Lysandra is a prominent character that features in The Assassin's Blade, Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms.
Lysandra is introduced as a beautiful, slim woman with dark brown hair and green eyes.
As a shapeshifter, Lysandra can take on any appearance she wants. Her actual appearance is unknown, as she has forgotten what she looked like.
The earliest depiction we see of Lysandra is a spoiled girl who always gets what she wants, along with frequently getting in the way of her"enemy" Celaena Sardothien. But as the series reintroduced her, we see that she has taken the small girl Evangeline under her wing and this is what makes Aelin begin to trust her again. Throughout the series Lysandra proves herself to be a loyal and courageous member of the new court of Terrasen.
Lysandra is a shapeshifter and can shapeshift into any animal that she wills.
Lysandra has been seen as:
- Several beautiful young girls
- Ghost Leopard
- Sea Dragon
Lysandra was kicked out of her home as a child. She spent days crying at her mother's door until she was threatened to be taken by the guards. Then, she spent her days as different animals and as beautiful young girls begging for food. Eventually she was found by Arobynn Hamel and given to Clarisse. This meant that she had to become a prostitute.
In Queen of Shadows, when Lysandra appears for the first time she is paying a visit in Aelin's house in Rifthold in order to inform her about Arobynn Hamel's plan. The young courtesan was at the time accompanied by a young little girl named Evangeline, since she knew that Aelin wouldn't kill her in front of the presence of a child. Then Lysandra explained to Aelin the reason of her visit. She had come in order to give Aelin the details of the plan to save the young queen's cousin, Aedion, who was about to be executed at the celebration for the Crown Prince's birthday. Once she explained every last detail of the plan, the young courtesan started talking about the past, revealing to Aelin truth's that the demi-Fae wasn't aware of. At the end of the meeting, Aelin and Lysandra came into the conclusion that there was no need for them to be enemies and that they both had been manipulated by Arobynn in order to dislike each other.
After a while, Lysandra visits once again Aelin's apartment to bring clothes for Rowan. Rowan being able to track her scent reveals that she is a Shapeshifter. Lysandra explained how after magic had vanished from Erilea, she was trapped in this form and as a result from the years that had gone by she had completely forgotten how her true form was.
Lysandra becomes a member of Aelin's court and aids Aelin in the war against Erawan. Notably, she shifts into a sea dragon to destroy Erawan's fleets and Maeve's armada. It is mentioned that before Aelin was kidnapped, the Queen of Terrasen wanted Lysandra to take her (Aelin's) form amongst her armasa and sire heirs with Aedion should Aelin receive the fate she'd expected, implying a romantic relationship between the two (Lysandra, Aedion) and that Lysandra was one of the few Aelin trusted most.