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Typing Character Personalities (MB/Enneagram): Six of Crows

Welcome everyone to a new and experimental segment at Down the Rabbit Hole! We’ve been hinting at it and it’s finally here.

We thought it might be interesting if we were to take some famous characters from our favourite novels and do a personality analysis. We have chosen two common types of personality tests to apply to the characters: Myers Briggs (MB) and the Enneagram.

Below we have started with Six of Crows and the six protagonists. Both types of personality tests offer their own strengths in what they can show. See if you agree with our analyses below!

Kaz Brekker

MB: Architect (INTJ):
Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.

Kaz is a huge planner and strategist, who also really knows how to hold a grudge. The mastermind always has a plan behind another plan, and even if his overly meticulously planning may be driven by a fear of the past, he certainly uses this drive to further his goals. Even into the sequel, Crooked Kingdom, this continues to be the case. With the way Kaz keeps to himself, it just made sense to me that he would be an introverted “strategic thinker.”

Enneagram: Type 8 –
Core Motivation: to be in control and protect themselves

It would likewise make sense to put Kaz as a Type 8, someone who thrives off of being in control. If anything can be said about Kaz, it’s that he’s protective of the very few people who are close enough to him to be called family. In that manner, he’d do literally anything to ensure their safety and control for all unpredictable variables. For someone in his position in a place such as Ketterdam, perhaps it’s best that he is this way.

Inej Ghafa

MB: Logistician (ISTJ):
Quiet, serious, practical, realistic and organized. Values traditions and loyalty.

Inej is certainly all those things. She is all things practical, perhaps too practical to the point of unfeeling. Once again though, there are reasons as to why she has been nurtured to such a point, but throughout both books Inej is certainly quiet and sneaky, acting as Kaz’s spider, and is always thoroughly dependable. She certainly values traditions and has her knives named and has her own little ritual for every mission. She is also extremely loyal to Kaz from beginning to end.

Enneagram: Type 1 –
Core Motivation: to be good and do things right

Out of all the Crows, Inej demonstrates the principles and beliefs she holds tightly to even while surrounded in an environment that more easily destroys such beliefs than nurtures them. While we went back and forth for a bit in deciding what her largest core motivation was, we ultimately landed on Type 1. She may come across as idealistic at times which influences disagreements between her and Kaz, but every group needs someone to be their conscience when things get murky walking the line in the morally gray zone.

Jesper Fahey

MB: Entertainer (ESFP):
Outgoing, friendly and accepting. Lovers of life, people and material comforts. Flexible and spontaneous.

Jesper was little bit more difficult to pin down a personality for, but in the end I decided on this one. Jesper uses humour as a defence mechanism, and doesn’t want people to to get too close. He is guarded due to his backstory and certainly enjoys his material comforts…perhaps a little too much. Outwardly he is fairly carefree and is approachable, even if it may be driven by hidden motives.

Enneagram: Type 9 –
Core Motivation: to maintain peace and be without conflict

He’s the fun, without-a-care kind of guy (on the surface) who makes the group laugh when they need it. While Type 9s are known for peacemaking, anxiety and pessimism with bursts of emotion are common when under stress. In his way of unhealthily not dealing with the serious matters in his life, Jesper displays a lot of qualities of a Type 9 in stress. I mean, there are a lot of things going for the Crows – especially conflict related – so it’s only understandable.

Nina Zenik

MB: Debater (ENTP):
Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in challenging problems. Good at reading other people.

I mean if that doesn’t describe Nina then I don’t know what does. She is certainly good at reading other people being a Heartrender and is all the above adjectives as well. While all the team members are quite resourceful in pulling off the heist, I found that Nina definitely had the most shining moments where she almost single-handedly turns around a sinking ship. She is quick, witty, flirty, and outspoken, and will not stand down.

Enneagram: Type 2 –
Core Motivation: to be loved and appreciated

Nina, besides the name of the kind of Grisha she is, does a lot of things from the heart. Even going head to head (and falling in love) with someone who initially sought to harm her. We put her as Type 2 as she also demonstrates such loyalty for Ravka as a soldier and her unending love for her friends. She puts them above her own needs sometimes. Her outward behaviour may scream loud and bold but her motivation seems to stem from love (to love and to be loved).

Matthias Helvar

MB: Advocate (INFJ):
Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values.

Matthias was another slightly difficult one to pin down, and this I attributed to his internal confliction. On the one hand, his feelings for Nina cannot be denied, but on the other, his upbringing and culture completely denies and defies these feelings, leaving him in a sorry state. Given that though, he really always had her best interest at heart, although he was still certainly always conscientious and committed to his firm values as a drüskelle.

Enneagram: Type 6 –
Core Motivation: to feel a sense of security and belonging

Oh Matthias. How I do love thee. He was very hard to peg down at times for his internal motivations as he’s not one to overly share. But taking into account his overall story arc wherein Nina challenges his whole worldview from his loyalty to his country and the beliefs they instilled in him, it says Type 6 to us. It’s the idea of wanting everything to be as it should be, and much of his story was figuring out what that would look like so he may gain some peace in knowing his place in the world.

Wylan Van Eck

MB: Logician (INTP):
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible and adaptable. Good at solving problems in their area of expertise. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.

Though Wylan certainly suffers from his own weaknesses, he also adeptly utilizes his strengths. I found that this personality description matched him the best, as he was often the one coming up with the logical and probable solutions using his hard skills, rather than relying on something like pure intuition or gut feeling. Quiet and slow to open up, he is certainly the learning type, and one who is fascinated in things he is interested in.

