't want escape her religion, she embraced it, and that is something so personal to me because most of the time I read Hindu characters, they want to escape Hinduism (Note: I am talking about Wattpad here, I haven't read that many books yet.)
She isn't a geeky Indian, whose nationality or ethnicity is their whole personality. She's a strong, independent woman, who doesn't settle for anything less than what she wants and never backs down from a job. She is driven by freedom. And she isn't held back from her faith.
Leigh Bardugo researched really well for every character she wrote and I love her for that, because she represented us well and this is the first time I've read an Indian character whose personality isn't based around them being Indian.
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