Print Length: 128 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse (November 3, 2015)
Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Source: Digital Galley from publisher for an honest review
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.
Although Diago Alvarez has pledged his loyalty to Los Nefilim, there are many who don't trust his daimonic blood. And with the re-emergence of his father - a Nefil who sold his soul to a daimon - the fear is Diago will soon follow the same path.
Yet even as Diago tries to prove his allegiance, events conspire that only fuel the other Nefilim's suspicions - including the fact that every mortal Diago has known in Barcelona is being brutally murdered.
I read Without Light or Guide having not read the first book in the series. I will admit that this fact put me at a disadvantage while reading. I wish I had been able to read the first book because I think it would have eliminated the frustration and confusion about who was who and what exactly was going on. Once I got the people, events and world somewhat figured out, I was able to read and enjoy the book.
There is a brief recap at the front of the book, but without the details of the first book, the recap or summary wasn't quite enough for me -- I did refer to it several times when I started reading and for those who have already the first book, it will be a useful memory refresher.
I found the world that Diego and the other characters inhabit to be interesting and pretty unique. I am still working out some details, but the relationships between the angels and daimons to each other and the world at large is intriguing.
This short novel - more of a novella, really - is fast paced and held my attention throughout. I liked the historical aspect to the story and I am curious how that will play into the story line as the series progresses. Overall, I would say that Without Light or Guide was a solid read and I have high expectations for the books to come in the series.
Having read only the second book, I was still interested enough to add the first book to my TBR list and I am curious to see how things turn out for Diego, Miquel and Rafael. I am quite curious to find out more about the plans that the daimons have - there is something big in the works.
I think that Without Light or Guide as well as the whole Los Nefilim series would appeal to those readers who enjoy Urban Fantasy or Historical fiction with fantasy.
About T. FrohockT. Frohock has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She currently lives in North Carolina where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Check out more of her works and news at www.tfrohock.com.
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