Five reasons to read

Five Reason to Read ~ Los Nefilim by T. Frohock

29995427Los Nefilim by T. Frohock

Publication Date: June 14th 2016

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Series: Los Nefilim #1-3

Blurb: Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas–In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death–brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existence is shaken by the preternatural forces commanding them … and a half-breed caught in-between.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.

Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows.

I recently finished Los Nefilim by T. Frohock, devouring it as I fell in love. So I thought I’d share some of the reasons to read this book!

An enchanting mix of elements

Los Nefilim is a perfect blend of the fantastical and the real. Set in 1930’s Spain, it follows Diago as he battles to find his place as both angels and daimons vie for his loyalty or try to take it by force. There’s mystery and angelic battles and dark magic. There’s an old school vibe/glam to it that draws you in. It doesn’t fit squarely in one genre and it’s perfect for it.

Engrossing without hopelessness

Los Nefilim draws you in and keeps you riveted without leaving you feeling like the heroes are never going to succeed. I’ve read and loved books like that but sometimes it’s tiring reading books where the MCs can never win or where they’re endlessly suffering. Los Nefilim has high stakes and is intense but without leaving you feeling like it’s all pointless if everything is always going to shit anyway.

Established relationship

I don’t know why I like this particular element in books but it’s just so nice?? I just really loved that Diago and Miquel were already in a committed relationship. They’re married, they love each and it’s never in doubt and, although there are some things that happen that do bring challenges for them, they’re in it together.

Magic through music

I really loved Frohock’s take on angels, daimons and their magic. In Los Nefilim magic is woven through music (and dance). Through music they are able to draw the sigils needed to cast magic and harmonising with others strengthens the magic, making for some powerful scenes.

Soft men who are allowed to be vulnerable

We love non-toxic masculinity. That’s not to say there aren’t some arseholes in the book but the main characters are so wonderfully drawn. They are allowed to be vulnerable and hurt and emotional without it being condemned. Guillermo doesn’t hesitate to show his care and love for Diago, Miquel and those under his charge without having to include bro-ish slaps on the back. The love Diago has for Rafael & Miquel are where he draws the strength of his magic from. Diago is given the space to start to come to terms with the abuse he suffered without him being seen as weak or not man enough for having been through it. It’s so lovely to see and read.

This is a small and incomplete list of reasons to read Los Nefilim but I highly recommend you do, it’s a wonderful series full of characters you’ll love. It’s followed by Where Oblivion Lives, which I am very much looking forward to diving into!

“He had his family, his family of bears, and together, they would roar.”

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Book Review ‘The Perfect Assassin’ ~ K.A. Doore

39863314.jpgThe Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore

Publication Date: March 19th 2019

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: The Chronicles of Ghadid #1

Blurb: Divine justice is written in blood.

Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs.

Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, Basbowen’s finest start showing up dead, with their murderous jaan running wild in the dusty streets of Ghadid. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders, before the family gets blamed.

Every life has its price, but when the tables are turned, Amastan must find this perfect assassin or be their next target.

★★★★☆(4.5)/5

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Book Review ‘The Kingdom of Copper’ ~ S.A. Chakraborty

35839460The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Publication Date: February 1st 2019

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Series: The Daevabad Trilogy #2

Blurb: Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.

Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family and one misstep will doom her tribe.

Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid-the unpredictable water spirits-have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★/5

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Book Review ‘Lady Smoke’ ~ Laura Sebastian

40702154Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

Publication Date: February 12th 2019

Publisher: Pan Australia

Series: Ash Princess Trilogy #2

RRP: AU$16.99

Blurb: The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess and humiliating her for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage-Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. But securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

★/5

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Book Review ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ ~ Brigid Kemmerer

9781681195087A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date: February 4th 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Series: A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1

Blurb: Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

☆(4.5)/5

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