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Katie McGrath, who many fans think looks like Galina Krause

Galina Krause is the main villain of the Copernicus Legacy series. She is the Grand Mistress of the Knights of the Teutonic Order, which aims to find 12 Copernican relics that, when combined, make a time machine. She also leads the Order in its quest to defeat the relic Guardians.

Galina especially hates the Kaplan Guardian family because they are leading the relic hunt.

In the books

The Forbidden Stone:

Galina is first shown waiting by a Polish seaport near the Baltic Sea. She has a daydream in which she sees the scholar Hans Novak help Nicolaus Copernicus fight off Teutonic Order soldiers. Soon a car, driven by her assistant Ebner von Braun, picks her up and takes her to the airport. Her plane departs to Germany. Once there, Galina and Ebner locate the house of Guardian leader Heinrich Vogel. She and the Order men break into the house and demand Vogel tell them where the first relic is. Vogel injures Ebner but is killed when Galina realizes he told others (the Kaplans) the secret. Vogel is choked to death and dumped in the streets.

Later on, Galina has Ebner build a tracking computer to follow the Kaplans as the investigate Vogel's death. The Order pursues the family to the cemetery were Vogel is buried. However, she realizes that the Kaplans already discovered the secret (a dagger) hidden in his tomb. An enraged Galina has her forensic team discover what was in the tomb. She also has Order-sympathizers in the police cover up the incident at the cemetery, along with monitoring the Kaplans' faces.

Galina goes to her Berlin lakeside estate to destress after the events in Berlin. She takes in the luxurious mansion, complete with elaborate architecture and lost paintings from famous artists like Michelangelo. She reflects on the Teutonic Order's goal of finding the 12 relics, and how time is running out for her. After going down to the armory, she takes a sleek crossbow with her as she flies to Paris.

She is later shown practicing with the crossbow in the shooting range under her French office complex. Ebner reports in to say that the Kaplans discovered the truth about Copernicus and the Teutonic Order, and now that they have the help of the Guardians. She becomes angry to find out that the hitmen sent after the Kaplans have been defeated by Guardian helpers. As the evening arrives, Galina is implied to have killed a journalist who discovered the Teutonic Order's murder of one of his Guardian colleagues.

Before Galina flies to Guam, where the first of the 12 relics is located, Ebner once again reports to her. He presents her with a centuries-old ruby kraken necklace dug up by the Order. She starts to kiss it, making Ebner feel jealous. Once in Guam, she and the Order are finally able to catch up to the Kaplans. She sends men with crossbows after them, but they outwit them. In the big climax, Galina, Ebner, and Order members corner Wade and Becca in the cave where the relic (Vela) is. She orders them to hand it over to her, but a fight ensues. Wade is able to take out some of the men while a soldier helping the family pulls Becca to safety. Ebner shoots Becca with the crossbow, while Galina, realizing the Kaplans have won this battle, retreats by boat. She smiles as the boat drives out of view, vowing revenge.

Wade and the Scorpion's Claw:

Galina appears in a video conversation with Ebner, where they talk about their next moves regarding the Scorpio relic in San Francisco.

The Serpent's Curse:


The kraken ruby that Galina wears

Galina has the Order kidnap Sara Kaplan, Wade's stepmother. She hopes to use Sara as a bargaining chip as a way to have the Kaplans turn over Vela. Sara is also being used as a test subject in the Order's new plan to build a time machine prototype. Even though Ebner protests about its instability, Galina decides to activate the time machine she built herself. This is located in isolated Greywolf, Russia,

Galina makes a man sell her a Guardian-made painting by threatening to kill his son if he does not comply. She later reluctantly agrees to have the Red Brotherhood (the gangster Order division in Russia) capture the Kaplans. She and Ebner fly to Greywolf Castle, where Sara is being held captive.

Later on, Galina is able to corner Wade and Lily in the abandoned gulag mine where they were talking to Guardian Alek Rubashov. Galina recognizes Rubashov as a surgeon who performed cancer treatment on her 4 years before in Greywolf Castle. Rubashov notes how Galina's neck scar is inflamed, meaning the treatment is wearing off. After mocking them, Galina has the Order blowtorch the room. Luckily, a Guardian officer is able to helicopter the Kaplans and Rubashov out of the mine to safety.

