Gathering Blue

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Vandara Character Analysis

A strong, cruel, petty, and possibly murderous woman who tries to have Kira dragged into the Field of the Living after Katrina dies. Vandara is an intimidating woman, and many of the other women in the village take their cues from her. She has a large scar on her face, which she claims she sustained in a fight with a wild beast, though it’s later revealed that she got it after slipping on sharp rocks.
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Vandara Character Timeline in Gathering Blue

The timeline below shows where the character Vandara appears in Gathering Blue. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...but asks Matt who the strongest voice against her was. Matt answers that it was Vandara, and Kira is unsurprised. (full context)
Chapter 2
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...sees a pile of wood near her cott, and as she picks up a sapling, Vandara emerges from a nearby clearing where she’s been watching Kira. Kira doesn’t know if Vandara... (full context)
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Vandara tells Kira that she’s lost her space; it belongs to the women now. Kira insists... (full context)
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...must also die. When the women hear this, they quickly drop their rocks. Eventually, even Vandara drops hers. She tells Kira that tomorrow she will take her to the Council of... (full context)
Chapter 3
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The dawn after her encounter with Vandara, a messenger arrives at Kira’s cott and tells her to come to the Council of... (full context)
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There is another knock at the door, and the door guard announces Vandara, “the accuser.” Kira notes with some pleasure that Vandara hasn’t cleaned herself for the Council.... (full context)
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...rebuild her cott and live her life. The white-haired guardian ignores this remark and asks Vandara to speak. Kira thinks that he is following the protocol for meetings. She also notes... (full context)
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The chief guardian directs Vandara to begin. Vandara says that Kira should have been taken to the Field of the... (full context)
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After Vandara finishes her argument, the chief guardian looks to the eleven other guardians. He tells Kira... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Jamison says that he’ll address Vandara accusations one at a time, and looks through his papers. Kira realizes that he wrote... (full context)
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Jamison continues to work through Vandara’s accusations. He concedes that Kira is lame, but points out that Kira works in the... (full context)
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...chicken and warm bread, but is afraid to eat as much as she wants, remembering Vandara’s accusation. Thus, she eats half of what she’s been given. Afterwards, the guardians retire to... (full context)
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...she feigns bravery and says that it involves a lot of talking. Matt mentions that Vandara was accused of killing her own tyke by forcing him to eat a poisonous plant,... (full context)
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Inside the Council Edifice, Jamison proceeds with his defense. Vandara has accused Kira of being kept against the rules because of her grandfather’s influence. Jamison... (full context)
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...tell that there has been a subtle change in the guardians’ behavior, in her favor. Vandara notices it, too. Kira clutches the cloth in her pocket, which suddenly feels warm to... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...tells the guard to open the box, revealing the Singer’s robe. Everyone, including Kira and Vandara, leans forward to get a closer look at the robe. Kira is more familiar with... (full context)
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Vandara impatiently says that the court must continue with the trial, but the chief guardian tells... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...and find the garden plants she used for color, though she’s afraid of running into Vandara. Even Thomas has heard of Vandara and her cruelty. (full context)
Chapter 14
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...who sounds very young, says that she wants her mother. Kira thinks about the pen Vandara was building—at least there, the tykes were allowed to be with each other. It seems... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...the shed anymore. As she walks away, Kira hears a growl. She turns and sees Vandara imitating a beast and laughing at her. (full context)
Chapter 22
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...will protect him from danger. When Christopher asks her what she means, Kira mentions how Vandara called her before the Council. Christopher says that he remembers how Vandara got her cut:... (full context)