Fenrys Moonbeam was a member of Maeve's cadre. He had a twin brother named Connall, who was also part of the cadre. Fenrys took the blood oath to Maeve after learning that Connall took the oath to step out of his shadow and was being forced to serve the dark queen behind closed doors. He began serving Maeve in bed to keep his twin from her clutches. It was no secret that Fenrys despised Maeve and the blood oath. Fenrys currently serves as part of Aelin's court.
Fenrys and Connall are sons of Doranelle nobles in the southeastern area of Maeve's territory. His parents were warriors and passed down their skills to Connall and Fenrys. Connall and Fenrys' father was often away at war. According to Fenrys in Empire of Storms, their mother "was tasked with defending our home, our lands, and reporting to Maeve."
Being Recruited by Maeve
When Connall and Fenrys were thirty years old, they wanted to go to Doranelle to meet Maeve and "do what young males like to do with the money in their pockets and youth on their sides." Once in Doranelle, Maeve saw Connall and Fenrys and coveted them. Fenrys was selected for an elite force, and Connall was left at home. While Fenrys was away, Connall took the blood oath to Maeve. Upon returning, Fenrys discovered Maeve was using Connall as a bedroom partner. As a result of this, Fenrys took his brother's place.
He is described as incredibly beautiful on more than one occasion by various different characters, such as Aelin and Elide. Other than his curly, golden hair, Fenrys and Connall are identical, Fenrys having dark onyx eyes and golden-brown skin. He also has other standard Fae features such as slightly pointed ears and sharpened canines. His secondary animal form is a white wolf, the opposite of his brother's, which is a black wolf. Fenrys bears twin scars from his brow to his jaw after battling Maeve in Kingdom of Ash. He bears a tattoo of Gavriel's name, just as Rowan and Lorcan do.
He is sardonic, witty, and arrogant, with a dark sense of humor that often irritates others. However underneath all that he despises Maeve and his situation, and longs to be free of her clutches.
Fenrys is seen to be incredibly loyal to Aelin, although he has not known her for more than a few months. He admits that the blood oath he has with Maeve is not what an oath truly should be, and tells Aelin that Fae males look for someone worthy to protect, serve, and cherish, and that what Maeve offers is only a mockery of that. He cares deeply for his twin, swearing the oath to rip his brother from Maeve's clutches. Fenrys also offered to train Aelin instead of Rowan, because he loves anything wild. In Kingdom of Ash, he breaks the blood oath to Maeve, something virtually impossible to do, to save Aelin from Cairn's torture and is willing to die for her.
Like most Fae, Fenrys has an animal form, his is a massive white wolf. Fenrys also has the power of teleportation, unlike other Fae, who mostly have elemental gifts. He describes his rare ability as something that allows him to "slip between folds in the world." However, this ability only allows him to travel short distances and he can only use this ability a few times before he is drained. Other than that, he has the standard set of powers: swift healing, increased speed and strength, and enhanced senses. All of the Fae have that particular set of qualities, but Fenrys says in Empire of Storms that his are more powerful.
Fenrys took the blood oath to Maeve after learning that his twin brother, Connall, had taken the blood oath in order to step out of the shadows. Fenrys took his brother's place in Maeve's bed, and served her until he eventually swore the oath to Aelin.
Fenrys has only a small part in Heir of Fire. He answers Rowan's call for aid and helps in the battle at Mistward, and is present along with the rest of the cadre, excluding Vaughan, when Aelin comes to Doranelle to show Maeve what she has learned.
When Maeve confirms that Aelin does indeed know the location of at least one Wyrdkey, she demands Aelin tell her, and even tries to compel the information out of Rowan by using the blood oath. However, once it is clear that Aelin has not told Rowan, Fenrys and his twin brother Connall are forced to hold him down as Gavriel and Lorcan are forced to whip him in order to coerce Aelin.
When Aelin encompasses Doranelle in flames and frees Rowan from his blood oath, Fenrys and the rest of the cadre seem incredibly shocked, and none of them say good-bye to Rowan and Aelin as they flee Doranelle. Fenrys is not seen again after this until Empire of Storms.
