|“||Chain me to a tree Rhys. Go ahead. I'll rip it out of the ground and fly with it on my damned back.||”|
Azriel is the bastard son of an Illyrian lord. For eleven years he lived with his father, stepmother, and two older half-brothers. The two boys and their mother were cruel and spoiled. While living in his father's keep, his stepmother kept Azriel in a cell with no windows or light. He was allowed to come out only for an hour a day, and to see his mother for one hour every week. He was not allowed to train or fly, even when his Illyrian instincts urged him to do so.
When he was eight, his two cruel half-brothers decided it would be fun to see what happened when you mixed an Illyrian's quick healing gifts with oil and fire. They poured oil on his hands and lit them on fire. His father's warriors heard Azriel's screaming, and rescued him but not quick enough to save his hands, leaving them permanently scarred.
At the age of eleven, he was dumped in the Illyrian training camp, Windhaven, where he was well received by the camp lords due to his shadowsinging gifts. He eventually met Rhysand and Cassian, as they were training at the same camp. At this point, like Cassian, Rhysand's mother took him in, for she was a friend to Azriel's mother.
When Rhysand's father saw that his son had started to rival him in power and had allied with the two most powerful Illyrian warriors in history, he separated them in fear that they would eventually turn against him. Rhysand was given command over a legion, Azriel was kept as his personal shadowsinger, and Cassian was appointed as a foot soldier.
Once Rhysand became the High Lord of the Night Court, Azriel was appointed as spymaster and became part of his Inner Circle.
Azriel is described as classically beautiful, but near-unreadable. He is tall, with dark hair, tan skin, and massive Illyrian wings. His eyes are hazel and the planes of his face are be elegant. His Illyrian training is described to have shaped his body to be extremely powerful and muscular. He has brutal scars on both hands. Azriel is constantly surrounded by shadows, as if even the light shied from him. A cocoon of silence seems to pulse around him.
Illyrian warriors typically wear one or two Siphons to channel their raw power into magic, but Azriel requires seven cobalt Siphons to maintain his power. He keeps his dagger, Truth-Teller sheathed at his thigh.
Powers and Abilities
Azriel is a shadowsinger and is physically powerful due to his Illyrian background. As a shadowsinger, he has the predisposition to hear and feel things others can't. He can merge into shadows and move throughout them. He is also the bearer of the magical knife, Truth-Teller.
Azriel has a romantic interest in Mor, yet he has never acted upon his feelings. Mor tells Feyre that his inhibitions are probably related to the fact that he believes he is not worthy enough for Mor.
Sadly, his interests aren't returned by Morrigan, nor will they ever be, as Morrigan confesses to Feyre that she is a bisexual and prefers the company of females to males. Azriel does not know this truth, however, and so continues to quietly pine away for Morrigan.
The twins work as Rhysand's personal servants and spies. Azriel trained them they also report to Azriel.
As of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the two appear to share a close friendship. Azriel seems to bond with her more since Elain is a Seer, someone else who hears and sees things like Azriel does as a shadowsinger. When Elain is captured by Hybern, Azriel risks his life to save her, ignoring even Nesta's protests of how it will most likely cost him his life. Azriel also lets Elain borrow Truth-Teller, Rhysand says that he has never seen him let anyone touch the dagger. That may or may not lead to shared romantic feelings in the future.
In A Court of Frost and Starlight, there appears to be even more hints towards a potential romance between the two. Azriel admits to Rhysand that he does not make it a point to keep tabs on Lucien and his movements, saying he is Elain's mate and therefore it would be an invasion of her privacy. Rhysand infers that Azriel does not want to know the details of their relationship and suspects that there is more to the situation than Azriel is letting on. For a Winter Solstice present, Elain gives Azriel a powder meant to treat the headaches he supposedly gets from his friends all the time. This causes Azriel to laugh with a joy that Feyre has never heard before, thanking Elain and saying the gift will be invaluable. The pair spend Solstice night together in the sitting room as Elain explains to him her plans for expanding the garden.
Feyre meets Azriel for the first time at the House of Wind, where Rhysand takes her to meet his Inner Circle after she leaves the Spring Court. They develop a good friendship. It's strengthened when Azriel offers to train Feyre how to fly, saying that because he also learned later in his life, he knows what mental blocks can happen.
- The name Azriel means "help of God", derived from Hebrew עָזַר ('azar) "help" and אֵל ('el) "God." This was the name of three minor characters in the Old Testament. 
- The name Azrael, closely resembles Azriel. Azrael is the name of an angel who separated the soul from the body upon death. He is sometimes referred to as the Angel of Death. 
- In A Court of Wings and Ruin Feyre says that Azriel smells like night-chilled mist and cedar.
- Azriel's voice is described as dark, smooth, and cold as shadows given form. It is low, almost flat.
- It is said, by Mor, that Azriel has the biggest wingspan out of Cassian, Rhysand, and him. But Sarah J. Maas has not confirmed it yet.
- A Court of Mist and Fury (First appearance)
- A Court of Wings and Ruin
- A Court of Frost and Starlight
|Characters||Rhysand · Feyre Archeron · Amren · Morrigan · Cassian · Azriel · Nesta Archeron · Elain Archeron · Lucien Vanserra · Nuala · Cerridwen · Keir · Devlon · Clotho · Madja · Bryaxis · Sevenda · Rita · Thanatos · Thanatos's daughter · Rhysand's father † · Rhysand's mother † · Rhysand's sister † · Enalius|
|Locations||Cesere · Hewn City · Palace of Bone and Salt · Palace of Thread and Jewels · Rainbow of Velaris · Restaurant · Rita's · Sidra River · The Prison · Velaris · Western Isles|