- Lucinda 'Luce' Price
Luce is the main protagonist of the novel. She has black hair and hazel eyes. She began seeing 'Shadows', amorphous, sinister apparitions, at a young age. As a child, she tells her parents about this phenomenon, troubling them, and causing them to take her to many psychiatrists and psychologists who put her on anti-psychotic drugs, which do not make the shadows abate. Years later, when she is off the pills and is attempting to fit in and act like a "normal" teenager, she is invited to a beach party where her boyfriend, Trevor , is caught in a fire in a cabin while she kisses him. Trevor dies, causing Luce to be transferred to a reform school called Sword and Cross. She is befriended almost immediately by Arriane, another student studying there, and soon makes friends with Pennyweather "Penn, " Cam , and the librarian, Miss Sophia . She is also inexplicably drawn to Daniel Grigori , whom she believes that she recognizes from somewhere.Lucinda 'Luce' Price is a seventeen year old girl from Georgia. She previously attended a private school in New Hampshire before the court ordered her to be relocated to a boarding school for "troubled" youth, after an incident left her alive and a boy dead. When she first enters Sword & Cross, she realizes how much her life will change. There are cameras watching her every move and there is a strict rule regarding cell phones. On her first day, she meets Arriane Alter, an excitable and enigmatic girl who immediately takes a liking to Luce. She shows her fondness by asking Luce to cut her hair just like Luce's, much to Luce's dismay for she does not want to mess her hair up. Also on her first day at Sword & Cross, Luce finds herself meeting the handsome Cam Briel and being drawn to the fascinating Daniel Grigori, who seems to have mixed feelings for her when he smiles and then flips her off. During the first day, she also meets Penn, the daughter of the now deceased undertaker. Luce also makes enemies with Molly, an angry girl with multiple facial piercings.
Throughout her short time at Sword & Cross, Luce must choose between finding out the truth that Daniel, Cam, Arriane and a whole bunch of others are hiding, or fighting for the love that she has felt ever since she saw Daniel.