What I do like about Azin is just when you think you have him figured out, he does something unexpected. Now, he's not mushy, but there is a heart underneath his hardened exterior developed from his service as an assassin to a dark government. This compassion was tested and pushed beyond his threshold when his family was used as an example to force Azin to comply with their demands. They were wrong. The enemy would have been better off killing Azin instead of allowing him to escape. Hehehe!
His rebellious antics is not the only amusing thing to read on this character. Its his constant arguing with a stubborn member of the group, a Dwergen. Dwergen are a cross between an Alkanien and a Dwarf. They carry Alkani agility, Dwarven strength, and the pigheadedness that comes along with it. Putting Dwergen and Alkani together in the same room is like shaking a bottle of soda with a loosened cap.
Most folks who have critiqued the first novel, Secrets Revealed, love Azin. His no-nonsense approach to life allows readers to connect with him, seeing some of their qualities in Azin's personality. I think this is a quality many writers try to accomplish; being able to link with your reader. But this is another topic to discuss later.
Azin's past was unique for me since it continued developing as I wrote the trilogies. Not all of his "doings" were written down before the second and third books were written. As I wrote, things showed up, and they worked great by adding new twists and subplots which helped move the story along. I'm glad I didn't have Azin die in book 2, Sacrifice of Heroes. It would have removed some of the crazy guesswork of "What is he going to do now?"
I'll keep this short for now, but I hope this little introduction to Azin will give you all some input into this guy's mind. Don't take my word for it, read what he does in The Relics of Nanthara Trilogy. Book 2, Sacrifice of Heroes is due out in October, 2011 and Book 3, Dawn of the Apocalypse, is awaiting its contract. Until then, take care.