Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li)
Originally an orphan from Keramzin, where she grew up alongside Mal Oretsev, Alina Starkov considered herself an average Ravkan citizen. She chose to pursue cartography for the First Army, or the King’s line of defense made up of soldiers and non-Grisha. Last season, Alina snuck onto a skiff to accompany Mal, who serves the First Army as a tracker, across the fold. When a volcra threatens to take him away, she unknowingly summons sunlight to keep the winged creature at bay. A Sun Summoner is needed to destroy the Shadow Fold entirely, and once her true talents of ella come to light, she is whisked away by the Darkling, aka General Kirigan (Ben Barnes) to fully realize her ability of ella. Now, Alina is on the run from Kirigan, who doesn’t intend to help her destroy the fold but rather use her sunlight to keep the volcra at bay while he expends it.
Jessi Mei Li has previously appeared as Lara in “Last Night in Soho” (2021), Christina Jocko in the “Locked Up Abroad” TV series and Claudia Casswell in “All About Eve.”