Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender. Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring...
Strider: "Stridey-Man" - Keeper of Defeat; Is six-foot-five and muscular with golden skin; Has blond hair and navy blue eyes; His sapphire butterfly tattoo is on his right hip
Kaia Skyhawk: "Kye" - "Red" (by Strider) - "Kaia the Disappointment" - Harpy; Bianka's twin; Gwen & Taliyah's sister; Tabitha's daughter; Has her sights set on Strider; A stunning, curvy redhead with gray-gold eyes; Over 1,500 years old; Her father is a Phoenix shifter
Bianka Skyhawk: "Bee" - Harpy; Lysander's consort; Kaia's twin; Gwen & Taliyah's sister; Has luxurious black hair and shimmering amber eyes; Over 1,500 years old; Her father is a Phoenix shifter
Lysander: "Lysandy" - Leader of elite warrior angels; Bianka's consort; Has white and gold wings; Is muscled and brawny with pale rosy skin and golden hair; Can create a sword of fire from nothing but air
Gwen Skyhawk: "Gwennie" - formerly "Gwendolyn the Timid" - Half-Harpy; Sabin's wife; Kaia, Bianka & Taliyah's youngest sister; Galen's only daughter; Has a thick mass of blonde hair streaked with red and gray-gold eyes
Sabin: "Sab" - Keeper of Doubt; Gwen's consort & husband; Leader of the Greek warriors; Has brown hair and ocher eyes; Is six-foot-seven and muscular
Taliyah Skyhawk: "Taliyah the Cold-Hearted" - "Tal" - Harpy; Kaia, Bianka & Gwen's eldest sister; A mercenary; Is tall, slender and pale from head to toe; Has blonde hair and crystal blue eyes; Can materialize from mist and can shape-shift
Tabitha Skyhawk: "Tabitha the Vicious" - Harpy; Kaia, Bianka, Gwen & Taliyah's mother; Juliette's mentor; Has tanned skin, black hair, amber-brown eyes and the delicate features of a china doll; Has lived for millennia but appears to be no more than 25 years old
Paris: "Paris the Sexorcist" - Keeper of Promiscuity; Is six-foot-eight with an all-muscle frame; Is gorgeous with ocean-blue eyes and hair with differing shades of brown, from the darkest of midnight to the sweetest of honey; Has been addicted to ambrosia and fighting on a path of self destruction since losing Sienna; His life is dedicated to the quest of finding and saving her.
Sienna Blackstone: Former Hunter; New keeper of Wrath; Only woman Paris has been able to sleep with more than once; Died in Paris' arms; Her spirit is being held by Cronus; Has dark hair, freckles and black wings growing out of her back
Kane: Keeper of Disaster; Has brown, black and golden longish hair with hazel eyes
Haidee Alexander: "Ex" short for "Demon Executioner" - "Hadiee" - "Hade-ay" - "Hay-dee" - Immortal; Amun's mate; Former Hunter; Was used as bait to trap Baden, keeper of Distrust; Has shoulder-length pale hair streaked with pink and gray eyes; Has a silver eyebrow ring and a full sleeve tattoo with faces, names & dates; For centuries was possessed by a small portion of the demon Hate
Amun: Keeper of Secrets; Haidee's mate; Cannot speak out loud for fear the Demon will spew everyone's darkest thoughts; Has mocha-colored skin, inky hair and black eyes
Baden: Keeper of Distrust; Had red hair; Was set up by Haidee and then killed by Hunters
William: "William The Ever Randy" - "Liam" (ONLY by Gilly) - "Willy" - Sex-addicted immortal warrior; Friend of Anya; Lucifer's half-brother; Hades' son; Has black hair and blue eyes; Can see dead people; Used to rule purgatory until he escaped
Gillian Shaw: "Gilly" - "Little Gilly Gumdrop" (ONLY by William) - Seventeen-year-old human female; Danika's friend; Has a crush on William; Has midnight hair and big, wide chocolate eyes; William's best friend
Lucien: "The Grim Reaper" - Keeper of Death; Anya's fiancé; Leader of the Budapest warriors; Has a severely scarred face, shaggy black hair and mismatched eyes (one blue & one brown)
Anya: Minor Goddess of Anarchy; Lucien's fiancée; Can start fires with her mind (among other things)
Torin: "Tor" - Keeper of Disease; Has white hair and emerald green eyes
Olivia: Angel; Aeron's mate; Former demon assassin; Can see the dead
Legion: Demon minion; Aeron's surrogate daughter; Was a horrible looking little demon that was given the body of a porn-star by Lucifer so that she could be tortured better while in hell; Has blonde hair
“That’s because I’m made of awesome.” “And dipped in awesome.” “And sprinkled with awesome.” “Gods, I love the taste of awesome.”
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A kind word will win you a smile, but who in their right mind wants to win a smile?”
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he wore a T-shirt that said I’m Not a Gynecologist, but I’ll Take a Look.
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“You can’t really kill a human with kindness. You have to use a sword.”
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“I’m surprised you won a fearsome Lord of the Underworld,” Tabitha said. “I’m not,” Kaia replied with a shrug. “I’m pretty much made of awesome.”
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“First, I didn’t compliment her. Second, she looks like she eats other people’s hopes and dreams for breakfast, and not just because they’re tasty. That’s not attractive. Third, you look like you sprung from other people’s hopes and dreams. I couldn’t—can’t—believe you’re related.”
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“You are mine, and I am yours. We are one. From this moment, we are one.”
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“If you don’t take the treasures and the males you want, you’ll never get the treasures and the males you want.”
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The one with hands spotted by age—Klotho, he knew from the legends surrounding them—spun the threads. The one with gnarled fingers, Lachesis, wove the strands together, and the one with pupil-less eyes, Atropos, snipped the ends.
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“Scotty Doesn’t Know” by Lustra, one of his favorite songs
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