Daemons are creative, artistic creatures who walk a tightrope between madness and genius. They live life in a chaotic fashion yet show great affection for those around them who share their ideals. Daemons are exceptionally talented and often have a love for music. The origins of daemons are complicated, with many being born into human families who are unaware of their offspring's unusual character.

Two nudges pressed against my cheekbones, as gentle and fleeting as a kiss. I looked up into the face of another daemon. She was beautiful, with arresting, contradictory features – her mouth too wide for her delicate face, her chocolate brown eyes too close together given their enormous size, her hair too fair for skin the color of honey...

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Hamish Osborne is Matthew Clairmont's best friend; the two met at Oxford University twenty years previously. With a unique aroma of lavender and peppermint, Hamish is one creature who knows how to handle Matthew, and they share a similar sense of humour and the same passion for ideas.