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Liraz is the half-sister of Akiva and Hazael.

AppearanceEdit

Liraz, like her brother Hazael, has honey-colored skin, fair hair and blue eyes. Her hair is pulled back into twelve severe braids. Ridiculously attractive, her beauty is "coolly shark-like" [1] and her eyes appear cold. Her hands and arms are lined with an extraordinary number of kill marks, such that they appear black from a distance.

PersonalityEdit

Liraz is a deadly killer who expresses no emotions except on occasion, when she is around her brothers. Intimidating and fierce, she has been cited as the person one would least like to have as an enemy among the angels.

It is revealed many times that Liraz's fierceness is a facade for her fears. She is afraid to care, afraid to show her fears, and most of all, she fears intimacy. The only people she cares about are Hazael and Akiva, and she would do anything for them.

Liraz also has an impulsive streak, a hot temper, and is quick to jump to conclusions. In addition, she possesses an unusual sense of justice, as observed when she feels disgusted about killing helpless civilians. While Liraz possesses the instinctive hatred of chimaera characteristic of seraphim, she secretly admires the Kirin.

BackgroundEdit

Liraz, Hazael, and Akiva were all born in the same month, and grew up together.

PlotEdit

Daughter of Smoke & BoneEdit

Liraz and Hazael were on a mission with Akiva to mark the doors leading to Brimstone's workshop. They return to Eretz, but then return to search for Akiva when he goes looking for Karou. After witnessing his strange fight with the blue-haired girl, they find him on the Charles Bridge the next day, embracing Karou and weeping. Quick to anger and thinking that he is abandoning them again, Liraz confronts Akiva and tries to attack Karou, forcing her to fly away. Akiva, trying to stop Liraz's pursuit, finally tells her the reason for his previous disappearance: that he had fallen in love with Madrigal. Liraz is disgusted, and she and Hazael leave Akiva without attacking him further.

Days of Blood & StarlightEdit

When Akiva first returns to Eretz, he finds Liraz and Hazael on the training ground. They ally to spar against Akiva, claiming 'nithilam', but stop before killing him. Liraz has begun to understand why Akiva has gotten squeamish about killing the chimaera and she and Hazael slowly start to feel regret for their prejudices. It is gradually revealed that Liraz's greatest fear is that she does not know how to be anything but a soldier.

When Akiva and Hazael plan to end the war by assassinating their father, Joram, Liraz follows along unwillingly. The plan ultimately fails due to their uncle Jael's meddling, and Liraz faces the threat of joining Jael's harem. She rejects the new emperor vehemently, leading to Hazael's attempt to defend his half-sister and his death. Unable to believe that their brother could be dead, Liraz and Akiva fly his corpse under the cover of a glamour, and ask Karou to save him. She agrees, but then realizes that because Hazael's soul was not put in a thurible, she cannot resurrect him.

After it is revealed that Jael is taking a phalanx of seraphim through the portal to try and obtain human support and weapons, Akiva proposes to ally the Misbegotten and the remaining chimaera, to Liraz's shock and disbelief.

Dreams of Gods & MonstersEdit

Liraz is distrustful of the chimaera with which the Misbegotten find themselves allied. Her anger and confusion are heightened by the fact that the chimaera aren't using their hamsas to flash magic at the seraphim, and she hates that they don't give her a real reason to hate them. Liraz is later cornered by the revenant Haxaya in Ten's body, who reveals that her first death occurred because Liraz killed her in a particularly brutal way. Before Haxaya can kill Liraz, however, her neck is snapped by Ziri, in Thiago's body. Ziri then takes Liraz to the Kirin healing pools to revive her, and tells her his real identity. Liraz starts to fall in love with Ziri, but won't admit it.

Liraz and Karou intend to go together through the portal to stop Jael. However, caught in a battle in which she thinks the chimaera and Misbegotten will die, Liraz pushes Akiva through instead, reminding him of Hazael's words "The urn is full": that Akiva must survive.

When Jael and his seraphim return unsuccessful in their plan to garner human support, he finds Thiago's body - placed by Liraz - and believes that all hope is not yet lost for him. Newly arrogant, Jael goes into his tent and finds Liraz waiting for him. She overpowers him, and, apparently poised to kill, reveals that she has 'plans' for her uncle, as he once had for her.

