Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting...
Mira: "Mouse" - Breedmate; Warrior of the Order and team Captain; Renata & Nikolai's adopted daughter; 29 years old; Is an Oracle; Looking in her eyes allows people to see the future but it causes her to lose part of her vision each time (she is not privy to the details of the visions); Has long blonde hair and wears violet-hued customized contacts to hide her clear, mirrorlike irises; Has a teardrop-and-crescent-moon birthmark on her left temple, along her hairline; It's been 8 years and she's still grieving over Kellan's death.
Kellan Archer: Breed; Only surviving member of his family besides his grandfather, Lazaro; A big and solid warrior with copper brown wavy hair and hazel eyes; He was supposedly killed eight years ago in a warehouse explosion and, at the time, was involved with Mira
Balthazar: "Bal" - Breed warrior of the Order; Is on Mira's team; A giant wall of olive-skinned thick muscle and ruthless strength; Has dark hair and hawkish golden eyes; He joined the Order right after First Dawn.
Julian Webb: Breed warrior of the Order; Is on Mira's team; He's Adonis handsome and apparently from a cultured background; His reason for joining the Order is a secret known only to Lucan.
Torin: Breed warrior of the Order; On Mira's team; Has shoulder-length burnished blond hair with side braids woven with tiny glass beads; He has the ability to detect and interpret shifts in energy forces around him.
Nathan: Breed warrior of the Order and team Captain; Has close cropped jet-black hair and greenish blue eyes; 33 years old; He's one of Mira's dearest friends; Is as close as a brother to Kellan; A Gen One; Son of Corinne and the Ancient, conceived while Corinne had been imprisoned by Dragos; Tavia's half brother; Can manipulate sonokinetic energy
Elijah (Eli): Breed warrior of the Order; Nathan's second in command; He has brown hair, cowboy rugged looks and a slow Texas drawl.
Jax: Breed warrior of the Order; On Nathan's team; He's half Asian; Has ebony hair; Is skilled with using razor-edged throwing stars (hira-shuriken).
Xander (Rafe) Raphael: Breed warrior of the Order; On Nathan's team; Dante and Tess' son; Aric's best friend; Has blond hair and aquamarine eyes; Is six foot six of lean, hard muscle; Inherited Tess' healing abilities.
Lucan Thorne: Gen One Breed warrior; Gabrielle's mate; Darion's father; The Order's founder and leader; Chairman of the GNC; 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
Gabrielle Maxwell: Lucan's Breedmate; Darion's mother; Her gift draws her to vampire lairs and she is not affected by mind control; She has long auburn hair and soft brown eyes like melted chocolate.
Darion (Dare) Thorne: Lucan and Gabrielle's son; Inherited Gabrielle's extrasensory abilities; 19 years old; Is tall and muscular; Has dark chestnut hair and soulful brown eyes.
Nikolai (Niko): Order elder and head of the Order's Montreal operations; Renata's mate; Mira's adoptive father; Is Siberian-born; Has blond hair and wintry blue eyes; Gear head and adrenaline junkie with a penchant for making things blow up; He is the first line of defense when it comes to guns and gadgets and can manipulate living things in nature (like make a scraggly little tree big and lush).
Renata: "Rennie" - Order elder; Nikolai's Breedmate; Mira's adoptive mother; She's a trained warrior who has the ability to temporarily immobilize any Breed using her mind but suffers terrible migraines afterwards; She has chin-length ebony hair and jade-green eyes.
Lazaro Archer: Kellan's grandfather. One of the few remaining Gen Ones in the Breed population and now leader of the Order's command center in Italy. He's nearly 1,000 years old but doesn't look a day over 30 and is the only surviving member of his family other than Kellan. He is six foot five and formidable, looks like a warrior and has jet hair and midnight blue eyes.
Dante: Order elder who heads the Order's Seattle operations; Tess' mate; Rafe's father; Chase's closest friend; Has dark hair and whiskey-colored eyes.
Tess Culver: Dante's Breedmate; Rafe's mother; Has the ability to heal with just a touch; Was a veterinarian; Has long, honey-blonde curls and aquamarine eyes
Gideon: Order elder; Savannah's mate; Xander's godfather; The Order's resident Genius; Is British-born; Has cropped, spiky blond hair and blue eyes; Wears wireless silver shades.
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; 68 years old
Tegan: "T" - Gen One order elder and one of the founding members who now heads the Order's New York operations; Elise's mate; Micah’s father; Has the ability to read emotions with one touch; Has a mane of shaggy, tawny hair and gem-green eyes
Elise: Tegan's Breedmate; Micah’s mother; Chase's former sister-in-law, his brother Quentin's widow; Her son by Quentin, Camden, is deceased; She has the ability to hear humans' thoughts; A pretty blonde with pale lavender eyes.
Micah: Elise & Tegan's son; 20 years old; Recently completed warrior training
Jenna (Jen) Tucker-Darrow: Brock's mate; Alex's best friend; A former Alaska state trooper; She's tall with hazel eyes and brown hair that is shorn close to her scalp; Is not a Breedmate but has a rice-size bit of alien DNA and biotech material in her spinal cord, placed there by the Ancient; She also 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; She speaks the Ancient's language while she is asleep and has violent dreams of combat and catastrophe; Has access to the Ancient's memories which she records in a history of the Breed.
