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- Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse (June 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2015
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- Language: English
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In Midnight's Silence: Los Nefilim: Part One Kindle Edition
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This is not an "angels are purely good" tale. While they do not crave the disorder that their counterparts feed on, they are not above sacrificing a child to ensure the greater good. Definitely "ends justify the means" characters here. I enjoyed this aspect not necessarily for the events in this particular novella, but in what is being set up for the next one.
There is magic in the music here, another facet I enjoyed. While we don't go into great detail on the magic system, it was explained enough and shown enough that it made sense. It is also set just before the second world war, a time ripe for conflict.
The characters totally sealed the deal. Diago, just learning how to love again, thrown by the existence of a son, Raphael, he's never met, determined not to abandoned his child like Diago's father abandoned him. Diago was enchanted and raped by Raphael's mother, a fact that Diago has not completely come to terms with by the end of the story, but rather is a work in progress. Miquel, understandably surprised and hurt by the existence of a child conceived while they were a couple, is a source of support. I really loved their relationship. It was not perfect, and you could tell that they had put a lot of work into trusting each other. Raphael, Diago's son, is 6 years old and desperate to be loved and have a home. He is scared, but not completely helpless. The scenes between him, Diago and Miquel are tender and leave you with hope. It's a dangerous world they live in, though.
While it does not end on a cliffhanger, there is absolutely more to the story. Fantastic characters, an interesting world, and lots of danger.
Joining those stories T. Frohock’s novella In Midnight’s Silence: Los Nefilim Part One. It is the first part of a story about the Nefilim, a group of supernatural beings overlapping both Angels and Daimons, and caught in the intrigues of both. In Midnight’s Silence focuses on Diago Alvarez, who was first introduced in the contemporary fantasy story Hisses and Wings, co-written with Alex Bledsoe.
In 1930’s Spain, Diago lives a relatively placid life. Sure, his same-sex relationship with his lover Miquel is something that isn’t something to advertise in a strongly Catholic and conservative country. And sure, being a Nefilim who has parents both angelic and demonic makes Diago a rare and hot property in the supernatural world that he tries to ignore and stay away from. He manages this despite Miquel’s much stronger connections to the angelic half of this supernatural demimonde of which most mortals have no awareness. But even Diago can see that war is coming, perhaps not just to Spain. But Diago, centuries old, treasures this moment as long as he can, even as forces move to disrupt and destroy it, forever.
The strength in In Midnight’s Silence is in its characters and their dilemmas. At the start of the novel, Diago’s self-imposed isolation away from the supernatural society is a resolution that gets severely tested by the events that unfold. The story is much more concerned with the moral choices of its protagonist, his attempt to escape the box in which outside forces have put him, and how he deals with their manipulations. The Diago at the end of this story is not the Diago of Hisses and Wings; crucial steps in that long character arc have been made, and I look forward to filling in more of his story and character growth.
Setting is another component where the story excels. This early 1930’s Barcelona feels very much like Weimar Germany, an almost decadent, hedonistic realm where people are on the edge of war and conflict. They try to carve for themselves a bit of happiness before the darkness falls. I particularly enjoyed the depictions of the various layers of reality on display, from the ordinary streets of Barcelona, to hidden nightclubs and far darker realms. That wondeful layering gives the setting a definite texture and significant depth. Barcelona and its overlapping realms feels like a real place, and one I’d want to visit.
My major criticism of the story is a matter of structure and release. In Midnight’s Silence is only a portion of the full story. While the major plot — Diago’s fateful choices and the forces manipulating him — are resolved and are well-executed and completed, the ending of the story makes it clear that this is just the first installment in a much larger story. The momentum of Los Nefilim only really gets going near the end. While the story as presented is highly enjoyable, I would have preferred to have more of the complete story upfront.
That said, the author’s style and preference for dark fantasy is well represented here, and readers looking to try Frohock’s writing for the first time will find that In Midnight’s Silence is a stellar and darkly shining example of the work and virtues of an underread and underappreciated writer.
It is 1930s Barcelona, a city with undercurrents of conflict and a populace almost frantic in the pursuit of distraction. Diago is a half angel, half daimon who has lived difficult lives. His partner, Miquel, is a member of the Los Nefilim, marshals of the angels in keeping watch on the daimons. Their talent and magic lies in their music.
Being a half-breed, Diago's allegiance is sought by both sides but he has deliberately refused to choose a side. Instead, Diago is trying to live a quiet, low-key life with Miquel. But Diago's carefully carved out peace is shattered when Miquel is taken. Add to this the discovery of a son Diago never knew he fathered. The boy is transparent in his loneliness and need for love and tugs at Diago's heartstrings, having grown up without a father himself. He now has another tether by which others can pull him this or that way to persuade him to serve their nefarious purposes. Eventually, Diago is forced to make an impossible choice.
Doom is a jarring overture and an underlying beat in this novella, with stanzas filled with stirring emotions, a bridge highlighting the perils and consequences of one's choices, and a chorus celebrating all manner of love.
Siguiente, por favor.