Book Tour // Without Light or Guide by T. Frohock

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Note: I received a copy of this book, along with the first in the series, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Without Light or Guide

Print Length: 128 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse (November 3, 2015)

Always holding themselves aloft from the affairs of mortals, Los Nefilim have thrived for eons. But with the Spanish Civil War looming, their fragile independence is shaken by the machinations of angels and daimons–and a half breed caught in between. Although Diago Alvarez has pledged his loyalty to Los Nefilim, there are many who don’t trust his daimonic blood. And with the re-emergence of his father–a Nefil who sold his soul to a daimon–the fear is Diago will soon follow the same path. Yet even as Diago tries to prove his allegiance, events conspire that only fuel the other Nefilim’s suspicions–including the fact that every mortal Diago has known in Barcelona is being brutally murdered.

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Review

When I first heard about this book I was told that it’s the second book in a series, but can also be read alone. I also had the opportunity to get a copy of the first book and since I prefer to read a series in order whenever possible, I got the first book as well.

This was described to me as historical sci-fi and that immediately captured my attention, but I have to admit that when I started reading I was a little unsure on the book. I was quickly swept up by the story, though, and found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. In fact, yesterday at work all I could think about was getting home to finish the novella!

The world in this series is amazing and so well-described that I felt like it was totally real. There’s a perfect level of creepiness in this book–not so creepy that it’ll be a huge turn-off for those don’t like scary stories, but just enough to keep the reader on their toes. There was one scene in particular that had my heart racing a little bit.

My only complaint about this book (and the first in the series) is that they’re too short. Yes, they’re novellas, but I wished they were a little longer than they were. They’re not too short to the point of doing a disservice to the story, but I was always a little surprised when I realized I was almost at the end of the story. I was happy I read them both in a row, because I think I would have been a little sad to stop reading after just one.

About T. Frohock

T. Frohock has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She currently lives in North Carolina where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Check out more of her works and news at www.tfrohock.com.

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HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?

5 Comments

  1. Victoria Stacey

    December 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I hadn’t heard of this before, but I think it’s definitely something I will look into 🙂

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  2. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    December 8, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks so much for the review. I love short books for a lazy Sunday afternoon curled up on the couch!

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  3. Jenn

    December 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Love a good book review! This one sounds interesting. I’m not usually a sci-fi person, but I love historical fiction, and that would be enough to get me intrigued! The mix of genres sounds so unique. I also love the slightly creepy feel of a story without being straight-up scary. It’s also great when a series book can be read on its own!

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  4. Jenny Kim

    December 8, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Historical Sci Fi? that’s a new terminology. Seems like an interesting read, thanks for the review

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  5. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours

    December 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I’m glad that you were able to read the two in a row and immerse yourself in the story for a while longer! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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