|Portrayed by Ashley Charles|
|Relatives:|| Dane Zeklos (brother)|
Jesse Zeklos is a royal Moroi who specialises in fire. Upon Rose and Lissa's return, he flirts with Rose and Dimitri catches them making out. Jesse tells everyone about how low in the social hierarchy Mia's family is. Mia later sleeps with Jesse in return for him telling everyone that Rose let him drink her blood during sex. Mason gets Jesse and Ralf to admit that Mia made them spread the rumours. Jesse and Ralf later form Mână and end up torturing Lissa. She compels him to imagine spiders crawling all over him, and Rose then beats him up. Because of the darkness within her, she is overwhelmed with the need to kill him.
- During Rose's confrontation with Jesse in Mr. Nagy's class in Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead originally wrote that she punched him. This was eventually cut and replaced with Rose walking away from what would have been a fight. Two mentions of the fight, however, were accidentally left in later parts of the book: once by Dimitri when they are discussing Kirova, and the other during Rose's fight with Mia.