Brock: Order elder; Jenna's mate; He was Corinne's childhood bodyguard; Has the ability to absorb human pain and discomfort; An immense warrior; He's dark-skinned with black hair and dark-brown eyes.
Sterling (Harvard) Chase: Order elder and head of the Boston operations; Tavia's mate; Aric and Carys' father; 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; Is six-and-a-half-feet tall and muscular; 100+ years old but looks to be in his 30's
Tavia Fairchild: "Octavia" - Sterling's Breedmate; Aric and Carys' mother; Nathan's half sister; She is a Gen One Breed and a daywalker (the only known female vampire, created by Dragos); Is very tall, lean and athletically built; Has long, thick, wavy caramel-brown hair and leaf-green eyes; Has a webwork of dermaglyphs all over her body; 47 years old; Has a teardrop-and-crescent-moon birthmark on her lower back; Has a photographic memory.
Aric Chase: Breed and a daywalker; Sterling & Tavia's son; Carys' fraternal twin; Rafe's best friend; He's 20 years old and trained under his father but is not yet a member of the Order.
Carys Chase: Breed female and a daywalker; Sterling & Tavia's daughter; Aric's fraternal twin; She's 20 years old; Has caramel-brown hair and sparkling blue eyes
Hunter: Order elder and Gen One Breed who heads the Order's New Orleans operations; Corinne’s mate; He was born and bred to be a weapon wielded by Dragos; He has chiseled, forbidding features and a six-and-a-half-foot frame of bulky muscle; Has close-cropped, light brown hair and golden eyes; He has the ability to read another Breed's memories when he drinks their blood.
Corinne Bishop: Hunter's Breedmate; Nathan's mother; She was previously a captive Breedmate used for Dragos experiments; Has a teardrop-and-crescent-moon birthmark on her right hand; She 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; 113 years old; She has the ability to manipulate sonokinetic energy.
Rio: Order elder and head of the Order's Chicago operations; 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: Order elder who now heads the Order's Lake Tahoe operations; Alex's mate; His gift allows him to connect with animals; He grew up in Alaska; Has dark, spiky hair.
Alexandra (Alex) Maguire: Kade's Breedmate; Jenna's best friend; She has the ability to know if someone's lying to her; She was a bush pilot in Alaska; Is a tall, athletic-looking female with blonde hair and brown eyes
Reginald Crowe: One of the wealthiest men on the planet; Is currently going through a very public divorce from his sixth wife; Is tall and fit and carries himself with an air of entitlement—of ownership of all he lays eyes on; Has a thick golden mane
Britney: Human who is attracted to Rafe; A 20-something brunette
Rooster: Human trouble maker suspected of providing assistance to rebels; He has a bright red mohawk.
Rune: Breed male; Undefeated cage fighter at La Notte; Has dark hair and midnight blue eyes; Is roughly six-and-a-half-feet and three-hundred-plus pounds
Charles Benson: A director of the Global Nations Council; Jeremy Ackmeyer's uncle; Martha Benson's husband; A balding, gray, and wrinkled man
Jeremy Ackmeyer: Brilliant scientist; Charles Benson's nephew; Is very eccentric; Holds patents on everything from textiles and plant genomes to solar energy; A thin and wiry young man; Has long, mousy-brown hair and wears thick glasses
Bowman: Rebel leader; Has a trim goatee darkening his chin
Candice Brady: Member of Bowman's rebel team; A young female with long black hair and hazel-green eyes; Has many tattoos under her clothes
Nina: Member of Bowman's rebel team in charge of communications; A petite young woman with short indigo-dyed hair and big brown eyes; Has multiple facial and ear piercings
Jordana Gates: Breedmate; Carys' friend; An ethereal, tall and willowy blonde; Has big, expressive eyes, in an electric shade of blue and her thick, platinum waves cascade down to the backs of her thighs
Seamus: Jordana Gates' doorman; A graying middle-age human
Billy: "Billy the Kid" - Rooster's friend; A drug addict
Cassian: "Cass" - Human; Owner of La Notte; Is very tall and dresses in head-to-toe black leather that sports gleaming buckles and bristling spikes; Has silverwhite hair was shorn in a smooth wedge that rides his skull like a halo and peridot-colored eyes
Syn: Breed male; One of Cassian's newer fighters; Has long blond hair pulled back in a braided leather tie and cold pale-blue eyes; Is very tall with a massive chest and arms
Dragos: Was 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; Now deceased
The Ancient: Nathan & Tavia's father; 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
Joint Urban Security Taskforce Initiative Squad: "JUSTIS" - Government-directed police detail comprised of hand-picked Breed and human officers. Only uniformed officials in this group are licensed to carry unconcealed arms or use deadly force in nonmilitary situations.
First Dawn: The day after humans learned of vampires existence when Dragos unleashed the Rogues around the world.
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.
Darkhaven: An estate where several Breed families live together in a community
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.
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