The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but...
Dmitri: Vampire; Leader of Raphael's Seven; Raphael's second; Is nearly 1,000 years old; Is stronger than a large number of angels; He could take and hold a territory if he so chose; Has dark honey skin, black hair and dark brown eyes; Has the ability to use tendrils of exquisite scent to seduce and lure hunter-born hunters
Honor St. Nicholas: Guild Hunter who specializes in ancient languages and history; 29 years old; Has light brown skin, curly ebony hair and deep green eyes; Honor's parents are unknown and she was raised in foster homes.
Ingrede: Dmitri's wife when he was human; Had dark hair, slanting, warm brown eyes and a wide mouth
Misha: Dmitri's son when he was human; Had soft black curly hair and dark eyes
Caterina: "Rina" - Dmitri's infant daughter when he was human
Raphael: Archangel of New York; Controls North America; One of the Cadre of Ten; Has white wings tipped with gold, ebony hair and blue eyes; Elena is his consort and mate; Made Elena an angel; The son of two archangels
Elena Deveraux: "Ellie" or "Elieanora Deveraux" - Hunter-born Guild Hunter; Raphael's consort and mate; The first Made angel in memory; Has the ability to 'scent' both vampires and angels; Has wings the color of midnight-blue, fading to dawn-blue and finally tipped in white-gold, white-blonde hair and gray eyes
Illium: "Bluebell" or "Butterfly" - Very powerful Angel but young at only 500 years old; One of Raphael's Seven; Has silver-edged blue wings, ebony hair dipped in crushed sapphires (black with blue tips) and gold eyes with black lashes tipped with blue; He has a strong interest and curiosity regarding humans, which once caused him to be 'plucked' as punishment. A trusted protector for Elena, also her friend. His scent was that of the tart sweetness of lime, kissed with a richer, more languid flavor, exotic.
Sara Haziz: Guild Director; Elena's best friend; Deacon's wife; Zoe's mother; Has dark eyes
Deacon Haziz: "The Slayer" - Sara's husband; Ex-guild hunter (Former bogeyman of the Guild); Now makes weapons for the Guild Hunters; Has dark hair and deep green eyes
Venom: "Poison" (by Sorrow) - Vampire; One of Raphael's Seven; Originally made by Neha; Has reptilian slitted green eyes often shaded by wrap-around sunglasses; Can secrete venom through his fangs; Has the ability to entrance humans; Has cinnamon toned skin and black hair; Somewhere around 300 years old (the youngest of the seven)
Jason: Angel; One of Raphael's Seven; The best spymaster in the Cadre; Has black sooty wings that do not reflect light, long black hair and black eyes; Has a tribal tattoo on the left-hand side of his face; Looks to be a Pacific Islander with other cultured intermingled; Has a haunted past; Is rumored to have the most beautiful singing voice of any angel but hasn't sung in centuries; Is around 700 years old
Aodhan: Pronounced 'Ay-Den' - Angel; One of Raphael's Seven; An artist; Has wings and hair that glitter diamond bright in the sun and eyes of shattered glass, vivid green and translucent blue
Galen: Angel; One of Raphael's Seven; Raphael's weapons-master; In charge of the Refuge; Has dark gray wings with white striations, red hair and green eyes; In a relationship with Jessamy
Jessamy: Angel; Teacher; The repository of angelic knowledge and the keeper of their histories
Naasir: Vampire; One of Raphael's Seven; Has silver eyes and the scent of a tiger on the hunt
Ransom Winterwolf: Hunter-born Guild Hunter; Elena's friend; Has Native American skin and bone structure, and eyes of Irish green with long black hair down his back; Is very attractive and loves being a ladies' man; Is now dating a librarian
Ashwini: "Ash" or "Ashblade" - Guild Hunter; Honor's best friend; Has long, straight black hair and dark brown eyes; She has "the eye" (an ability to sense the past); In a relationship with Janvier
Janvier: Cajun vampire; 245 years old; In a relationship with Ashwini
Holly Chang: "Sorrow" - "Kitty" (by Venom) - The only one of Uram's victims to have survived; Was infected with Uram's blood; Is in her mid 20's; Is five-foot-four, petite and outwardly delicate with slanted eyes; Her eyes had once been light brown, but are now ringed with a vivid green that is growing ever deeper into the irises; Has glossy black hair currently streaked with cotton candy–colored highlights; Is highly intelligent and not quite human anymore; Has gained the ability to mesmerize people for short periods
Demarco: Guild Hunter; A rangy hunter, his hair the streaky blond of a man who loves the sun.
Carmen: Human; A voluptuous blonde with big blue eyes; Dmitri's one time lover
Kallistos: Senior Vampire in Neha's court; Has a raspy voice; Has delicate bone structure that showcase eyes of brilliant copper with soft and well-shaped lips; His body is slender, but with incredible muscle tone; About 1,020 years old
Vivek: "V" - In-active Guild Hunter; Hunter-born; The Guild's resident computer genius and Cellar Manager; The best "information analyst", a.k.a. spy, in the Guild's worldwide operation; Handicapped due to an accident as a small child that left him paralyzed from the neck down; Only has feeling in and above his shoulders; Has brown eyes
Andreas: Angel in charge of the interrogation and punishment of the vampires Honor's rescuers had left alive; Has dark amber wings streaked with gray
Harrison Ling: "Harry" - Vampire; Elena's brother-in-law; Beth's husband; A handsome if slender man of Asian descent; Decided to be a vampire while Beth, the woman he claims to love is still human.
