Los Nefilim

Bestseller Book Los Nefilim published 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

Bestseller Book Los Nefilim published 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.. Popular Ebook Los Nefilim 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.

About Author

  1. T Frohock has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction She is the author of Miserere An Autumn Tale, a dark fantasy, along with the Los Nefilim series from Harper Voyager.T has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying.

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  1. 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 [...]


  2. 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 [...]



  3. 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 character building and relationship than rolling around in bed It s truly refreshing.


  4. 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 pers [...]


  5. 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 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 [...]


  6. Need 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 [...]


  7. 9 10Reviewed all three Los Nefilim novellas for Fantasy Faction fantasy faction 2016 hidde 10 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


  8. 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.


  9. 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 C [...]



  10. 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.


  11. 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 stories with these characters.



  12. 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 boo [...]


  13. 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.



  14. 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 could I want



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