Age: 50 (but you know, he’s an angel, so age is all relative)
What does he look like? Akiva is a supernaturally beautiful man/seraph. Akiva has amber eyes, framed with heavy eyelashes and kohl, that make his eyes look like fire. He has high cheekbones like a model. He is tall, with muscular arms and tanned skin. He has short dark hair and a widow’s peak. White scars run across his hands, and his fingers are tattooed with black lines that mark each chimaera he has killed in battles over the ages. Akiva also has fiery wings he can hide at will, except for in shadow.
What does he do? Akiva is a Seraphim Soldier who is also the illegitimate son of Emperor Joram. He has a half-brother named Hazael and a half-sister named Liraz. Akiva, Hazael and Liraz are members of the Seraph army faction known as the “Misbegotten.” Akiva is a magical being, but when he first sees Karou, he feels that is somehow connected to her and he must find out who she is.
Who does he love? Karou, who is one of the most complicated, beautiful, brave heroines we’ve ever encountered
Why him? Akiva is intelligent and resourceful. He taught himself magic and hid it except from Hazael and Liraz. He is extremely loyal to those he loves. He also dreams of a peaceful world where chimaera and angels can live together in peace. He is also a beautiful soul who loves intensely. He once loved Madrigal with everything he had and now he has found love again with Karou and his love for her is beyond words.
Swoon Worthy Quotes:
“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”
“She had a sadness that was so deep, but it still could turn to light in a second,and when I saw her smile I wondered what it would be like to make her smile. I thought… I thought it would be like the discovery of smiling.”
“He dropped the pretense, and dropped his head, so his brow came to rest against the sun-warmed top of hers. His arms went around her and drew her in, and Karou and Akiva were like two matches struck against each other to flare starlight. With a sigh, she softened, and it was pure homecoming to melt against him and rest.”
“A thousand things might have stopped me from being here right now, but instead, a thousand things brought me here.”