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Palmer is the lead character in eight novels: Touch the Dark, Claimed by
the Night, Curse
the Dawn, Hunt
the Moon, Tempt the Stars, Reap the Wind and Ride the Storm. A powerful
seer, she was brought up by a vampire who wanted to monopolize her
gift. She escaped him, but soon her past caught up with her,
although not in the way she'd feared. The Pythia, the supernatural community’s chief seer, was dying and she tapped
Cassie to replace her.
stuck Cassie with a lot of power she doesn't know how to use and a
metric ton of new enemies. To make matters worse, a war has broken out
in the supernatural community and everyone is choosing
Cassie is trying to stay alive long enough to figure out how to use the
power of her office, and to determine what to do with it when she does.
Basarab is a bridge character, playing an important role
in both the Cassandra
Palmer and Dorina Basarab novels. He also has his own book, Masks, describing some of his history. And he has a lot of it, being a five-hundred-year-old
master vampire and a member of the powerful Vampire
The Senate is currently vying with the Silver Circle, the world's chief magical organization, for control of
the new Pythia -- and the power she commands. That puts Cassie
bad position (as if she's ever in anything else). She's personally
drawn to Mircea, but sometimes suspects that his interest
might have more to do with her power than with her person.
she's not sure she cares.
Pritkin is from the Cassandra Palmer series. He was a war
member of the supernatural community's police force--with a
specialization in demon killing. But then his bosses sent him
a new mission--to kill the upstart pretender to the Pythia's throne,
one Cassie Palmer. They didn't want an unknown taking such a
powerful position and possibly interfering in their affairs. And
they didn't think a demon-hunting assassin would have a
with a spot of political murder.
They thought wrong.
Now Pritkin is a former war mage and the Pythia's new bodyguard.
far, the move has brought him no pay, long hours, constant stress and
has almost gotten him killed at least a dozen times. He's shown here
about to embark on a demon hunt to get a little rest.
The Consul is
featured in both the Cassie Palmer and Dorina Basarab series,
something she would say is only her right as
the leader of
the dreaded North American Vampire Senate. And no one is likely to
argue with her, since she is as powerful as she is beautiful, and
as deadly as the snakes that serve as her emblem. And speaking
power, she wants Cassie's under the control of the
It is needed because the consul is currently involved in
a struggle with the leaders of the other five senates for control of
vampire world. That world is at war and must unite or perish. But unity
implies a single ruler, something that has never happened in all of
history. And the other leaders also want the top
whether Cassie likes it or not, she has just become the consul's ace in
Lachesis is from the novella "Buying Trouble," in the On the Prowl
anthology. She is also a supporting character in the Dorina Basarab
series of novels. Until a year ago, Claire was a poor auction
house employee, using her ability as a magical null to calm down
volatile items before they killed off all the customers. Then
of those customers, a handsome Fey with royal connections, swept her
off her feet and all the way to Faerie.
Claire is living a fairy tale: marriage to a handsome prince, travel to
distant lands, wealth and magic. And separation from the only world she
knows, isolation among very strange strangers and people constantly
trying to kill her and her newborn son. Frankly, she's beginning to
think this happily-ever-after stuff is a bunch of crap.
Caleb Carter is from the Cassie Palmer series, making his debut in Curse the Dawn as one of Pritkin's friends and a fellow war mage who knows when to bend a rule. In Hunt the Moon, he also becomes the only person, aside from Cassie, to learn the truth about his friend's less-than-conventional background. Then, in Tempt the Stars, he subs for the absent Pritkin, helping Cassie on an insane rescue attempt straight into the jaws of hell.
All in a day's work when you're a member of the War Mage Corps.
Here he is on another typical day, chasing a bus-sized, homicidal
dragon through the darkened streets of Las Vegas. Like you do.
ago, before the war that currently rages in the supernatural comunity,
a greater one was fought. Creatures from another universe found a way
into ours. And ours quickly became their playground, for their power
far surpassed anything that could be mustered here. The Fey learned to
serve them; the demons learned to fear them; and the humans . . . did
not learn much of anything at all, for they were busy dying by the
thousands under the lash of these harsh new masters.
greatest of the ancient ones, used her power to banish her kind back to
their universe, and to slam the door shut behind them. But in doing so,
she trapped herself on this side of the divide. And left a hungry,
vengeful foe clawing at the way back in. Will the time she bought
humanity be enough to find a way to resist? Or will it prove to
have been no more than the calm before the storm?
a crossover character, appearing in both series of novels. He
also features in
two short stories set in Elizabethan England, "The Queen's
Witch" and "The Gauntlet." "The Gauntlet" was published in the Mammoth Book of Paranormal
Romance 2, but it and its companion story are
available for free
A spy since Elizabethan times, Marlowe
employs his abilities on behalf
of the Vampire Senate. Of
isn't just any old spy; these days, he runs the Senate's spy network
and he does
it very well. He's best
known for being handsome, charming, and knowledgeable . . . and
sneaky and utterly ruthless.
is a character from the Cassandra Palmer series of novels.
