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Three brilliant novellas. One fantastic story.Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death—brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existenThree brilliant novellas. One fantastic story.Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death—brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existence is shaken by the preternatural forces commanding them … and a half-breed caught in-between.Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows....

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Los Nefilim Reviews

  • Laura Hughes
    2019-06-11 07:18

    RIGHT NOW is a phenomenal time to be a fan of speculative fiction. Seriously: there’s an insane amount of amazing SFF writers in today’s market, and the modern fantasy reader is spoilt for choice with a selection that would leave Mr. Norrell gobsmacked and which would - if it were all edible - satisfy even Dudley ‘Big D’ Dursley.But it’s sadly inevitable (inedible, too – sorry Dudders) that for every Mark Lawrence or Robin Hobb there are a thousand other writers striving to make a name for themselves - lots of whom are probably just as talented, and some perhaps even more so. In the struggle against obscurity, this means that many equally-deserving authors are overlooked by those caught in the gravitational field of the ‘big names.’ And while I’m in no way saying that those successful few are unfairly hogging the spotlight, I am suggesting that sampling the work of lesser-known writers may prove to be less of a gamble than you might think.T. Frohock is by no means a newbie to the writing game: her debut novel, Miserere, was published by Night Shade back in 2011 and garnered a relatively small but loyal following. However, Miserere was (erroneously) marketed as religious and YA fiction, neither of which accurately reflect the novel’s content or target audience. Religion features heavily in the story, but it certainly isn’t a ‘religious’ novel: Frohock wasn’t writing from a religious perspective so much as borrowing imagery from lots of existing religions in order to create a vivid and fantastical setting for her dark (and sometimes brutal) tale.Miserere is a surreal and enjoyable read that unfortunately still remains beneath the shadow of obscurity. Since its release Frohock has continued to weave dark fantasy into real-life religion and history. Her three most recent novellas – In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death – have just been published together as Los Nefilim. This wonderful collection is a joy to read: each novella flows seamlessly into the next to form a well-rounded and well-plotted story in three beautifully-titled parts.A superbly dark and atmospheric fantasy set in 1930s Barcelona, Los Nefilim is a captivating tale of eternal conflict between angels and demons. First off, let me clarify that even though it’s set in pre-WW2 Spain I hesitate in calling Los Nefilim ‘historical fantasy’. The reason for this is that although the historical context has some relevance to the events, and although the settings are consistently vivid and immersive, I feel as though the story itself transcends both time and place: Frohock weaves her tale with admirable finesse using the colourful and tightly-knit threads of her protagonists, who - despite being vividly drawn - are so sympathetic it’s possible to imagine their situation happening anywhere, any time, and to anyone.Los Nefilim is centred around the character Diago, a troubled but immensely likeable Nephilim of mixed angelic and daimonic descent. Diago and his partner, Miquel, have been devoted to one another for centuries, but both their loyalty and livelihood are threatened when the escalating supernatural war invades their personal lives. Diago and Miquel’s relationship defines – and is defined by – events, and is inseparable from the story itself. Frohock succeeds in pulling the reader deep into Diago’s world: a realm of harsh decisions, few of which can be made without endangering either his lover or his cause.The best part is that the author doesn’t bash us over the head with the internal ‘true-love-vs.-greater-good’ conflict. Los Nefilim are the very embodiment of human nature in all its shades of grey; and nothing is ever so simple as ‘good vs. evil,’ even when angels are involved. Especially when angels are involved.Just as well, then, that the heroes of Los Nefilim are deep, fully-rounded characters who are far too complex to be defined simply by which master they serve; or, for that matter, by their sexuality. Issues of gender are neither downplayed nor dwelt on, and the fact that Diago and Miquel are both men is but a natural part of the story.(In fact, the author’s egalitarian approach to gender holds up a mirror to our own lives in the least patronising way possible. Simply put, Frohock shows us a society where men are just as vulnerable as women, and often suffer in silence because of unequal and arbitrary gender expectations. She shows us a society in which men are just as likely as women to experience rape, and verbal abuse, and sexual harassment - a fact we all need to recognise and empathise with.)On the surface, Los Nefilim could also be regarded as a moral tale about overcoming intolerance: the Nephilim’s secret war does indeed serve as a clever analogy for how homosexuality was stifled beneath the stigma of a god-fearing society. But while this is without doubt a huge part of the story, in my opinion it’s actually far subtler than that. Great speechifiers and glorious martyrs our protagonists ain’t: they are heroes of necessity, not intent. And Frohock doesn’t idealise Diago and Miquel’s relationship so much as naturalise it. Their connection is shown through understated dialogue and non-verbal interactions, and by the gradual emergence of both men’s paternal instincts as they work hard to create a harmonious family unit for Diago’s son.For me this was a huge relief. In the past I’ve pointed out more than a few female writers who draw on shallow stereotypes of sexual promiscuity and unequal partnerships in an attempt to portray same-sex male couples. Thankfully, Frohock avoids this entirely: she doesn’t ‘write gay characters’; she writes characters who happen to be gay. Contrary to stereotypical beliefs - and exactly like couples of any orientation - Miquel and Diago don’t hump like rabbits, nor are they joined at the hip. And their relationship might be the pivot on which the events of Los Nefilim turn . . . but no one can accuse the story of being ‘too romantic’.Frohock writes with precision and balance, and the result is a faultless blend of beauty and brutality, cruelty and love, action and reaction forming a story that is pleasantly complex and satisfying. She lets us hear colours and see music. Her prose is wonderfully lyrical, yet functional. Unlike yours truly, Frohock isn’t one to waffle: she uses the minimum amount of words to say what she needs to say in the most beautiful way possible.Bear with me. I’m going to try and explain better using an overcomplicated and probably inappropriate metaphor.Imagine that books are like . . . banquets. No, really: the table is the plot, the tablecloths the setting, the food the story and the centrepiece the characters. Or something.We’ve all read good books. And we can all imagine a good banquet. Right? Good food, good company, good evening.Now imagine the most unique and exquisite banquet you can think of; one with impossibly rich and varied dishes, and with sentient centrepieces that predict the future but only sometimes tell the truth; a banquet where the wine tastes like hope and the sausage rolls smell like betrayal and the ambient hum of conversation sounds like an argument and a marriage proposal and a promise of violence and thunder, and where everything is made more real by the dark riveting rainbow-coloured music of Frohock’s prose.Dammit. Now I’m hungry. And also a little bit confused.Basically, what I’m trying to say is that T. Frohock is a damn fine writer who uses damn fine prose to tell a damn fine story.Go and check out her stuff. Right now.

