Characters / Den of Shadows

Note that characters are listed by what they began the series as. If a human gets turned into a vampire, they are still listed as a human. (The one exception is Risika, because we only see her as a human in the flashbacks.)

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Risika is a vampire who was turned about 300 years before the start of In the Forests of the Night. Her original human name was Rachel.


Aubrey is a rather old vampire, who was created by Ather. He's the main antagonist of In the Forests of the Night, but he switches to love interest in Demon in my View.
  • Ax-Crazy: We have no real conformation that he's crazy, but he certainly acts like it at times.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sort of. If you read Demon in my View before In the Forests of the Night, it's hard to imagine how Aubrey could possibly be a villain.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Even when he's not evil, he's sort of a Jerkass.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Played with in Demon in my View. He didn't have any particular change of heart, he just went from villain to protagonist.
  • Pet the Dog: In his Big Damn Kiss with Jessica and when he shows genuine concern over Jessica's fate while talking to Caryn.
  • Villain Decay: He's not a villain at all anymore in Demon in my View.

Lord Daryl

Lord Daryl is Turquoise's former slave master in Midnight, and the villain of Midnight Predator.
  • Jerkass: Probably the biggest example in the series.
  • Karmic Death: Turquoise killed him because he put her in slavery for years. Sounds like karma to me!
  • Too Powerful to Live: Lord Daryl, both in the sense of his magical powers, and in his position as an important vampire in Midnight.


Christopher is a vampire that Sarah meets in a school and eventually gets into a relationship with. Kristopher refers to when he was much more destructive, and he's called Kristopher for the entirety of All Just Glass. He is Nikolas's twin brother.
  • The Killer in Me: Yet another trope that only applied before the start of the series.
  • Meaningful Name: Sort of. In Shattered Mirror, it really matters whether or not they refer to him as 'Christopher' or 'Kristopher'. In All Just Glass, they call him Kristopher the entire time.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": A rare, intentional example. For most of Shattered Mirror, Christopher's name is spelled with a 'Ch' at the beginning. However, when characters refer to him before around 50 years ago, it's spelled with a 'K' at the beginning (Kristopher).


Shevaun is one of two protagonists of Persistence of Memory. She is a True Neutral Anti-Hero, who is linked to Erin for unknown reasons.


Nikolas is a vampire and the sworn enemy of the Vida line because he killed Elizabeth Vida years and years ago. He's also Christopher's twin brother.
  • Ax-Crazy: Definitely before the start of the series. During the series itself, it's debatable.
  • Clear My Name: He wasn't actually guilty of a lot of the crimes the Vida line accused him of, and he was eventually forgiven.
  • Karma Houdini: In spite of the fact that he did do good things, the fact stands that Nikolas did indeed kill Elizabeth Vida, as well as a whole lot of others. But he never owns up to this, and everyone seems to forget about it.
  • The Killer in Me: He goes through it a little.
  • The Rival: To the Vida line in general. At least, at first.
  • Supervillain Lair: Whether or not the 'supervillain' part really applies or not is debatable, but Nikolas has a really nice house.


Nissa is Christopher and Nikolas's younger sister, and a member of SingleEarth
  • I Am a Monster: She struggles with it some, although not as much as Christopher.


Kaleo is a vampire and the real Big Bad of Shattered Mirror.
  • Clear My Name: Played much the same way that it was with Nikolas, except he actually was guilty of a lot of the crimes he was accused of.


Jeshickah is an important vampire in Midnight, and the plot of Midnight Predator is triggered when Turquoise and Ravyn are sent to kill her.
  • Big Bad: Of Midnight Predator.
    • Subverted in that she's completely forgotten about by the end of the novel.


Jaguar is the vampire who runs Midnight and its slave trade. Despite this, he's not shown to be a villain, and he helps Turquoise on multiple occasions. He was also the one that sent her to kill Jeshickah in the first place.
  • The Rival: To Jeshickah. He's openly antagonistic to her when they talk about business, and he sent Turquoise and Ravyn to kill her.
  • Vampires Are Rich


Fala is the main villain of Demon in my View, trying to kill Jessica for writing true stories about the vampire world (despite the fact that Fala was never mentioned in In the Forests of the Night). She originally tries to make Aubrey kill Jessica, then decides to do it herself.
  • Badass Boast: She does this when threatening to Aubrey that she'll kill Jessica.


