From acclaimed fantasy author T. Frohock comes a dark, lyrical historical thriller, set in 1930s Spain and Germany, that brings to life the world of angels and demons from 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.
Frohock's intriguing first Los Nefilim novel (after her novella trilogy of the same name), set in the years around the Spanish Civil War, takes Diago Alvarez behind enemy lines. Nefilim are descendents of angels or daimons, able to craft sigils and empower them with their voices and songs. Born of both angel and daimon, Diago is unique among Los Nefilim, the group of Nefilim who monitor daimonic activity for the angels; he has the daimon ability to hear and the angelic ability to sing. Enlisting the aid of Lorelei Fischer an agent of the equivalent French group, Les Nephilim Diago slips across the Rhine and onto the debilitated property of the Grier brothers in search of the the source of the song haunting his dreams. Meanwhile, in Spain, Nefilim leader Don Guillermo and Miquel, Diago's husband, uncover spies within their own ranks. Following various leads, they find an unexpected villain who has devastating plans for the Nefilim. Frohock has intricately woven a unique reinterpretation of history. Eloquent prose accompanies a lyrical theme amid prewar tensions, enriching this imaginative historical fantasy.