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Grace Tempest

Grace’s adventures begin when she and her brother Connor are shipwrecked as they flee from Crescent Moon Bay. She’s rescued by Lorcan Furey and finds herself on a mysterious ship with red deckboards and a circling mist, not to mention a figurehead who comes to life at sunset. Grace is too brave to cower in her cabin, even when the things she overhears on the deck outside convince her that she is indeed on board a ship of vampire pirates. Grace wants answers and she’s not afraid to seek out the Vampirate Captain himself to find them. …

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Connor Tempest

Connor’s adventures begin when he and his sister Grace are shipwrecked as they flee from Crescent Moon Bay. He’s rescued by Cheng Li and taken aboard notorious pirate ship The Diablo. Soon Connor is embroiled in the life of a young pirate. Though he misses Grace deeply and fears for her safety, he takes to the pirate life as smoothly as a duck to water. He earns his stripes defending Captain Molucco Wrathe against a surprise attack. Then, as he begins sword fighting lessons, he marks himself out as a pirate of great potential. He’s a popular …

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The Captain

According to the old shanty, the Vampirate Captain “wears a veil, so as to curtail your fright at his death-pale skin and his lifeless eyes and his teeth as sharp as night.” Yet when Grace meets the captain, she finds that there is no veil; instead, he wears a mesh-like mask. But what does it conceal? As the captain of a ship of vampires, you might expect him to be the most fearful of creatures and yet he seems to rule the ship with fairness and discipline, looking after all the members of his crew – whether vampires, donors or visitors …

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Cheng Li

When we first meet Cheng Li, she is already a Deputy Captain at just nineteen years-old. She’s second-in-command aboard notorious pirate ship, The Diablo, but to say that she and Captain Molucco Wrathe are at odds is a gross understatement. Cheng Li has been groomed by the Pirate Federation and graduated with flying colours from Pirate Academy. The daughter of Chang Ko Li – revered as “the best of the best” but killed in a common brawl – Cheng Li has a lot to live up to and she’s not wasting any time in building a reputation as one of …

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Sidorio

There’s nothing enigmatic about Sidorio. He was a villain in his mortal life – a pirate who kidnapped Julius Caesar and paid for this deed with his life. Now, centuries later, he’s just about the most ruthless Vampirate of them all. He has twin gold teeth and he’s not afraid to use them – attacking wantonly whenever and wherever to feed his insatiable appetite for blood and mayhem. He seems to bounce back from every apparent defeat, only to grow in strength and wickedness and yet he has a dark charisma which helps him recruit followers to his cause. …

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Captain Molucco Wrathe

Love him or hate him, you’d have to agree that Molucco (pronounced Mo-luck-o) Wrathe is one of the most notorious and flamboyant captains ever to sail the high seas. With his rainbow-coloured dreadlocks and his pet snake Scrimshaw (who somehow lives among those dreadlocks!), Molucco Wrathe is a larger-than-life character. Born into a pirate dynasty, he has two brothers, Barbarro and Porfirio, who are both captains themselves. Molucco believes in a “short life but a merry one”. He’s a traditional, rock ‘n’ roll pirate, who has no time for the more strategic approach advocated by the Pirate Federation …

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Lorcan Furey

It is enigmatic Irish sailor Lorcan Furey who rescues Grace from the icy seas in Demons Of The Ocean. He’s a seventeen year-old Irish lad, with piercing blue eyes and jet black hair, but exactly how long has he been seventeen for? From the very beginning, there’s a powerful connection between Lorcan and Grace. But there are secrets too and hidden dangers for both of them. As the story unfolds, we find that the connection between them goes back a whole lot further than we originally thought. Can their special relationship withstand the explosive truth? With the last …

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Bartholomew ‘Bart’ Pearce

From the beginning, straight-talking, fun-loving Aussie, Bart is Connor Tempest’s best buddy aboard The Diablo. Bart is a whiz with the broadsword and has an unflagging eye for the ladies, whether it’s weapons supremo Cutlass Cate or Ma Kettle’s glamourous serving assistant, Sugar Pie. Soon, Connor, Bart and their comrade Jez Stukeley become inseparable and are nicknamed “The Three Buccaneers” by Cutlass Cate. But a sudden and terrible event tears “The Three Buccaneers” apart and causes even Bart’s sunny outlook to be questioned. Maybe it’s time for this good-time boy to face some harsh realities …

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Cutlass Cate Morgan

Cutlass Cate is, as the sequence begins, head of weaponry and strategy aboard pirate ship The Diablo. She is well-liked and hugely respected by the crew and when, in Tide Of Terror, the position of Deputy Captain suddenly comes up for grabs, she’s the natural choice. But one fateful day, Cate’s glittering career stumbles when The Diablo comes up against rival pirate ship The Albatross and its ruthless Captain Narcisos Drakoulis – a man with an ancient grudge towards Molucco Wrathe. As Drakoulis and his crew attack, Cate’s command is called into question. In the wake of the …

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Darcy Flotsam

Darcy was a 1920s flapper, who died aboard ill-fated ocean liner The Titania (not to be confused with The Titanic). Darcy was on board the ship as a singer, entertaining “the posh gents and ladies”. When the vessel was struck by freak lightning and sank to the ocean floor, Darcy’s spirit became fused with that of the ship’s figurehead and she is now a supernatural creature who is, in her own words, “a figurehead by day and a figure of fun by night”. It is Darcy’s job to sound both the nightfall and dawning bells aboard The …

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Mosh Zu Kamal

Mosh Zu Kamal is the guru of the Vampirates and a close advisor to, and friend of, the Captain. He is based at Sanctuary, the mountaintop retreat for Vampirates in crisis as well as Vampirates and Donors being prepared for their first voyage aboard The Nocturne. Mosh Zu performs many mysterious healing rituals – including the powerful Ribbon Ceremony, which Grace witnesses in Blood Captain. In spite of his exalted reputation, surprisingly little is known about Mosh Zu himself.    

