Josh Newman is younger than his twin sister by 28 seconds. Josh's pure gold aura is slightly rarer than Sophie Newman's aura and smells like oranges. He worked at a book store - The Small Book Shop - under Nicholas Flamel before the encounter with John Dee. He isn't Awakened in the first book by Hekate because Dee attacks Hekate's home before she has time to Awaken him. Josh is undecided on his trust of Flamel; he believes Flamel is putting Sophie in danger. He is quietly jealous of Sophie's powers while he remains "normal". He is smart but impulsive and is scared of snakes and is a computer wiz. Josh was a football player at his school and like Sophie, has blond hair.