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Theories on Kaleb Krychek. The Man, The Mystery, The Romance

After I read Kiss of Snow, I started to re-read the entire Psy series. I did so because in reading Kiss of Snow, I began to form a picture of Kaleb Krychek in my mind and I had to go back and figure out if the previous mentions of him fit the crystallizing image.

This is a post full of spoilers. Please don’t read and complain you got spoiled. Everything in this post is spoilerish. It’s like a spoiler fiesta. Or a spoiler pinata that’s been broken open with all the spoilers lying on the ground. Warning given. You can read the conversational review here.  Let’s begin.

I’ve placed citations to the books whenever I’ve stated a fact. A fact is something that is confirmed by the text in one of the Psy-Changeling books. Supposition is everything that doesn’t have a cite.

Introduction

Kaleb Krycheck first appears in Visions of Heat. Even after 10 books, Visions remains one of the best sources of information on Kaleb. A space on the Psy Council, the governing body of the Psy people, was created when Santano Enrique was killed by the Changelings at the end of Slave to Sensation. Kaleb’s name was floated by Shoshanna Scott, partner to Henry, to replace the empty Council seat.

“Another possibility is Kaleb Krychek,” Shoshanna responded. “He’s a cardinal Tk and part of the Council ranks. I’m placing the files on him beside the ones on Faith. You’ll note that his control over his telekenetic abilities is reputed to be superb.” (Visions)

Kaleb’s power is that he can drive individuals clinically insane. He is also a Tk that purportedly can create earthquakes and possibly even level a city. (Kiss of Snow)

Kaleb was placed in a training facility at the age of three and after displaying considerable power was taken by Enrique for personal mentoring (if that sounds ominous, it is).  Kaleb was Enrique’s protege:

Cold and desolate, each unmarked grave reminded him of the lightless rooms used by another killer, a sociopath who’d groomed Kaleb to be his audience . . . and his protégé.  (Bonds of Justice)

and

It was several pages long and stamped with the seal of the training facility where Kaleb had been placed at age three, when he’d first begun exhibiting his considerable telekinetic strength. As was usual, the juvenile files had been sealed at Kaleb’s majority, which was why she’d had such trouble getting them…and why she hadn’t known the name of Kaleb’s trainer: Santano Enrique. (Caressed by Ice)

At the age of seven, something seismic happens in Kaleb’s life.

He came to stand beside her, hands in the pockets of his tailored suit. “On the contrary, Nikita. I alone was responsible for my ascension to the Council.” He’d set his eye on the goal at age seven and never blinked. No one had been allowed to stand in his way. But then, all the Councilors had blood on their hands. (Caressed)

Nikita notes that his files show a significant gap between ages seven years, four months and seven years, seven months.

She soon began to notice odd gaps in the record. There was a continuous accounting of his progress up to age seven years, four months, but the next entry didn’t appear until age seven years, seven months. What had Kaleb been doing in the intervening three months? Again and again, the pattern repeated itself. The gaps were highly irregular. Training logs were meant to be kept strictly up-to-date.

Each gap in the log appeared one week to the day after Kaleb had had a personal training session with Enrique. With any other trainer, it would’ve been a cause for concern, but not a major problem overall.

(Caressed)

Kaleb is inextricably tied to the Netmind and the Dark Mind (more on this later). He first spoke to the Dark Mind at seven years of age. (Mine to Possess)

Kaleb and the Girl

I think Kaleb searches for someone. Perhaps someone he was trained with under the hands of Enrique. I posit that Kaleb was raised with another Psy, perhaps an F Psy, who became important to him. Enrique figured this out and ensured Kaleb’s compliance with threats toward her. We know from Caressed by Ice that Silence is implemented by a biofeedback inside a person. Emotional response triggers a violent pushback using the Psy’s own skills which is why the stronger the Psy, the more likely they will go insane as the Silence breaks down.

According to the discussion in Visions, there are two types of individuals that are uniquely suited to controlling the NetMind: Tk and F Psy (the Council contemplated inviting Faith Nightstar, the strongest F Psy in existence to be part of the Council).  There are anchors to the Netmind. The councilors are anchors but two gradients are uniquely qualified to control the NetMind: Tk and Psy  (Visions of Heat)

I think that this girl and Kaleb will be responsible for bringing the NetMind and DarkMind together.

