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Ash Redfern





Hair Color


Eye Color

They change depending on his mood


Lamia Vampire


Rowan, Kestrel & Jade Redfern (sisters); Madder "Maddy" Rasmussen Redfern (aunt); James Rasmussen (cousin)


Mary-Lynette Carter

First Appearance

Secret Vampire

Ash is described as looking like a very lazy cat. He has ash-blonde colored hair and eyes that change color depending on his mood. This is a trait he inherited from his ancestor Maya, the first lamia vampire. Ash has appeared in numerous Night World tales, more than any other character. He has appeared in Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Dark Angel, and Soulmate. He will appear in the upcoming novel and conclusion to the series Strange Fate.===

Secret Vampire

In Secret Vampire Ash Redfern is introduced as a sneaky bad-boy. He first appears in Poppy North's dream while she is being turned into a vampire. Ash is wearing a mask with the face of James Rasmussen, his cousin and also Poppy's soulmate. In the dream he tells Poppy that 'Bad magic happens" and then disappears.

Later when Poppy wakes up and is staying in James's apartment he finds Poppy knowing nothing of the dream. He kidnaps Poppy by telling her that if she stays with James the Night People will hunt him down and kill him. Poppy, not wanting to hurt James, goes with Ash to Las Vegas.

In Vegas, Ash takes Poppy to his cross-kin witch family Thea and Blaise Harman. Poppy feeds on Thea, who remains oblivious to the fact that Poppy is an illegal vampire. Blaise however is suspicious and tells Ash about the Solstice party at Thierry Descouedres's house. Ash says no to the party knowing Thierry would dispose of Poppy. Instead he takes Poppy to the Volcano Hotel where he tries to put the moves on her. Poppy, disgusted, tells Ash of the Soulmate Principle and how she will always love James and no one else. Ash recognizing defeat, decides to take her to Thierry's party to turn her in.

Before he can do so, he is ambushed by James and Poppy's brother, Phil. James forgives Ash and tells him "Someday you'll fall in love with someone, and it's going to hurt." Ash pays the advice no attention and goes back to the party, promising to never tell about the Night World about James and Poppy.

Daughters of Darkness

In Daughters of Darkness Ash's part begins with him having a conversation with a made-vampire named Quinn. Quinn is telling Ash that his sisters Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade have run away from home and that Ash has to persuade them to go back. Ash decides to make a tab of all the people his sisters have met to see how well they are managing to keep their Night World secrets.

Ash is next seen at Mary-Lynnette Carter's house questioning her step-mother. Mary-Lynnette then questions Ash in return. Not wanting her to get suspicious, Ash tries to flirt and dazzle Mary-Lynnette. He tickles her under her chin but the skin-to-skin contact shocks them both and Mary-Lynnette kicks him in the shin. He leaves the house planning to never see her again.

But Ash's wishes don't come true when he meets Mary-Lynnette on her way to go star-watching. She bosses him around and shows him the sky through her binoculars. He pays attention but doesn't seem to mind being bossed around by Mary-Lynnette. He leaves her and goes to spy on his sisters.

Mary-Lynnette and her brother Mark, now knowing about the Night World and its laws, perform a kinship ceremony with Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade. Back in the girls' house they try to figure out who killed the girl's Aunt Opal. Ash breaks into the house and is found by the Carters and the sisters. He tells them he knows that the Carters know all about the Night World. He tells them he didn't kill Aunt Opal and he doesn't know who did. At this point a goat from the barn out back is thrown onto the front porch and the children inspect it. The goat has been staked over and over with tiny pieces of wood and in the goats mouth is a black iris. They think it represents the Black Iris Club, a vampire club that welcomes various members from the Night World. Ash also belongs to this club.

