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Sophie Etoile
Vital statistics
Gender Female
Race Human
Occupation Artist
Date of Birth Unknown
Location Newford
Books appeared in The Onion Girl, Dreams Underfoot

Sophie Etoile is a half human-half Fae artist. 


Etoile is half human-half Fae abstract artist and Jilly Coppercorn's "soul sister". She own and runs an art studio— Yoors Street Studio, Newford—the one that the Five Coyotes Singing Studio works out of.

Books and Stories this Character Appears In[]


✥ Sophie Etoile is the owner of the Yoors Street Studio in which the Five Coyotes Singing Studio works out of sometimes. She is one of the Newford art crowd and a Newford resident. She is the "soul sister" of Jilly Coppercorn since they understand each other so well and because they look so much alike. ~ The Wordwood

✥ Sophie is supposedly the daughter of the moon faerie. She travels to the Spiritworld via her dreams, where she has created the city of Mabon. There, her boyfriend Jeck Crow lives. ~ Characters


✥ Sophie travels to the Otherworld in her dreams and founded the city of Mabon. Her boyfriend Jeck Crow lives there. ~ The Wordwood

Personality and Character[]

Physical Decription[]

Sophie has soft auburn hair, which hangs in ringlets. She is described as having soft features, as though she had been rendered by Rosetti or Burne-Jones. Sophie tends to look tidy, despite generally always wearing t-shirts and baggy cotton pants.

Art / Talent[]

Art Piece for Five Coyote's Group Show—Theme: child abuse[]

Stolen Childhood, by Sophie Etoile. Copperplate engraving. Five Coyotes Singing Studio, Newford, 1988.

A child in a ragged dress stands in front of a ramshackle farmhouse. In one hand she holds adoll—a stick with a ball stuck in one end and a skirt on the other. She wears a lost expression, holding the doll as though she doesn’t quite know what to do with it. A shadowed figure stands behind the screen door, watching her. ~ "In the House of My Enemy" — Dreams Underfoot

Other Details[]

  • Name of Studio: Yoors Street Studio
  • There are no pictures of her in the Five Coyotes brochure: cameras don’t seem to work all that well around her.
  • She has serial dreams in which she visits the city of Mabon in the dream world. This is due to her being half Fae.
  • Jilly believes that Sophie possesses faerie blood, because she is the daughter of the Moon Faerie (Candida Etoile). ~ The Wordwood
  • Sophie has a problem known as “the jinx,” since modern electronics & mechanical devices don’t work well around her.
  • Sophie didn't believe the Crow Girls or Otherworlders existed... the only magic she saw in the world was what people made for each other. 

Tribe of Friends[]

  • "Tribe of Small Fierce Womwn": Jilly's phrase—trio: ❧ Jilly, ❧ Sophie, ❧ Wendy

Creatures she Encounters:[]

Quicks, Bogles, Haunts, Crows, Hag-witch,

Quicks and Bogles and small monsters. All eyes and teeth and spindly black limbs and crooked hands with too many joints to the fingers. The tree is full of crows and their cawing adds to the mocking hubbub of sound

History / Background[]

Connections (characters, places)[]

Name What Connection About
Jilly Coppercorn artist;  close friend, "soul sister"; Five Coyote member they're alike & understand each other so well; artist's group called "Five Coyotes Singing Studio";
Wendy St. James third member of trio

"Tribe of Small Fierce Women"; Five Coyotes

Jilly's phrase; trio: Jilly, Sophie, Wendy
Jeck Crow seventh son of a 7th son boyfriend can only appear human in the Otherworld as he'd be a crow otherwise; hair is as iridescent and black as a crow's wing;
Christy Riddell writer friend tells her lucid dreaming is like consensual reality: if dream people agree it's real
Granny Weather hag witch her dreamworld helps her rescue The Moon; Bogles ask Sophie's help against her
Bogles dark creatures trapped the moon offered Sophie wish to let Moon die
Isabelle Copely artist;   Fellow Five Coyotes member artist's group called "Five Coyotes Singing Studio";
Meg Mullaly artist;  Fellow Five Coyote member artist's group called "Five Coyotes Singing Studio";
Claudia Feder artist;  Fellow art group member artist's group called "Five Coyotes Singing Studio";
Candida Etoile Moon Faerie mother Every month she leaves the Otherworld so that she can rejuvenate; Husband: Jean Etoile;
Mabon city her dream world visits Jeck Crow there
Annie Mackle young pregnant girl staying with Jilly; she likes Sophie too Jilly enters a crude drawing of hers in the "Abuse" show posthumously
Yoors Street Studio Art Studio houses the group artists in the group work out of the studio sometimes for group projects

Events in the Series (spoilery area)[]

Dreams Underfoot — "The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep": Sophie dreams of trudging through a bog and meeting a hag who shows her a woman tapped facedown with a giant rock pinning her with quicks, bogles, haunts surrounding her—she is The Moon. She next meets Jeck Crow; they become lovers. Both Jeck and Granny Weather urge her to save The Moon and how to do it. Finding strength and courage to face the monsters, Sophie goes to save the Moon and discovers things about herself. Not believing any of it is true, she visits Christy Riddell to ask about lucid dreaming. (from the story)

"In the House of My Enemy" — Dreams Underfoot: Sophie was the one friend of Jilly's that Annie Mackle wasn't shy around. Annie named her baby after Jiily and Shophie—"

Tapping the Dream Tree — "Granny Weather": the witch Granny Weather, captured by malevolent bogles, summons the aid of Sophie Etoile. Sophie saves her boyfriend, Jeck, in the Dreamworld by using lucid dreaming, personal sacrifice and good sense. ~ Charles de Lint: Tapping the Dream Tree (2002) Description (see reviews at bottom)


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