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Lamia
Lamia are vampires who can age and have children, sometimes referred to as the 'family vampires'. They are born as vampires, rather than being turned and are in some ways seen as superior to made vampires.

Note: Lamia characters who belong to the Redfern family can be found under the Redfern page.

Warning: Contains some unmarked spoilers for the series


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     James Rasmussen 

James Rasmussen

"You don't love somebody because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song that nobody but you can understand."

The secondary protagonist of Secret Vampire. He is Poppy's childhood friend and soulmate, who offers to make her a vampire to save her when she's diagnosed with cancer. He's related to the Redferns through his mother.


  • Abusive Parents: See Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Affectionate Nickname / In-Universe Nickname: Jamie (though only Poppy is allowed to call him that).
  • Beneath the Mask: To most of his classmates, he's an aloof, attractive, womanising and somewhat rebellious outsider. In secret, he's quite sensitive, thoughtful and not shallow or pretentious in the slightest. He usually only shows the real him to Poppy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Good Is Not Soft: James is a good person at heart and tries to do the right thing, but he has a ruthless side. He comes close to attacking Phil on a few occasions and at one point throws him into a dresser (though to be fair, Phil hit him first). And when Ash tries to hand Poppy over to the Elders, he's fully prepared to kill him until Poppy defuses the situation.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Initially towards Poppy, partly due to being in denial about his feelings.
  • The Casanova: Has a reputation of this. In reality, he actually feeds on the girls rather than fooling around.
  • Cassandra Truth: He warns Ash that one day, he'll fall in love with someone and "it will hurt''. Ash dismisses this...and then meets his soulmate in the very next book and experiences a lot of Angst as a result.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Poppy says he reminds her "vaguely of James Dean".
  • Chick Magnet: He's somewhat notorious for the amount of girlfriends he has, Poppy is in love with him and his witch friend Gisele also flirts with him.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Poppy. They first met in kindergarten.
  • Cool Shades: Occasionally sports a pair.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: On top of being extremely negligent, James's parents responded to him growing fond of his human nanny by, essentially, forcing him to kill her. When he was four.
  • Didn't Think This Through: To get Phil off his back when he catches him seemingly being intimate with Poppy, James tells him he only likes Poppy as a friend and is just comforting her because he feels bad that she's terminally ill. It apparently never occurred to him that Phil would tell Poppy this and that she might believe her brother and refuse to see James, disrupting the delicate transformation process needed to save her life.
  • Fantastic Racism: Though he doesn't seem to truly despise or discriminate against them, James apparently has a low opinion of werewolves, often dismissing them as being stupid or overly-territorial, and even insultingly tells one werewolf to "go mark a fire hydrant".
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Poppy is the only one who can call James "Jamie".
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: He's surprisingly well-adjusted and benevolent, considering his family are the Redferns and his Dark and Troubled Past. He never kills the people he feeds on, instead hypnotising them to bite them and making them forget, and then feeding on animals every other day.
  • Gray Eyes: His gray eyes are frequently mentioned, stating as alternating between "cool and intense" depending on his mood. His eyes turn silvery when he uses his vampiric abilities and they can look pretty frightening if you've pissed him off.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Copper-haired Poppy is his soulmate.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Up to Eleven with Poppy (combined with Childhood Friend Romance). They're both vampires by the end of the first book and so will be together forever. They're fine with this, as they figure out they're soulmates and so were always destined to be together; Poppy actually tells James she knew she wanted to marry him someday right back when they were kids.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: He changes Poppy out of love for her and finally confesses his feelings to her after she awakens as a vampire.
  • Interspecies Romance: Played with. He's a vampire, whilst Poppy is human or rather, a lost witch, as it turns out. However, half way through Secret Vampire, he turns her into a vampire as well to save her from dying of cancer.
  • Just Friends: Insists his relationship with Poppy is this, even to himself. By the middle of the book, he doesn't even bother denying his feelings go deeper than that. Justified, seeing as Night People can be executed for falling in love with humans.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He becomes one to Poppy for the duration of her illness, in more ways than one. They have to exchange blood regularly to maintain her mental state and she also leans on him for emotional support and comfort, often reaching out to him when things look bleak to reassure and protect her. However, Poppy actually moves past this; after becoming a vampire, she realises that she's become a strong enough person to not have to rely on James all the time. She's even willing to leave him forever in order to protect him from those that would harm him.
  • Momma's Boy: A tragic example that doesn't actually apply to James' biological mother – who is very cold and distant towards him – but to his childhood nanny Emma, who "gave [him] everything [his] mom didn't". It's obvious he loved her dearly and was closer to her than either of his real parents; sadly, they ended up effectively manipulating James into killing her as they felt it was inappropriate for him to be so attached to a human. James is still haunted by what happened to this day.
    James: "I was crazy about her. She gave me everything my mom didn't. Love, attention - she was never too busy."
  • Oblivious to Love: Poppy thinks he’s this at first in regards to her (and is determined to change it). As it turns out, he’s been in love with her for years, but repressed his feelings - not even allowing himself to acknowledge them - because the laws of the Night World forbid it and it would put Poppy in danger.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy: To Poppy. Subverted in regards to his numerous other girlfriends as he just uses them to feed from rather than having an emotional attachment to them. He never even considered doing this to Poppy though, a sign that he genuinely loves her.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Savvy Guy to Poppy’s Energetic Girl.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Even though it’s strictly against the laws of the Night World, goes against everything he was taught growing up and could result in his execution, he chooses to reveal his true nature to Poppy and offer to make her a vampire without the Elders’ permission to save her life. He then breaks the rules further to let Phil in on the plan and enlist his help.
  • Shout-Out: Poppy compares him to James Dean.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: James reveals to Philip that when he was just four years old, his parents manipulated him into killing his human nanny, Miss Emma, whom he loved like a mother, due to feeling he was getting too close to 'vermin'. Specifically, they took him on a three-day trip and wouldn't let him drink blood. When they got home, they sent Emma to take James up to bed and little James couldn't stop himself from attacking her, despite his efforts. He attempted to save Emma by giving her some of his own blood, hoping she'd become a vampire, but it didn't end well...
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Subverted. He grudgingly works with Phil, whom he views as an uptight jerk who has no idea what he's getting himself into, to save Poppy. However, they become friendlier to each other in the process.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He has a reputation as The Casanova, going through numerous girlfriends throughout the school year. None of his relationships last more than a few months, tops. In reality he secretly feeds off the girls and dumps them before long to avoid developing an emotional attachment to them.
  • White Sheep: He is easily the kindest and most moral member of his family, who doesn't look down on humans as 'vermin'. He does mention to Poppy that some of his cousins are alright (presumably referring to Rowan, Kestrel and Jade, who are pretty friendly for the most part), but doesn't seem overly fond of the rest of his family.