Sascha’s eyes met hers and there was such grief in them. “Until the DarkMind and the NetMind are merged again, the Psy will continue to produce the most vicious serial killers on the planet.”  (Visions of Heat)

Kaleb searches for something:

However, today, Kaleb had no interest in mining the PsyNet for data—except for the one crucial piece of information that he searched for constantly, day and night, awake or asleep. That task hummed in the back of his head as usual, but his conscious mind was focused on reaching the dark core of the Net, home to the psychic vault of the Council chambers. (Mine to Possess)

My theory is that he is searching for this girl turned woman. She is represented to him by a small platinum charm:

After his aide left, Kaleb took a small platinum charm from his pocket.

A single star. A marker.

The NetMind and DarkMind had both defied him in his search for the owner of the charm, but he would succeed. Failure simply wasn’t an option. (Hostage to Pleasure)

Kaleb’s emblem is a star. The PsyNet is like a web of stars. Kaleb’s woman is somewhere in the PsyNet, initially hidden by Enrique but now is obscured by the NetMind and DarkMind. I believe that the minds are hiding the woman because she is their anchor. She may be considered a maternal figure to them. Kaleb treats the PsyNet proprietarily:

“That’s their mistake.” Kaleb would allow no one to shatter that which he considered his. And for now, the PsyNet needed his fellow Councilors. When it no longer did . . . (Branded by Fire)

I also posit that the woman is from Russia. Kaleb’s base is there but in Branded by Fire, he acknowledges that he does not own the house.

He looked at the chip in his hand. Each intruder had had one in the back of his neck. Clearly, it was equipped with some kind of a suicide strategy—or perhaps murder was more apt. But why would the Alliance target Kaleb? Not that their reasoning mattered. The assassins had signed their death warrants the instant they set out to destroy the house.

Because this wasn’t truly Kaleb’s house. He was only a caretaker. And he took his responsibility very, very seriously. (Branded by Fire)

In Bonds of Justice, we find that Kaleb has found a fragment of information that might lead to his “quarry”.

Councilor Kaleb Krychek was just getting into his car for the drive to his office in Moscow when he felt it. A telepathic ricochet. Catching the returning tracker with a psychic hand, he leaned against the vehicle. He had thousands of these invisible psychic constructs scattered throughout the Net, all of them primed to scan through billions upon billions of bytes for data for one name.

This was the first one that had returned since he began his search six years, five months, and three weeks ago.

He was careful with the old and fragile construct, not wanting to lose what it had brought back to him. It took him almost ten minutes to penetrate the layers of his own security—and then, there it was. That name, linked to information that had passed through a distant part of the Net two weeks ago. The information was fragmented, the trail would be difficult if not impossible to pick up, but that mattered little at this point.

Because at last, he had confirmation that his quarry was alive.   (Bonds of Justice)

Kaleb admits that the person he searches for is a her but that he cannot teleport to her:

Kaleb looked at the body of the human he’d just killed, his fingers playing with the small platinum charm—a single perfect star—that was always with him, no matter where he went. Glancing down at the star, he said, “For you.” For the one person who he knew better than anyone else on this earth, and yet could not teleport to, no matter how many times he tried.

And he’d tried every single day for over six years.

Kaleb and the DarkMind

The DarkMind is a sentient being, one half of the being that controls and informs the Psynet.  The Netmind is “unique sentience that lived in and made order out of the chaos of the PsyNet.” (Caressed by Ice) The Netmind was trained by the Councilors and through Silence to manipulate the PsyNet. The PsyNet is breaking in two: Netmind and DarkMind.  It is evidenced by the twins Ashaya and Amara Aleine (Hostage to Pleasure) but further bolstered by Faith Nightstar’s visions.  At one time, before the Silence, the PsyNet was “rainbow-hued and alive.”  But the years of suppressing emotion has created a duality.  (Visions of Heat)

The DarkMind, by comparison, was pure chaos. Very, very few people knew about the DarkMind. And only one could assert any control over it.

As a cardinal telekinetic, Kaleb had a natural affinity with both the NetMind and the DarkMind. Now he reached out a psychic hand and touched the DarkMind. (Mine to Possess)

 

Kaleb and the Ghost

I have, for some reason, always believed that Kaleb was the Ghost. The Ghost first appears in Caressed by Ice. The Ghost is a rebel who is responsible for the destruction of a Protocol I lab. Protocol I was a program that would see the implantation of chips into the Psy and create one true hive mind. The Ghost has unknown loyalties. The Ghost is one with both psychic and physical warfare skills. (Caressed by Ice) Faith notes in Visions that Kaleb’s climb up the Council ranks was unusual for a Cardinal. Cardinals are usually too cerebral to be concerned about politics.

