Welcome to the world of the demonhuntress… enter freely and of your own will.
Reluctant heroine, tortured soul
Alexis Strauss wants to escape from the strictures of her daily life, in which society hinders women and foreigners. For a brief period, she starts to see her dreams come to fruition: a bright new future with her ambitions within reach, a deeply supportive husband…
Then it all falls apart in a horrific and phantasmagorical way.
Fathers André and Xavier
This duo of priests come into the story as Alexis’s protectors, as well as becoming her mentors.
But where exactly do they come from, and what else do they know about the mystery that surrounds her?
Julius is the commander of the Swiss guards sent to accompany Alexis to the Vatican.
He avoids detailing his exact role to Alexis… for the time being.
Neil is a hostile, withdrawn young boy who possesses the ability to talk to the dead. Why does he mistrust everyone around him, and what is his place in a mysterious world that seems to repudiate him in turn?
Despite Neil’s isolation, he becomes an indispensable ally to Alexis.
This man from the medieval era, possessed of surreal powers, schemes a diabolical plot against Alexis… but why?
Allied with the devil, he reaches into the modern world through an ancient portrait that keeps changing, and is linked to Alexis’s past…
The Countess of Karavalitz
The other subject in the ancient portrait, she bears a disturbing resemblance to Alexis.
But if she also exerts her presence from another century, what was her eventual fate?
She speaks little but misses nothing… and it was she who cared for Alexis without a word to say.
“Speak only when you must, and say only half of what you are thinking.”
– Alexandre Dumas, 1867
Rector of St Michael’s Abbey
Monsignor Hamel is the Father Superior of the abbey that shelters Alexis. Wise and respected, he plans the opening moves against Saderre.
He is named in honour of the first European martyr of the 21st century.
Alexis’s deceased husband, his influence on her past is revealed in stages through glimpses.
Madeleine’s life is upset and turned around more than once, careening within the dark side. Then she crosses Alexis.