Magda is the dark goddess who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses and manifests in several guises throughout the story. Charismatic, clever and chameleonic, Magda is a dangerous enemy and an invaluable ally.
Tiago Vega is the LAPD's first Mexican-American detective. His position in the LAPD sometimes puts him at odds with his family and community. A lifelong outsider, Tiago is everlastingly caught between two worlds.
Sister Molly is a charismatic radio evangelist. A beautiful singer and gifted orator, Molly captivates her many faithful followers even as she grapples with the complex demands of her life.
Maria Vega is the powerful matriarch of the Vega family. Maria will go to any length to protect her children from the dangerous world of 1938 social politics, as well as the supernatural forces threatening them.
Josefina Vega is the youngest of the Vega family. She plays the part of the quiet and obedient sister, but possesses a powerful will waiting to be released.
Councilman Charlton Townsend is the ambitious head of the City Council's Transportation Committee. The scion of a powerful Los Angeles dynasty, Townsend has killer instincts and political wiles.
Mateo Vega is Tiago's volatile younger brother. Mateo lacks the clear purpose of his brothers Tiago and Raul, so he's vulnerable to both his emotions and dangerous influences around him.
Peter Craft is a kind family man and a successful pediatrician. He is also the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe.
Lewis Michener is a veteran officer in the LAPD. Wise to the ways of the world and ruthless in the pursuit of his goals, Lewis becomes Tiago's partner, friend and mentor. Lewis is ferocious in his quest to document the growing menace of Third Reich espionage in Los Angeles.