The Ghost is an expert at finding classified information. (Mine to Possess) Kaleb is jacked into the web running discreet searches at all times, on a low level.  (Bonds of Justice). Both are able to ride the slipstreams of data without detection.  (Kiss of Snow and Blaze of Memory). Both the Ghost and Kaleb have been described as having blood on their hands.  (Caressed by Ice and Blaze of Memory) Both the Ghost and Kaleb are able to teleport.

Both have unique connection to the Net:

The other man had looked at him with those eyes that held nothing of humanity.”I found it because I go where no one goes. There are places in the Net that belong only to me.”  (Kiss of Snow)

and

Kaleb paused, as if considering how much to reveal. As a cardinal telekinetic, perhaps the most powerful Tk in the Net, he wielded considerable control over the NetMind, the neosentient entity that was the Net given form. It provided Kaleb with a conduit of data no other Councilor could match.  (Blaze of Memory)

But most importantly, the are both looking for some one person:

The only thing the Ghost had admitted to date was that there was at least one individual in the Net who had some value to him, one person he did not want dead. That was the solitary thing that kept him from annihilating the entire Council, an act that would cause a psychic shockwave that would destabilize the Net, killing millions. (Kiss of Snow)

It was a scene in Blaze of Memory that really cemented my idea that the Ghost and Kaleb are one and the same.   In Blaze there is a scene featuring Judd, the priest Xavier, and the Ghost.  Xavier tells the story of the woman that he has lost, a woman that he made jump over a cliff into water to save herself.   Xavier tells this story to Judd to explain why he believes in God:

“The answer,” Judd said, “is that so long as Xavier believes in God, he can believe Nina lives, that she somehow survived.”

“That logic is inherently flawed,” the Ghost pointed out, but there was something in his voice that Judd couldn’t quite catch.

Xavier shook his head. “There is no logic to it, my friend.  It has everything to do with the heart and nothing to do with the head.”  (Blaze of Memory)

So these are my theories. I’m interested in hearing yours about anything.  (Also, I love Vasic, Aden and all those poor, poor Arrows but that is another post.).

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

59 Comments

  1. KB/KT Grant
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:08:24

    I used to think Kaleb was the Ghost but after reading Kiss of Snow, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s someone else under the radar. Kaleb is too obvious.

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  2. Mandi
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:15:22

    Ooh…I love this post. I always thought Kaleb was the ghost, but then I got thrown in KOS. I too thought maybe Kaleb was too obvious.

    BUT – after reading all of your excerpts – it has to be him, right? Especially with the very last excerpt you included.

    Kaleb is such a fascinating character. This really makes me want to reread the series :)

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  3. Angela
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:22:51

    One of my absolute favorite characters! When Caressed first came out I asked Nalini about Kaleb while getting a book signed – which resulted in the book being signed from Kaleb :)

    This is an incredibly eloquent, fact-filled post. Thank you for putting it all together Jane.

    I’ve been reading and re-reading, putting the pieces together for a while now.

    I’ve thought that Kaleb was looking for a woman, though I hadn’t thought about the house being hers, and hadn’t considered yet that he and this woman might be the ones to bring the NetMind and DarkMind back together. Interesting theory. I like it.

    I’ve always thought Kaleb was the Ghost too, and I agree with Katie that I think it’s more obvious now than it was when I first thought it (Caressed by Ice). But I don’t think that means that it isn’t him. I think that fairly soon (in Psy/Changeling time, if not necessarily our time) who the Ghost is will have to be revealed. I’d want there to have been some buildup to it for guesses to have been made, without giving it away completely. Clues dropped.

    So, for now, I’m sticking my speculation that Kaleb is the Ghost because I haven’t seen a single other character exhibit even one attribute that would tie them together. Though I’m always looking, and may have missed something ;)

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  4. Lisa J
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:35:40

    Like everyone else, I thought Kaleb might be the Ghost until KoS. Now, I am not so sure.

    Here’s the thing, I want Kaleb to be the Ghost because I want him to be a “good guy”. There’s just something about him.

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  5. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:38:04

    I’m curious what in Kiss of Snow makes you think Kaleb is not the ghost. I want to re-read those sections.

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  6. Elaine
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:41:16

    I’m another Kaleb = Ghost advocate.

    On the psi-changeling forum, I saw someone mentioning that Faith Nightstar had a F-psy cousin that went missing about five years before the timeline of Visions of Heat.