     Madder Rasmussen 

Madder Rasmussen (née Redfern)

James Rasmussen’s mother, wife of Jasper. She’s a Redfern by birth, but married out of the family (they being patriarchal).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Maddy, which her nephew Ash often calls her.
  • Cool Aunt: Apparently seen as one by Ash, who is rather fond of her.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette / Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Described as being beautiful with jet black hair, but also cold and detached. She’s also a vampire (and not one of the friendly variety).
  • Ice Queen: She even treats her own son in a detached and clinical manner.
  • Rich Bitch: She’s a wealthy interior designer, and is extremely cold, manipulative and downright cruel, especially to her own son, with no respect for human life.

     Jasper Rasmussen 

Jasper Rasmussen

James Rasmussen’s father, husband of Madder.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Played for Drama. When James tells him about Poppy’s cancer and expresses that he wants to help her, Jasper seems genuinely empathetic and states that he understands feeling pity for humans at times. James is stunned, believing for a moment that his father is going to approve of his plan to turn Poppy into a vampire…only to soon realize his dad is actually talking about mercy killing Poppy to put her out of her misery. The idea of actually saving Poppy never seems to cross Jasper’s mind.
  • Condescending Compassion: Towards humans to an extent.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards humans and even his own son to an extent. When James tells him that Poppy is dying of cancer, what surprises him is not that his son’s best friend is seriously ill, but that James felt the need to come see him to tell him this.
  • Parental Obliviousness: He’s generally rather neglectful of James and has little idea what he does in his spare time. Notably, he absent-mindedly asks James how school’s going, only for his son to remind him that school’s over for the summer.
  • Rich Jerk: He's wealthy and successful, and is very callous and self-absorbed, even to his own son.
  • The Shrink: He works as a psychologist. How good he is as one is debatable; he’s very wealthy, so he must have some success…but he also uses therapy sessions as opportunities to feed off his clients and hypnotize them into forgetting. It’s also doubtful he genuinely cares about any of his clients' issues, given his viewing humans as little more than a food source.

