“The Tortured Villain: Abel from ANGEL KIN” by Tricia Skinner
Two thousand years is a long time to hold a grudge, but the villain in Angel Kin didn’t have a choice. Abel, the twin brother believed dead, is back and seeking vengeance against his hero brother, Cain.
Some may wonder why Abel waited so long to take on his brother since revenge was always on his mind. The answer lies with his “saviors,” the fallen angels known as Renegades.
After the ruling angel board sent an army to destroy their rebellious colleagues, the order also included the destruction of all half-angel children, the Nephilim. Cain and Abel’s peaceful life was shattered when their Renegade father was killed, and their mother died trying to save them.
The death of their parents leveled the first blow against Abel. The second came after Cain was taken to Heaven to be trained as an angel assassin, leaving Abel to the mercy of the Renegades. His life, as you can imagine, was less than warm and nurturing.
Angel Kin deals with the depth of familial bonds. While writing the novel, there was a quote I remembered from Season 6 of the CW television show, Supernatural. Demon hunter Dean Winchester (let’s all take a moment to sigh at the hotness that is Jensen Ackles. Sighhhh.) says, “Just ’cause you’re blood, doesn’t make you family. You gotta earn that.”
In many ways, Cain, Abel, Katie Logan, Jon Logan, The Bound Ones, and Katie’s band mates, all express a version of that quote. What family means to Cain is loyalty. To Katie, it’s love and sacrifice. But to Abel, the blood brother left to survive alone, family means betrayal.
Creating Abel gave me the opportunity to delve into the heart of wounded man. He’s broken and his relationship with his brother is tightly wrapped in hate. Hatred is clear. It’s his buoy. He’ll do whatever he’s told by the Renegades as long as he’s the one who gets to make Cain suffer.
I’ve heard that every villain is the hero of his own story. That’s true for Abel. The murders he commits, the confusion he causes, the pain he levies all point to his belief that he is the wronged party and his twin brother will regret being born.
About the Book…
Title: Angel Kin
Author: Tricia Skinner
Series: The Angel Assassins #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 268 pages
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Imprint: Entangled Edge
While channeling Robin Hood’s “steal from the rich and give to the poor” attitude at a local politician’s house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn’t deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn’t an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.
When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive…and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: “You’re next.”
It’s a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he’s falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both.