- Nina: "You may still die in the Dregs."
- Inej: "I may. But I'll die on my feet with a knife in my hand."
- — Nina and Inej on joining the gang.
Inej has deep brown skin and "oil-black" hair that she usually keeps in a tightly coiled braid, but when down her hair is long. She is described to have an angular, lean figure. Inej wears a quilted vest, breeches, and a tunic. When she is doing work for Kaz, she wears a hood. Her eyes are dark brown, almost black.
Inej is mostly known for her reserved nature. She is mentally incredibly strong, and goes for her own aspiration, without hesitation. She is quiet and morally unwavering, unafraid to speak her opinion when she feels it is needed. She is skeptical of most people, but is not outwardly harsh, and willing to offer her friendship to those who have proven themselves to be good people. Inej is incredibly traditional, often reciting Suli proverbs as advice and general commentary. She feels more secure with knives in her possession, preferably her own and takes comfort in the strength of her title, "The Wraith".
Inej's family were traveling acrobatic performers, and she grew up traveling around Ravka in caravans and performing with them. She learned to walk the high wire barefoot as a child.
A few days before she turned 14, she was with her family in the west coast near Os Kervo performing in a carnival. Inej was awakened from a nap and captured by slavers early one morning and subsequently sold to Tante Heleen, an owner of a pleasure house in Ketterdam, where she was forced to work in the Menagerie as an Indenture.
When Inej first met Kaz Brekker she overheard him talking to Heleen asking her for information about her clients. Inej later approached Kaz and offered to help him but he did not respond and walked away. Kaz returned the next day to buy her contract from Heleen and gave Inej the choice to join The Dregs.
Inej has custom Fabrikator-made leather slippers with coarse rubber soles. They are perfectly fitted and can grip any surface. She also has brass knuckles on her right hip, climbing spikes and pads on her knees for crawling and climbing. The pads also hide blades that are activated by a trigger on her ankles.
Inej has many knives, all of which are named after Saints. The ones hidden in her forearms have quick releases: Sankt Petyr on her right hand, her first knife given to her by Kaz, and Sankta Alina - a knife with a bone handle. Sankta Marya and Anastasia are on her thighs, Sankt Vladimir in one of her boots and Sankta Lizabeta (with a rose-engraved handle) on her belt.
Because of her background as an acrobat, Inej has excellent climbing skills, agility and body coordination. She also has a gift for stealth, never making any sound as she moves.
For all his selfishness and cruelty, Kaz was still the boy who had saved her. She wanted to believe he was worth saving, too.
- —Inej Ghafa
Inej and Kaz form an extremely close relationship over the two years she works for the Dregs. Kaz comes to trust and rely her and her abilities. Despite Kaz's rough and brutal reputation, Inej believes Kaz has a good heart deep down, and continually validates this by pointing out action's he's taken for others that he didn't necessarily have to.
Despite Inej's reciprocation of Kaz's romantic feelings toward her, Inej continues to put her life goals above her relationship with him. Kaz also continually denies his feelings for Inej. When Kaz asks Inej to stay in Ketterdam with him, she is conflicted as Kaz keeps his walls up and she would not “settle for so little.” She tells him he needs to be a better person and open himself to her before they can pursue a relationship.
Six of CrowsEdit
- Besides, she was the Wraith – the only law that applied to her was gravity, and some days she defied that, too.
- “Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.”
- Better terrible truths than kind lies.
- "The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true."
- Her silks were feathers, and she was free.
- "I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all."
- You couldn't train a falcon and then expect it not to hunt.
- She was not a lynx or a spider or even the Wraith. She was Inej Ghafa, and her future was waiting above.
- She was Inej Ghafa, and she would not quiver like a rabbit in a snare.
- "You are forsaken. As you have turned your back on me, so will they turn their backs on you." - Pg. 64, Ch. 4
- "What you want and what the world needs are not always in accord, Kaz. Praying and wishing are not the same thing."
- (About Kaz) She would fight for him, but she could not heal him. She would not waste her life trying.
- "Mati en sheva yelu. This action will have no echo. It means we won't repeat the same mistakes, that we won't continue to do harm."
- “How many times have you told me you're a monster? So be a monster. Be the thing they all fear when they close their eyes at night.”
- But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.
- Her heart felt too full, a dry creek bed ill-prepared for such rain.
Six of Crows
|Main Characters||Kaz Brekker • Inej Ghafa • Jesper Fahey • Nina Zenik • Matthias Helvar • Wylan Van Eck • Kuwei Yul-Bo • Jan Van Eck • Pekka Rollins|
|Minor Characters||Joost • Per Haskell • Jarl Brum • Tante Heleen • Bo Yul-Bayur • Jordie Rietveld • Councilman Hoede • Geels • Specht • Emil Retvenko • Anya • Cornelis Smeet • Zoya Nazyalensky • Sturmhond • Dunyasha Lazareva • Onkle Felix • Raske • Genya Safin|
|Locations||Ketterdam • Hellgate • Ice Court • Djerholm • Kerch • Ravka • Novyi Zem • Shu Han • Fjerda • Wandering Isle|
|Groups||The Dregs • Grisha • Drüskelle • The Menagerie • Black Tips • Merchant Council • House of the White Rose|
|Events||Hringkälla • Hellshow • Queen's Lady Plague • Komedie Brute|
|Miscellaneous||Jurda • Jurda Parem • Kefta • Indenture • Djel • Ghezen|