Kerenza IV
"Am I not merciful?"
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Nik Malikov is a member of the House of Knives, a notorious crime family.


Nik's a goofy character - making the best in every situation and getting through difficult situations with humor/sarcasm. He's the comic relief in such a heavy book, brewing with war and death.


Nik has dark hair, dark eyes, and dimples. He is of Russian descent, as his family is based in New Petersburg and his last name is Russian. In Gemina, he describes himself as being lean and good-looking, with "great abs from working out in prison". According to Jay Kristoff, he resembles Bob Morley.[7]

Nik also has numerous tattoos. At the beginning of Gemina they are noted as being: a sleeve of blades noting his membership in the HoK, a single chain around his waist o note his time in juvie, and angel wings inked across his throat to note his deadly crime.

Skills & AbilitiesEdit

  • Firearms: It is shown several times throughout the series that Nik is skilled at handling firearms, being a talented shooter. In Obsidio, it is stated that he now carries a gun around with him.
  • Drugs: Nik is knowledgeable when it comes to the production and sale of Dust.
  • Combat skills: Although he never received a proper education in combat like Hanna Donnelly did, he still possesses basic combat skills.
  • Smoker: Nik is a heavy smoker.


  1. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 8
  2. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_01, Page 14
  3. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 84
  4. 4.0 4.1 GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 296
  5. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_01, Page 25
  6. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 2
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