Cleiona Aurora Bellos, informally known as Cleo, was named after the Auranian goddess of fire and air. Cleo is the youngest daughter of King Corvin and the deceased Queen Elena. She had an older sister, Emilia Bellos, who was to rule the kingdom of Auranos after their father's death. However, the heir to the Auranian throne was moribund and thus Princess Cleo embarked upon a treacherous journey to search for magic that supposedly could save her sister.
As a Princess of Auranos, Cleo was, initially, considered to be spoiled, ignorant, and naïve. But she, unbeknownst to others, was truly sweet, kind, fiercely spirited, loving, curiously thoughtful, and hopeful. Unlike her sister Emilia, who spent time studying, reading, and learning to become Queen of Auranos, Cleo preferred enjoying life, pampering herself, partying, and adventuring other areas. Cleo was a stubborn and rebellious girl when it came to things she did not agree or believe was ethical. She is described as "feisty" and tended to be brave when it came to dangers or people who threatened her and the people she cared deeply about.
Cleo was a small girl with long, pale, wavy blond hair that fell to her waist. Her skin was fair, her blue-green eyes the "color of a lake under a summer sky" (inherited from her father), and her lips were rose-colored. She wore bold dresses and ornate jewelry. Her clothes were usually blue, since it being the color of Auranos. Cleo was considered to be among the most beautiful girls in Auranos, even more gorgeous than her older sister, Emilia Bellos. Many boys were enamored by her great beauty throughout the series, as exemplified by Aron Lagaris, Nic Cassian, Theon Ranus, Jonas Agallon and even Prince Magnus Damora. She is also nicknamed as the "Golden Princess", due to her sunshine golden hair which represents the wealth and light of Auranos.
Familial Relationships Edit
Emilia Bellos Edit
Even though Cleo and Emilia have barely anything in common, they hold a very close relationship with one another. However, it is rumored that Emilia held hatred for Cleo for their mother's death, for she died during the birth of Cleo (although this is disproven in Crystal Storm). Nevertheless, Emilia still deeply loved and cared about her little sister.
Notable Friendships Edit
Jonas Agallon Edit
A handsome and brave but vengeful rebel peasant from Paelsia, Jonas harbored a misled hatred against Cleo for the murder of his brother. While Cleo was in Paelsia trying to find the exiled watcher who could save her ill sister, Jonas kidnapped her to use her against King Corvin and to instigate a war against Auranos. Later in the series, he comes to find her as a valuable friend and asset and the two shared a renewed, more amiable relationship with one another.
Nicolo Cassian Edit
Cleo's trusted friend and the brother of Mira Cassian, Nicolo, or Nic, imagined himself in love with Cleo but since Cleo only saw him as a friend, he remained as a trusted and loving friend but still held unrequited love for her.
Romantic Relationships Edit
Theon Ranus Edit
Cleo's personal bodyguard and first love interest in the first book. He was a very skilled fighter and had a strong sense of honor and duty to protect and serve the Bellos family. Theon's father, Simon Ranus, was a personal bodyguard to Cleo's father, King Corvin, and as well as a lover of Emilia Bellos. Theon had a twin brother, Taran Ranus, whom he separated with after their mother's death. During his trip with Cleo in Paelsia, he was murdered during an encounter with Prince Magnus and his soldiers.
Magnus Damora Edit
In Rebel Spring, after Cleo had been taken as prisoner in her own palace, King Gaius decided to unite her and Magnus as husband and wife in a political marriage. Cleo initially abhorred Magnus because he was the one who had killed her first love, Theon. Magnus, too, initially had no feelings of love for her in return. However, the two eventually came to appreciate each other's company, especially after they both found each other on the same side during the Kraeshian occupation. Cleo realizes that she has truly fallen in love with Magnus, despite everything that has happened between them.