Hidden Legacy Character Guide

The Hidden Legacy series is the story of a woman who exists in a world very much like our own, except this world revolves around Houses, magic dynasties.  They own corporations, they dominate politics, and they are in near constant conflict with each other.  It’s a story of over the top adventure, flashy magic, and unlikely romance between Nevada Baylor, who knows when people lie to her and Mad Rogan, the billionaire-mage who wields almost god-like power.

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character-guide*This is a breakdown of all of the characters in Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series, complete up to Burn For Me.  While I have tried to keep things general, this is a reference that may include spoilers.

This is alphabetical by first name, with main or vital characters highlighted in blue.

-A-

Adam Pierce

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a rare Prime pyrokinetic with stainless steel classification
  • from a very wealthy, established family
  • spent most of his life being spoiled by his mother
  • his magical powers and family position made him wanted by the government and the private sector alike
  • left his family behind to become a bad-boy biker rebel
  • has been involved in petty incidents of crime since he left his family
  • has become a celebrity in his own right, a darling of the media who craves attention
  • responsible for the robbery and arson at First National Bank that left a security guard dead and his family badly burned
  • works with Gavin Waller to rob the First National Bank
  • shallow and vain, and not used to being told no
  • has no hesitation to kill
  • smart, cruel and easily bored, but wicked and charming when he wants to be
  • takes what he wants, and is vicious when told no
  • burned a shop-keeper as a child when he was caught stealing
  • develops an interest in Nevada Baylor
  • power and celebrity being used to a greater end
  • plans to use the amplification amulet to increase his powers and destroy Houston
  • wants to remake the world to benefit those with power
  • extremely handsome, almost pretty
  • longish brown hair, rich dark brown eyes
  • tattoos of a Celtic knot on his left pec, and a snarling panther with horns on his right torso

Amanda

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • pretty, with auburn hair
  • hits on Mad Rogan

Arabella Baylor

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • youngest sister of Nevada Baylor and Catalina Baylor
  • daughter of Penelope Baylor and granddaughter of Frida
  • cousin of Bernard and Leon
  • fiery personality
  • 15 years old
  • blonde hair

Asli

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a freelancer sometimes hired by Nevada Baylor
  • expensive but highly skilled
  • doesn’t usually back down from a fight

Augustine Montgomery

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a Prime
  • head of House Montgomery
  • attended Harvard with Mad Rogan
  • long-standing personal antagonism with Mad Rogan
  • runs Montgomery International Investigations
  • prides himself on his powers of observation
  • family business owns the mortgage of Baylor Investigative Services
  • threatens to take away Nevada Baylor’s business unless she brings Adam Pierce back to his family before he is arrested or killed
  • uses his powers of illusion to cast himself as being nearly flawless looking
  • wears an unnecessary pair of small, wireless glasses
  • elegant, refined features
  • clean shaven with a strong nose and firm mouth
  • intelligent green eyes
  • thick blonde hair precisely cut

-B-

Basta

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a thug from Jersey Village
  • killed by Peaches for his territory
  • controlled the Southside

Bern (Bernard)

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • cousin of Nevada, Arabella and Catalina Baylor
  • older brother of Leon
  • nephew of Penelope, grandson of Frida
  • mother Gisela has a history of drinking and trouble with the law
  • brilliant with computers
  • has a full academic scholarship
  • works at Baylor Investigative Services
  • has been in both wrestling and judo
  • deep voice
  • 19 years old
  • 6 foot 1 and still growing
  • strong and muscular
  • short, light brown hair
  • grey eyes

Bug

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • lives hidden away in the destroyed Jersey Village
  • a surveillance specialist, out of the military for over a year
  • time as a swarmer left him nearly manic when not medicated
  • bound by magic to be able to split his attention over hundreds of independent tasks
  • processes information at superhuman speed
  • one of the very few swarmers who survived their military service
  • needs the military drug Equzol to be able to function
  • has a pet dog named Napoleon
  • slight frame, disheveled dark hair
  • grimy and unwashed
  • small nose and mouth make his face look top heavy
  • big brown eyes

-C-

Carla

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a very rare levitater
  • part of the team that was sent with Mad Rogan to destroy the city of Cheutmal

