In Midnight's Silence
The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…
Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being ...more
The best thing about this story is the writing. It's just excellent. Not overdone, not clunky, just fluid and assured. It puts you there, you believe it, you believe the setting, the people, everything. I can see why Voyager picked this up, the writing can stand and look any piece of literary fiction in the eye without blinking first.
The chara ...more
As a rule, I don't like urban fantasy. Anything set in the modern world, and I balk. Getting me to read this took a lot of convincing, but boy do I not regret it. First point it its favour, it's set in Barcelona, just before WWII (for me? Less modern + non-American setting = yesplease). Second point in its favour, the main characters are an established couple, which is something that's seen in fantasy far too rarely. The story is not a romance, the ...more
For those of you who enjoyed IN MIDNIGHT'S SILENCE, you might like the sequels: WITHOUT LIGHT OR GUIDE, which continues Diago's story, as well as the conclusion of the novellas, THE SECOND DEATH.
I wrote the novellas like the old radio serials from the 1940s with each story having a beginning, a middle, and an end. However, when you read the novellas back-to-back, they read very much like a novel.
A brand ne ...more
Frohock’s angels are a bunch of scheming bastards who will stop at nothing to reach their goals. Diago and his partner Miquel are a ...more
Diago Alvarez is born of angel and daimon, and, despite the mundane life he seems to lead (teaching piano lessons to bratty kids, avoiding said bratty kid's mom's advances), there is obviously something more to him. A darkness that one might think leans more to his daimon side than the angels. But this too is a wonderful dece ...more
The main story is told over the course of only a coup ...more
I felt the world-building was done especially well in this one. I got a good idea of the tensions in Barcelona, and of the various factions and interbreeding of daimon, angel, and human, with little or no info-dump ...more
In Midnight's Silence stops just shy of being truly "weird fiction" and is not quite urban fantasy either. I'm reminded of some of Anne Rice's earlier vampire novels where characters of great depth, dramatic flair, and history are thrust onto a stage furnished with antiquated and ...more
3 1/2 stars (liked it)
A Midnight’s Silence is another solid story by T. Frohock. Real characters are placed in dark and distressing situations, using a combination of music, magic, love and trust to survive. It introduces the reader to a world of angels and daimons in 1930s Spain, with our protagonist Diago being half angel, half daimon. This puts him in a unique position because the two worlds generally don’t play all that nice with each other (as ...more
In Midnight’s Silence is a short story which brings to us a wonderfully strange world where Angels, Daimons and Los Nefilim roam amongst us.
The main characters of the story are Diago, Miguel and Raefael and the story starts in Seville during the 1930’s. At the start of the story Diago returns to his apartment to find evidence of a struggle and his partner Miguel missing.
I’m not really going to elaborate on the plot but will say this is incredibly easy to r ...more
Not really sure what's going on with the politics (between humanity and the angelic) or how the nature of the Nefilim fits into all of this, but I like the main characters, Diago and Miquel, and I'm looking forward to read more about them.
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Reread: November 2019
Bumping up the rating because I'm enjoying the read more this time around. Will try harder to complete the trilogy as it seems the main plot runs through all three books, and they're meant to be r ...more
T. Frohock successfully combines multiple genres to create a tightly woven gem that I devoured within 24 hours. In Midnight's Silence is atmospheric and creepy and heartfelt, and I was immersed in the streets of Barcelona - in this world of angels and daimon, of Los Nefilim, and essentially, of people who will do anything they can to save the people they love. I'm so ...more
The world of Los Nefilim is set in the Spain of the nineteen-thirties, several years before the civil war. In most respects, it re ...more
This novella is about the sacrifices people will make on behalf of those they love or have the potential to love. The story takes place in late 1930’s Barcelona. Protagonist Diago finds out his boyfriend Miquel has been kidnapped by an angel, he goes to find him without a second thought. Miquel is a part of Los Nefilim, a group that “monitors daimonic activity for the angels.” I imagined it as a sort of CIA/FBI/secret agent sort of ...more
Hygienists beginning of a series and I can't wait to read the next book. Her character development is superb. The storyline entrancing. Read this in one sitting and when it came to an end I was wanting more. ...more
Something awful has happened. Diago Alvarez had thought all he had to worry about were the amorous advances of his sullen piano pupil’s mother, but something has come back from his past, not just to haunt him but to destroy him. In a fast-paced start to her three-part series Los Nefilim, Frohock takes her readers to the mouth of hell and back in In Midnight’s Silence.
Frohock is no stranger to the strange, and In Midnight’s Silence is delightfully eerie while also being poignant and soulful. It’s...more
T. Frohock has turned a love of history and dark fantasy into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. A real-life cyborg, T has a cochlear implant, meaning she can turn you on or off with the flick of a switch. Make of that what you will. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. ...more