Like I said before, I like the number 3 and the “rule of 3’s.” Yesterday, I announced the release of the first of three episodes for my serialized urban fantasy, Angel Blue. Yesterday I introduced you to Eanna’s world and the last seven houses of the chosen. Today let’s meet the cast!
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Cast of Characters
Anu, the Eanna: The last of her house, Anu is a little over twelve hundred human years. Her features were once common to the Eanna, with waist-length black hair, amethyst eyes, and bronze skin. Since her miraculous escape from the fire that destroyed her family, Anu has suffered through episodes that strain her immortal body. She has been promised to Malku, the future sarrum, since her youth. Forced to train for a position she never wanted, Anu hasn’t given up seeking the truth behind what happened to her family.
Emim: Deceased ruler of the Eanna. Rumored to be the last watcher. His death has been difficult for Anu to bear.
Etlu: Once the leader of the sarrum’s legions, Etlu has made empires rise and fall. The exact year of his birth is unknown, and he is extremely tall, with centuries’ worth of honed muscle and killing instinct. Where he goes, war inevitably follows. No wonder he sought absolution in saving and protecting Anu. Over the centuries, their relationship has evolved into something he both fears and needs. Etlu’s power stems from his ability to manipulate chosen’s and cursed’s minds, if they aren’t aware of his gift. Only Eanna knows his secret. He carries a slightly curved black sword etched in runes, rumored to have been bathed in the blood of ten thousand cursed.
Belum: Older in appearance, Belum has served as Etlu’s second-in-command since the fall of the Roman Empire. He is married to Nina, the much younger daughter of Lady Tiamatu. Belum is cousins with Etlu’s mother. Part of his gift includes affecting chosen’s and cursed’s emotions. Contrarily, he allows his young bride free rein to cause mayhem. To quote Belum: “It keeps him young.”
Malku: Kin to Etlu, and the future sarrum and son of High Lord Ninazu. He is known for his ruthlessness and cruelty, a cause for fear among both chosen and cursed. Upon Eanna’s birthday, Malku at last comes to claim his bride.
Nina: The daughter and heir to Lady Tiamatu’s seat of power, Nina considers herself Eanna’s best friend. She is young, a mere six hundred years old. She willingly married the older Belum because of the great sex, of course. Nina wants to lead their house into a new era, where they blend with humans. She’s not highly ambitious or ruthless like her mother. Nina only wants a good life. While she’s very loyal to Eanna and Etlu, she often spies on Eanna for Etlu.
Lady Tiamatu: Born five hundred years before Vikings came into power in Norway, she has been ruler of House Gisnu for the past millennia. One of the few pureblooded Gisnu left, Tiamatu is highly ambitious, despite the dissolution of her house.
Charon: She has forgotten her exact age but remembers the rise of the first Roman Caesar. Though she is small, with short silver hair and trusting crystal-blue eyes, she is far from innocent. Charon has been an assassin for her father for as long as she can remember. For the past few centuries, she’s considered herself a free agent, moving beneath her family’s radar. She’s developed quite a reputation as a mistress of death among the cursed, to the point children are threatened by a visit from the Charon, should they misbehave.
Gabriel: The “golden prince” of the cursed is somewhere around twelve hundred years old, and looks more like a chosen, with golden hair and eyes that glow in his passion. However, he is the son of Elder Lord Rama and little brother of Charon. Currently, he is the leader of the underground resistance, waging a secret war against the chosen. He seeks to remove the chosen from power and make Isabol his queen, uniting their peoples again.
Elder Lord Rama: Born in Egypt during the early Ptolemaic Era, Rama has long fought to destroy and undermine the chosen houses. His abuse of power has physically corrupted him, though this hasn’t lessened the respect of the shades, who call him king.
Wilhelm: At little over five hundred years, Wilhelm has seen the end of the Red War and has witnessed countless atrocities committed by chosen and cursed alike. After his parents’ deaths, he sought refuge with his clan in the Canadian wilderness. But his little sister Isabol drags him into the war he abandoned years ago. Like many in his clan, he is marked by curling auburn hair, and sun-kissed, freckled skin. His chest is tattooed in Nordic runes with the first Nephthys prophecy. He is the leader of the Bitterhelm Clan, though defers to his grandmother, the current Nephthys. Wil has always seen the world for what it could be. As Isabol would put it, “he is a believer.”
Isabol Nephthys: At a young age, she chose to become her elder brother’s first sword, forming a bond that made her feel older than her two hundred years. What’s worse is she was marked as the next Nephthys, thanks to her bloodred eyes. Though she’s small, Isabol is extremely fast for her kind and admittedly trigger happy. She fell in with the shades and Gabriel after her mate, Jakob, died. She has wandered ever since, but Wilhelm’s supposed death changes her. She decides to find him, alive or dead, and bring him home where they belong.
Volney: The eldest seeker in the Iceveins Clan, Volney lost an eye during the last open war. He fought at Wilhelm’s side in the last New World skirmish two hundred years ago. So it doesn’t take much to convince him to join the Bitterhelm siblings. He is one of the few who knows what Isabol’s legacy as a Nephthys truly is. He killed the redum tracking Wil, but not before learning “an angel” picked the cursed up and flew away.
Devona: Corwin’s mate. She was eager to join her family in seeking the prophecy and, hopefully, finding a cure for the sickness plaguing their kind.
Corwin: Like Wilhelm, Corwin was a true believer, and convinced his father and mate to join the Bitterhelm siblings in their quest. He dies when he trips over a mine sensor, before Isabol can stop him. His death breaks what remains of their makeshift pack.
All Eanna wants is to forget the night she lost everything, but fate has other plans. A lifetime ago, the cursed burned her home and everyone she loved. Now, she’s haunted by a dangerous legacy.
Her guardian, Etlu, is determined to make Eanna into a queen, even if it means sacrificing his happiness. He pursues her into a human bar, but he’s too late to save her from herself.
Wil and his sister, Isabol, have been searching for the chosen princess. Wil finds more than he bargained for in Eanna, especially once her powerful guardian shows up. There can only be one outcome when chosen and cursed collide: a world bathed in fire and blood.
(Angel Blue is a serialized adult urban fantasy novel consisting of three episodes. This is season one of the Seven Deadly Sins series.)
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series–Heaven’s Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga–and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight. She plans to release her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.