Pandora was Adjila's mentor in magic. She shows up in Persistence of Memory to help him sever the link between Shevaun and Erin.
  • Ambiguously Evil: She's characterized a lot like the other villains in the series, but she doesn't actually do anything evil.
  • Jerkass: Like Dominique, she's not really evil, she's just unpleasant.


Ather is the vampire that turned both Aubrey and Rachel. She provides a good deal of exposition for In the Forests of the Night.

Sarah Vida

Sarah Vida is a vampire hunter, and a member of the Vida line. She's the main protagonist of Shattered Mirror and All Just Glass. She gets turned into a vampire at the end of Shattered Mirror.
  • Badass in Distress: Happens in Shattered Mirror when she first meets Nikolas and he carves into her arm.
  • Brought Down to Badass: When Dominique locks her magic as a punishment, she's still perfectly capable of kicking ass.
  • Came Back Strong: She participated in action sequences less than twenty-four hours after being turned into a vampire.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': She can't get away with the mere suggestion that she's seen vampires without killing them, let alone being in love with one.

Dominique Vida

Dominique Vida is the head of the Vida line of witches, and one of the last remaining witch vampire hunters.

  • I Did What I Had to Do: This is her internal justification for killing her husband.
  • Jerkass: Even if she's not evil, she is a pretty unpleasent person a lot of the time.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: More like parental dating veto. In Shattered Mirror, Dominique didn't approve of Sarah being in love with Christopher, to say the very least.


Adjila is Shevaun's husband, as well as a Triste witch. His magic accidentially linked Erin to Shevaun.

Adia Vida

Adia Vida is Sarah's big sister, and a dedicated vampire hunter. She's sent to kill Sarah after Sarah gets turned into a vampire.


Caryn Smoke is a member of the smoke line, meaning she's a healer with pacifist vows. She first appeared in Demon in my View, and she's appeared several times since.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She attempts it in Demon in my View, but Aubrey decides not to kill her.
  • Hypocrite: Despite being part of SingleEarth, an organization working to stop witches and vampires from hunting each other, she still gives medical support to the witches who hunt vampires.
    • Take into consideration that Caryn once said that if Dominique wanted to she could order the girl to go into a house full of vampires alone and with no weapons and she'd have to follow the order. Now remember how Dominique treated her own daughter for being dissident. Caryn might not really have a choice in the matter.
  • Recurring Character: Caryn has never had a book focusing on her, but she made an appearance in Demon in my View, Shattered Mirror, and All Just Glass - more times than any other character in the series. (The only exception is Dominique, and she has had a book focusing on her.)


Zachary is a vampire hunter and a witch that used to be dating Adia before the start of Shattered Mirror.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He did one back before Shattered Mirror when he decided to let Olivia feed of him.


Jay, introduced as a minor character in All Just Glass as a vampire hunter and a witch, later went on to become the central protagonist of Promises to Keep.
  • Hidden Depths: He's first introduced as a comic relief character, but this doesn't last long.