  • Graham Austin-King
    2019-06-07 03:17

    Los Nefilim is a collection of three novellas, though the story reads so well it combines almost seamlessly into a novel. Frohock has produced a masterwork here, weaving a tale of the offspring of angels and daimons and their struggle in the human realm. The story is set in 1930's Spain and Frohock draws the reader in with ease as the protagonist struggles with his unique heritage of both angel and daimon along with a personal upheaval within his relationship with his partner. Her worldbuilding is just wonderful. Obviously the book is set within our own world but her take on the nefilim, both angelic and daimonic, is not something I have run across before. Frohock, cleverly, works within our own history but overlays it with an otherwordly struggle taking place behind the scenes. The magic system is intriguing, but not overpowering. This is a race of beings far superior to mankind, yet with all our faults and frailties, and the contrast between the greater strength and the fragile soul is a wonderful thing.The prose is minimalist and perfect. Frohock doesn't pad. She doesn't use ten words when three will do, and the result is enough to make newer writers weep at her command of the language. The pacing is just marvellous, building towards the threat of a historically obvious confrontation but with enough twists and turns to keep any reader guessing. Possibly the most impressive aspect however, is Frohock's treatment of her gay main character and his partner. The relationship between the two is written so well, the depth of emotion so obvious, that it somehow manages to make you guilty about any homophobic thought you might have had whilst an ignorant teenager.The story winds up to a satisfying conclusion yet with enough scope to easily extend out to a full series if the publisher could be persuaded. I can't recommend this collection of novellas enough. Hopefully enough people will snatch up a copy to make the publisher take notice.