Caroline Rogan Lancey

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • wife of William Lancey
  • mother of Kelley Waller
  • grandmother of Gavin Waller
  • disowned her daughter Kelley Waller when she refused to marry for magical advancement

Catalina Baylor

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • younger sister of Nevada Baylor and older sister of Arabella Baylor
  • daughter of Penelope Baylor and granddaughter of Frida
  • cousin of Bernard and Leon
  • 17 years old
  • thin
  • dark hair

Catherine O’Leary

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • lived in Chicago in 1871
  • married to Patrick O’Leary
  • a farmer whose cow was blamed with starting the Great Fire of Chicago
  • became a pariah and died a few years later

Cesare Costa

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • hexed members of the Emmens family to never disclose the location of the amplification amulet

Cherry

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • lives in Jersey Village
  • former drug addict who probably sold herself to a house for experimentation
  • magic warped
  • skeleton thin, with clawed hands
  • mottled green skin
  • dull, empty eyes
  • triangular, crocodile teeth
  • willing to trade information for food

Christina Pierce

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a third generation Prime
  • mother of Adam Pierce and Peter Pierce
  • spoiled and indulged Adam Pierce
  • judgmental and entitled, but brilliant
  • an upperclass snob with a refined Georgia accent

Connor Rogan

  • see Mad Rogan

Cornelius Maddox Harrison

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • an animal mage
  • a stay at home father of Matilda Harrison
  • second son of Rupert and Martha Harrison
  • brother of Reginald Harrison
  • from House Harrison, a comfortable but not excessively wealthy family
  • smart and calm natured
  • brought in as a child to be Adam Pierce’s friend and keeper
  • was supposed to keep Adam Pierce out of trouble, and take the blame when he did something wrong
  • has never liked Adam Pierce, but forced to be his scapegoat
  • mother Martha Harrison attended school with Adam Pierce’s mother Christina
  • separated himself from his family because they tend to use him for their own ends
  • in his late 20’s
  • dark blonde hair cut short

Cowboy

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a freelancer sometimes hired by Nevada Baylor

-D-

Daniela Arias

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • family physician of Mad Rogan
  • served in the military for 10 years, 6 in South America
  • went into medicine to save lives, no matter if the patient could pay or not
  • Hispanic
  • at least 6 feet tall and powerfully built
  • dark hair, dark eyes
  • large features, strong nose and full mouth

Daniel “Pegleg” Sullivan

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • lived in Chicago in 1871
  • credited with being the first one to see the fire that burned Chicago
  • was neighbors with Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, whose cow was blamed for starting the Great Fire of Chicago

David Harrisson

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a Chicago Police lieutenant at the time of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871
  • wrote crime fiction under the name John F. Shepard

Diego

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • schoolmate of Arabella

Diego

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • works for Mad Rogan

-E-

Edward Emmens

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • lived in Chicago in 1871
  • son of Colonel Rudyard Emmens
  • an 18 year old pyrokinetic mage who is thought to have started the Great Fire of Chicago using the amplifying amulet
  • magic classified as Notable later in his life

-F-

Frederick Rome

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • former son-in-law of Mark Emmens

Frederick Van Pelt

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • lived in Chicago in 1871
  • friends with fire mage Edward Emmens
  • part of the group that is thought to have accidentally started the Great Fire of Chicago

Frida

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a rare mech-mage
  • magic makes a connection to the inner workings of machines
  • mother of Penelope Baylor
  • grandmother of Nevada, Arabella and Catalina Baylor, Leon and Bernard
  • caused a bit of controversy when she married dark-skinned Leon, from Quebec
  • military vet
  • adventurous and bold
  • never judges those she loves
  • knocked unconscious and left in a fire by Adam Pierce
  • 72 years old
  • parents came to the US from Germany
  • works on armored vehicles and tanks
  • always smells of engine oil and gunpowder
  • average height, but skinny
  • curly dark hair turned platinum with age
  • light skinned with blue eyes

-G-

Gavin Waller

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a short-range telekinetic, not very powerful
  • son of Thomas and Kelly Waller
  • mother the first cousin of Mad Rogan
  • 16 years old
  • worked with Adam Pierce to rob First National Back for a piece of the amplification amulet
  • bank robbery left a security guard dead and his family badly burned
  • a short range teleporter, not very powerful
  • being hunted by the police
  • had been stashed away in a motel by Adam Pierce for over a week
  • forgotten by Adam Pierce after he had served his purpose
  • arrested and charged with murder

