|“||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. While living with his father, 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 to pour oil on his hands and then light them on fire. He was saved by warriors in his father's camp when they heard his screams. However, the scarrings on his hands remained.
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 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 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 said to be elegant. His Illyrian training is described to have shaped him to be extremely muscular. He has brutal scars on both hands due to the aforementioned horrific event caused by his brothers. Azriel is constantly surrounded by shadows.
Illyrian warriors typically wear one to two Siphons to channel their raw power into magic but Azriel requires seven cobalt Siphons and Cassian requires seven red Siphons to maintain their power. Therefore, it is well established that Azriel is one of the most powerful Illyrian warriors of all time.
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's 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 in A Court of Wings and Ruin that she is a bisexual and prefers the company of females to males. While she finds enjoyment with both genders, she finds that is drawn to females more as she is able to connect to them better. Azriel does not know this truth, however, and so continues to quietly pine away for Morrigan.
The half-breed twins who work as Rhysand's personal servants and spies. In ACOMAF it is revealed by Amren that they also report to Azriel as he trained them first.
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 saying 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 ACOFAS, 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 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.
- 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 and smooth and cold as shadows given form.
- It is said, by Mor, that Azriel has the biggest wingspan out of Cassian, Rhysand and himself. 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|