Fenrys first appears in Skull's Bay, when Rowan and Dorian are trying to convince the Pirate Lord Rolfe to aide their cause. Fenrys and Gavriel have been sent to Erilea by Maeve to hunt down and kill Lorcan for his betrayal. They ask Rowan for help in tracking Lorcan down, but Rowan refuses, claiming he "washed his hands of [them] all this spring" and does not tell them of Lorcan's whereabouts. However, after Rowan tells Gavriel about his son, both Fenrys and Gavriel agree to help Aelin and her court until they find Lorcan.
It is also revealed that Fenrys was the one who originally wanted to train Aelin when Maeve told them all that she had come to Wendlyn. Rowan explains that Fenrys loved anything that was wild and beautiful, and Maeve knew that dangling Aelin in front of him was torture. Fenrys tells Aelin he wanted to train her because it would have gotten him out of Doranelle and away from Maeve, he also claims that they would have had much more fun.
Fenrys is present during the battle at Skull's Bay, and after Deanna possesses Aelin and blows up most of Morath's fleet, Fenrys uses his transporting abilities to retrieve her from the water and get her to a safe place.
After Fenrys is injured during a fight with the ilken on the ships, he tells Aelin about his past and how he came to serve Maeve. His parents were both warriors, and trained his brother and himself to be the same. When they turned thirty, they were straining at the leash to go to Doranelle and meet the queen. However, when they finally went and Maeve asked Fenrys to take the blood oath, he refused. So when Fenrys left to go fight a war with the Akkadians, Maeve offered the blood oath to Connall who, after having spent his entire life living in Fenrys's shadow, agreed.
When Fenrys returned from battle and discovered his brother bound to the queen and found out what he was forced to do behind closed doors, he bargained with Maeve: he would swear the blood oath, but only to take her attention off Connall. Fenrys makes it no secret that he hates both Maeve and the blood oath she forced him to take.
Upon arriving in the Stone Marshes of Eyllwe, Fenrys and Gavriel both warn Rowan that Maeve knows Aelin will lead her to the Wyrdkeys and will most likely strike when Aelin is at her weakest. Fenrys has become very attached to Aelin, and tells Rowan to kill him if Maeve ever gives him the order to take her out. Rowan promises that Fenrys won't get within a foot of her, and Fenrys thanks him, saying he's glad to have been a part of this court, no matter how short a time it may have been.
When Lorcan and Elide arrive in the Marshes after Aelin incinerates the legion of ilken, Fenrys and Gavriel attack him, unable to stop themselves due to the blood oath's command. As Fenrys goes in for the kill, Elide jumps in front of him and Fenrys accidentally hurts Elide instead, ripping out part of her arm and hitting an artery. Gavriel heals her, and although Elide does not blame Fenrys, Aelin was very upset with him, much to his dismay.
When Maeve's armada attack's Aelin's fleet, Fenrys stays to help them, as does Gavriel and Lorcan. However, part way through the battle, the blood oath forces them to return to Maeve and Fenrys transports both of them off the ships. They eventually show up as Maeve and Aelin are fighting, and Fenrys aggressively stands up for Aelin. Maeve acknowledges Fenrys' loyalty to Aelin and mockingly asks if he's enjoyed "playing loyal servant [to her] while panting after the young Queen of Fire."
After realizing that Gavriel and Fenrys found a way out of their order to eliminate Lorcan on site, Maeve breaks the blood-oath with Gavriel, claiming that he is dishonorable and betrayed his queen for another. However, Maeve does not break Fenrys' blood oath, as she is well aware of how much he hates her and figures a better punishment for him would be to serve her forever.
As Aelin is being whipped by Cairn, Fenrys is forced by Maeve to stay where he is and not help her. After Aelin is put into the iron coffin and sent to Maeve's ship, she orders Fenrys to go as well, and he vanishes. When Lorcan and Gavriel tell Rowan they will go with him to get Aelin back, Lorcan says that Fenrys will know they are all coming for her, and try to leave clues if he can. Fenrys cares very deeply for Aelin, treating her like his true Queen, and it is assumed he will do his best to help her while she is held captive by Maeve.
