Grace Brisbane


“I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl,
From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl,
I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl,
But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl,
It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child,
It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while
She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand
I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

Grace Brisbane is a character from The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stievfater.  The books include Shiver, Linger, and Forever.  These are great books for anyone who loves a good werewolf story.  Grace is a wonderful character.  She is described as having long dark blonde hair, brown eyes, and fair skin.  She is slender and very pretty with fading scars on her shoulders from a wolf attack.

Grace is very independent due to the neglect of her parents.  She is a mathematical genius and likes her things to be neat and orderly.  She is the kind of girl that prefers solitude and writes down her New Years resolutions.  It is hard for her to let people in, but once she does, she is very loyal to them.  She would do anything to help her friends.

Grace was attacked by wolves when she was eleven years old.  She was saved by a wolf named Sam and now she feels a deep connection to him.  The connection goes both ways, because Sam comes to the woods beyond her house and watches for her.  Grace watches for him also, and thinks of him as her wolf.  Sam is waiting for her to change, but she  doesn’t, because she was left in a car on a very hot day.  The resulting fever kept her from changing.

Some hunters in the area lead an illegal hunt after the death of a local teen.  They are killing any wolf that they can find.  Sam is shot and ends up on Grace’s back porch.  She knows it is him and now it is her turn to pay him back for saving her.

Now we ask the question:  Friend or Foe?

Does the character perform acts for personal gain or to help others?

Grace is very selfless.  She only tries to help people and she doesn’t care about personal gain.

Is the character dishonest?

She is a very honest person, but she would lie to protect those that she loves.

Does the character kill without thought or reason?

The answer is no.  She has a great respect for life.  I’m not sure if she could even kill a fly.

Does the Character permit selfless acts?

Yes, Grace would gladly give up her life to save those that she loves.

Does the Character do things out of revenge?

No, she would never even consider it.

Does the character do things that have bad or good consequences?

Grace would try to make sure that the consequences turn out good.  She would weigh her options very carefully.  If she did something that ended up with bad consequences, it wasn’t by intent.

Are the characters personality traits noble and with good intent?

Yes, she is very noble and tries to do the right things.

Does the character strive to get what they want through any means necessary?

No, she would never do anything that would cause injury to another.  Not even when that person has caused them great harm.

Does the character stand by while others perform horrendous acts?

No, she would try and stop it.  She is determined to find a way to save the wolves from the illegal hunters, without hurting the hunters.

Are actions or intentions more important?

I believe that actions are more important and I think that Grace would agree with that.  Without actions, good intentions are worthless.

My thoughts:

Grace is a great protagonist.  You might even consider her actions to be heroic.  In my opinion, she is definitely a friend.  If you haven’t read The Shiver Trilogy, you really should.  It is a great series and Maggie Stievfater is a master story teller.


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