When Wade and Lily head to Moscow and discover the Serpens relic, they find the Red Brotherhood and the Russian Army engaging in urban warfare. Galina arrives by helicopter and tells them to hand Serpens over. Seeing as she has a gun, Wade and Lily agree.

At the end of the book, Galina is on a ferry in Istanbul with Ebner, going to receive another dose of cancer treatment from Order doctors. She hears the news from Ebner about the battle of Greywolf Castle, how Sara escaped her time machine, and how someone else ended up getting sent back in time. Using a radium tracking bead, Ebner tells her that the subject was sent back to the planned time. Now that she has the Serpens relic, she is filled with glee and tells Ebner to kill the Kaplans for good.

The Golden Vendetta:

Galina and Ebner go to a castle in Poland, where Copernicus studied and lived. They plan a suicide attack where an Order plane crashes into the castle, exposing part of the time machine frame underneath. As Order police and excavators begin to dig up the frame, Galina's cancer causes her to faint in Ebner's arms. She is taken to an Order-run clinic in Myanmar. During her 2-month coma, she comes up with Operation Aurora, a plan for revenge on the world around her. A doctor comes to tell her that she is beyond any hope of cancer treatment due to the deadliness of her condition. She then has Order Colonel Radip Surawaluk enter the room and pin the doctor down, as she injects poison into him to kill him.

Galina meets up with Ebner at night in a street. Ebner presents the news that a man named Ugo Drangheta plans to exact revenge on the Order for allowing his sister to be used in the suicide plane in Poland. He has already tried to kill a Knight assigned to track the Kaplans and steal an old document. Galina, after 2 months of inactivity, decides to ramp up the Order's quest for the relics, along with her personal vendetta against the world.

Galina sends Oskar Gerrenhausen to acquire ocularia arcanum (ancient glasses that help read Copernicus's diary) in Monte Carlo, but he is foiled by the Kaplans and Drangheta's men. Galina flees the scene in a car but is caught in a 3-way chase. Her car is eventually run off into the ocean and sinks. However, she survives when Order divers open the car. She later coordinates a raid on Drangheta's villa to get the glasses back. The Kaplans manage to get them. Galina continues to pursue the Kaplans to Budapest, then to southern Turkey. Each time she comes close to killing them.

Just as the Kaplans arrive in Malta to find the Triangulum relic, Galina, Ebner, and Order troops show up and corner them. Wade is mocked and the family is forced to hand over the 4 keys to unlock the relic. Sara tries to reason with Galina, saying that her cancer is making her insane, but she slaps Sara in response. The relic is unlocked; suddenly an army of relic Guardians wielding swords attack the Order troops. Galina and Ebner barely escape.

Galina's final appearance is in a secret Italian nuclear lab. The Order has taken over the base and is holding the scientists hostage, including Dr. Kaplan. Now under the control of Colonel Surawaluk, the scientists are forced to help her assemble the time machine's framework. She threatens that if they don't cooperate, she will kill them and cause a nuclear disaster. Galina tells Ebner that a group of hitmen are being sent to steal the Copernicus Diary, and with its help, the machine will finally be rebuilt.

Physical Appearance

Galina Krause is 19 years old, and a great example of femme fatale. She is described as beautiful, even by the main characters. She has long, wavy dark hair and pale skin. On her neck is a scar left over from cancer treatment 4 years prior to the books. The scar becomes red when she is angry. Later on, due to failing cancer treatment, her face becomes pale and ashen. Galina usually dresses in black.

Her most stunning features are her eyes- one is blue and one is silver-grey. They are said to be mesmerizing and make her look more than human.


Galina Krause is an extremely evil genius. Ever since she became the head of the Teutonic Order, she has rebuilt the group into a global corporation with the highest technology. She is ruthless and does not tolerate failure in the slightest. She has a burning passion to find the 12 relics and rebuilt the time machine, seeing it as the highest duty of the Order. As the series progresses, her sanity begins to slip, exacerbated by her failing cancer treatment and the deadline until she may die.

Galina has a visible hatred to the Kaplan family, and the Guardians in general. She will not hesitate to kill Guardians or anyone who helps them. She is fine with having fellow Order members die in the process of gaining the relics, sometimes killing them due to their "failure" (much like Darth Vader). She is always one step ahead and has an amazingly bright mind.

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