The best Books The Second Death the best work The final chapter in T Frohock s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim novella trilogy following In Midnight s Silence and Without Light or Guide which bestsel
The best Books The Second Death the best work The final chapter in T Frohock s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim novella trilogy following In Midnight s Silence and Without Light or Guide which bestselling author Mark Lawrence has called a joy to read Save the world, or save his family For Diago Alvarez, that s the choice before him For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable HelThe final chapter in T Frohock s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim novella trilogy following In Midnight s Silence and Without Light or Guide which bestselling author Mark Lawrence has called a joy to read Save the world, or save his family For Diago Alvarez, that s the choice before him For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon.And while Diago grows comfortable not only with his heritage, but also with his place among Guillermo s Los Nefilim, he is still unsure if he truly belongs amongst them.In a frantic race to save the future of humanity, Diago is forced to rely on his daimonic nature to deceive an angel In doing so, he discovers the birth of a modern god one that will bring about a new world order from which no one can escape.. Good Ebook The Second Death Have you ever read an urban fantasy set in Spain during the unrest that preceded the Civil War with a homosexual demon-angel hybrid as a protagonist? I think not.I discovered the Los Nefilim series while reading the grimdark anthology Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists, where T. Frohock published her short story Every Hair Casts a Shadow, set a few years after the events narrated in Los Nefilim and told from a certain villain's POV. The series comes in the form of three separate novellas or as a bundle: I'm going to review Los Nefilim in its entirety so there might be mild spoilers from In Midnight's Silence and Without Light or Guide (books #1 and #2 in the series).First, a word of praise for how Frohock decided to handle the dreaded threat of info-dumps: in acknowledging both the readers' necessity for a reminder of who's-who and what-happened-so-far and the authors' difficulty in meeting those needs in an elegant way, she chose to spend a few pages to recap the story, like in "the old radio programs from the 1940s". Brilliant. Editors should demand something like this from every author - even though, admittedly, some hundreds of pages would be lost this way. I also think it's worth mentioning that you can find the bibliography the author used for the series on her website: I might never read any of those books but I'm reassured to know that an author that decided to set her fictional world during a very specific historical moment in a very specific place spent at least a few moments of her time doing some research about it.As for the story, Los Nefilim tells of... well, Los Nefilim, angel-born Nefilim (Nefilim are half-human, half-angelic or daimonic hybrids) based in Spain - we discover throughout the series that for every human nation there is an equivalent angelic reign, each commanding its own Nefilim group. The angel-born Nefilim operate on Earth as foot soldiers and spies for the angels, controlling the daimonic activity among the humans. As per most UF tradition, here angels are of the assholish variety and their squabbles reflect upon the humans: and since the story in set in between World Wars, you could rightfully assume that at this moment in time the angels are done squabbling and are taking up arms. Still, the fact that the daimons are using their own Nefilim to further incite the humans against each other - since, well, they do feed on our hate after all - is something that the angels would rather avoid, and so decide to try and mitigate the damage. Two are the points of contention among the various warring factions: an idea for a weapon of mass destruction that, according to the angels, should cut the upcoming human war short, thus limiting the magnitude of the catastrophe (sure, thank you guys), and a hybrid born of an angel and a daimon-born Nefil, a rarity that possesses both the magic of angels and of daimons.This rarity happens to be Daigo, who's not only an unique and powerful hybrid but also a gay man: the daimons and the angels want him for his magic, the angel-born Nefilim scorn and distrust him because of his daimonic nature, the humans would, at best, ostracize him for his homosexuality (this isn't Pedro Almodóvar's Spain we're talking about). So Daigo has decided long ago to live his life as a human, hiding his relationship with Los Nefilim second-in-command Miquel from the mortals and avoiding taking sides in the upcoming all-out war between angels and angels and angels and daimons. Obviously, since Daigo is the MC and all, hiding it out while giving piano lessons to industrialists' sons isn't going to be a valid option for much longer.All clear so far? Geez, this is why I usually don't bother with synopsis: I've made a mess of things. I promise Frohock's flawless writing and masterful storytelling does make everything clear, should you decide to pick up this series (you totally should, FYI).Despite the complexity of the plot, at its core Los Nefilim (the series, not the hybrids) is a story about redemption, forgiveness and second chances; it's a story about learning to love yourself despite the mistakes you might have committed along the way; it's a story about learning to love and trust others despite your fear of rejection, about learning to accept and embrace the love of those who care about you; it's a story about what family and friendship truly mean.And if the backdrop of such a story is a unique urban fantasy with great, three dimensional characters and just the right amount of tension and action to have you reading at the edge of your seat... well, there you have it.P.s. If you're curious about the series, you could read the lovely short-story (that Frohock calls a vignette: how I love this woman) A Rose, A Dragon: it's free on her website (it's set after the main series, though, so there will be spoilers from book #1).