A lyrical historical fantasy adventure, set in 1932 Spain and Germany, that brings to life the world of the novellas collected in Los Nefilim: Spanish Nephilim battling daimons in a supernatural war to save humankind.
Born of daimon and angel, Diago Alvarez is a being unlike all others. The embodiment of dark and light, he has witnessed the good and the horror of this world and those beyond. In the supernatural war between angels and daimons that will determine humankind’s future, Diago has chosen Los Nefilim, the sons and daughters of angels who possess the power to harness music and light.
As the forces of evil gather, Diago must locate the Key, the special chord that will unite the nefilim’s voices, giving them the power to avert the coming civil war between the Republicans and Franco’s Nationalists. Finding the Key will save Spain from plunging into darkness.
And for Diago, it will resurrect the anguish caused by a tragedy he experienced in a past life.
But someone—or something—is determined to stop Diago in his quest and will use his history to destroy him and the nefilim. Hearing his stolen Stradivarius played through the night, Diago is tormented by nightmares about his past life. Each incarnation strengthens the ties shared by the nefilim, whether those bonds are of love or hate . . . or even betrayal.
To retrieve the violin, Diago must journey into enemy territory . . . and face an old nemesis and a fallen angel bent on revenge.
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“The house is old. You might hear noises in the Night. Think nothing of them. Just don’t leave your room to investigate. You might be hurt, stumbling around in the dark.”
Once again, Where Oblivion Lives is everything I needed in an urban fantasy novel. I didn’t just want everything to do with this novel, I needed it to soothe a part of my soul that has been struggling against the world. I was drawn into this story with Los Nefilim and I continued to be enchanted through Where Oblivion Lives. From the moment I started, I didn’t want the ride to stop.
The lore surrounding the Angels and Demons is just outstanding. There is nothing worse than a weak, humanic, angel and demon race set, but these are good, strong, proper races in Where Oblivion Lives. The plays these two races make are anything but weak. There wasn’t as much demonic action during Where Oblivion Lives, but the actions of everyone else more than make up for it. The way music and sound are interwoven into magic…well, it is pure magic itself. Frohock understands that everything is based on vibrations, and if you can change that, you can change the world. It is perfect and exactly what I love in my magic.
In a departure from the majority of the novellas, Diago shares his time with Guillermo and others. The shift from focused novellas to focused novel was handled very well, and I cannot wait to read more full sized stories like this in the future. Where Oblivion Lives has many facets and players, each thinking they are in the right. But, everyone can’t be remembering true. The idea of multiple incarnations is explored a lot more in this story. Remembering something in a past life isn’t easy, though, and can be used for good or ill. I don’t like memory loss, but this isn’t memory loss. This is something fundamental to the beings that are nephilim, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is perfect.
I also love how the mortal world and the supernatural world are interwoven together. Spain is gearing up for civil war, and the characters are aware of the trouble that is ahead of them. The world is a decade away from another world war, which they have seen the signs of as well. It is great how Frohock weaves the two worlds together, with mortals not having any knowledge of their world, and the Nefilim belonging to the mortal world and not. It can be a difficult task for an author to show how the characters belong to the mortal world while also not, and it is often overlooked entirely when there is a masquerade in effect. The fact that it isn’t overlooked and it is well handled just raises this series in my eye even more, and I didn’t think it could get much higher!
Where Oblivion Lives was everything I wanted and needed right now. This series has already jumped up onto my favourites and I cannot wait for the next installment of this series. I love Diago and his family and I need to see them grow together more.
I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to T. Frohock, HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for providing this copy for review!
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Los Nefilim series page!