Cast of Characters

Toma Balcescu – Vulturu, Transylvanian Mountains, Romania, Europe

Teenage Tom works for Old Missy Grey, taking care of the garden and sometimes helping Taïga with her homework.

Rune Blackwood – Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Shasta’s father and Granny’s ex-lover – up until his death in an unfortunate accident.

Buddy and Peaches

Shasta’s old ragdoll, Buddy, taken over by Taïga, and Rowan’s cherished Peaches. Two imaginary friends, come alive.

Giovanni “Goopy” Gils Carbo – Monte Aquila di Valle, Tuscany, Italy

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Goopy’s real name is Giovanni, but everyone knows him as Goopy because he can be a tad rude sometimes… He lives with his parents in Monte Aquila, where he met Taïga during her first summer break at the Di Grisogno’s.

Cipriana Costa – Monte Aquila di Valle, Tuscany, Italy

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Cipriana is the eldest daughter of Monte Aquila di Valle’s king of crime, Dante Costa. She usually hangs out with Goopy, who loves to run errands for her father. She is also Taïga’s Italian friend who she hangs out with during her holidays.

Ellen Janssen – Danish au Pair, Monte Aquila di Valle, Italy, Europe

Ellen is the Di Grisogno’s Danish Au Pair girl. Only qualified because of Rowan’s instant liking to her after she saved him from falling into the fountain, she’s a non-believer of the occult. She adores taking care of charming little Rowan.

Jennifer Doe – Vulturu, Transylvanian Mountains, Romania, Europe

Jennifer Doe

Her birth name is Crina Elena Maria Ionescu, but she wants so badly to be considered American that she insists on being called Jennifer Doe. She tells anyone who listens the tragic story about her father, an American marine killed in Iraq. Even if there is some doubt as to the identity of her genitor, her mother is born and raised in Transylvania and her two siblings have each a different father.

Nobody knows where Jennifer’s interest in the occult comes from as nothing mysterious seems to be happening at her place. But… Didn’t their house use to have a basement?

Jina Madi – The Utchawi tribe, somewhere in Central Africa

High Priestess of the Utchawi tribe, a village hidden in the jungle lacking in electricity and contact with the outer world. It also hides a secret that can not be revealed to anyone. Jina lives with her son, Hami, and her daughter-in-law – a terribly superstitious woman – and her three grandchildren. She is isangoma, the one who talks to the spirits. She is also the one who stood up against everyone to keep Derek alive after he was found by Hami after the plane crash.

The Madi family – The Utchawi tribe, somewhere in Central Africa

Hami Madi, his wife Kesi and their three children : Chiku, Elewisa and Bakaari. The family also has a dog, Mbwa.

Hami is Jina’s son, and head of the family who has taken in Derek after the plane crash. They are a traditional, conservative family and Kesi is very superstitious. Elewisa wants his father to adopt Derek, it would be so cool to have mzungu, white man, as a brother – nobody in the village has a white brother. But that is not what Chiku has in mind. She has decided to marry Derek when she grows up, nobody in the village has married a mzungu before.  But you cannot marry your brother.

Anyway, Kesi is persuaded that Derek is imimoya emibi, an evil spirit. There is no way she is letting him become a permanent part of the family. No way.

Mitchell Flynn – Vulturu, Transylvanian Mountains, Romania, Europe

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Mitchell is a rich orphan who came to Vulturu with his siblings to live with their uncle. A “C” student, he’s totally obsessed with the occult and of becoming a witch.

Melissa “Missy” Grey

Old Missy Grey (3)

Old Missy is Granny’s younger sister. They were quite close when they were children, but their relation got strained when Missy as a teenager became interested in the love of Granny’s life…

Tyler Hale – Crooked Bayou Swamp in Fairview Heights, Twin Towns, SC, USA

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Tyler lives with his mother, an illegal immigrant, in the trailer park on the outskirts of the infamous Bayou. He’s a C-student, regularly skipping school and tagging the town with his friends Jayler Moroni, Darryl and – lo and behold – upper class Tess Ashcroft. But he’s quite good with music and plays lead guitar in the group “IDC”. A secret admirer of Taïga, he dreams of getting an opportunity to date her.

Leann Moreland – Vulturu, Transylvanian Mountains, Romania, Europe

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Daughter of two British researchers of Transylvanian folktales (aka vampires), Leann is kind, cute and caring but she lacks personality. Her friends want to become witches, so she supposes she would like that too…

Jayler Moroni – Falls Harbor, Twin Towns, SC, USA

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Jayler ‘s grandfather is Falls Harbor’s dreaded godfather – Don Moroni. He might be old but he still rules the city with an iron hand, keeping his illegal business running smoothly. Jayler aims to take over when the time comes, so why bother about school? It’s more fun hanging in the Bayou with Tyler and his friends. He’s successful with girls – what he lacks in good looks is made up by an irresistible hint of bad boy. He’s intimidated by Taïga though, she’s probably the only girl he hasn’t succeded charming into bed yet. Now he’s going for second best, Tess Ashcroft, the mayors daughter. Just for the hell of it…

Loki Simmingway – Fairview Heights, Twin Towns, SC, USA

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Loki Simmingway is Taïga’s first real boyfriend. Friends since they were kids, he declares his love on the night before she goes to APYR for the rest of the school year… The personification of the gentle boy next door, he’s struggling between his famous father’s secrets and his über kind mother’s ignorance. And why is his sweet Taïga suddenly becoming distant?

Linn Valström – Falls Harbor, Twin Towns, SC, USA

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Linn is Taïga’s BFF since they met a few years ago in elementary school, both being newcomers. Linn’s adoptive father, Viktor Valquist, had finally decided to leave his job as a ballot counter in Hafnarfjörður on Iceland, and join the love of his life -award winning photographer Jesper Sandström– in the City. Her fathers love her unconditionally but Linn harbors nevertheless the secret wish of finding her biological mother who just might live in Falls Harbor, too…

Linn’s hair: Newseas j187 Sleep Alone

Teddy Vargas – Bigwood Falls, WA, USA

Derek’s little brother from the future. Clumsy, kind and a couch potato, Teddy struggles with his chubbiness since childhood. Derek loves him but is also jealous of his easy manners and likability. Especially when it comes to his closeness with Taïga.



Taïga and IDC, from left to right :

Loki Simmingway – Loki’s father is the famous writer, Ernest Simmingway. As charming as his father and a good student, he’s not part of the band, but as you’ll find him wherever Taïga is, he’s on the picture!

Tess Ashcroft – Her name should ring a bell as her father is the mayor of Falls Harbor. Upper class, groomed to perfection, she’s madly in love with Jayler – even though his criminal family and hers are enemies. She hates Taïga because of Jayler’s interest in her, but also because of Taïga’s talent. She can’t stand Linn either… In fact, she can’t stand any girls => competition!

Jayler Moroni – The oldest member of IDC, Jayler is 18. More interested in bedding girls than in music, Jayler is IDC’s manager. But since Taïga joined the band, he’s hanging around at all their repetitions – driving Tess and Linn to desperation!

Darryl Donald – Darryl lives alone with his two siblings (Shantel and Elton) since their parents died in a tragic accident two years ago. He keeps the social workers at bay thanks to his job at the grocery store, which pays the bills while he nourishes dreams of fame.

Tyler Hale – Youngest member of the group, only 15 like Taïga. He lives in the trailer park with his mother, an illegal immigrant. Read his story here!

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