     Opal Burdock 

Opal Burdock (née Redfern)

Mary-Lynette's neighbour and great aunt to Rowan, Ash, Kestrel and Jade. She was born a Redfern, but became a Burdock by marriage and later checked out of the family altogether after her husband was executed. Solving her murder forms one of the main plots of Daughters of Darkness.
  • Cool Aunt: Make that Cool Great Aunt. She kept in contact with her great nieces after taking off and helped Rowan arrange for herself, Kestrel and Jade to come live with her behind their family's back, so they could live a free life away from the restrictive, backwards patriarchy of the enclaves.
  • Cool Old Lady: See Cool Aunt. Unlike the rest of her family, she also apparently had no issue with werewolves, seeing as she let Jeremy do odd-jobs and repairs for her and was quite friendly with him, even confiding in him about her husband's death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her husband was brutally executed by the Elders for telling a human about the Night World, prompting her to run off to live amongst humans.
  • Due to the Dead: Her great nieces bury her in the garden rather than leave her lying in the basement. However, circumstances force them to shift her to the woods.
  • Elderly Immortal: She allowed herself to start aging again and so looks like an ordinary old woman, unlike lamia who stop aging.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: She kept pet goats to feed on and was seen as being an eccentric, but harmless, old lady by the residents of Briar Creek.
  • Granny Classic: She was a kindly, if not strange and reclusive, old lady who lived alone with her pet goats. She was friendly and supportive to her great-nieces and Mary-Lynette. Generally ticked lots of the boxes for this trope...well, except for the whole 'drinking blood' thing.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She was staked with a picket fence.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With her seventeen year old neighbour, Mary-Lynette. The latter often helped her care for her goats and they seemed fond of each other; Mary-Lynette defends her as merely being "eccentric", not "crazy" and is pretty determined to find out the truth behind her death.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She offers her nieces a place to live when they run away from home and is staked for her trouble by Jeremy, whom she had only ever showed kindness to, because he was paranoid the girls would cut into his hunting territory. As if that weren't bad enough, her body then gets buried, dug up, reburied, dug up again and shifted all around the town. The poor woman can't even catch a break in death!
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Rowan implies she's starting to become a bit forgetful. She and her sisters assume it slipped her mind when she doesn't come to pick them up like she promised...as it turns out, she couldn't pick them up because she was lying dead in her own basement.
  • Widow Woman: She's lived alone in Briar Creek for several years after her husband's death.

     Hodge Burdock 

Hodge Burdock

Opal Burdock's late husband and great uncle to Rowan, Ash, Kestrel and Jade.
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     Morgead Blackthorn 

Morgead Blackthorn

"You can give up anytime, now. Because I'm going to win and we both know it."

A member of Jez Redfern's gang and her childhood friend/rival. He later turns out to be her soulmate.


     Raven Mandrill 

Raven Mandrill

A member of Jez Redfern's gang.note 

     Thistle Galena 

Thistle Galena

A member of Jez Redfern's gang.note 

     Nissa Johnson 

Nissa Johnson

A supporting protagonist in Witchlight. She is a member of Keller’s team, helping to find and protect Iliana Dominick.note 
  • Action Girl: Alongside Keller, she’s one of the best fighters in Circle Daybreak. Her vampire strength and speed certainly helps in this regard.
  • The Big Guy: Of the team in Witchlight. As a vampire, she’s equal in strength to Keller, if not more so, and tends to be practical and straight-thinking, is one of the best fighters on the team and their getaway driver.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Has this hair style.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She’s described as having “mink-colored” hair (a shade of brown) and eyes “a shade or two darker”.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: She’s dedicated to saving the world and is generally quite friendly.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. She has the same first name as Blaise Harman's mother (although she's not mentioned by name in the novels).
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