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

Sinn, it seemed, stayed in Seven Cities and for a time studied with Fayelle[3] (unpleasantly) to learn magic while her half-brother was posted 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.[4]

Sinn initially used speech[5] but became more and more reticent until in the later books many assumed her to be either mute or dumb.

She told Grub that she had had a Tanno tutor, a Spiritwalker, when she was younger.[6]

Sinn described her talents as minor magicks.[4]

In House of ChainsEdit

Sinn by mrakobulka

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 BonehuntersEdit

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Sinn.
Sinn by Noah Bradley

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

She eventually found herself with sergeant Cord's 7th squad, 9th Company, 8th Legion of the Bonehunters.[9] She developed a very close friendship with Grub, the only person who knew that she was only mute by choice.

It was because of her powers that a majority of the Bonehunters were able to escape the firestorm during the Siege of Y'Ghatan. Sinn also knew, by instinct, that several marines had survived the fires and she stayed behind, along with Faradan Sort, to help them out from beneath the city.

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

In Reaper's GaleEdit

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

In Dust of DreamsEdit

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 GodEdit


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.[10] 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.[11] Ultimately, she turned against the Bonehunters and was killed by Stormy on the steps of the Great Spire.[12]

Quotes Edit

"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."

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