Most teenagers only act like demons. But we know one who can actually claim the title: Ren Santiago’s friend Edison.
On the surface, he may look like your average floppy-haired 14-year-old boy, but he’s in fact the son of one of Ixtab’s demons.
Unfortunately, as the Maya goddess of the dead, Ixtab isn’t too keen on her elite demon soldiers, um . . . procreating. So you’ll have to excuse Edison if he keeps certain details about his life close to the vest.
Here’s what we do know about “Eddie” . . .
Common characteristics of demons:
1. They have blue skin.
2. They smell like death.
3. They’re not especially approachable.
Yet Edison looks totally normal. (Most of the time, at least.) He’s helpful and friendly. And, according to Ren Santiago, he’s even kind of cute. (Not that she’s willing to admit it.)
We know his mother was a demon, so he must have gotten his human traits from his father’s side. Unfortunately, we don’t know who his father is. We don’t know much about his mother, either, except that she hid Edison in a dark corner of Xib’alb’a, the Maya underworld, shortly after he was born so he wouldn’t be discovered by Ixtab.
Luckily, a different Maya god of death eventually took Edison under his wing.
Daddy of Darkness
Ever since Edison’s mother disappeared a few months ago, the teenage demon has been in the care of Ah-Puch. Not only has A.P. provided Edison with food, shelter, and lessons in magic, he’s also been teaching the boy how to live among humans. After all, one can get a little weird when they’ve spent their formative years surrounded by ghosts.
A.P.’s solution? Stick Edison in a five-star hotel and encourage him to watch as many movies and TV shows as he can until he gets a general sense of how human beings normally behave. What could possibly go wrong? At least Edison gets to pick the movies himself. (Again, most of the time.)
Do Your Magic
But who needs social skills when you have vast magic power? In Edison’s case, he can create energy from different sources, like light or heat, or even from intense emotions such as fear. He can also block opponents’ magic.
The one catch? His magic is only as good as his awareness of his immediate surroundings. He must carefully survey the area before engaging in battle, lest he become susceptible to sneak attacks. This shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge . . . because if there’s anything that teenagers are famously good at, it’s thinking things through and planning their actions ahead of time.
Don’t Call Him a Protector
After months of training, Edison is finally ready for his first assignment from Ah-Puch: accompanying Ren Santiago on a quest to prevent the nine Lords of Night from awakening. Reportedly, these ancient beings of immense power are determined to overthrow the Maya gods. Sounds pretty tough, if you ask us.
But the hardest part may be convincing Ren that she needs help in the first place.
Want to learn more about Edison? Be sure to pick up The Lords of Night: A Shadow Bruja Novel, on sale October 4th!