George Kolter

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a fulgurkinetic Prime
  • able to shoot lightning from 50 feet
  • accused of child molestation
  • publicly captured and brought to justice by Lenora Jordan

Gisela

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • mother of Bern and Leon
  • has a past of drinking and trouble with the law

Gustave “Gus” Peralta

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • owner of Gustave’s Custom Cycles
  • in his early 30’s
  • helps funnels money from Christina Pierce to Adam Pierce when he is on the run
  • tall and lanky
  • olive brown skin
  • shaved head with a short beard

-H-

Harper Larvo

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a notable level harmonizer, but closer to average
  • daughter of Phillip and Lynn Larvo
  • interned at a fashion magazine, but is basically just a party girl
  • desperately searching for a wealthy, magically powerful man
  • considered a failed vector, with every generation becoming less powerful
  • has a degree in art history
  • part of the conspiracy to destroy Houston
  • 29 years old
  • throaty voice
  • slim and attractive, pretty and polished
  • hair dyed a soft strawberry blonde
  • large blue eyes

-I-

Itou, Professor

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a history professor
  • one of Bern’s favorite teachers
  • full of energy, but doesn’t take himself too seriously
  • believed the Great Fire of Chicago was actually started by a fire mage
  • bribed with a full scholarship to keep his theories secret
  • average height with a compact, powerful build
  • hooded dark eyes
  • married, with two sons

-J-

Jesse Emmens

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • grandson of Mark Emmens
  • 18 years old
  • disappeared from College at Edinburgh three months ago
  • dumped back at his dorm room 48 hours later with no memory of what happened
  • hexed at birth to not disclose the location of the amplification amulet

John Rutger

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • an enerkinetic
  • retired military mage
  • a stockbroker with a decent, but not stellar, record
  • married for 9 years, with two children
  • wife Liz Rutger hired Nevada Baylor to find out if he was cheating
  • a philanderer and a liar
  • heavily mortgaged, cannot afford for his wife to file for divorce
  • attacks Nevada Baylor when she catches him cheating
  • in his 40`s
  • tall and fit
  • brown, slightly wavy hair with a hint of grey
  • distinguished looking

-K-

Kelly Lancey Waller

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • not magically significant
  • first cousin of Mad Rogan
  • married to Thomas Waller
  • daughter of Caroline Rogan Lancey and William Lancey
  • disowned by her family 20 years ago because she refused to marry for magical advancement
  • has very little magic ability of her own
  • owned a bakery that went bankrupt a few years ago
  • son Gavin Waller involved in the bank robbery with Adam Pierce that left a security guard dead and his wife and children badly burned
  • part of the plan to use Adam Pierce to destroy Houston
  • sacrificed her own son to her plans
  • has hated Mad Rogan since they were young, jealous of his power and position

Kevin

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • former college boyfriend of Nevada Baylor
  • a good, decent man, solid and dependable
  • left Houston when he was accepted into a graduate program at CalTech
  • now lives in Seattle, where married with six month old twins

-L-

Leif Magnusson

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • an attractive actor
  • star of Crash and Burn II

Lenora Jordan

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a Prime
  • Harris county District Attorney
  • a solid fighter for justice, no matter who commits the crime
  • fanatically devoted to law and order, impartial and resolute
  • able to summon chains from thin air
  • incorruptible, powerful and smart
  • athletic and attractive
  • in her late 30’s
  • medium brown skin
  • curly dark hair
  • big eyes, wide nose and full lips

Leon

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • cousin of Nevada, Arabella and Catalina Baylor
  • younger brother of Bern
  • nephew of Penelope, grandson of Frida
  • mother Gisela has a history of drinking and trouble with the law
  • helps with the computer research for the family business
  • 15 years old
  • small and skinny
  • dark eyes
  • weighs barely 100 pounds

Leon

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • husband of Frida
  • father of Penelope Baylor
  • grandfather of Nevada, Arabella and Catalina Baylor
  • originally from Quebec
  • huge and dark skinned

Lina

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • receptionist for Augustine Montgomery at Montgomery International Investigations
  • flawless pale brown skin
  • big blue eyes
  • hair constantly dyed vivid colors
  • impeccably styled at all times
  • aunt and uncle run a funeral home

