Evi Kholin

Evi Kholin
Fan art by horizonproblems[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Riran
Nationality Alethi
Gender Female
Died 1163
Physical Description
Hair Color Blonde
Social Information
Title(s) Brightness
Family Toh (brother), House Kholin
Appears in The Way of Kings (mentioned),
Words of Radiance (mentioned),

Evi Kholin was Dalinar's wife and is the mother of Adolin and Renarin. Dalinar married Evi because she and her brother, Toh, sought asylum from Rira within Alethkar, and because they sought to exchange a suit of Shardplate in order to do so.*[1]

Dalinar had wished he'd felt more for her. Some passion, some true emotion. He couldn't laugh without her seeming confused by the conversation. He couldn't boast without her being disappointed in his bloodlust. She always wanted him to hold her, as if being alone for one minute would make her wither and blow away.[2]

Later, due to Dalinar's visit to the Nightwatcher (et al.),[3] he could no longer hear his wife's name. Instead, he heard rushing air (i.e., Shshshsh).[4][5] He could go weeks without even noticing this hole in his memories, this change that had ripped out a piece of him and left him patched over. Without even a prick of emotion when her name, which he could not hear, was mentioned.[6]

References to Evi Kholin prior to those in Oathbringer mostly appear within The Way of Kings in Dalinar's visions. Dalinar is unable to recall the features of her face, and he remembers her as a blur.[4]

The reason that Dalinar was unable to recall his wife's face or hear her name was originally thought to be because he'd made a deal with the Nightwatcher because she grants a boon in exchange for a curse via use of the Old Magic. It is unknown whether Dalinar's inability to remember his wife was the given curse or the boon.

When others spoke it, it slipped from his mind, like a pat of butter sliding off a too-hot knife.[4]

That is, until after he and Navani are joined in marriage by the Stormfather himself (though the Stormfather states that he's had nothing to do with Dalinar's remembrance).[1]


Evi Luoyi Tan

Evi Kholin
Fan art by Luoyi Tan[2]

Evi had blonde hair,[7] and a beautiful smile.[2]


Her accent, to which Dalinar became accustomed, was thicker than that of her brother.[2]

Her traditions demanded a long engagement.[2]


According to Dalinar, Evi had strange beliefs. Among her people, simple glyphwards weren't enough for prayers; one needed to burn something more pungent. While she spoke of Jezrien and Kelek, she pronounced them "Yaysi" and "Kellai". And she made no mention of the Almighty; instead she spoke of something called the One, a heretical tradition the ardents said came from Iri.[2]


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Evi and Dalinar
Fan art by ex-m[3]

Evi and her brother, Toh, pursued an alliance with the Alethi, offering a set of Shardplate in exchange for Alethi protection from their own people.[1] It was Sadeas who suggested that Dalinar marry for the benefits of an alliance or Shards.[8].

Dalinar agreed to marry Evi,[7] knowing that Navani was now beyond his reach because she'd chosen to marry his brother.[9] This resulted in the marriage between Dalinar and Evi and the acquisition of her Shardplate, despite that Evi and her brother had delayed a painfully long time to even agree to the betrothal.[7][2]

When Evi gave birth to Adolin, she looked to Dalinar like she'd fought in a battle. He'd seen her expression on the faces of soldiers many times: the sweaty brow, the half-dazed, drowsy look. The marks of a person pushed past the limits of what they thought they could do. Yet, she also bore a smile of quiet satisfaction. A look of victory.[10]

Evi died because she was burned alive at the hand of her husband in a city with which Alethkar had history. Unbeknownst to both Sadeas and Dalinar, she had come to the city to plead with the rebels therein.[11]

Sadeas and Dalinar were publicly censured by the king for the loss of the city. Sadeas would later be responsible for spinning a story about what had happened.[12]. There is some contradiction between this and what Adolin had heard: that Sadeas himself burned the city in retribution for the death of Evi.[13]


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Evi & Kholin Babies
Fan art by botanicaxu[4]


*Technically, the Shardplate belonged to Evi. When Dalinar wondered what a woman would do with Shardplate, he came to the realization that she would apparently give it to a husband.[2]

Evi had told Dalinar that the Old Magic could change a person. That it could make something great of them. This was why he'd devised a plan to travel, having decided that it was time he began trusting her.[16]

Q&A w/BrandonEdit

Q. Evi, in Oathbringer, she uses strange idioms and you mentioned you wanna be on the lookout for people who use strange idioms ... Is Evi native to Roshar?

A. Yes ... Her people are related to the Iri, who are not native to Roshar. But she is not Iriali herself. And all the Iriali, they are native to Roshar, people who are born now, even if their people aren't. So Evi ... You can say, right, like, no humans are native to Roshar. But, yes, she was born on Roshar.[17]


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