Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.
But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.
Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
Character Profile: Soul
Trainer and top mentor at PsyLED Spook School, Soul appears to be anywhere from 40-60 years old, the kind of woman who was ageless and sexy and sultry, and made all the men in visual distance perk up and think about taking her to the nearest hotel. She was once a ‘prisoner of time’. She has smooth olive skin and black, flashing eyes and platinum hair like storm clouds, the kind nature gives some formerly black-haired women. It hangs down her back in long, supple waves. She has curves in all the right places.
Her Species is one of les arcenciels or essendo luci. Is a direct descendant of the first shape changer on Earth. She smells blue with touches of rain.
“I am of the Light, what some have called arcenciel. Light-beings. Rainbow dragons. Humans have worshiped us and witches have imprisoned us and used us for their magics for eons of time. We have come and gone upon your Earth and others like it for millennia. We like it here. Were we not hunted, more of us would choose to stay here. To raise our hatchlings here. There is water aplenty and we like the water planets best.”
In another form she can also take on the shape of a striped black and yellow Tiger
Also – her true form, the light dragon—arcenciel: Her jaw elongates. Alligator long. Crocodile long. Full of teeth like needles and knives but pearly. The alligator snout widens into a frilled head that is easily the size of a water buffalo. The whole buffalo. With slowly spiraling, multicolored hair. This arcenciel is massive. With a black tongue that flicks out and back in, again, touching/ tasting. Its eyes are huge, like iridescent glass dinner plates, orangey and bright. her teeth were than the previous arcenciel, her frill containing more white and red. Soul’s light pearlescent, her body winged, snaky, scaled. Soul is not the same person in this form, as if she loses her humanity when she sheds her human skin. As arcenciel she is light, brilliant as the dawning sun, like fireworks going off in the street, but silent.
She once said: “I can’t make a magic that will survive a fall through a hedge ward that strong. I tried. The charm failed.” More softly, Soul said, “But I am a magic that will survive it.”
But she can time-walk even better than Jane Yellowrock.
**Compiled by Melissa M. Gilbert of Clicking Keys, for the Character History of the Jane Yellowrock world**
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