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Graysen is a mortal who used to be engaged to Elain Archeron. He is the son of a faerie-hating Lord named Nolan.


A Court of Mist and Fury[]

Graysen is a mortal whom Elain is in love with and is to make a good marriage to due to his wealth and power as the son of Nolan, a wealthy Lord of the Mortal Lands located south of Prythian. His family hates the faerie who live north of Prythian and hunts down those who venture beyond the Wall. Since he is going to marry Elain, his father has him give her an engagement ring made of iron.

A Court of Wings and Ruin[]

After the destruction of the wall, the Night Court, in an attempt to protect the human population from the High Fae invaders, decides to try to appeal to Graysen and his father Nolan, who, as wealthy humans lords, have extensive lands and wealth and a fortified estate that remains largely unoccupied. They attempt to deceive Graysen and Nolan, pretending that Elain, Graysen's fianceé, is still human and not High Fae like her sisters, believing that she can sway her lover and his family. However, Jurian has already revealed the truth to Graysen and Nolan. Despite this attempted deception, ultimately, Nolan is convinced or rather threatened by Jurian, to admit human refugees. Graysen, however, is furious with Elain for not only concealing her true form but for failing to reveal that she has a High Fae mate, Lucien Vanserra. He subsequently ends their engagement and demands she return his ring. Elain is reduced to tears, but does not comply. Nesta Archeron then smacks him upside the head, claiming that he never deserved her anyway.[1]

Later on, Elain is lured from the safety of the Illyrian war camp by the Cauldron, posing as a remorseful Graysen. The Cauldron then transports her to the Hybern war camp, but she is rescued by her sister Feyre Archeron before any lasting damage can be done.

During the final battle against Hybern in the Mortal Lands, Graysen and his father, led by Jurian, are part of the human army that, alongside an army from the Autumn Court and a small force from the Spring Court, join the fray, reinforcing the battered Night, Day, Dawn, Winter and Summer courts. In the aftermath of the battle, Graysen ignores Elain and departs alongside his father without saying a word to her.


Graysen is a tall, handsome young man with brown hair and blue eyes. He has a solid build.


Nesta described Graysen as "kind enough" which must be true considering her protectiveness over Elain. He was said to be as smitten with Elain as she was with him, however, his hatred for faeries is so great that it overcame the love he felt for her. Despite what he'd previously felt, his attitude caused him to lash out at her.


  • Graysen's father, Lord Nolan, had built a wall around their house so tall that not even the trees could reach it. Nesta thinks that it looks like a prison.


  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 54

Main Characters Feyre Archeron · Rhysand · Nesta Archeron · Cassian · Azriel · Elain Archeron · Tamlin · Lucien Vanserra · Morrigan · Amren · Amarantha · King of Hybern
Supporting Characters Alis · Andras · Beron · Bogge · Bone Carver · Bron · Cerridwen · Clare Beddor · Cresseida · Drakon · Devlon · Emerie · Eris · Graysen · Gwyneth Berdara · Feyre's Father · Hart · Helion · Ianthe · Isaac Hale · Isaac Hale's Wife · Jurian · Kallias · Keir · Koschei · Mercenary · Miryam · Mortal Queens · Mrs. Laurent · Naga · Nuala · Unnamed Summer Court Faerie · Tarquin · Suriel · Thesan · Tomas Mandray · Varian · Vassa · Weaver
Mentioned Characters Aunt Ripleigh · Dark Mother · Feyre's Mother · Mother · Rhysand's Father · Rhysand's Mother · Rhysand's Sister · Nostrus · Queen of the Black Land · See more...
Mortal Lands
Characters Feyre Archeron (former) · Nesta Archeron (former) · Elain Archeron (former) · Mr. Archeron † · Mrs. Archeron † · Mr. Archeron's Father † · Mr. Archeron's Mother † · Mr. Archeron's Grandfather † · Mrs. Archeron's Father † · Mrs. Archeron's Mother † · Mrs. Archeron's Mother † · Isaac Hale · Isaac Hale's Wife · Clare Beddor † · Tomas Mandray · Jurian · Nolan · Graysen · Lucien · Andromache † · Vassa · Demetra † · Briallyn † · Briar · Dark-haired Girl † · Ruddy Brown-haired Girl † · Brown-haired Young Man † · Urstin · Mrs. Archeron's Cousin † · Acolyte · Clothier · Cobbler · Mercenary · Creditors · Mrs. Laurent · Mr. Hale · Isaac Hale's Sibling(s) · Mr. Mandray · Mrs. Mandray · Tomas Mandray's Siblings · Andromache's Husband † · Andromache's Children
Locations Archeron's Cottage · Archeron's Estate · Band of Exiles Manor · Barn · Beddor Family Home · Bharat · Feyre's Village · Forest · Greenfield Village · Neva · Nolan's Estate · Post Office · Scythia · Silverspring Creek · Tavern