Beth Ling: "Beth Deveraux" or "Bethie" - Elena's younger sister; Harrison's wife; A gorgeous strawberry blonde with translucent turquoise eyes
Evelyn Deveraux: "Eve" - Elena's youngest half-sister; Hunter-born like Elena; 10 years old; Has raven hair and gray eyes
Anastasia Reuben: Psychologist; Has worked for the Guild for 20 years; Has steel gray hair
Dulce: Vampire; Manager of Erotique; Has intense deep purple eyes, jewel bright against her raven black hair.
Amalia: Vampire; An ethereally lovely woman with Hispanic features
Shae: Vampire; Evert's former mistress; A short woman with café au lait skin and hair a storm of tight curls
Caliane: "Archangel of Grace" or "Archangel of Beauty" - Raphael's mother; Ruled Sumeria; Has wings of purest white, tumbling raven black hair and blue eyes; Recently awakened; One of the most ancient of Ancients
Favashi: Archangel of Persia; One of the Cadre of Ten (the youngest and most mortal in her thinking); Has wings of a soft, exquisite cream and hair of a luxuriant mink brown and eyes of the same lush shade; Her skin is the creamy gold of Persia; Dmitri's former lover
Elijah: Archangel of South America; One of the Cadre of Ten (one of the oldest); Has pure white wings, golden hair and golden brown eyes; Only other archangel to have a consort, Hannah, for over nine hundred years; The archangel most trusted by Raphael
Hannah: Angel; Elijah's consort for centuries; An artist
Michaela: Archangel most of Central Europe; One of the Cadre of Ten; Is a great beauty with skin the color of fine milk chocolate, eyes an impossible shade of green and bronze colored wings; Was Uram's lover for many years
Astaad: Archangel of the Pacific Isles; One of the Cadre of Ten; Known for his ability to hand out cruelty and harshness
Neha: "Queen of Snakes" or "Queen of Poisons" - Archangel of India; One of the Cadre of Ten; Has deep brown eyes; Eris is/was her consort
Eris: Angel; Neha's consort; Hasn't been seen for 300 years; It's rumored that he betrayed Neha with another woman and is now being punished
Anoushka: Angel; Neha's daughter; Executed by Michaela
Isis: Angel; Her wings were white as snow with a wash of shimmering crimson over her primaries; Had skin of finest cream, hair of shining gold and eyes of entrancing bronze
Zhou Lijuan: Archangel of China; One of the Cadre of Ten; She lives between life and death; Oldest archangel around; Has dove gray wings, an ageless face with pure white hair and pale eyes with a pearlescent glow
Uram: Former archangel; Was one of the Cadre of Ten; Controlled eastern Europe and Russia; Was killed by Raphael after he went insane with bloodlust; Had dark gray wings and vivid green eyes
Leon: Vampire; One of the vampires who tortured Honor
Reg: Vampire; One of the vampires who tortured Honor; A thin blond male
Valeria: Vampire; 500 years old; Has long golden brown hair and deep blue eyes
Jewel Wan: Vampire; 450 years old; A woman of Chinese ethnicity; Has glossy, straight hair and gleaming black eyes; A society fixture
Jiana: Vampire; 400 years old; Amos' mother; A tall, thin woman with the bones of a supermodel, the pillowy lips of a screen siren and mocha skin that glows in the sunlight; Has onyx eyes and thick black hair streaked with fine threads of brown and red
“While you’re in the library, look up a painting titled Asleep by Gadriel,”
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heart. “We have eternity.”
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A hard glance. “Flirt with him if you want, Honor, but you’re mine.”
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“You refused to fall in love with anyone else, Dmitri.” A whisper with the impact of a gunshot. “So I had to come back for you . . . husband.”
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“Ever had a woman say no to you, Dmitri?” “Once.” He turned the corner with a smile that made her want to cup his face, trace those beautiful lips with her own. “I married her.”
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“Honor. Stop flirting with Illium. It only encourages his vanity.” “He’s right.” Illium walked around to open the passengerside door for her. “I’m also a gentleman, unlike some people.”
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“Those who say vengeance eats you up are wrong—it doesn’t, not if you do it right.”
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“Honor?” “Yes.” “I’m going to do things to you now that a good girl definitely shouldn’t let a man do to her.”
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“I won’t take any other woman into my heart.” He pressed a finger to her lips when distress colored her eyes. “I’ll wait for you to find me again. So don’t take too long.”
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“Will you love me when I’m fat and unwieldy with our babe?” He put his hand on the curve of her belly, touched his lips to her eyelids, the tip of her nose, her lips. “I will love you even when I am dust on the wind.”
The Cellars: The underground hidey-holes serve a dual purpose—as a place for hunters to take cover when things get too hot, and a home for the Guild's sophisticated surveillance and data collection systems. Located beneath the Guild's main building.
Cadre of Ten: The archangels who rule the world (Raphael, Lijuan, Favashi, Michaela, Elijah, Neha, Astaad, Titus, Charisemnon & Uram (deceased)).
Raphael's Seven: Three very powerful vampires and four angels who were chosen by Raphael as his elite guard (Dmitri, Illium, Venom, Jason, Aodhan, Galen & Naasir); These warriors gave their loyalty to the Archangel of New York—even to the extent of placing his life before their own. Though their ranges and specific abilities vary dramatically, every member of the Seven can communicate on the mental plane, an incalculable strategic advantage in certain situations.
Hunters Guild: Organization of Hunters that track down rogue vampires.
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