  • Marielle Ooms-Voges
    2019-06-17 04:22

    I loved it!I will certainly look into other books written by T. Frohock.

  • A.M. Kuska
    2019-05-28 00:05

    This is a well written and exciting series of novellas. While it is mostly adventure, there is a gay romance theme that runs through it. I don't normally care for any kind of m/m, but I loved how there was more character building and relationship than rolling around in bed. It's truly refreshing.

  • Kitvaria Sarene
    2019-06-16 01:33

    3 stars for the beginning, 5 stars for the end and 4 stars for the middle.I had a hard time getting into this one. It started with a slow pace and felt like not much was happening. Also the timeframe and setting took me a while to settle into.Once I found my way into the story, I was sucked into the world of the Nefilim and needed to know what happens next.For my personal taste there was a bit much of a focus on emotions, feelings and bonds between family and friends - but that is purely due to personal taste, so no started missing for that.I liked that the main protagonist is married to another male, and while it IS a topic of the novel, the author doesn't make it a big deal for the reader. It didn't feel like it was there to educate one, or to change ones mind while reading, but rather as a natural part of the story. (Also, no sex scenes whatsoever as a plus for my pet peeve!)The idea of angels and demons is of course not new, but in this story it was put into a completely different view through the eyes of the Nefilim, so it felt unique and had me interested all the way through.In the last of the the stories things come to a head in a quite action packed ending compared with the rest of the book. I was devouring the pages to get to know if and how they might find their way out of the situation! It didn't feel like everybody was safe and would surely get to the end.If you are looking for an alternate setting, and a story that is not just one section scene after the other, but focuses more on the relationships between characters, morals, history, second chances and still has quite some action packed into fighting scenes then this is definitely worth a look!

  • Splodygirl
    2019-06-17 01:32

    I'm not usually a fan of a story that feels as though it brings you in right in the middle of itself. I'm a bit anal that way. I like a tidy beginning, a middle and an end. I wasn't always like this, mind, but as I got older I got a bit more hidebound.Sometimes, though, you run into a story that blows right past all the stupid barriers that you put up, that determine what you like and what you don't. Los Nefilim was that story for me. I picked it up because I'm intrigued by the idea of Nefilim. Plus, hey - hot guys being hot together? Well, I've a weakness or two.Los Nefilim pulled me right in. There was a moment or two in the beginning where I felt a bit adrift - what's happening? What's going on? But the story answered those questions without ever breaking stride - or character.And let me tell you about the characters. They're fantastic. Not perfect, not always right, frequently irritating but never in that way that made you want to put down the book, because in the end of it all? They were *real*.And that is the thing that draws me into a story - any story. Books, TV, movies, you can have as thin a plot as you like. You can have cheap production values, and shoddy costumes, whatever. Just as long as the characters are real. Make me believe in them. Make me forget they're a story, that they're actors, bring them to life, and I'm yours.Ms. Frohock does that with Diago, Miquel and Rafael. Sure, they're Nefilim with amazing powers. Sure the men are gorgeous and the kid is adorable. More than any of that, though, they feel real. When Miquel thinks about Diago, you can feel the love in him, how it shapes him, how it leads his thoughts, his actions. You can feel Diago's confusion and fear, his anger.You *understand*. I may have puzzled a bit at the beginning, working out where the story was coming from, but right from the moment I met the characters I never puzzled at *them*. I got it. They were real, and their actions, their motivations - those were real too. So, she had me right from the start. Ms. Frohock, though, delivers all the goods. There's no shabby plotting here, no mediocre nods to costuming or set. She's created a tightly-woven, intricate world into the world we already know. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting it for these three novellas, and I cannot wait for more.