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Stukeley A.K.A. Jez Stukeley

Jez, a Mancunian by birth, forged an impressive early career as a pirate on board The Diablo, where he was much loved and prized by his comrades and Captain Molucco Wrathe. He was particularly close friends with Bart Pearce and, latterly, Connor Tempest. Indeed, the three young pirates became such a tight unit that Cate came up with the nickname “The Three Buccaneers”. Jez was one of the strongest and bravest fighters aboard the ship and when the crew were tricked by Captain Narcisos Drakoulis and the crew of The Albatross, Jez stepped forward to take part in a duel …

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Johnny Desperado

When we first meet him, Johnny is one of the troubled Vampirates under Mosh Zu’s care at Sanctuary. Grace befriends him and finds him a charismatic and intriguing companion. Johnny had a short and troubled life as a vaquero – a Mexican cowboy – before being killed for cattle rustling and crossing over into the Vampirate realm. As Johnny tells Grace, “It ain’t that I can’t be good. It’s just that I’m so much better at being bad.” When Sidorio storms Sanctuary, looking for fresh recruits, Johnny is quick to sign up. Sidorio spots leadership potential in …

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Lady Lola Lockwood

If you thought there were only two Vampirate ships – The Nocturne and The Blood Captain – get ready for a surprise. A new ship of Vampirates is sailing the seven seas. It’s called The Vagabond and it has an all-female Vampirate crew, captained by the deliciously devilish Lady Lola Lockwood. Born an English aristocrat, Lady Lockwood was always a rebel and demonstrated an early inclination towards villainy by becoming a Highwaywoman. Now, she has taken to the oceans and, although her ship is relatively small compared to those of her rivals, the same cannot be said for her ambitions. As …

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Jacoby Blunt

He’s quick with a smile, easy-going, and without a doubt one of the brightest stars at Pirate Academy. Even Commodore Kuo holds him in the highest esteem. One of the first things we learn about Jacoby Blunt is that he is an exceptional swordsman and “perhaps the finest fighter at Pirate Academy,” – awesome praise considering its source is none other than Cheng Li! From their first meeting, Jacoby easily charms Grace and quickly befriends Connor, but an unexpected betrayal during an exhibition swordfight shatters their fledgling camaraderie. Once Jacoby falls for fellow student Jasmine Peacock, they quickly become known …

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Jasmine Peacock

She’s studious, ambitious and as sharp as a tack…and if Jacoby Blunt’s description is anything to go by, she also happened to be the foxiest girl at Pirate Academy. Whether sharing her knowledge on the finer points of martial arts or showing her thirst for winning as part of an eighteen-foot skiff’s racing crew, Jasmine Peacock is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with. The combination of her exceptional focus, determination and bravery makes her a natural choice to be recruited as a key member of a newly formed attack force of Vampirate assassins. Add dazzlingly …

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Captain Barbarro Wrathe

Barbarro Wrathe, Captain of The Typhon, may not match his older brother Molucco’s colourful flamboyance, but he has the status and presence to attract a hushed awe whenever he enters a room. Barbarro is the taller and broader of the two, sporting a neatly cropped beard and moustache, with long, black hair cut through by a slash of silver-grey. The endless supply of tailored frockcoats and the sensational beauty of his wife Trofie, inflames the barely-contained jealousy of his peers…but it is his infamy as a pirate captain and membership within the Pirate Federation that secures their respect. …

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Trofie Wrathe

If there’s one thing Trofie Wrathe is positive about, it’s that she and husband Captain Barbarro Wrathe are unquestionably Pirate Royalty! She certainly likes the bling that comes with her position, attracted to ruby necklaces and diamond encrusted skulls in equal measure like a killer moth to a flame. Her jewelled, golden hand may well be the talk of the high seas but, above everything else, Trofie’s most prized assets are her two min elsklings Barbarro and Moonshine – and if ‘family night’ gets in the way of tactical strategy, well so be it! Trofie Wrathe is just …

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Moonshine Wrathe

Son of Barbarro and Trofie Wrathe, and nephew to Molucco and Porfirio, Moonshine is the sole prince in the pirate dynasty, and heir to the Wrathe fortune. He is fiercly loyal to his parents and to the honour of the Wrathe name, but both his sense of entitlement and default sneer have a way of rubbing people up the wrong way. Not that he cares much. Frankly, he’s more likely to spend his time listening to his beloved thrash shanty than worrying what people think of him! The pirate prince is often seen flanked by two sizeable bodyguards and …

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