Fenrys is forced to watch as Cairn mercilessly tortures Aelin over and over again. Fenrys and Aelin invent a code via blinks during their "early days" [of captivity]: one for 'yes,' two for 'no,' three for 'are you all right,' four for 'I am with you,' five for 'this is real, you are awake,' and six for 'liar.' (something Aelin claims Fenrys invented)
Maeve tries to get to Aelin by hurting Fenrys, her only ally. Maeve has Fenrys' twin brother Connall commit suicide by driving his dagger into his own heart while Fenrys watches, helpless in his wolf form. Aelin, too, is helpless to do anything as she is forced by Cairn to kneel in broken glass and watch. After Connall dies, Maeve forces Fenrys to service her as he kneels in a pool of his twin's blood.
Aelin's torture continues. When Maeve leaves to retrieve a Wyrdstone collar for Aelin, Cairn moves Fenrys and Aelin to his tent in the middle of an army encampment. This is the last time that he will be allowed to torture Aelin, so he plans to make it special by burning her flesh from her bones. Aelin attempts to fight back and Cairn sends her flying into a chest of drawers. She lets out a small, helpless noise and it is this that prompts Fenrys to act. Fenrys fights against the commands of the blood oath and attacks Cairn, giving Aelin time to run.
When Aelin reunites with Rowan, Lorcan, and Gavriel, she only sobs and repeats Fenrys' name. Rowan and Gavriel return to the tent to retrieve the injured Fenrys and to torture Cairn. The two Fae males bring Fenrys to where Aelin is in the forest. Gavriel says that Fenrys only as a few minutes, so Aelin asks him to take the blood-oath. He accepts and falls back, taking his final breaths. Aelin orders him to live, and after she repeats the order for a third time, he manages to rise.
When Fenrys, Lorcan, Rowan are placed under Maeve's thrall, he is met with illusions of Connall, who tells him that his death is Fenrys' fault. In the real world, he is sobbing and staring up at the sky, Maeve trying to emotionally weaken and torture him.
By the fact that he took Connall's place as Maeve's bed partner to protect him, it is clear that he deeply cared for him and was a protective brother but Connall showed resentment to his brother, unwilling or unable to see that he was just trying to protect him.
Fenrys had always wanted to serve Aelin Galathynius as he thinks that Fae warriors are looking for someone worthy to protect and cherish, and Maeve only serves mockery of that. He seems extremely fond of her and, as mentioned by Aedion Ashryver, he follows her everywhere. He originally wanted to train her, his reasoning being the fact that he wanted to get away from Maeve. He is extremely loyal to Aelin and they both develop a friendship during Aelin's torture, and in reward for his loyalty, he swears the blood-oath to Aelin and is given the order to live.
Fenrys and Rowan have a unclear relationship but it can be hinted that Rowan has a little affection for him, as he loves calling him 'boyo' and what he says, "Welcome to the court, pup," when Fenrys swears the blood-oath to Aelin. Rowan also mentions that he might also have respected Fenrys for what he did for Connall but only if he didn't have such a big mouth.
It can be said that Gavriel is the most respectable member of cadre, as Lorcan Salvaterre mentions that he is still a brother to him. Fenrys was prepared to take a blow for Gavriel at the end of Empire of Storms, fearing that Maeve would try to kill him.
- Rowan stated that Fenrys tends to get cranky when he hasn't eaten.
- This is probably a joke.
- "Fenrys" may be a variation of the name "Fenrir", a monstrous wolf within the Norse Mythology, especially as Fenrys' secondary form is a wolf.
- Since Connall and Fenrys are twins, they are stronger than warriors centuries older than them.
- Fenrys is the ambassador of Terrasen.
- In the ACOTAR series, his magic ability is called winnowing.
- Personality-wise, he is the complete opposite of his twin.