  • Hannah
    2019-06-24 04:33

    Need more reviews to convince you? Take a look at the reviews for In Midnight's Silence, which makes up the first third of the book.Los Nefilim is the print/combo edition of T. Frohock’s three novellas. I like being able to physically grip something where possible, so I was a holdout for the print edition. The novellas all function as standalone stories, but combined in a book, each flows into the next.The writing quality’s improved by leaps and bounds since Miserere, but the themes of the darker sides of dogma are still there.Oh, and 1930s Spain, also!

  • A.F.E. Smith
    2019-06-15 05:08

    9/10Reviewed all three Los Nefilim novellas for Fantasy-Faction: = incredible, one of the best books I've ever read; 9 = read this book next; 8 = very good, you should read this pretty soon; 7 = one to add to your TBR. With so many books to choose from, I don't anticipate reviewing anything for FF that goes lower than a 7!)

  • Michael Mclendon
    2019-06-23 05:12

    Beautiful. Heartbreaking and heartfelt in the best ways. Awesome supernatural action and excellent pacing make these three novellas read like a novel in three parts. Can't wait to read the next thing by T.

  • Helen Lowe
    2019-06-03 04:28

    Los Nefilim is the series title for three linked and chronologically sequential novellas by my friend and fellow author, Teresa Frohock. The three individual titles are: In Midnight’s SilenceWithout Light or Guide The Second DeathI am not quite sure how to tag this series in genre terms. In many ways it’s paranormal urban fantasy, except the urban environment is Barcelona and the year is 1931, on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. So in that sense it’s historical fantasy, where Spain’s descent into Civil War forms the backdrop to a conflict between angels and demons in which the nephilim — the hybrid offspring of human pairings with the supernatural beings — serve as foot soldiers in the war between the higher powers.Are you already fascinated? Well, I can only say that if you like urban fantasy’s juxtaposition of the real and the paranormal, or the interweaving of real history with a parallel fantastic story, then I suspect you will enjoy Los Nefilim.Similar kinds of tale-spinning, although otherwise very different stories, would include Constantine and the Sookie Stackhouse novels. (That’s True Blood, for all those who have only seen the TV series.) Not to mention Teresa’s own Miserere, which you may recall that I really enjoyed, awa’ back in 2013. For me, there is more than a little dash of detective/thriller noir in the storytelling mix as well, perhaps derived from the 1930s era, perhaps from the urban setting, perhaps simply from the kind of mystery-action-supernatural story Teresa has chosen to tell. Yet for whatever reasons, the mix of storytelling influences worked for me.In the three sequential stories that comprise Los Nefilim, Diego Alvarez, his son Rafael, and lover Miquel, are — like Barcelona in 1931 —caught up in a brewing war: not between the angels and demons, as might have been expected, but a civil war between different factions within the angel ranks. A subtext is that the leader of Los Nefilim, Guillermo, is trying to secure their independence in the strife about to break loose.The thing that I most enjoyed was Teresa’s deft interweaving of the historical setting and the paranormal conflict and mystery to be resolved, with the very personal stories of Diego, Rafael, and Miquel, but also Guillermo. Because as the story unfolds, the reader realises that the nefilim are also reincarnated souls and that characters such as Diego and Guillermo have a past-lives backstory. Los Nefilim is also an intergenerational story, with Diego’s relationship with his father, as well as with his own son, Rafael, forming the heart of the linked tale.As with all great storytelling (imho) it is these personal stories and interactions that make Los Nefilim rock — as well as the daimon-nefilim confrontations and the politics and fallout between different angelic and nefilim factions, including those from Germany… (Because this story mirrors 1930s Europe as well as Spain.)However, another aspect of the three novellas that I really enjoyed was their accessibility. I read each novella in one to two sessions and although collectively they added up to a short novel, individually I didn’t feel I was having to make the same reading commitment as I would have if I’d picked up a typical epic fantasy, for example.The “down” side of this was that when I got to the end of each novella I always wanted moar. In this sense, I suppose, a novella is like nouvelle cuisine — delicious but you may still be hungry at the end of it, which is fine so long as the next novella is there to be read… However, it is very satisfying to be able to actually finish a story even if I still very much wanted more Los Nefilim at the end of the concluding novella, The Second Death.Another strong aspect of Teresa’s storytelling is that she managed to make the characters real and engaging despite the limited scope, word count-wise, of a novella. She also managed to integrate a considerable cast of characters, making them all seem well-drawn and credible, even if the main character was unquestionably Diego. His secondary relationships with Rafael, his newly discovered son, and friendship with Guillermo, the leader of Barcelona’s nefilim, both evolved through the three novellas, providing additional depth.So if you’re looking for a well-written, historical-urban-paranormal fantasy that deftly traverses both supernatural and human story elements and is character driven, then the three stories that comprise Los Nefilim may well be for you. Being novellas, they also add up to a relatively easy read, which is a potential bonus for busy readers.The Los Nefilim novella are available in e-format now; the collected paperback edition will be out in mid-June and is now available for preorder.*Disclosure Statement: I purchased my copies of Los Nefilim, but as I've stated upfront, Teresa Frohock is a friend.

