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Queen Emira Maresh is the Queen of Arnes, wife of Maxim Maresh, and mother of Rhy and Kell.

Physical description[]

Emira has dark skin, long soft black hair, and honey-colored eyes.[2] She is very beautiful; and as the Queen of Arnes, she usually wears royal robes and dresses.


Emira is a very anxious person, who is dictated by her fear of the world around her breaking. Although she loves both of her sons very much, she is constantly terrified of them getting hurt or worse. This leads to her sometimes making poor decisions, especially regarding Kell.

Despite this, she is known to be a gentle and calming presence, especially to her husband Maxim.


Early life[]

A Darker Shade of Magic[]

Birthday Preparations[]

Emira is taking a late tea with Maxim and Rhy in the courtyard discussing Rhy's upcoming twentieth birthday with him suggesting to extend the festivities to a week when Kell returns from his latest trip to Grey London. Emira tells him to sit down as he looks pale and then rests a hand on his cheek and looks at his Antari as if it were a scrying board. Kell kisses her hand and assures her that he is fine. A while later, he and Rhy excuse themselves and head to their bedrooms.[2]

A Gathering of Shadows[]

A Conjuring of Light[]


Maxim Maresh[]

Rhy Maresh[]

Emira loves her son dearly. She constantly worries about him and fears for him to get hurt.

Kell Maresh[]


Titles and styles[]

  • — March 1820: Her Majesty The Queen


  • Emira is Middle Eastern.[3]
  • Emira is often falsely addressed as "Your Highness" instead of "Your Majesty."

  • The name "Emira" is the Bosnian form of the Arabic name "Amirah."[4] "Amirah" is the feminine version of "Amir" which means "commander" or "prince."[5][6]

  • References[]

    1. A Conjuring of Light, III: Fall or Fight, II
    2. 2.0 2.1 A Darker Shade of Magic, I: The Traveler, III
    3. "Maxim Maresh is black. Emira is Middle Eastern. So Rhy is both."
      (V. E. Schwab on Twitter)
    4. Behind the Name — Emira
    5. Behind the Name — Amirah
    6. Behind the Name — Amir


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