The next morning the sisters, Ash, and the Carters go into town to ask the local gas station employee, Jeremy Lovett if he saw anything suspicious the previous night. Marry-Lynnette, who had been friends with him since childhood, figures out that Jeremy is actually a werewolf. Ash knows this too and verbally abuses Jeremy, as werewolves are considered low class citizens in the Night World. This makes Mary-Lynnette angry and she pulls Ash behind the gas station to tell him so. She says she is embarrassed that Ash can say those prejudiced things to Jeremy. Ash feels bad and realizes that he cares what she thinks about him. He stops making unkind werewolf jokes.

Ash and the sisters realize that they need to hunt so they go and Mary-Lynnette and Mark play "List the Suspects" to determine if they have a lead on who killed Aunt Opal. Ash and the sisters return and Mary-Lynnette decides to clear her mind by going star-watching. Ash joins her and Mary-Lynnette leads them to a discrete place. There Ash asks her if they can stop fighting and admits he loves Mary-Lynnette. Mary-Lynnette is in denial until she kisses him and asks to be made into a vampire. They do the first exchange of blood and head back to Aunt Opal's but they are cut off.

Mary-Lynnette's station wagon caught fire and was blowing up so they decide to walk back when Ash is hit in the head with a club made of yew wood (wood hurts and kills vampires) and is knocked out. Mary-Lynnette is tied up by Jeremy w[[Hellewise|

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]]ho reveals that he was the one who killed Aunt Opal. Mary-Lynnette gets free and kills Jeremy with a silver knife. She checks Ash and they both go back to the house.

Quinn returns and Ash covers for the whole thing saying his aunt betrayed Night World Law so he killed her and that he found a rouge werewolf and killed him too. He also says Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade had only run away because they wanted to learn to hunt. Since Ash is head of the family on the west coast he says the sisters can stay there as long as they like. Quinn accepts this story and leaves.

But there's still Mary-Lynnette. She says she's not as ready as she thought she was to become a vampire. Ash also realizes that his past is too dark for him to be with Mary-Lynnette. He leaves telling her that he will make up for all of his faults before he returns the following year.

Dark Angel

Ash is seen in this story when Gillian Lennox (a lost witch) wanders into the Black Iris club. The goons of the Night World there are about to kill Gillian because they don't believe her when she says she is a daughter of Hellewise. Ash grabs her from behind and leads her out of the club telling her to not come back because the Night People will kill her. When asked why he doesn't kill her Ash tells her about meeting a human girl the previous summer. Gillian obeys Ash and goes back to her car.


In Soulmate Ash is seen at the Circle Daybreak meeting at Thierry Descoudres's house and the only one without their soulmate there. Later in the night, Hannah Snow, Thierry's soulmate, asks about Ash's soulmate. He explains he left her in Oregon because he had faults to make up for. He tells Hannah she reminds him of Mary-Lynnette and then leaves Hannah in a quizzical state.

Strange Fate

Based on short-stories on L.J. Smith's website, during Strange Fate the Apocalypse has been delayed and Ash is desperate to save Mary-Lynnette from the bombs shooting down on Harvard, where Mary-Lynnette is currently studying. Ash asks Thierry Descoudres if he can use one of his helicopters to get to Mary-Lynnette fast. Thierry tells him he must ask Sarah Strange because he had loaned his helicopters to her so she could fly her family to a safe house. Ash begs Sarah for the helicopter and Sarah asks Ash to tell her about Mary-Lynnette. Ash tells Sarah how eccentric and smart and stubborn Mary-Lynnette is. After Ash is done Sarah asks Ash to tell her what Mary-Lynnette looks like. Ash then tells her about Mary-Lynette's beauty. Sarah lets him have the helicopter because when she asked about Mary-Lynnette, Ash talked about her personality before beauty. Ash sets out for Harvard in the helicopter with many backups. They find Mary-Lynnette with another girl and her and Ash are reunited.

It has been said that 7 favorite Night World soulmates come together to fight the Apocalypse, but it is unknown who those couples are and how Ash and Mary-Lynette help in the final story.