Jessica Ashley Allodola

Jessica Allodola is an author of vampire fiction. She attracts the attention of multiple vampires when they find out that her fiction is real, down to every word. It turns out that she's actually more the daughter of Siete than anything else, and she tapped directly into his memories to write her stories.
  • Anti-Magic: Aubrey can't penetrate her mind because she's more Siete's child than anything else.
  • Author Avatar: Much like Atwater-Rhodes, Jessica is a writer of vampire fiction. Jessica was writing her second novel in Demon in my View, which was Atwater-Rhodes's second novel.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Her penname, Ash Night.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: She manages to fend of Fala and almost kill her... but it almost costs Jessica her own life.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She got a brief mention in In the Forests of the Night.
  • Cool Loser: She's described to actually be quite attractive, but everyone avoids her due to her origins.
  • Curse That Cures: Jessica's becoming a vampire allowed Caryn and Aubrey to more effectively heal her.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Aubrey sees her as someone who needs to be rescued. That doesn't stop her from holding her own against Fala.
  • Death by Genre Savviness: Jessica gets turned into a vampire (a form of dying) due to her being so Genre Savvy that she released books accurately chronicling the lives of vampires without their permission.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Both her real parents are dead, and her adopted mother dies two thirds of the way through the book.
  • Enfante Terrible: While not what Jessica's mother thought, going unborn for two decades in a vampiric womb made Jessica more Siete's child than the child of either of her parents. Her mother gave her up because she couldn't take the reminder of that portion of her life.
  • Fully-Embraced Fiend: When she gets turned into a vampire.
  • Genre Savvy: She's one of the best examples there is; after having written multiple novels set in the vampire world, she knows more about it than some actual vampires.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: This is half of what prompts her mother to give her up, the other half being that she reminds her mother of Siete too much.
  • Ghost Memory: She gets them from Siete; this is how she tells her stories.
  • Good Is Boring: Jessica's favorite character in "Tiger, Tiger" (In the Forests of the Night) is Aubrey, the villain.


Turquoise is the main protagonist of Midnight Predator, a human vampire hunter. Her family was killed by vampireswhen she was younger, and she went into slavery with Lord Daryl. After Nathaniel helped her escape, she changed her name from Catherine to Turquoise.
  • Berserk Button: Her list includes bringing up her slavery, calling her by her real name, mentioning her family... really, anything having to do with her life before she became a vampire hunter.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: She spends most of Midnight Predator with it.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: In her slavery, although she had already escaped with Nathaniel by the time her book started.
  • Informed Ability: Turquoise doesn't actually kill many vampires or win many fights.
  • Motive Decay: Eventually, she stops caring that she was sent to kill Jeshickah and just kills Lord Daryl instead.


Erin is one of two protagonists of Persistence of Memory. She is linked to Shevaun for unknown reasons. This gave her symptoms resembling schizophrenia, and she spent several years in a mental institution before the start of the series.
  • Grand Theft Me: By way of Shevaun, although it wasn't her fault - it was Adjila's.
  • Important Hair Cut: One of the times that Shevaun took over Erin, she tried to cut off Erin's long hair, due to Shevaun having shorter hair. This resulted in some pretty bad cuts on Erin's neck. Erin cut her hair to shoulder length and never wore it longer.
  • Pinball Protagonist: She has no control over anything, and for the vast majority of Persistence of Memory, she has no idea what's going on.


Ravyn is a vampire hunter who accompanies Turquoise into Midnight to kill Jeshickah.


Alexander is Risika's brother. He tries in vain to protect her from vampires. At the end of In the Forests of the Night, he comes Back from the Dead with no explanation, and he's appeared a couple times since then.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He came back to life. Or maybe he was just never dead. Nobody really knows either way.


Anne is Jessica's adopted mother.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Taken Up to Eleven throughout Demon in my View - she has no idea about anything.
  • Taking the Bullet: In one of the more touching moments of Demon in my View, Anne lets herself be killed instead of Jessica, showing that despite their dysfunctional relationship, they really did care about each other.


Nathaniel is a human who helped Turquoise escape from slavery in Midnight. In the start of Midnight Predator, he helps Turquoise and Ravyn go back to Midnight to kill Jeshickah.


Robert appears in Shattered Mirror when his sister was abducted by Kaleo.


Marissa is one of Erin's classmates. She turns out to be a human member of SingleEarth.
  • Asian and Nerdy: For the most part, although it's zigzagged in that she's not good at foreign languages.


Sassy is a compulsive liar that Erin met before the start of Persistence of Memory in a mental institution. He's also a hyena shapeshifter.
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of his backstory - and a little of Erin's - was given in a short story in the anthology 666: The Number of the Beast, to which Atwater-Rhodes contributed a story.
  • Animal Motifs: As a hyena, although it's not done nearly as much as the other shapeshifters.
  • Blatant Lies: His lies are actually pretty believable… until he tells a different story to explain the same phenomenon.
  • The Hyena: Both in that he thinks everything is worth a laugh, and... y'know... he can turn into a hyena.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: For his first few teen years, he had no idea why he shifted into a hyena, and how he could control it.