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Review: Los Nefilim by T. Frohock


I didn’t expect to like this series as much as I did.

“My papa says—” There was another pregnant pause, during which Diago imagined Ysa checking both directions to make sure no grownups were near. “We are the sons and daughters of angels. We are Los Nefilim. Nobody fucks with us and wins.”

Generally, 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. I binged the novellas and the novel in a matter of days (which is also why I’m reviewing them all together), and I do not have a tendency to binge series either.

The novel, Where Oblivion Lives, was written so that it can be read without reading the novellas beforehand, but why would you want to?

The worldbuilding, for one, is fantastic. They story is set in pre-WWII Barcelona and focused on angels, daimons, and nefilim, but it’s detailed and interesting and genuinely done well. I say nefilim, but really, they are more of a supernatural mafia. And the magic is based on music. What’s more, the main characters are one of the rare cases of an established couple – and that’s never questioned. It just is. And they raise a child together!

“Anytime something bothers you, you tuck it away in some quiet corner of your mind and simply ignore it. You need to learn to deal with your feelings, Diago. You’ve got to stop carrying all of your guilt and shame inside.”

I also really liked Diago. He’s had a troubled past and he struggles a lot with it – plus has to deal with a lot of mistrust and prejudice because he’s part daimon in addition to being part angel on top of it. He has to learn how to trust, how to be a part of a team, how to open up, how to be a parent. The development is great and the endings are adorable.

The only issue I had is that the novellas suffer a bit for their length. Some twists felt rather predictable, the plot rushed…and I was left wanting more. It wasn’t a big issue since I could jump to the next novella and eventually the novel that takes place after, but I feel like I should mention it regardless. And as I hoped, it really was just the novella format – Where Oblivion Lives had none of the issues.

The next book is coming out in February 2020 and I will be reading it for sure, though judging from the blurb I’m not sure if my poor heart will be able to take it.

Enjoyment: 4.5/5
Execution: 4 to 4.5/5

Recommended to: those looking for Urban Fantasy that’s different, those who like broken protagonists, anyone looking for casual LGBTQ+ (gay and bisexual) and PoC representation
Not recommended to: content warning: rape (off-screen)

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