Liz Rutger

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • married for 9 years to John Rutger, with two children
  • hires Nevada Baylor to find out if her husband is cheating on her again

Lynn Larvo

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a notable level harmonizer, not affiliated with any house
  • part of a failed vector, with each generation getting magically weaker
  • married to Phillip Larvo
  • mother of Harper Larvo
  • works in real estate

-M-

Mad Rogan

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • real name Connor Rogan, but goes by the name Mad Rogan
  • also known as the butcher and the scourge
  • a telekinetic Prime, off-the-charts level of power
  • attended Harvard with Augustine Montgomery
  • worth over a billion dollars
  • a tactile, with some power of telepathy and empathy
  • entered into the military to have some control over his own life
  • made his name in the war against Mexico
  • 19 when he destroyed the city of Cheutmal
  • capable of destruction on a massive scale
  • left the military 5 years ago after serving for six years
  • fourth generation Prime, head of House Rogan
  • the culmination of three generations of careful breeding
  • graduated from high school early and did his bachelor’s degree in three years
  • did not turn out the way his family had planned
  • powerful, commands obedience without a word
  • enters into a partnership with Nevada Baylor to stop Adam Pierce
  • estranged from cousin Kelly Waller and her family for 16 years
  • betrayed by his cousin Kelly Waller, set up to be a part of the destruction of Houston
  • the only one strong enough to stop Adam Pierce from destroying Houston
  • tall and heavily muscled, built like a fighter
  • rough, masculine and arresting
  • scar-covered bronze skin
  • striking blue eyes that appear to change shade
  • dark brown, nearly black hair
  • square jaw and hard, masculine features

Magdalene Sherbo

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • college history professor
  • works with Professor Itou
  • working in India

Makarov

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • former soldier
  • friend of Grandma Frida
  • a specialist who installs illegal shockers
  • works with Szenia
  • can change his left arm into a blue, clawed, demonic hand
  • early 60’s
  • sparse and fit
  • thinning silver hair cut short
  • smart green eyes
  • Russian accent

Mark Emmens

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • great-grandson of Colonel Rudyard Emmens
  • 79 years old
  • family has been hexed to never speak of the location of the amplification amulet
  • has one daughter
  • grandson Jesse Emmens disappeared for 48 hours and was returned with no memory of his disappearance
  • hex broken by Nevada Baylor to reveal the location of the amplification amulet
  • face marked with age
  • sharp, intelligent hazel eyes

Martha Harrison

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • from House Harrison
  • married to Rupert Harrison
  • mother of Cornelius Maddox Harrison
  • grandmother of Matilda Harrison
  • old friend of Christina Pierce

Mateus

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a freelancer sometimes hired by Nevada Baylor

Matilda Harrison

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • daughter of Cornelius Maddox Harrison and Reginald Harrison

Montrel

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • lives in Jersey Village
  • a thug, but can be reasoned with
  • controls the Northside
  • in a turf war with Peaches

Munoz, Sgt.

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • police officer
  • questions Nevada Baylor after she is attacked by John Rutger
  • around 50
  • stocky build

-N-

Nevada Baylor

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a Truthseeker, with the ability to know when anyone is lying
  • hid her magical abilities so she would not be forced into life as an interrogator
  • powers work on anyone, no matter how strong they are
  • has never really tested what her magic can do
  • strong protective instinct brings out her active magical powers
  • well able to take care of herself
  • a small-time private investigator
  • took over running the family investigative business after her father died of a rare form of cancer when she was 19
  • Baylor Investigative Services mortgaged to Montgomery International Investigations to cover her father’s medical expenses
  • worked her way through a degree in Criminal Justice
  • had a college boyfriend named Kevin
  • kidnapped and interrogated by Mad Rogan
  • has herself implanted with illegal shockers to be able to defend herself
  • an expert shot, trained by her sniper mother
  • enters into a partnership with Mad Rogan to stop Adam Pierce
  • 5 foot 5, 130 pounds
  • 25 years old
  • tan skin, brown eyes
  • dark blonde hair

-O-

-P-

Patricia Bridges

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • part of the Emmens family
  • wife of William Bridges
  • donated park land to the city of Houston where the third piece of the amulet was hidden