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  7. Elyssa Papa
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:41:32

    Are we sure the Ghost is a male? Is it possible the ghost is the woman Kaleb is searching for? You know, if she has to hide the whole idea of hiding in plain sight. Plus, I think it would be cool if the Ghost were a female–it would be a little unexpected. I haven’t read KOS yet but I do think it might be too easy if the Ghost and Kaleb the same.

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  8. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:45:24

    @Elyssa Papa: The ghost is always referred to with the male pronoun so I think the Ghost being female would be inconsistent with previous references.

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  9. KB/KT Grant
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:46:12

    I think the Ghost is female. Want to know who I think it could be? Let’s say she has as much power as Kaleb and has shown she is not “silent” or cold as we were first led to believe.

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  10. KB/KT Grant
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:48:41

    Maybe the Ghost is called a he, because Judd assumes The Ghost is a male? I can’t remember, but has Judd seen the Ghost face to face or does the Ghost still hide in the shadows?

    Hm, what if the Ghost is 2 people and not just one?

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  11. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:50:23

    @KB/KT Grant – we have scenes from Ghost’s POV and he uses the male pronoun. Plus, from Kiss of Snow, we know that Judd KNOWS who the Ghost is, not just that he assumes. There is the conversation that they have wherein the Ghost asks why Judd doesn’t look at him and Judd replies that images are harder to remove than word based memories.

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  12. Edie Harris
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:59:20

    This is so thorough, Jane! As I’m rereading the entire series again now, I’ll be looking for these correlations, too.

    Until Kiss of Snow, I was convinced on the Kaleb/Ghost front, but now I wonder if it isn’t a more ancillary character…maybe Vasic (whom I would love to see get a book)? Still, I think Kaleb’s story — when/if [fingers crossed] he gets one — will be up there with my other series favorites.

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  13. Brie
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:05:17

    I have read tons of theories that said that the person Kaleb is looking for is Faith’s sister, her name is something Nightstar and she’s been missing right? I do think that Kaleb is the Ghost.

    The only thing I know for sure is that this discussion is going to go on forever because I’ve got a feeling that the Ghost’s book will be like Hawke’s, the laaaaaast one to come out. If Kaleb is indeed the Ghost I think that book will be the last of the series.

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  14. KMont
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:07:22

    Great post, Jane! As you know, I have no theories, but yours have definitely made me a lot more interested in Kaleb. I remember the scenes from Bonds of Justice the most clearly – and those were about the only times I’d been intrigued by him as opposed to apathetic. Apathetic because he’s been stretched out over a lot of books, and I think I’ve been ready for his mystery to have a lot more oomph by now. But I do like your theories! Maybe the next book will offer some more definite details. and maybe not lol.

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  15. Elyssa Papa
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:10:24

    @Jane: Oh, I’d forgotten we had Ghost povs! Oops.

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  16. Jaci Burton
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:11:47

    I think Kaleb is the Ghost, too. He hasn’t done anything that’s been wholly irredeemable, which in my mind means Nalini has a book planned for him. His actions speak to him having a secret, which puts him in a position of being the Ghost.

    Love the work you put into this, Jane. These books are so intense and there’s so much information, it’s hard to remember everything we’ve read. Adding all the snippets from all the books really lines him up nicely. I think the Ghost just has to be someone we’ve met in previous books, and I think it’s Kaleb.

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  17. Elyssa Papa
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:15:03

    I totally don’t want to think that this series will ever end. It makes me sadface even speculating on the end.

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  18. Las
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 13:07:08

    I really think Kaleb is the Ghost. It’s too obvious, and while I’d be thrilled if Nalini was totally messing with us, I doubt that would happen. Not that I dislike the idea of Kaleb being the Ghost, it’s just that I like being surprised more (yeah, I’m still kind of annoyed over Sienna and Hawke ;) ).

    One little theory about Kaleb that doesn’t have to do with the Ghost or who he’s looking for…did you read the changeling novella about Annie and Zach? In it, Annie tells the story about the train accident that crushed her leg when she was a child. She said the only reason she survived was because a Psy child teleported in and lifted the wreckage off her. I immediately thought it was Kaleb. I’ve since wondered if maybe it was Vasic instead, but I still lean towards it being Kaleb. I suck at keeping track of ages and dates, so my little theory might not even work with the time frame. Any ideas? I’ve been obsessed with that tiny detail since reading that novella.

