Without Light or Guide
Always holding themselves aloft from the affairs of mortals, Los Nefilim have thrived for eons. But with the Spanish Civil War looming, their fragile independence is shaken by the machinations of angels and daimons…and a half-breed caught in-between.
For although Diago Alvarez has pledged his loyalty to Los Nefilim, there a ...more
Note: ARC provided by author/publisher, but I’ma buy this anyway :)
A couple years ago, I went through a phase where I was trying to broaden my reading horizons (away from my steady diet of exclusively epic fantasy). A friend personally recommended Teresa Frohock’s Miserere to me, while chatting at a book signing. I was intrigued by his description, and his enthusiasm towards the merits of the book sold it to me. Needless to say, I ...more
There are so many unique things about this urban fantasy, not the least of which is the setting. Typical urban fantasy takes you to current American city streets, but here we walk alleys and roads and tunnels in Spain, with the Spanish Civil War looming on the horizon. We also have a a main protagonist who is older than usual, and an approach to magic that toys with your senses. ...more
Frohock creates great peril and formidable foes. Against these forces she holds up Diago, part angel, part daimon, and marked by both. He is burdened by betrayal, cruelty and wrongdoings in his past, distrust and discrimination in his present, uncertainty and dangers in ...more
A good portion of this novella was devoted to setting up the pieces on the Nefilim's bigger chessboard, and investigations to figure out just who those pieces are, and what their intentions might be. Some of the background of the current Nefilim is also fi ...more
Taking place in Barcelona, as the Spanish Civil War looms ominously, a daemon, Diago, is deeply in love with a member of the Los Nefilim, his lover Miquel. Diago's son, Rafael, recently joined the loving family of the two men ...more
This isn't to say there isn't a strong plot and events in this one do a nice job of setting up the 3rd novella and I'll be interested in seeing where things go from here.
Without Light or Guide is part two of Theresa Frohock's new series "Los Nefilim" where angels and daimons do battle in the mortal realm against the backdrop of the lo ...more
Frohock’s Spain remains as vividly detailed as ever. The sense of a society on the brink of change remains, and is even exacerbated. There’s a feeling of hidden co ...more
Without Light or Guide picks up soon after the events of In Midnight’s Silence, after Diago has rescued his son from Moloch, ruler of the daimons, who wishes to use young Rafael for his own empowerment. Diago and his husband Miquel begin to put their lives in order with the addition of Rafael, while trying to get to the bottom of the conflict between the angels, daimons, and angel-born Nefilim to whom they are both sworn.
Part 1930’s noir, part urban fantasy, Without Light or Guide explores human...more
See my review of In Midnight’s Silence (Los Nefilm #1)here.
Without Light or Guide begins a few weeks after the events of In Midnight’s Silence. Diago is concerned about the welfare of his son, and how he sees his relationship with Miquel, and further, is concerned that he is a target of a smear campaign within the Nefilm that accuses him of siding with the daimons (since he’s half-daimon). (Thankfully, this, and other pertinent info ...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.