Shade Barrow is the older brother of Mare Barrow. He is a newblood with the ability of teleportation.


Biography[edit | edit source]

Early History[edit | edit source]

Like most Reds, Shade was conscripted at the age of eighteen. Following the tradition of his older brothers, he gave Mare and Gisa a parting gift of a single pair of earring to split. While in the army, Shade sent letters to his family whenever he could, but they were few and far between.

Steel Scars[edit | edit source]

Sometime during his first year of military service, Shade was assigned to the role of support soldier in Corvium. Soon after arriving at Corvium, Shade discovered his newblood ability. He was sentenced to execution, but he managed to use his ability to escape and fake his own death. After his escape, Shade joined Farley, a captain of the Scarlet Guard.

On the Feats of First Friday in July, Shade, Farley, and her team were holed up in an abandoned farmhouse when a pack of hounds controlled by Silver animosi attacked them. Shade reveals his ability to Farley when he jumps her to safety. Farley is convinced that Shade is a Silver and turns on him. Shade tells her to cut him, proving his Red blood. Realizing that Shade is on her side after all, Farley has him swear the oath and join the Scarlet Guard.

After Mare's newblood ability was revealed during Queenstrial and was apprehended by the royal family, Shade and Farley began to hatch a plan to save her.

Red Queen[edit | edit source]

Shade is reunited with Mare after she and Cal are rescued by the Scarlet Guard from being executed in the Bowl of Bones. He is injured as the group flees Naercey.

Glass Sword[edit | edit source]

After he is healed, Shade stayed by Mare's side, using his ability to protect her whenever he could. He also aided with the more tactical side of the rebellion, playing a large role in the formulation and execution of plans.

Shade and Farley grow closer and develop a romantic relationship during their time recruiting newbloods with Mare, Cal, and Kilorn. Shade is killed by Ptolemus Samos during the Corros Prison raid. He was attempting to jump Mare to safety when he was struck in the heart by one of Ptolemus' deadly needles, which had been intended for Mare. He was buried on Tuck Island.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Shade is caring, patient, and intelligent. He is able to see through people's manipulations and lies because he himself could be very sly and manipulative. He also has a good sense of humor. Mare remembers him the most fondly out of all her brothers because he was the only one who didn't bully her, and he attempted to understand her. He didn't always get along with his older brothers because they picked on him for his smaller size. He is incredibly loyal to Mare and refuses to leave her even when things get dangerous. Shade is very trustworthy and is a consistently nice person. He tries to rationalize the decisions made by others. Shade is smart, and the only member of the Barrow family who was able to write "worth a lick."

Physical Description[edit | edit source]

Shade has honey-colored eyes and brown hair. He is tall, though not quite as tall as his older brothers, with a lean frame. Mare described Shade as always being the "handsome one" of the Barrow brothers. Before his conscription, he had shoulder-length hair.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Shade has the mutation that grants him a Silver-like ability despite having Red blood. Shade was a teleporter. He could "jump" other people and objects as long as he was touching them. He could only teleport certain objects and certain amounts of people, depending on size, weight, and amount.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Shade was conscripted on February 2, 319 NE.
  • Shade died on November 7, 320 NE. He was buried on November 8, 320 NE.
  • Mare names her son, Shade Calore, in honor of him.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard


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