In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It...
Sterling (Harvard) Chase: Breed warrior; Ex-Enforcement Agent; Elise's former brother in law; Dante's closest friend; Has short golden-brown hair and steel-blue eyes; Can manipulate shadows around himself; Was secretly obsessed with Elise until recently; He is now battling Bloodlust; Is six-and-a-half-feet tall and muscular; 100+ years old but looks to be in his 30's
Tavia Fairchild: A beautiful witness who identifies Chase at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong; Senator Clarence's personal aide; Is very tall, lean and athletically built; Has long, thick, wavy caramel-brown hair and bright green eyes; Has a webwork of pinkish tan scars all over her body; 27 years old; Has a photographic memory
Lucan Thorne: Gen One Breed warrior; Gabrielle's mate; The Order's founder and leader; One of the longest-lived, most formidable elders of the Breed nation; Over 900 years old; Has dark hair and gray eyes; Through hypnotic suggestion he can manipulate a human mind into seeing and believing whatever he wills
Dragos: "Drake Masters" - The Order's chief adversary; Had his Grandfather, an Ancient alien, in captivity to father his own personal army; Ex-director within the Enforcement Agency; Power hungry vampire with plans to take over the entire Breed community and the rest of the world; Around 700 years old
Robert Clarence: "Bobby" - United States Senator; Tavia's boss; In his 30's; Has golden blond hair with a dusting of gray on either side of his temples; Is Boston's charming, most-eligible bachelor; One of Dragos' Minions
Gabrielle Maxwell: Lucan's Breedmate; Her gift draws her to vampire lairs; Not affected by mind control; Has long auburn hair and soft brown eyes like melted chocolate
Tegan: "T" - Gen One Breed warrior; Elise's mate; One of the Order's founding members; Has the ability to read emotions with one touch; Has a mane of shaggy, tawny hair and gem-green eyes
Elise: Tegan's Breedmate; Chase's former sister-in-law; Quentin's widow; Camden's mother; Has ability to hear humans' thoughts; A pretty blonde with pale lavender eyes; Chase's former crush
Quentin Chase: "Quent" - Sterling's older brother; Elise's late husband; Camden's father; Was killed in the line of duty for the Enforcement Agency; Was Director of the Enforcement Agency and leader of his Darkhaven
Gideon: British-born Breed Warrior; Savannah's mate; Xander's godfather; The Order's resident Genius; Has cropped, spiky blond hair and blue eyes; Wears rimless shades with silvery blue lenses
Savannah: Gideon's Breedmate; Xander's godmother; Has a teardrop-and-crescent-moon birthmark on her left shoulder blade; Has the ability of reading the history of an object with one touch; Has dark brown eyes; 48 years old
Nikolai (Niko): Siberian-born Breed Warrior; Renata's mate; Mira's adoptive father; Gear head and adrenaline junkie with a penchant for making things blow up; First line of defense when it comes to guns and gadgets; Can manipulate living things in nature (like make a scraggly little tree big and lush); Has blond hair and wintry blue eyes
Renata: "Rennie" - Nikolai's Breedmate; Mira's adoptive mother; Trained warrior who has the ability to temporarily immobilize any Breed using her mind but suffers terrible migraines afterwards; Has chin-length ebony hair and jade-green eyes
Mira: "Mouse" - Young Breedmate; 8 & 1/2 years old; Renata & Nikolai's adopted daughter; Oracle; Looking in her eyes allows people to see the future but it causes her to lose part of her vision each time; Has wispy blonde hair and wears violet-hued customized contacts to hide her clear, mirrorlike seer eyes
Dante: Breed Warrior; Tess' mate; Xander Raphael's father; Chase's closest friend; Has dark hair and whiskey-colored eyes
Tess Culver: Dante's Breedmate; Xander Raphael's mother; Has the ability to heal with just a touch; Was a veterinarian; Has blonde hair and aquamarine eyes
Rio: Breed Warrior; Dylan's mate; Has topaz eyes and a web of combat scars on the left side of his face; Speaks with a Spanish accent
Dylan Alexander: Rio's Breedmate; Has the ability to see and speak to dead Breedmates; Was a journalist; Has fiery red hair and peachy freckles
Kade: Breed Warrior; Alex's mate; His gift allows him to connect with animals; Grew up in Alaska; Has dark, spiky hair
Alexandra (Alex) Maguire: Kade's Breedmate; Jenna's best friend; Has the ability to know if someone's lying to her; Was a bush pilot in Alaska; A tall, athletic-looking female with blonde hair and brown eyes
Brock: Breed Warrior; Jenna's mate; Corinne's childhood bodyguard; Has the ability to absorb human pain and discomfort; A dark-skinned warrior with black hair and brown eyes
