Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…
Micah of Elden: "Prince Micah" - "Lord of the Black Castle" - "Guardian of the Abyss" - The youngest of the four heirs to the Elden Kingdom; Earth mage; Has sun-kissed hair, winter-green eyes and golden skin; Was a sweet, innocent and mischievous child; Can mindspeak with the blood drinkers of Elden; 25 years old
King Aelfric: Micah's father; Vampire; Was a tall, muscled man with black hair and silver eyes
Queen Alvina: Micah's mother; Witch; Was kind and caring; Had blonde hair that had turned silver and green eyes; Was able to look into the dreams of men and send them fearful emotions; Could peer into possible futures
Nicolai of Elden: "Prince Nicolai" - "The Dark Seducer" - "Nicki" - "O-lie" - Crown Prince of Elden; Micah's oldest brother; Jane's mate; Vampire; A man known for the violence of his temper as well as the deliciousness of his touch; Has dark shoulder-length hair and silvery eyes threaded with gold; Is at least six foot four, with wide muscled shoulders, a stomach roped and corded and skin as smooth as cream mixed with coffee; Can absorb the powers of others
Jane Parker: Nicolai's mate; Human turned vampire; Was a quantum physics scientist; 27 years old; Only recently regained the use of her legs after a horrible car accident; Has honey-colored hair and uptilted, dark amber eyes; Is tall and slender
Reda Weston: "Alfreda Weston" - Dayn's mate; Human; Ex-police officer; Family legend connects her the kingdoms realm; Is five-six with a heart-shaped face, dimpled chin, curly red-streaked hair and deep blue eyes; Is compact & curvy
Breena of Elden: "Princess Breena" - Micah's older sister; Osborn's mate; A witch now trained as a warrior; Has golden hair and green eyes; Works too hard and tries to please too many people; Can dream talk
Osborn of Ursa: Breena's mate; Berserker; Ursa Warrior; Has long, dark, unruly hair and dark brown eyes; Is tall with broad shoulders and muscular arms
Irina: Witch; Liliana's mother; Is bespelled by the Blood Sorcerer; A slender woman with skin of dark, lush honey-brown and eyes of uptilted gold.
Bard: Jailer at the Black Castle; His face appears as if it has been formed of clay left in a child's hands; Has knots and bulges, misshapen and without any true form; His large ears are stuck up far too high on the sides of his head and his nose is a small button hidden between his distorted cheeks and below the overhanging jut of his brow; Has large, dark eyes that are full of sorrow and shimmering with compassion
Jissa: Cook at the Black Castle; A brownie; Has a tiny face that is wrinkled at the corners of her lips, along the bridge of her nose and the tips of her ears; The rest of her skin is taut and smooth and the color of the earth after rain; Has dark hair that she pulls back into a thick braid and dark button eyes
Bitterness: Small creatures with many arms and feet; They are covered in black fur; They were created to sense bad magic, and eat it up; They love to eat rice and potatoes
Arachdem: Giant spiders with poisonous blades on their legs and blades in their mouths; They fed the worst of the dark magics
Kitchari: Large slug-like creatures, pale, heavy and slow, their many eyes milk-white with blindness, their legs clawed and stumpy, their mouths wide maws filled with sharp teeth that constantly shift.
Anubi: Huge black birds with serrated beaks and clawed wings
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