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  19. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 13:29:53

    @Las – Hmm. Good question. I might go with Vasic since he is a true teleporter because I can only remember Kaleb teleporting people in Blaze

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  20. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 13:34:51

    @Brie – I thought Faith’s sister died? I remember that there was a cousin that was missing from the Nightstar clan. Do you have links to those other theories? I would love to read them.

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  21. Pamela {Spaz}
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 14:00:50

    dangit dangit dangit I haven’t gotten my hands on Kiss of Snow yet and I love this character and want to read this really bad but don’t want to hop in to the Spoiler Fiesta. I’ll be BACK!

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  22. cate
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 14:06:37

    @Las: I’ve always thought Vasic, & you’re not the only one obsessed with that little detail !
    As for Kaleb, I too have always thought he was the ghost. But I have to say that my theory is the woman he’s searching for is Xavier’s Nina !!! The six year search would probably correlate with the attack on that SA town .
    Oh well. That’s my theory & I’m sticking with it !

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  23. May
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 14:18:21

    GREAT post!

    I too believe Kaleb = ghost. You’ve pinned down the moments that come to mind for me too – I’m not sure how he couldn’t be!

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  24. Renee
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 14:18:39

    Outstanding post, Jane!

    I’ve been hoping that Vasic is the Ghost. It seems to me that Judd has some personal knowledge of who the Ghost might be (especially after Judd’s conversation with Aden in Kiss of Snow), and Judd and Vasic have the Arrow connection.

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  25. Lisa J
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 14:34:57

    I have no proof to offer, but after reading KoS I was thinking Vasic instead of Kaleb.

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  26. Kerry
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 15:11:43

    I used to go with Kaleb as the Ghost, but after reading Kiss of Snow, I too am wondering if it might not be Vasic. I’ve always wanted to know more about him.

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  27. Alice
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 15:30:26

    It might sound crazy, but I never really thought Kaleb was the Ghost. I’ve always felt he was important, but not to be the Ghost. I didn’t suspect Vasic until KOS.

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  28. L
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 16:18:28

    @Jane:

    yeah but this psy child used tk to lift the wreckage off her, so i doubt its vasic (he is a ‘pure’ teleporter, whereas Kaleb is a cardinal tk so off the scale the scale is useless), and vasic has gray eyes, the kid had cardinal eyes… :)

    *There was this boy—I don’t know where he came
    from, but he was small, my age or younger. Cardinal
    eyes.” She shivered at the memory of the chill in those
    extraordinary white-stars-on-black-velvet eyes. Psy
    lived lives devoid of emotion, but she’d never seen a
    child that utterly cold.*

    (annie was 7 years old at the time, she is 28 in 2080 when the book takes place, kaleb is 27.)

    Also i dont think Kaleb is the ghost, kaleb is an important character and so is the ghost, i dont think it ‘fits’ that they are the same character. i think maybe its a former arrow? maybe someone whose character we havent actually met or only met in passing. Be kinda funny if the ghost WAS the person kaleb was looking for, and that kaleb was gay?

    Also regarding your post, do you know what Kaleb looks like? All i can remember is cold cardinal eyes, and he keeps being described as beautiful, or most attractive male, but i was wondering hair colour? skin colour? etc…

    Awesome post! :)

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  29. mbot565
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 17:54:49

    What a great post Jane! I too think that Kaleb = the Ghost. But, there’s couldn’t the life of me put it together as well as you did in this post.

    I think having the Ghost as a woman is not possible as mentioned in previous comments, precisely because Judd knows the Ghost as a male. In addition to the reason you mentioned regarding Judd not wanting to see his face because images are more difficult to erase in KOS. The Ghost also chose to reveal himself to Judd when he brought him to Alice.

    “Who?” he [Judd] asked the Ghost once more.
    “There is no second manuscript,” the Ghost said, walking to stand beside him [Judd], “but you have no need of it. I’ve brought you Alice Eldridge.”

    I find it hard to believe that he’s standing right there next to him & Judd still chose not to look at him.

    Anyway, I don’t care if it’s too obvious, because I WANT Kaleb to be the Ghost so bad and I’m hoping against all hope that he’ll get his HEA. We’ll just have to see. Nalini is killing me.

    LOVE Aden, Vasic and all the other Arrows Walker trained as well.

    Great post Jane!

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  30. Brie
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 18:31:03

    @Jane:

    Yes you’re right, the cousin it’s the one that’s missing, but it has to be her, the star charm is just too telling…

    You should check out this forum http://nalini.forumotion.com/t107-kaleb-krychek there are tons of interesting theories there mostly about Kaleb and the Ghost.