Liraz brokenly discusses the now-dead Ziri with Karou and admits she has managed to capture his soul, meaning he can be resurrected in his true body. After Ziri's resurrection, she finds him and the two are finally united in love.

At the end of the story, Liraz is revealed by Eliza to be one of the godstars that take the place of those in seraphim myth.

RelationshipsEdit

AkivaEdit

He is her half-brother.

HazaelEdit

He is her half-brother. Liraz does not show affection towards others due to her rigid upbringing but it is notably obvious how she cares for her brother (Akiva, also). Hazael is one of the few people who can tease Liraz and manage to keep his skin intact. Liraz does show annoyance towards his optimistic attitude and nonchalance, tragically these traits that continually peeved her are what she misses most once he dies. Liraz is devastated by the loss of her brother and often reminisces about their trials as soldiers and how he always provided her with a faint sense of hope. It is Hazael's love of life that causes Liraz to open up more to others after his departure and why she finally allows herself to fall in love.

JoramEdit

He is her biological father.

KarouEdit

In Days of Blood & Starlight, it is shown that Liraz harbours some form of jealousy towards Karou as she feels afraid to lose her brother Akiva. There is a potential for rivalry between the two, which remains to be seen in the third and last installment of the series.

Ziri Edit

In Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the basis of a romantic relationship between Liraz and Ziri forms. Liraz's hatred towards Chimaera, due to age-old prejudice, causes their initial meetings to have a definite air of hostility, mostly one-sided from Liraz. Both creatures are shown to feel lonely among their peers and it is this loneliness that draws the two together. Liraz is recovering from the lost of her brother, Hazael, while Ziri is trying to cope with being trapped into the role of Thiago, after Karou kills the true host, when they begin to truly interact with one another. (Their meetings beforehand are brief encounters from afar). Both of them are downtrodden as they realize their respective counterparts, Akiva and Karou, are drawing away from them as time goes on increasing their despair since neither are capable of showing their true emotions. (Liraz only knows war and bloodshed, while Ziri is imitating the White Wolf). The basis of a romance is developed when Ziri, in Thiago's guise, saves Liraz from rebel chimera who seek revenge on the angel for slaughtering their kind in the past. Liraz has finally snapped and all those years of penting up her emotions are released into hysterical laughter which Ziri recognizes in his current status. Ziri, who dislikes needless bloodshed, has his first intentional kill as the White Wolf to save Liraz from receiving the final blow from the hamsas. Realizing that her life is slowly fading away he sneaks her over to healing pools and brings her back to life. Ziri repeats the sentence that is used throughout the third book in their interactions, "We haven't been introduced-" where he reveals his true identity to her. This marks the change in their behaviors towards one another and Liraz begins to feel romantic implications towards Ziri. This sentence and parts of Liraz's response back of 'You know who I am, and I know who you are, and that will serve' are repeated several times, also.

Memorable QuotesEdit

Days of Blood & StarlightEdit

  • "I am a link in a chain, she thought." - pg. 368
  • "Just stand there," she told them. "Demonstrate for us your great skill at standing there, and you'll be fine." - pg. 420
  • "Bad luck? By all means, let's not start having any of that." - pg. 499
  • She had said she didn’t feel fear, but it was a lie; this was her fear: being left alone. Because of one thing she was certain, and it was that she could never love, not like that. Trust a stranger with her flesh? The closeness, the quiet. She couldn’t imagine it. Breathing someone else’s breath as they breathed yours, touching someone, opening for them? The vulnerability of it made her flush. It would mean submission, letting down her guard, and she wouldn’t. Ever. Just the thought made her feel small and weak as a child—and Liraz did not like to feel small and weak. Her memories of childhood were not kind.
  •  She’d thought that she would do anything for them [Akiva and Hazael], but it had never occurred to her that “anything” might mean letting them go.

GalleryEdit

Liraz by BlackBirdInk

Fanfiction Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Liraz is the second angel in the series to fall in love with a chimera, with her half-brother, Akiva, being the first.
  • Her relationship with Ziri is a foil to Akiva and Karou/Madrigal's.
  • Despite Liraz's initial dislike of Karou, she feels threatened that Karou will take her brother away, the two begin to finally form a friendship by the end of the series.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone Chapter 35, pg. 253

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