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text 2015-12-04 23:58
Without Light or Guide
Without Light or Guide - Teresa Frohock

Picking up shortly after In Midnight’s Silence, Diago, a half angel and half diamon must prove his allegiance to the Nefilim, a group of angels that monitor demons.  With trouble brewing in both the supernatural realm and the mortal realm with the eve of the Spanish Civil War, Diago finds himself once again in the middle of a lot of trouble.  Everyone the Diago knows in Barcelona is being murdered; Diago, his partner Miquel and other Nefilim begin to investigate.  The issues that arise affect both the natural and supernatural realm and directly involve Diago and his son, Rafael.  Diago must figure out what is going on and how to stop it.

 

This book involved a lot more danger, intrigue and characterization.  The demons were more prolific in this book and the growing threat that not everyone is who they seem.  Diago and Miquel’s relationship grew even more for me, especially with the involvement of Rafael.  There was some truly touching moments as Rafael had figured out the relationship between the two.  The crime scenes and mystery built into this installment definitely amped up the excitement and led to more heart-pounding scenes as Diago tried to outsmart the daimons.  I’ll be looking forward to more Nefilim adventures.

 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2015-12-03 02:01
In Midnight's Silence
In Midnight's Silence - Teresa Frohock

Diago Alverez is half darkness and half light born of an angel and a daimon.  After centuries he has found his place with Nefilim and partner Miquel.  He is content to love Miquel and play music, until someone comes after Miquel and wants him to play both sides.  In order to save Miquel and an important person dug up from his past, Diago must make some difficult choices that will have an impact on the whole world.

 

This was a quick-paced short story that introduced me to the world of the Nefilim.  The writing drew me in with vivid descriptions of scenery and allowed me to get to know the characters quickly.  I was intrigued by Diago and Miquel’s relationship between a Nefilim and a half angel and half daimon.  Their histories each seem very diverse and I hope that we get to learn more.  In such a short work, it is difficult to do any huge twist, however I appreciated the straight-forward action as Diago raced to save the people he loved the most and make his decisions towards light or dark.

 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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text 2015-01-03 01:33
The best 10 I read in 2014
Silver Shark - Ilona Andrews
Miserere: An Autumn Tale - Teresa Frohock
Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin
After the Night - Linda Howard
Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews
The Spymaster's Lady - Joanna Bourne
Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

2014 has been a sad year for books. I struggle to write up this post because it just feels like  I have read every good book out there and I am now struggling through the disappointments.

 

This list is in no particular order but each book has managed to wow me in some ways. Of course, my favourite author Ilona Andrews features heavily in this list as I just love the formula this team writes. Linda Howard was a new addition to my roster of authors to read, I might try a few of her other books this new year. 

 

My wish for this new year is to read lots and lots of good books but given my demanding nature I think it will take a miracle.

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review 2014-12-30 23:16
Book Review: The Broken Road
The Broken Road - Teresa Frohock

Travys, the prince, and Marc, Travys lowborn noble friend, find a morbid sight of the dead god and the sacrifice with it. The nobles have not done as they promised to the lowborn citizens. The promise to hold back the fray and beasts within. The person behind the ritual and fueling the lowborn is more than Travys had imagined and Travys is on the mission to find this person to protect his people. Then the matter of the princes marriage comes forth as another problem and his twin is not pleased.

Wow. A whole new world and magic created in a novella. I enjoyed the chanting magic and use of vibration. Then the whole element of the connection of worlds and what darkness is present on the other side... and seeping into this fantasy world as well.

I like there is a chanting magic to create the spells on walls to help protect the town people and to try and hold the fraying edges of reality together, keeping the dark monsters born from the fraying edges at bay. But things aren't going so well with the magic either. Only the nobles are of this magic.

Travys, the second of the Queen's twin sons, was born mute so he's powerless to the changing magic in his blood. Yet he has found a way to make the magic work for him.

This feels like a dark fantasy to me, more so than horror. There are ugly dark things in the world Travys lives in and beyond. Yet some of those dark things are not as terrible, at the moment, as others. The book didn't make me jump or scare me, so it's not that sort of horror.

This story surprised me when I got into it. I enjoyed the writing and the creation here. What surprised me is this is a novella! It reads like a full length fantasy novel. With each page the world and characters grow along with the plot and troubles they come across.

I look forward to more of this world. there is so much here to explore and so many possibilities. And I have a few curious thoughts on what else could happen. Oh do I hope Teresa gets us more of The Frayed Empire soon!

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review 2014-03-15 22:55
An excellent example of the Dark Fantasy genre
Miserere: An Autumn Take - Teresa Frohock

This is actually one of the most creative, richly detailed and well written book with well fleshed out characters, I have read in a long, long time. It was an enriching experience in terms of world building and prose. There are very few authors out there that display this level of writing and creativity.

It also enjoys the distinction of being a female driven fantasy book where women are strong and determined fighters. While the main character is a man his story centres around two women, his sister Catarina and his one true love, Rachel, a Judge Knight. 

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