In my urban fantasy trilogy, I had a lot of fun coming up with the different mythologies of each demon species. For the kappas, a nod to my love of all things Japan, I had a lot of lore to play with. But the belu kappa, Mizuchi, became a much stronger character as I began writing the third book. And it had very little to do with lore, and a lot to do with how the demon of greed became one so selfless.
The Greedy Man
In the final book, there’s a pretty stark contrast between Mizuchi’s origin and the noxes. Lotan, the nox prince, tells Cam his parents had fought God to be together forever. After all, what kind of blessing would it be if the love of her life wasn’t beside her? Mizuchi, on the other hand, readily gave up his human life, love, and even children on the pursuit of more. And when Bael came knocking with the promise of spawn, he readily signed up.
The Mizuchi we meed in Redemption is a man who’s been chastened by time. He threw his lot in early with Bael in the early years, but now realizes that there’s a heavy cost to loyalty. He’s lost control of his own spawn. In fact, he barely has control of his own lands. But there’s one thing he still has: his mind.
One of the things I love about Mizuchi is he’s sneaky. He’s also a little ruthless, willing to play with Anya’s emotions to get her to do the right thing. He’s really a morally gray character, but his goals are for the greater good. He’s also the mastermind behind Lotan’s plan, the one who takes lofty ideas into tangible actions. Mizuchi’s greed has been tempered, but his thirst for knowledge remains. He inundated himself with as much strategy and military knowledge as he could. Will it be enough to fight against the athtar demon who can stop time?
You’ll have to read to find out…
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Demon hunter Jack Grenard’s life changed three years ago when his wife was brutally murdered by the very demons he’d been hunting. At the urging of his partner Cam Macarro, he’s starting a new life in Atlanta, hoping he’ll find the man he used to be. But on a routine hunt, they come across a new type of demon–one that saves instead of kills.
Meanwhile, demons across Atlanta are preparing for the quadrennial uprising of their Underworld brethren. Worse yet, there’s a rumor the so-called king of the demons, Bael, will appear for the first time in over a century. Jack and Cam must uncover the truth about the mystery woman before all hell–literally–breaks loose.
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