Jenna (Jen) Tucker-Darrow: Brock's mate; Alex's best friend; Former Alaska state trooper; A tall brunette with brown eyes; Is not a Breedmate but has a rice-size bit of alien DNA and biotech material in her spinal cord; Has a dermaglyph that's just a shade darker than her fair skin, that spontaneously appeared on the nape of her neck and has now begun to creep around toward her shoulders; Speaks the Ancient's language while she is asleep and has violent dreams of combat and catastrophe
Hunter: Gen One Breed warrior; Corinne's mate; Born and bred to be a weapon wielded by Dragos; Has chiseled, forbidding features and a six-and-a-half-foot frame of bulky muscle; Has close-cropped, light brown hair and golden eyes; Has the ability to read another Breed's memories when he drinks their blood
Corinne Bishop: Hunter’s Breedmate; Nathan’s mother; Previously captive Breedmate used for Dragos experiments; Has a teardrop-and-crescent-moon birthmark on her right hand; Has a petite, five-foot-four frame and fair skin with long ebony hair and large greenish blue eyes that taper delicately at their outer corners; 93 years old; Can manipulate sonokinetic energy
Nathan: Corinne's son; 13 year old Gen One Breed; A lean, muscular boy about five foot seven; Would have silky black hair over his glyph-covered scalp if he did not shave it all off and almond shaped, blue-green eyes; Can manipulate sonokinetic energy; Was born while she was imprisoned by Dragos; Fathered by the Ancient; Had begun training to become a "Hunter"
Lazaro Archer: One of the few remaining Gen Ones in the Breed population; A civilian; Nearly 1,000 years old but doesn't look a day over 30; Only surviving member of his family besides his grandson, Kellan; Is six foot five and formidable, looks like a warrior; Has jet hair and midnight blue eyes
Kellan Archer: 14 year old Breed; Only surviving member of his family besides his grandfather, Lazaro; Suffers with the torment of losing his family; A lanky kid with ginger-colored hair and hazel eyes
Mathias Rowan: Enforcement Agency director for the region; Chase's friend; Allied with the Order; Is over 100 years old; Has dark hair
Claire Reichen: Previously "Claire Roth" - Andreas' Breedmate; Has the ability to walk into the dreams of others
Andreas Reichen: Breed; A trusted ally of the Order; Claire's mate; Organizes Breed interests in Europe
Conlan (Con) MacConn: Breed Warrior of the Order; Killed in a mission gone wrong; Was Danika's mate; Connor's father
Danika (Dani) MacConn: "Dani" - Conlan's widowed Breedmate; Connor's mother; Is 5'11" with long blonde hair and dusky blue eyes; Has ability to read thoughts; Is originally from Denmark; Has a teardrop-and-crescent-moon birthmark on her abdomen
Officer Murphy: A uniform cop; Has dark hair and a nasty scar running into one of his eyebrows
Taggart: Dirty Breed Enforcement Agent; Works for Dragos; Has a thick, bulbous nose, thin lips and crooked teeth
Arno Pike: Deputy Director of the Boston area Enforcement Agency; Dragos' lieutenant; 2nd generation Breed
The Ancient: Was the last surviving other-worlder who, along with his seven other alien brethren, had fathered the entire Breed race on Earth; Was a captive of Dragos' and used to breed with the Breedmates Dragos had captive; Is now deceased
Ruarke Louvell: Longtime Agency Director of the Seattle area Enforcement Agency; Dragos' lieutenant; 2nd generation Breed
Móric Kaszab: Of the Enforcement Agency in Budapest; Dragos' lieutenant; 2nd generation Breed; Has dark eyes
Nigel Traherne: A well-connected and well-healed Darkhaven leader from London; Dragos' lieutenant; 2nd generation Breed; Has fair hair
Edgar Fabien: Was leader of the Montreal Darkhaven; Deceased; Was one of Dragos' lieutenants
Wilhelm Roth: Was leader of the Hamburg Darkhaven; Claire's former mate; Deceased; Was one of Dragos' lieutenants
Henry Vachon: Deceased Breed; Was one of Dragos' lieutenants
Breed: Vampires descended from 8 alien humanoids who crash landed on earth thousands of years ago.
Breedmate: Women who are born with unique DNA and blood properties that make them capable of sharing a life bond with members of the Breed and bearing their young. They can be identified by a scarlet teardrop falling into the cradle of a crescent moon shaped birthmark somewhere on their body. Every Breedmate has some kind of unique ESP talent or ability and personal blood scent that makes her unique from any other.
Dermaglyphs: A running pattern of symbols--arcing flourishes and complex geometric shapes that somewhat resemble tribal tattoos that cover a Breed's body; the stronger the bloodline the more glyphs there are- the Ancients were covered from head to toe.
Minion: Humans bled to within an inch of their lives, they then serve their "Master" in whatever capacity is required; Obedient to their dying breath
Crimson: A drug that induces Bloodlust in vampires and makes them turn Rogue
Darkhaven: An estate where several Breed families live together in a community
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