Shinkokami is a Yamani imperial princess of the second rank; engaged by her uncle, the emperor, to marry the Tortallan Crown Prince, Roald of Conté, after the death of his former betrothed, Chisakami.
Shinkokami met Keladry of Mindelan when her family was exiled by her uncle. Kel did not know she was of the imperial family and once addressed Shinkokami as Cricket. Shinkokami was betrothed to another man before the contract was dissolved after the death of Chisaokami. Her future mother in-law was a "terrible old woman" and Shinko was so happy to have escaped the marriage contract that she burned incense at every temple she passed on the way to the ship. She is now married to Prince Roald, making her the future queen of Tortall. They have one daughter, Lianokami.
- Lady Knight (mentioned)