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Ramona "Rae" Darling/ Mayrikafsa
I must be Mayrikafsa, cunning warrior of the Kihuut. I cannot be weakling Rae. Not now. Not ever again.
Rae is a space farmer before being kidnapped by the Kihuut. She takes the name Mayrikafsa as a Kihuut warrior.
  • Action Girl: The Kihuut train her to be a fierce warrior, proficient with a knife or bow. Late in the book, she manages to fight off grown men, despite being only thirteen.
  • Big Sister Instinct: To her younger sister Temple.
  • Fingore: She lost a finger prior to the events of the story.
  • First-Person Smartass: Rae tends to make sarcastic comments in her head.
[We] might as well be waving a flag to the Cheese. "Hey there! We're eating our biscuits! Want to attack? That'd be mighty fine!"

Temple Darling/Kalashava

"Why shall I be a young warrior? A Kihuutkafsa? Because I am a strong fighter. I have the best aim of anyone in this village. I will not just go on raids one day. I will lead them."
Temple is Rae's sister. She is renamed Kalashava after joining the Kihuut.
  • Action Girl: She's trained by the Kihuut to be a great shot with a bow.
  • The Archer: She makes her first kill with a bow, and is mentioned to be the best shot in the village, hitting people from very far away.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's only nine, but a fierce fighter.
  • Meaningful Rename: She is renamed Kalashava after joining the Kihuut.
  • That Man Is Dead: Kalashava insists that people not call her Temple.


  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Due to his long hair, the Kihuut mistake him for a girl and kidnap him.
  • The Mole: He tells the humans where to find the Kihuut.
  • Mr. Exposition: He explains a lot of the Kihuut culture near the beginning.


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