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Rook Robins
Rook
Rook on the French Cover of A Grimm Warning
Biographical Information
World Land of Stories
Title(s) Unknown
Also known as Unknown
Physical information
Species Human
Gender Male
Age 15 (115 according to the 100 year sleeping curse)
Hair colour Unknown
Eye colour Hazel
Other Traits Unknown
Family information
Family Members Farmer Robins (father), mother and brother (mention only, deceased)
Affiliation Unknown
Land of Stories
First Appearance A Grimm Warning, ch 2
Appeared in Book(s) A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, An Author's Odyssey, Worlds Collide

Background

Rook Robins is an original character from the Land of Stories series. He is a boy from the Eastern Kingdom (formerly Sleeping Kingdom) of roughly Alex' age (though he is technically over 100 years old due to the Sleeping Curse) and lives on a farm with his father. He first appears in Chapter 2 of A Grimm Warning

Appearance and Personality

"He was tall and strong, no more than a year older than her, had wispy hair that covered his face, and in Alex's opinion, was very handsome."[1]

Rook is described as a 'cute' boy, with an enthusiastic smile and floppy hair. He is a little awkward around Alex, and clearly interested in her.

He is a gardener, and tells Alex he sings to his crops to help them grow.[2]

He and his father have been under the Sleeping Curse for a hundred years. Rook's mother and brother, who were across the border in another kingdom as the spell was activated, were not affected, and grew old and died while they were asleep. Rook admits that he misses them very much, and occasionally reads one of the letters they wrote to him while they were still alive.[3]

He clearly feels guilty betraying the secret of the royals whereabouts to General Marquis, but feels he has no choice.

Relationships

Rook lives with his father, Farmer Robins. His mother and brother are dead.

He is interested in Alex, and at the end of A Grimm Warning, promises her he'll change her mind about never wanting to see him anymore.[4]

He teams up with Cornelius to try and find the Masked Man. When they find him, they seek out Alex and give her a detailed description to the cave where he was last seen. Alex is grateful, but isn't able to forgive him.[5]

Story

1. The Wishing Spell

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2. The Enchantress Returns

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3. A Grimm Warning

Rook meets Alex when she helps his father at his farm, and asks her out for a walk. Alex develops a bit of a crush on him, but is too busy with her duties as acting Fairy Godmother to see him often. He visits her just as she is sending the kingdoms' monarchs on the secret path. Later, Rook, his father and the rest of their village are captured by the Grande Armée and forced to work for them, digging a trench for the dragon egg to hatch. When Rook's father is wounded, Rook uses his knowledge of the kings and queens' whereabouts to negotiate the villagers' freedom in order to save his father. After the battle at the Fairy Palace, Alex finds out Rook was the one who betrayed them, and although she understands why he did it, does not want to see him again.

4. Beyond the Kingdoms

Rook helps Alex find the Masked Man. He has been hiding in a cave and has been using the Portal Potion to travel into books. Rook draws a detailed map to the cave. Alex thanks him and they part ways.

5. An Authors Odyssey

Rook bumps into Alex and Conner when they are trying to get into the mines to find Goldilocks and Jack. It is mentioned Alex and Conner "aren't thrilled to see him" given their history but are glad to see a familiar face. He helps them into their friends new hideout and tries to make conversation with the twins. Alex is nice to him and tells him she trusts him again but implies she is not interested in him, Rook is happy to have earned her trust back but was hoping to also earn her affection. Rook is also turned into stone by Medusa, along with the rest of the people in the cave.

6. Worlds Collide

Rook is turned back into human when Froggy pours tears of Medusa into his eyes. He offers to go search for Alex, bidding his father goodbye. He meets up with Arthur at the Fairy Palace, and the two have a brief argument over Alex. When they reach Central Park, Rook and Cornelius try to save Alex from the witches' curse. An Otherworld sniper shoots a bullet at Alex's heart, but Rook takes the bullet for her, and dies.

Quotes

"The truth is, you're different from any other fairy I've ever met. You're not all sparkles and bubbles, and you aren't afraid to get your hands dirty. I really like you and I've been thinking about you an awful lot since I saw you at the farm."[6]

"I'll never stop caring about you, Alex."[7]

"I'll change your mind one day, Alex!"[8]

References

  1. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 42
  2. TLOS III, ch 7, p. 129
  3. TLOS III, ch 7, p. 133
  4. TLOS III, ch 31, p. 454
  5. TLOS IV, ch 10, p 148
  6. TLOS III, ch 4, p. 72
  7. TLOS IV, ch 10 p 148
  8. TLOS III, ch 30, p 454

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