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  31. melann
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 18:41:43

    I thnk it’s Kaleb. I’ve always thought so, but Vasic or even Aden were strong seconds for me. However, there’s a passage in KoS that convinces me it’s Kaleb. When Judd meets the Ghost in the crypt at Xavier’s church, the Ghost asks Judd why he deliberately avoids seeing the Ghost’s face because Judd already knows the Ghost’s identity. The Ghost said, “You know who I am.”

    That was followed by the observation: “Perhaps the only one who did. Even Father Xavier Perez, the third part of their curious triumvirate, had never made the connection.”

    That last sentence suggests to me that the Ghost is someone the general public would recognize. I don’t think Vasic or Aden qualify for that, or any of the other Arrows for that matter. I think it has to be either a character we haven’t met yet (which I don’t believe, at this point in the series), or a Councilor. Council sounds more likely to me, as those are the Psy we’ve met thus far that would be most recognizable to the general public. That leaves four possibles.

    Ming – No. No one ever sees him and he’s a sociopath who would never help Judd the way the Ghost has.

    Henry – No. He’s clearly on the side the Ghost is trying to bring down.

    Anthony – Unlikely. He led Faith and the cats to believe he didn’t know who the Ghost was, and he got that email from the Ghost. On the other hand, he does seem to have an in with Vasic and Aden, so he’s been watching and connecting with the Arrows. Judd said he was recruited on the ‘Net after the Ghost noticed his insubordinations, so…. I still don’t think it’s Anthony, though.

    Kaleb – The prime suspect (for me).

    I also suspect Kaleb was the kid who helped Annie.

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  32. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 19:10:05

    @Léa Rose: Oh, yeah, I think you are totally right that the child was Kaleb!

    @mbot565: I agree. I think Judd must have seen Ghost at this point.

    @Brie: Thank you. I totally buy the Sahara Nightstar pairing. I didn’t know that Nalini has said that Sahara would play a pivotal role in the series. Thanks again for the link.

    @melann: I don’t think it is Anthony either because Anthony is pretty open about his rebellion. I agree with your other assessments (primarily because like the commenter upthread, I want to believe that Kaleb is good or good enough).

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  33. Edie
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 19:20:16

    This post has made me so happy, I feel validated in my fascination with Kaleb. LOL

    I haven’t read KOS yet, so I am still on the Kaleb as ghost train, mainly because like Melann I’ve read the ghost’s other life to be relatively well known, and Kaleb fits that.

    And soo glad that I am not the only person who was fascinated by the kid on the train, or the Kaleb theory.

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  34. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 19:46:22

    One other thing that I forgot to mention that the reason that I think Kaleb is going to be hooked up to Psy is because I already think he exudes so much emotion even if he says he is beyond cold. Anyone who searches out someone for so long – well, it is an obsession.

    I can’t remember what book it is but it is a scene with the Arrows (and maybe Ming) and they talk about loyalty being an emotion. Ming counters that loyalty like that is an imprinting or something like that yet Kaleb isn’t an Arrow and says he has certain loyalties (this is in a discussion with Xavier and Judd).

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  35. melann
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 21:06:15

    Well, now I’m going to contradict myself – sort of. I’ve been thinking about something I posted elsewhere and decided I had a point (unusual enough these days to stand out!).

    The Ghost could be Vasic.

    There is one other way Xavier could know who the Ghost is, based on what we’ve been told thus far. The Ghost could be one of the Psy sent to destroy Xavier’s village. If that’s the case, Vasic is the logical person because Aden is a medic, not a soldier.

    Furthermore, count me in with those who think Aden’s Silence is not perfect enough for him to be the Ghost, so the only other Arrow option we have is Vasic.

    Noticing Judd’s “subtle insubordination” – another Arrow would be in the right position for that, and Aden did say Vasic was taken off Jax when Judd was (something Judd instigated, although only for himself). Vasic is a Tk like Judd, so he wouldn’t have been Walter’s student and wouldn’t have learned those Tp tricks that apparently helped Aden remain stable.

    One other thing the Ghost said to Judd in KoS was that Judd “could have led”, although he doesn’t specify what. My first thought was that Kaleb (as the Ghost) thought Judd could have been the one the Arrows chose to follow when they split with Ming, and that Kaleb (as the Ghost) might have realized that Judd could have been a threat if he had remained in the ‘Net. Thinking about it now, it strikes me as also possible that Vasic (as the Ghost) might have meant that Judd could have been the new leader of the Arrows and they wouldn’t have approached an outsider like Kaleb.

