Biographical information
Ethnicity Frostlandian
Nationality Alethi
Gender Female
Status Alive
Physical Description
Hair Color Dark
Eye Color Dark
Family Lirin (husband), Kaladin (son),
Tien (son), Oroden (son)
Appears in The Way of Kings,
Words of Radiance (mentioned), Oathbringer

Hesina is darkeyed, of the second nahn, the wife of Lirin, and mother of Kaladin, Tien and Oroden.[1][2]

Her home on the outskirts of Hearthstone is larger than typical households of her nahn, due to the inclusion of her husband's surgery room.[1]


Hesina is a pretty woman, with full lips, a narrow face and a bold chin.[3] She has both dark hair and dark eyes.[1]

She wears a glove over her safehand, her hair tied back with a kerchief, and is taller than her husband by a few fingers.[4]


She appears to be very free spirited.

She is delighted by the person Kaladin has become.[2]


It is implied that Hesina is originally from Kharbranth. One of her parents is lighteyed[5] and they are of a higher social standing than their daughter.[6]

The initial meeting between Lirin and Hesina's parents went quite poorly.[7] Afterward, her parents are rarely mentioned, particularly around her children, though she is still in contact with them. When her family falls on tough times after the arrival of Roshone in Hearthstone, Hesina's parents offer aid to her family.[8]


Hesina is able to both read and write in the Alethi women's script. She is the only darkeyed woman in Hearthstone who can read, though this skill isn't uncommon amongst higher ranking darkeyed women.[9] She often read for Kaladin from a book on medicine his father owned.[citation needed]



Hesina and Lirin met and fell in love during his travels, after which she moved with him to Hearthstone.[9]

Hesina assists her husband with his patients in whichever ways she can, though her role in her husband's work diminishes as Lirin takes on apprentices; first Kaladin, then Mara. However, she occasionally assists if multiple helpers are required.[10][4]


She is thrilled that Kaladin has returned to her alive, as she and her husband thought him dead along with Tien. She is therefore protective of him.[4]

When Kaladin reveals himself to be a Knight Radiant, she clutches her infant child in her arms, her expression one of pure delight, and an awespren bursts around her head in a blue ring.[2]


At the beginning of Oathbringer, Hesina is forty years old. (Kaladin makes a mental note to himself that his mother will be forty-one this year.)[2]


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