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128 pages, ebook
First published June 23, 2015
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 no wonder, really, as her characters are the children of angels and masters of music and song. This is Diago’s story, hinted at in her short Hisses and Wings, brought to life in vivid color and motion. The characters practically step off the page, and Frohock’s narrative style will have readers gasping and delighting right along with them at every turn.
The world of Los Nefilim is ours… with a twist. Throughout history, humanity has thought it was in control of events, while in fact everything has been carefully shaped by the angels and daimons who have been alive, reborn again and again, since time immemorial. Encompassing many aspects of ancient religion and culture, In Midnight’s Silence hints that perhaps the first rebellion of the angels is not over—that perhaps our human conceptions of gods and angels is but a fragment of the whole picture.
Anyone interested in Spanish history particularly the early 20th century, will appreciate the authenticity of the narrative, while those who enjoy an alternate take on ideas of Judeo-Christian divinity and history will likewise like the hints of a deeper past that crop up throughout the novella. Concepts of family, of hidden pasts, and the notion of redemption drive this story; while the action is well-narrated, it is the connections between characters that will pull the reader in and keep them there.
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