THE NATIVE STAR & THE HIDDEN GODDESS: Characters
The town witch of Lost Pine, California, Emily has done her best to assume the duties of her adoptive father after sickness robbed him of his eyesight. But with everyone in town buying patent magicks by mail, how can she stave off the penury that’s at her doorstep? She’s set her sights set on marrying Dag Hansen, the town’s richest man. A witch has ways of making a man fall in love with her . . . but at what cost?
A pompous and scholarly warlock from New York City, Dreadnought Stanton has been sent to the tiny village of Lost Pine, California by his prestigious alma mater, The Mirabilis Institute. His assignment is to study the magical customs of the rural residents and educate them on modern methods of sorcery. But such a tedious backwater is no place for a warlock of his talents and refinement. Nothing interesting ever happens in places like Lost Pine. Or does it?
A lumberman who made his fortune providing timber from the Sierra Nevadas to help build the Transcontinental Railroad, Dag Hansen is a tempting target for a designing witch. But there’s something about him that Emily doesn’t know—something that could complicate her plans to catch him for a husband.
A graduate of the Nevada Women’s College, Rose Hibble is sweet farmgirl and an avid reader of dime adventure novels. She’s on her way to Chicago to help her Aunt Kindy in the family business—a future disappointingly drab compared to the adventures she reads about. But when she meets Emily and Stanton on the train, her life takes a dramatic turn.
Sophos of The Mirabilis Institute in New York City, Professor Mirabilis is one of the most powerful warlocks in the United States. But his motives are shrouded in mystery and intrigue, and while he is the only man Emily and Stanton can trust, he might be the last man they should trust.
An outspoken womens’ rights advocate, Miss Pendennis is also a representative of the Witches Friendly Society, a trade union dedicated to advancing the interests of professional witches in the United States.
Captain John Caul
A member of the United States Army’s warlock division, Caul served as a battlefield surgeon during the Civil War. He’s also a Maelstrom, one of President Grant’s secret squadron of outlaw blood sorcerors. He’s been sent by the United States Government to capture Emily and Stanton “for the public good”—and he’s not particularly worried about taking them alive.