Sinn was a young mage of Malazan descent living in Seven Cities. She was described as a "young, slight and pallid" woman with light brown eyes.[1] She had a half-brother, Shard, who was a member of the Ashok Regiment.[2]

When she was younger Sinn had had a Tanno tutor, who was a Spiritwalker.[3] Later, she studied magic for a time with Fayelle[4] (unpleasantly) while her half-brother was posted with his regiment in Genabackis. Before joining the Whirlwind rebellion, Fayelle had murdered Sinn's parents and attempted to kill the young mage as well. Sinn swore revenge.[5]

Sinn described her talents as minor magicks.[5] Lieutenant Pores thought her a "scary creature".[6]

In House of Chains[edit | edit source]

Sinn by Mrakobulka

The Ashok Regiment was trapped in the cliffside fortress of B'ridys by a group of Seven Cities' rebels led by Irriz. Sinn pretended to help the rebels but sabotaged their equipment and attempted to kill them, hoping to free her half-brother. With the help of Kalam Mekhar, Sinn joined Shard in the fortress.[7]

On Kalam's advice, together with the other remaining members of the Ashok Regiment, they headed towards Raraku. In the aftermath of the Battle of Raraku, Sinn and the surviving 16 members of the Ashok Regiment ambushed Fayelle and a small band of Dogslayers fleeing the Whirlwind camp. Fayelle became pinned under her horse where Sinn found her and cut her throat. Fayelle died claiming she would await her old student at Hood's Gate and the wait would not be long. Sinn and the Ashok Regiment were immediately forced to flee as a wall of water flooded Raraku.[8]

In The Bonehunters[edit | edit source]

After the Battle of Raraku, the Ashok Regiment was incorporated into the 9th Company of the 8th Legion within the 14th Army. Cord's 5th squad remained intact, although it was redesignated as the 7th squad, and Sinn officially became a member.[9]

Leoman led the Army of the Apocalypse westward to Y'Ghatan and the 14th Army followed. Adjunct Tavore Paran launched the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan by sending the army's sappers to breach the city's wall under the cover of night. First into the city were the Malazan marines, followed quickly by the Heavy infantry. Fist Keneb then ordered Cord to lead the 9th Company's seventh through twelfth medium infantry squads into Y'Ghatan.[10] Once inside the city, the Malazans immediately came under heavy attack by hidden swordsmen and archers. Cord's squad linked up with Mosel's heavy infantry following Fiddler's marines. After observing Sinn collecting fingers from the dead, Cord ended her role in the battle by forcing her to carry a message back to Keneb.[11]

Sinn at Y'Ghatan by Noah Bradley (Official image)

When enough Malazans were engaged in street fighting inside the city, Leoman sprung his trap. The city's olive oil-soaked buildings were set alight and the streets quickly became an inferno. Fists Keneb and Tene Baralta were trapped just inside the walls of the city along with nearly 800 Malazan soldiers.[12] Captain Faradan Sort spotted Sinn stumbling towards them, flames dancing in her hair and her body shedding charred leathers. But all around her the flames died in swirling darkness.[13] Sort quickly directed Sinn to create a tunnel through the flames while the Malazans made their escape. Nil and Nether were shocked by Sinn's power, declaring her an unrealized High Mage in strength.[14]

Unaware that any had survived, the 14th Army made haste for the Kokakal Sea to embark on Admiral Nok's ships and escape the Bluetongue Plague ravaging Seven Cities. Sinn knew by instinct that a group of soldiers, including Shard, had survived the fires. She and Faradan Sort effectively deserted to stay behind as the 14th Army departed with Sinn hiding the pair from Temul's cavalry with her magic. Sort followed the uncommunicative girl without knowingly specifically what she searched for in the ruins. After three days the pair discovered the place where Shard and the others had nearly tunneled out from beneath the city and helped them escape. Sinn crawled into her half-brother's arms and fell asleep.[15] Sinn and the others made the long march west, finally catching up to the army on the coast where she was greeted by Grub.[16]

Sinn by Corporal Nobbs

Aboard one of Nok's ships, Adjunct Tavore presented Sinn and Faradan Sort with the first badges bearing the new Bonehunters sigil designed by T'amber.[17] She became mute with all but her brother, who worried when she would not tell him what had happened to her at their former estate. When Sinn began intimately crawling under the cloaks of her fellow soldiers, he kept an eye on her, fearing someone might take advantage of her. But when Shard found Sinn snuggled under Masan Gilani's cloak fondling and suckling her breasts, he did not feel moved to stop her.[18]

In Reaper's Gale[edit | edit source]

She initially used speech[19] but became more and more reticent until in the later books many assumed her to be either mute or dumb. She developed a very close friendship with Grub, the only person who knew that she was only mute by choice.

She was a natural High Mage, wielding the warren of Telas and ultimately was promoted to the rank of High Mage within the Bonehunters.

She helped the Bonehunters' ships reach the coast of Lether by shattering the ice-fields surrounding it.

In Dust of Dreams[edit | edit source]

Sinn by Shadaan

She and Grub followed Bent and Roach into the dying Azath house in Letheras and disappeared into a Warren for a time, only to reappear at a crucial point in the battle between the K'Chain Nah'ruk and the K'Chain Che'Malle. She helped the Che'Malle win the battle by incinerating several Nah'ruk Skykeeps.

In The Crippled God[edit | edit source]

Interpretation of Sinn by Shadaan

Sinn was increasingly feared by those around her. The K'Chain Che'Malle Assassin Gu'Rull even thought to kill her and Grub.[20] As time went on, her powers increased, but, at the same time, her grasp of reality and her allegiance to the Bonehunters waned. In her mind she relived her rape and mistreatment (as well as that of her family) which happened during the Seven Cities Rebellion. Obsessing about this fueled her rage and contributed to her becoming increasingly psychopathic. Her internal musings also revealed her complicity in the killing of Keneb, which was caused by her wanting to remove the Fist from Grub's life.[21] Ultimately, she turned against the Bonehunters and was killed by Stormy on the steps of the Great Spire.[22]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"I am your fire, Grub, and I will burn to ash anything and anyone who dares gets close to you. That is why I rode the lizard's lightning, that brilliant fire. I rode it straight for Keneb."
―Sinn[src]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.349-350
  2. House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.353/360
  3. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 7, US HC p.239
  4. House of Chains, Chapter 26, UK MMPB p.1003
  5. 5.0 5.1 House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.353
  6. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.276
  7. House of Chains, Chapter 9
  8. House of Chains, Chapter 26, UK MMPB p.1003
  9. Reaper's Gale, Dramatis Personae, UK BCA edition p.xvi
  10. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.291-292
  11. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.292-297
  12. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.309/320/322
  13. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.309/321
  14. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.320-321
  15. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.349-352/365-370
  16. The Bonehunters, Chapter 16, US SFBC p.670
  17. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.717
  18. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.718/736-737
  19. House of Chains, Chapter 9
  20. The Crippled God, Chapter 3, UK HC p.71
  21. The Crippled God, Chapter 6, UK HB p.152
  22. The Crippled God, Chapter 23, UK HB p.779/780
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