  • J.
    2019-05-27 03:05

    I loved the suave and sleepy feel of the setting in these stories, serving as a backdrop to tense action. I hope I get to read more in this world!

  • Simon Ellberger
    2019-06-02 07:23

    This is the omnibus edition of three novellas that form a single continuous story: “In Midnight’s Silence,” “Without Light or Guide,” and “The Second Death.” I’ve already provided individual reviews for each, and I gave all of them a five-star rating. I see no need for another general review, as the original ones should suffice, and unlike the premise of “The Second Death” I want to avoid overkill, other than to mention that I liked the series well enough to repurchase it in this omnibus format.

  • Adrianne
    2019-06-02 04:05

    This collection of 3 novellas work together as a complete novel. It starts slowly, but it was worth the work to get into it. Frohock does a masterful job with feelings of guilt, betrayal, and redemption all at a high tension break-neck pace. I can only hope there will be more stories with these characters.

  • Jack Teng
    2019-06-15 23:33

    Excellently written! Set in one of the most fascinating times of Spanish history

  • Jacqie
    2019-06-10 23:30

    I read Teresa Frohock's debut novel and was looking forward to anything else that appeared by her. This book, while perfectly fine, didn't rise to the level of imagination that her first one did.Diago and Miguel are lovers in Spain just before the Spanish Civil War. They are Nefilim, children of either an angel or demon and a human. This gives them some supernatural powers, mostly related to music. This also means that the heavenly wars between angels and demons draw them in as foot soldiers. The book is three novellas woven together, and they fit quite well. I didn't feel like I was hopping around and the storyline was seamless. The author manages to write one of the least annoying precocious children ever created- precocious children often peeve me in books. I liked the emotions and loyalties that the characters felt towards each other. The issue I had was that I never felt a sense of urgency, despite the action-packed nature of the book. I wasn't really ever worried about our heroes, despite the danger they put themselves in. I didn't really understand the limits and rules of the magic, so I never felt the sense that they pushed through any boundaries- I didn't know what the boundaries were. And sometimes the description of magical music didn't make sense to me. I believe that the author has a hearing impairment, so it's interesting that she chose music as her access point to magic. The heavenly choirs and all, it does make sense. But things like a character singing a single note in D minor ( how can one note be either major or minor?) and similar things that felt just a bit off cropped up. Or maybe I didn't understand what was going on with the magic, but that is again chalked up to powers not really explained. So, for me the book was about an average read. The characters were interesting as were the relationships. But the plot lost me.

  • Kate Pawson Studer
    2019-06-17 00:19

    T. Frohock's writing is resonant and evocative, immersing you in the magical world she's created before you reach the end of page one. A stunning read--the stories in Los Nefilim will both satisfy, and make you wish they went on.

  • Ken
    2019-06-26 07:31

  • Jaime Moyer
    2019-06-19 04:33

    I sometimes find it hard to review a friend's book. So let me just say wow. This was really, really good. Angels and demons, historical fantasy--what more could I want?

  • Ctgt
    2019-06-18 23:28