The sassy, independent heroine is E. Valerie Kincaid (aka Evalle, Eve), who is not a Belador, but an Alterant, a half-breed species with an ancestry that is part Belador and part unknown. The green-eyed Alterants are considered to be little more than animals by the other supernaturals because they have so little control over their shift to their bestial form. So far, Evalle has never had an uncontrolled shift. She has magical abilities that include see-in-the-dark eyesight and various energy weapons (e.g., fireballs). On the con side, Evalle is light sensitive to the point that she must wear opaque sunglasses even at night and cannot be in the sun for even a moment without combusting. Evalle has had a horrible childhood (locked in a basement by her aunt for 18 years) and a rough adulthood (being constantly sneered at and persecuted for her half-breed ancestry). Although Evalle is a VIPER enforcer, many do not trust her because under stressful conditions, there is always the possibility that she might shift into an uncontrollable beast (double rows of sharp fangs, long claws—you know the drill).
> Sen: mysterious, powerful VIPER of unknown ancestry who despises Evalle for unknown reasons
NOVEL 2: Alterant