Enneagram: Type 5 –
Core Motivation: to feel competent and understand the world around them

Wylan, the most innocent one among the Crows, struggled a lot to feel like he belonged. He definitely has the skills with demolitions and seems to always be curious to learn new things from the others. In that sense, he’s most definitely a Type 5 with their yearning to be competent at what they do and their innate ability to store information to creatively add to their repertoire of skills.

We hope you enjoyed this new series! What do you think of our personality typing choices for these beloved characters? Please let us know in the comments below.

5 star

Review: Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min

Lio Min’s Beating Heart Baby is an “achingly romantic” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love letter to internet friendships, anime, and indie rock

When artistic and sensitive Santi arrives at his new high school, everyone in the wildly talented marching band welcomes him with open arms. Everyone except for the prickly, proud musical prodigy Suwa, who doesn’t think Santi has what it takes to be in the band.

But Santi and Suwa share painful pasts, and when they open up to each other, a tentative friendship begins. And soon, that friendship turns into something more. . . .

Will their fresh start rip at the seams as Suwa seeks out a solo spotlight, and both boys come to terms with what it’ll take, and what they’ll have to let go, to realize their dreams?

Thank you Flatiron Books, a branch of MacMillan for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, where do I even begin. Whenever I am asked to read something I was unaware of previously, it’s usually quite the toss up as to what kind of book it’ll be. But let’s just say (as you can tell by the rating already), that I didn’t really have many expectations going in, but I found so much more than I wanted reading this book. I definitely recommend this one. Don’t be fooled by its slightly eccentric title, it truly does have a lot to offer!

Beating Heart Baby revolves around two parts, labelled “Side A” and “Side B.” Our two protagonists are the ones who will take one POV each. The first protagonist is Santiago, who moves into a new high school where for the first time he feels like he may belong. Welcomed by all except (you guessed it) our second protagonist, Suwa, who seems to take a disliking to him instantly. Both of them share quite a pained history, and it is through that connection where they find friendship and maybe something more. Truly a story of coming-of-age among so many other varied themes, this one is bound to leave you in an emotional state as you read through two stories you just can’t help but feel for.

The characters were amazing. Of course with a 5 Drink Me Potion rating, it’s unsurprising that probably everything in this book can be labelled amazing. But really, the characters were so real, and even those struggling with problems I was unfamiliar with, really made me feel like I could understand a little bit better. Just for the record there are a lot of LGBTQ+ themes being explored by the author in this book, which I felt was executed masterfully through the portrayal of its characters. Nothing was forced, everything was natural as it feels like teenagers might face, rather than having it spoon-fed (read: preached) to us as readers.

The plot was also excellent. There were a couple of times where I predicted an outcome, but then I also remembered I’m not reading a thriller/murder mystery. That being said there really is this element of suspense which drives the book forward, and once the story gets going, it is really hard to stop. There are a few (minor) time skips in the story, or at least where it’s a bit more ambiguous how much time has passed, but I felt like this was a good way of also accelerating the story and making it feel like a seamless transition as time passes in the book.

Again, I can’t stress enough how I felt like the message of the book was good. There were the supportive characters, and of course the “villains.” However, I felt like problems were touched upon delicately, and it really gave me a chance to understand a perspective I really previously had little idea about. It felt like such a personal story, yet had these elements of incredulity as Suwa attempts to rise to stardom. Overall it just felt like a bit of a (dark) fairytale, and you really do get a glimpse into another’s life and I felt that this was really well executed and probably the part that blew me away the most.

The ending was also not sappy, which was honestly what I was expecting at this kind of book. It was appropriate, and again, explores another theme (which I will not spoil). Overall I think it was the pacing of the book, the realness of the characters, the learning component, all tied together by a great ending really makes for the “magic” that deserves a 5 Drink Me Potion review and I happily award it here. Again, I highly recommend this!

Overall Recommendations

Read this. I think all could benefit from reading a story like this. Jest aside, Beating Heart Baby is a wonderful tale of two protagonists who navigate the difficult pasts together and find solace in each other’s company. What blossoms and grows is only a matter of what you put in, and the dynamics between these two characters are carefully and expertly woven over a coming-of-age story. Packed full of sombre and important themes, it is still a ray of sunshine as you follow the two stumble through their way in life, trying to find their way. Full of complex characters that are hard to forget, this one is a must read!


Anticipated Books Coming August 2022

Welcome to August, everyone! As the summer begins its final chapter, we have a large list ahead of you of anticipated reads for the month of August to fire up before that September lull comes again. As usual, I have linked the goodreads links for your convenience. So many exciting books coming right at the end of summer; which will you be reading?

August 2

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin
My Imaginary Mary (Mary #2) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill

August 9

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall
The Lies We Tell by Katie Zhao
Furysong (The Aurelian Cycle #3) by Rosaria Munda
Jester by Brielle D Porter

August 16

Master of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #3) by Rena Barron
Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson
The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

August 23

A Venom Dark and Sweet (The Book of Tea #2) by Judy I Lin
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Would You Rather by Allison Ashley
Babel by R F Kuang

August 30

The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace
The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Nothing More to Tell by Karen M McManus
Lord of the Fly Fest by Goldy Moldavsky

And that’s a wrap! A long list for sure. What are you all looking forward to as the summer closes up? Let me know in the comments below!