Where Oblivion Lives by T. Frohock
Publication Date: February 19th 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Series: Los Nefilim #4
Blurb: 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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Diago is haunted by a long-forgotten song, an old enemy returns and war looms for both humans and the nephilim.
Where Oblivion Lives opens with Diago supposed to be trying to compose the key, a song that only he has heard and, one that could be used to devastating effect in the wrong hands. But his dreams are haunted by a song played on his stolen Stradivarius, drawing him to Germany. Meanwhile, in Santuari, Miquel and Guilliermo deal with traitors in the ranks. Someone is intent on taking Guilliermo’s place as leader of Los Nefilim even if it means unleashing a monster.
Where Oblivion Lives picks up roughly a year after Los Nefilim ended, however it can be read as a standalone. I do recommend reading Los Nefilim first, not only for the back story it provides but also because these characters will own your heart and you won’t want to miss a moment.
What really makes this book are the characters. Where Oblivion Lives is a character driven story and Frohock sings them to life so well even in the slower moments the pacing never feels off. You are drawn in by these characters and caught in the song. Diago, Miquel, Rafael, Guilliermo, Ysabel and Juanita – I love these characters and this found family, as well as their loyalty to each other and the love they have.
One of the overarching elements here is Diago’s struggle and desire to prove himself to Los Nefilim as a whole. As a half-angel-half-daimon, many in Los Nefilim don’t trust him, expecting Diago to betray them and sell them out to the daimons. So he has to balance his desire for action and rushing in head long with trusting Guilliermo to have his back.
Frohock puts your emotions through the wringer, she gets you so emotionally invested in these characters and it’s intense and heartbreaking at times, joyful at others. And then you have characters that aren’t wholly good or wholly evil – they just are, doing their best to survive. Like Rudi, oh Rudi. One of the aforementioned heartbreaking moments.
Where Oblivion Lives is such a great book. I cannot recommend this and Los Nefilim enough. They are evocative and rich, with such a unique and wonderful take on angels and daimons – where music is magic and past incarnations are as vital as the current ones. Also queer angels anyone?!
“Watch for me…it was the nefilim’s prayer and served as a goodbye, or a blessing, or a curse. To watch for another meant they would search the eyes of every soul until they found each other again, either in this incarnation or the next.”