    I can’t see Kaleb willingly following anyone else, but I can easliy see Vasic following a different leader. He’s already suggested to Aden that Aden could have taken control of the Arrow Squad.

    I still think it’s Kaleb, but yes, it could be Vasic, and I won’t be disappointed if that turns out to be the case.

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  36. KB/KT Grant
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 21:27:36

    I don’t know if this will give any answers, but when I went to Nalini’s talk tonight, I asked her if the Ghost is the same character she decided on when she started the series or has she changed her mind and made it another character. She said the Ghost has been the same person she picked from the very start and we have met “him” before.

    She also said the series has 5 more books to go and that’s it.

    The majority of the audience there during her talk thinks the Ghost is either Vasic or Kaleb.

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  37. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 22:38:07

    @KB/KT – thanks for the update.

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  38. Jane
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 22:39:03

    @melann – I like your theory. I will need to re-read the Xavier scene (like that is a hardship).

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  39. cate
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 06:25:16

    @KB/KT Grant:
    Thanks for that, I love an author who knows when to draw a line under a series, & I have no doubt that NS will provide a very satifactory conclusion to her marvellous arc.

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  40. Las
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 07:25:30

    @melann: I got the impression from KOS that Jud doesn’t know that Vasic is a rebel, although I read the book so fast I could be wrong about that. Since Jud knows the identity of the Ghost I don’t think it can be Vasic. I’ll have to reread those scenes. And Nalini did say that she’s always known who the Ghost is–Kaleb was first introduced in VOH and the Ghost in CBI (or was he first mentioned in VOH?). Vasic doesn’t make an appearance until later in the series. Of course, she still could have had the ghost be Vasic, but the timing makes it seem less likely to me.

    @KB/KT Grant: I thought she said it was 3-4 books left. Whichever, I was so relived that she actually has a plan instead of just jerking us around to keep a popular series going.

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  41. KB/KT Grant
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 08:56:41

    @Las Now we see and wait which characters get their books? I’m not sure if it’s 4 after Riaz’s book, which would make 5. I think Vasic and Aden get their book and of course Kaleb’s. I really do think Kaleb’s book will be the last in the series.

    Also asked at the talk was about the humans and why they’ve been in the background lately. I have a feeling perhaps Vasic’s heroine will be a human?

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  42. Nikki
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 17:30:30

    I have to argue for the Kaleb as Ghost side. We started getting hints in the first few books and as you read more and more you have learned more about how Kaleb operates and how the Ghost does as well. If you think about it no one else knows about places like the Obsidian archive, who else could really have enough control over the Netmind to go in and hunt information down. And if not Kaleb, who else can randomly teleport without being tracked. You have to have enough power or else someone in the council ranks would be watching. Sienna mentions something along those lines during Kiss of Snow.

    I don’t think the Ghost can be Vasic, he seems interesting but we just haven’t seen enough of him and what has been described does not seem consistent. I am totally interested in the Arrows and want more. I kind of feel they are an interesting aspect of the legacy of Silence.

    At this point, as much as I enjoy rereading the series for details and speculating, I am wondering why I am being tormented until 2012.

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  43. Amy
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 01:23:03

    Jane,
    Thanks for putting together this wonderful post! I, too, have long thought Kaleb is the Ghost for the reasons you’ve identified. Another scene in K of S (in addition to the ones you mentioned) actually cemented my belief:

    “Having had a very interesting conversation with Judd a few months ago, where the Arrow had trusted him with the identity of the Ghost, Hawke wasn’t surprised. The lieutenant had shared the name because he’d wanted Hawke to be able to understand some of his decisions without further explanation, to be able to filter his responses through the lens of knowledge.”

    After reading that, I thought it was another fact that showed Kaleb (as opposed to an Arrow) is the Ghost. This person must be someone very important and well known — like a Council member — someone who may come up in strategic meetings.

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  44. Kaetrin
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 02:47:15

    I’m torn between the Ghost being either Vasic or Kaleb. I, too, thought it was more likely to be Kaleb until KoS – because the Ghost was described as having no humanity at all and I think Kaleb has shown humanity by, for example, giving his help to Max in Bonds of Justice. But, it could go either way.

    I’m so glad that Nalini has had the full story arc in her head from the beginning and knows where it’s going. I worry sometimes which series that the author is just making it up as he/she goes along and that usually doesn’t end well.