She doesn't have a last name because she was born a poor
seventeenth century France. She doesn't have much of anything
either, after being transported to the twenty-first century through
series of alarming events.
Well, that's not entirely
true. She still has her magic--and while it's seriously
outdated, at least the Inquisition isn't after her anymore.
And she has a new boyfriend who would be perfect if he wasn't
possessed by an ancient demon. But Francoise has learned the
way--you have to take what you can get out of life. And she's busy
taking everything she can.
features in the Cassandra Palmer series of novels and also in a free short
story, "The Day of the Dead," available on this website.
Francoise, Tomas doesn't have a last name.
He was born in Peru during the conquest, the bastard son of a priestess
of Inti and a Spanish conquistador. His father didn't
stay around long enough to impart his surname--or much of anything
else--but Tomas could have
taken his master's name once a life-challenged Spanish
took a liking to him. But after being forcibly changed into a vampire
and treated as a slave for four hundred years, he wasn't feeling too
chummy. Now, all he wants is his hated master
figure out the rest later.
up from time to time in the Cassandra Palmer series of novels, usually
to make sure that a bad day becomes a worse one. He only has
one name, since demon lords are like Madonna: everyone already knows
who they are and--in Rosier's case--usually, wishes they didn't. You
think that would be true, since incubi tend to be one
of the more happy-go-lucky versions of hell-spawn, and often get a
warm welcome. But Rosier
isn't an ordinary incubus, and he frequently causes havock whenever he
bothers to show up. But he's powerful, too, and occasionally
comes in handy when an ally, if not a friend, is needed in low places.
Really, really low.
Anyway, here he is, in the weeds as usual.
Louis-Cesare de Bourbon
is featured in both the Cassie Palmer and Dorina Basarab series,
although he spends most of his time in the latter. And half the time,
he doesn't know whether he's enjoying that fact or not.
four-hundred-year-old master vampire and the former dueling champion
of the European Senate, Louis-Cesare thought he'd seen it all and
of it. Until he met his family patriarch's annoying, seductive and
completely maddening daughter, Dorina.
Dorina Basarab is a
dhampir, a monster good little vampires are warned to stay well away
from. But Louis-Cesare has never been particularly good, and he intends
to get to know Dorina a great deal better. He just hopes she doesn't
kill him first.
||Marco Carales shows up in the Cassie Palmer series as a senior member of Mircea's household--and a 1500 year old vampire.
That makes him roughly three times as old as his current master. But
it's power that counts in the vampire world, not age, and Mircea has
more of it. But Marco is no slouch, either, and experience also counts
for a lot. So, when Mircea was faced with the prospect of finding
somebody up to the task of keeping his walking disaster area of a
girlfriend alive, there was just no contest. Marco was it.
Now, this former gladiator is faced with a more daunting
challenge than any he ever had in the arena. So far, he's managed it
with style, humor and at least a modicum of affection for his young
charge. And a lot of pain for anybody who tries to hurt her.
shown here as a young man, is head of the magical organization known as
the Silver Circle. A demon expert, he was John Pritkin's trainer in
Pritkin's early days with the Corps and remains a staunch friend. The
pretty young woman with him is
Phemonoe, better known to
Cassie by her birth name of Agnes. The former pythia, she had a
long-running relationship with Marsden which they kept under wraps to
maintain the image of pythian neutrality. They're shown here
ill-fated date, when one of Jonas'
famous flying cars ended up unexpectedly earthbound.
|Dorina Basarab, Mircea's daughter, is
featured in her own series of novels, which so far include Midnight's Daughter, Death's Mistress and Fury's Kiss.
She's a dhampir, a cross between a human and a vampire, who makes
a tenuous living taking on mercenary jobs for the supernatural
community. Lately, her most frequent employer has been her
long-estranged father, Mircea, who needs all the help he can get with
the war tying up his usual sources of muscle. That has
brought her closer to the vampire comunity than she--or they--would
like, as has her dangerous attraction to Louis-Cesare, a
who keeps forgetting that Dorina is supposed to be his sworn
enemy. That wouldn't worry Dorina too much, except that,
around, she keeps forgetting it, too.