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by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes Timeline & Summary
Lena shows up in school to a warm Southern welcome. Oh wait, not really—everyone hates her. After her hearse breaks down, she tries to flag down help, but almost gets hit by Ethan in a car. When she and Ethan touch for the first time, a nearby tree explodes. No big deal. Lena is bullied at school, big time. Venting her anger, she telepathically breaks some windows. Okay, now this is getting weird. One day, Ethan finds Lena crying in the garden of Greenbrier. Lena gradually lets Ethan into her life, even inviting him over for a family dinner. Things are moving pretty fast, don't you think? At the dinner, Lena argues with her cousin Ridley and generates a hurricane that literally blows Ridley out of the house. Ethan gets a little banged up in the process. The next day, Lena spills the beans to Ethan about what she is and what her family's powers are. Let's just say she's no normal teenager. In Lena's bedroom, the two kiss for the first time. Ethan invites Lena to his house for Thanksgiving dinner and she fits in well—Amma even stops time to have a private chat with the girl. After Ethan digs up Genevieve's grave to get The Book of Moons, Lena erases the memories of Aunt Del and Reece so they won't remember what went down. At the Winter Formal, Lena unwittingly plays the part of Sissy Spacek, getting sloshed with water by her classmates. After Lena's sweet sixteen surprise party, Lena clashes (that's putting it lightly) with her mother, Sarafine. Lena is told that she has to make a life-changing Choice [sic]. Lena and Amma use The Book of Moons to resurrect Ethan, who was stabbed by Sarafine—in doing so, they avoid the Claiming. Whew. Lena goes Unclaimed. But her eyes have changed a wee bit: one is still green, but the other is now gold. Awesome.