    Definitely looking forward to Kaleb’s book whenever it is! :)

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  45. Jane
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 08:02:18

    @Amy – that’s another great passage. It’s so fun to talk about this with other people. It sounds like many readers are intrigued by Kaleb and the Ghost. It was really interesting to see all the hints that were dropped about the Ghost and Kaleb in so many of the books. Kiss of Snow is number 10 in the series (not counting the novellas) and Visions is number two. To have that kind of detail is a real treat for readers of the series.

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  47. landrine
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 16:23:21

    hey i loved your theories i always thouth the ghost was kaleb but this just kinda made me really think it out more .I remember a scene in branded by fire when Mercy and Riley heard the human alliances bombs were targeted for the councilors I remembered when everyone were calling their contacts to make sure they were ok judd went to call his contact aswell.if the ghost his not a councilor why would Judd call him?

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  48. Ferlaisa
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 21:27:10

    Thanks Jane for this wonderful post! I loved reading everyone’s comments about Kaleb!

    So I was wondering if the person he is looking for isn’t in fact a sibling instead of a romantic interest. Because after reading KOS and how the Ghost/Kaleb (yeah I’m on that boat too) found and saved Alice Eldridge if after she recuperates and adjust to her new reality with the help of the Snowdancers ;)… She becomes important and forms an attachment to/with her savior. I know i’m looking for romance where there might not be…but I can’t help but wonder that being saved that way was so dreamy.
    And Alice is super intelligent, a great match for Kaleb I would think.
    Thanks for your post again!

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  49. Lynne
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 23:39:39

    I’m very impressed by your logic and completely agree with you that Krycheck and the Ghost are the same. Good detective work!

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  50. Lissa
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 22:12:07

    Great post! I am going back and rereading the series. I hope Tangle of Need brings some more clues.

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  51. Toni
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 17:32:26

    KALEB IS THE GHOST! He reminisced to himself that he learned his “ghosting” technique of searching the PsyNet undetected by observing Sascha Duncan before her defection to Dark River! HE referred to it as “ghosting” and he named his alter ego “The Ghost!”
    KALEB IS THE GHOST!

    I’m worried that the next book will be the last in the series and so many questions will remain unanswered:

    Will the ‘little healers’ be able to help Samuel Rain and/or the JAX-damaged Arrows?

    Has Father Xavier used the data from Judd to retrieve his long, lost Nina?

    Will Ben and Marlee ever reconcile?

    Will Alice Eldridge hook-up with Matthias or Felix?

    Will Aden and Vasic learn to express their LOVE?

    Will Amara really start dating?

    Will Jonquil become a pop-star?

    Are there really any jellyfishes in the BlackSea Coalition?

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  52. Jessica
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 16:09:15

    @Las: I think it has to be Kaleb who saved her, because the boy had cardinal eyes. And while Vasic is strong, he has gray eyes.

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  53. Bryan
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 09:11:40

    Hi :)
    I’m from Germany, please forgive my bad english ;)

    The Texts and a lot of more quotes show that Kaleb can be the ghost, and we all think that was correct?! Right. But if he is the Ghost, the next book (Obsidian of Heart) is about him.
    The new Question is, who is the girl he looks for?
    She must be a Psy, because her Symbol is a platinum Star. She lived far away from a City. (Kaleb is the Caretaker of her house, because he don’t think about he is the owner of the house.) The most Psy don’t like be far away of a city… but one group will it. The F Psy.

    I think, it is Sahara – Faith Cousin, because she get lost 2073. And Kaleb searchin in Bond of Justice with a Time. “This was the first one that had returned since he began his search six years, five months, and three weeks ago.” Bond of Justice take place in 2080/2081.

    Perhaps, I’m right and Obsidian of Heart is about Sahara and Kaleb :)
    Perhaps I’m absolutly wrong. g

    Hope you can understand the text and enjoy it ;)

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  54. Jane
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 09:13:32

    @Bryan – those are some amazing details you have plucked out. Love them.

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  55. Bryan
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 09:33:00

    Thanks a lot :) The all inclusive Text I wrote is in german and more than 2 DinA4 Sides long, with Quotes and Texts for explain. But a lot of thinks Jane have published, and I think she did it right and correct. So there was only to write about the girls name ;)

    Perhaps I translate the small timeline I have notice. It shows the time diffrent storys and happenings take place :)

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    May 20, 2013 @ 12:56:06

    Loved your post! I’ve been freaking out because I can NOT remember anything specific about Kaleb so this was a great review. ^_^

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