Patrick O’Leary

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • lived in Chicago in 1871
  • married to Catherine O’Leary
  • a farmer whose cow was blamed with starting the Great Fire of Chicago

Peaches

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • a thug who lives in Jersey Village
  • able to summon swarms of poisonous swamp flies
  • killed his former boss Basta and took over his territory
  • in a turf war with another thug named Montrel
  • crazy and paranoid
  • tall and skinny, with pale skin
  • arms and legs too long for his body
  • limp, reddish hair
  • killed by Mad Rogan

Penelope Baylor

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • mother of Nevada, Arabella and Catalina Baylor
  • aunt of Bern and Leon
  • daughter of Frida and Leon
  • former soldier
  • critically injured in 1995 during military operations in Bosnia
  • captured and put in a hole in the ground for two months with two other soldiers
  • presumed dead, only rescued by chance
  • left leg permanently damaged
  • lost her P.I. licence four years ago
  • magical talent of hand-to-eye coordination made her the perfect sniper
  • never misses her target
  • average height
  • dark eyes and medium brown skin
  • chestnut brown hair

Peter Pierce

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • head of House Pierce
  • older brother of Adam Pierce and Tatyana Pierce
  • powers didn’t manifest until he was 11
  • successful and respectable
  • around 40 years old
  • handsome
  • dark eyes and bold features

Phillip Larvo

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • a notable level harmonizer, not affiliated with any house
  • part of a failed vector, with each generation getting magically weaker
  • married to Lynn Larvo
  • father of Harper Larvo
  • works in real estate

-Q-

-R-

Reginald Harrison

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • brother of Cornelius Maddox Harrison
  • son of Rupert and Martha Harrison
  • net worth of almost 20 million dollars

Rudyard Emmens, Colonel

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • lived in Chicago in 1871
  • had been part of the British military, served most of his time in the Orient
  • found the amplification amulet during his time in India
  • one of the early subjects injected with the Osiris serum
  • son Edward Emmens inherited his fire mage abilities and is thought to have started the Great Fire of Chicago using the amplifying amulet
  • early ancestor of Mark Emmens

Rupert Harrison

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • from House Harrison
  • married to Martha Harrison
  • father of Cornelia Maddox Harrison and Reginald Harrison
  • grandfather of Matilda Harrison

Rynda Charles

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • at one time considered a suitable wife for Mad Rogan

-S-

Santino

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • employee of Mad Rogan

Szenia

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • works with Makarov
  • in his early 20’s
  • a trained paramedic
  • nearly killed by Nevada when she first has her shockers installed
  • blonde hair
  • sparse and fit

-T-

Tatyana Pierce

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • part of House Pierce
  • daughter of Christina Pierce
  • sister of Adam and Peter Pierce

Thea

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • works for House Shaw at the entrance to The Pit
  • short and muscular
  • dark brown skin
  • glossy black hair worn in cornrows

Thomas Bruce

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • known as Bubba Bruce
  • former Mayor of Houston
  • not that bright
  • wanted to leave his mark on Houston by building a subway
  • ended up flooding and destroying Jersey Village

Thomas Waller

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • not magically significant
  • married to Kelly Waller
  • son Gavin Waller involved in the bank robbery with Adam Pierce that left a security guard dead and his wife and children badly burned
  • a good man who lost everything
  • betrayed by his wife when tried to destroy Houston, son arrested and charged with murder

Troy Linman

  • first appearance in Burn For Me
  • in his mid 20’s
  • former infantry soldier
  • left the military when his wife was pregnant with their second child
  • unable to make ends meet
  • hired by Mad Rogan, with his debt cleared
  • injured in the attack on Mad Rogan
  • fit, with broad shoulders
  • short blonde hair

-U-

-V-

Valerie

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • schoolmate of Arabella Baylor
  • a tattletale

-W-

William Bridges

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • married to Patricia Bridges, part of the Emmens family
  • donated park land to the city of Houston where the third piece of the amplification amulet was hidden

William Lancey

  • first mentioned in Burn For Me
  • husband of Caroline Rogan
  • father of Kelly Waller
  • grandfather of Gavin Waller
  • disowned daughter Kelly Waller when she would not marry for magical advancement

-X-

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