Rook Robins is an original character from the Land of Stories series. He is a boy from the Eastern Kingdom (formerly Sleeping Kingdom), roughly the same age as Alex (though he is technically over 100 years old due to the Sleeping Curse) and lives on a farm with his father. He first appears in Chapter 2 of A Grimm Warning.
Appearance and Personality
"He was tall and strong, no more than a year older than her, had wispy hair that covered his face, and in Alex's opinion, was very handsome."
Rook is described as a 'cute' boy, with an enthusiastic smile and floppy hair. He is a little awkward around Alex, and clearly interested in her.
He is a gardener and tells Alex he sings to his crops to help them grow.
He and his father have been under the Sleeping Curse for a hundred years. Rook's mother and brother, who were across the border in another kingdom as the spell was activated, were not affected, and grew old and died while he and his father were asleep. Rook admits that he misses them very much, and occasionally reads one of the letters they wrote to him while they were still alive.
He clearly feels guilty betraying the secret of the royals' whereabouts to General Marquis, but feels he has no choice.
Rook lives with his father, Farmer Robins. His mother and brother are dead. Rook and his father were both affected by the sleeping curse, so they were able to survive more than a hundred years; however, because his mother and brother were just outside of the border, they weren't affected, and eventually died of old age. When Rook and his dad woke up, they were already gone.
He teams up with Cornelius to try and find the Masked Man. When they find him, they seek out Alex and give her a detailed description of the cave where he was last seen. Alex is grateful but isn't able to forgive him.
1. The Wishing Spell
2. The Enchantress Returns
3. A Grimm Warning
Rook meets Alex when she helps his father at his farm and asks her out for a walk. Alex develops a bit of a crush on him but is too busy with her duties as acting Fairy Godmother to see him often. He visits her just as she is sending the kingdoms' monarchs on the secret path. Later, Rook, his father and the rest of their village are captured by the Grande Armée and forced to work for them, digging a trench for the dragon egg to hatch. When Rook's father is wounded, Rook uses his knowledge of the kings and queens' whereabouts to negotiate the villagers' freedom in order to save his father. After the battle at the Fairy Palace, Alex finds out Rook was the one who betrayed them, and although she understands why he did it, she does not want to see him again.
4. Beyond the Kingdoms
Rook helps Alex find the Masked Man. He has been hiding in a cave and has been using the Portal Potion to travel into books. Rook draws a detailed map of the cave. Alex thanks him and they part ways.
5. An Authors Odyssey
Rook bumps into Alex and Conner when they are trying to get into the mines to find Goldilocks and Jack. It is mentioned Alex and Conner "aren't thrilled to see him" given their history but are glad to see a familiar face. He helps them into their friends' new hideout and tries to make conversation with the twins. Alex is nice to him and tells him she trusts him again but implies she is not interested in him, Rook is happy to have earned her trust back but was hoping to also earn her affection. Rook is also turned into stone by Medusa, along with the rest of the people in the cave.
6. Worlds Collide
Rook is turned back into a human when Froggy pours tears of Medusa into his eyes. He offers to go search for Alex, bidding his father goodbye. He meets up with Arthur at the Fairy Palace, and the two have a brief argument over Alex. When they reach Central Park, Rook and Cornelius try to save Alex from the witches' curse. An Otherworld sniper shoots a bullet at Alex's heart, but Rook takes the bullet for her and, sadly, dies.
"The truth is, you're different from any other fairy I've ever met. You're not all sparkles and bubbles, and you aren't afraid to get your hands dirty. I really like you and I've been thinking about you an awful lot since I saw you at the farm."
"I'll never stop caring about you, Alex."
"I'll change your mind one day, Alex!"
”Alex... I hope... I hope... I hope this will make things right.”
"To more adventures."
- TLOS III, ch 2, p. 42
- TLOS III, ch 7, p. 129
- TLOS III, ch 7, p. 133
- TLOS III, ch 31, p. 454
- TLOS IV, ch 10, p 148
- TLOS III, ch 4, p. 72
- TLOS IV, ch 10 p 148
- TLOS III, ch 30, p 454