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Daemons Are Forever: Secret Histories Book 2: Bk. 2 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Hardcover]

Simon R. Green
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28 Aug 2008 GOLLANCZ S.F.

The Drood family is all that stands between Humanity and all the forces of darkness. They were supposed to protect the world, but ended up ruling it. Eddie Drood discovered the lies at the heart of his family, and brought them down. For his sins, they put him in charge: to run the family, and to redeem it.

Eddie feels the need to prove to the world that the Drood family is as strong as it ever was. So he decides to wipe out one of Humanity's greatest enemies, the soul eaters known as the Loathly Ones. But once started on this venture, he discovers that the Loathly Ones are just the forerunners of something far worse; the Many-Angled Ones, the Hungry Gods, descending from a higher dimension to consume every living thing in this world.

Eddie Drood has got his work cut out for him . . .



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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (28 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575079444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079441
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,852,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We liked this book immediately. Green's main contribution to the masquerade stew is his very British spin on it all, with sardonic wit, fun characters and shameless referencing of everything from 'Wild Wild West' to his own Deathstalker books. A fresh, fun style with some surprisingly heft battle scenes. It's great fun nonetheless." (Richard Corbett SFX)

"This kind of thing is popular right now but green is an old hand and good with the funnies." (DEATHRAY)

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Men are mortal, but demons are forever: James Bond meets Blade in this kick-ass fantasy series!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Daemons are for laughing at 2 May 2009
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A great story from one of the best fantasy SF authors currently doing business, Simon has a refreshingly irreverant take on the genre. The humour is dry and the characters all seem very believable though the clincher in all of his books come down to the story itself, I've read nearly everything he has written and Simon is yet to repeat himself. Well enough of that, the story this time follows our hero Edwin Drood and his paramour dealing with the aftermath of the destruction of the power behind the Drood. Another epic tale with nods to the future and past (including the addition of characters and locations from other books again)

The difficulty in writing a review is how much to give away and what to discuss in the story, let me say that the elevator is unique as is the train set :D I enjoyed it and I'm sure you will as well.

Just one question, who are Bruin Bear and the Sea goat based on?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Family feuds 15 Mar 2010
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Second novel in the secret histories series by Simon R Green, following on from The Man With The Golden Torc: Secret histories Book 1 (Gollancz S.F.): Man with the Golden Torc Bk. 1 and telling of more adventures for Edwin Drood. The man also known as Shaman Bond, field operative for the Droods, a family who keep the world safe from mystical threat.

There's enough back story given early on in this, in very digestible chunks, so that you could get into this easily enough if you hadn't read the first book. Both books have a real world setting but one where the fantastical exists side by side with the mundane. Not that those who notice the latter notice the former, save for a select view such as the Droods.

In the first book Eddie ended up taking control of his family and their operations and falling in love with a witch called Molly. Now Eddie has to consolidate his power and deal with members of the family who want things back the way they were.

And on top of that, nasty gods from another dimension are set on taking over this one.

Adopting the usual light tone and fast pace of the writer's work it also keeps up the style from the first book - and his nightside series of novels - of throwing a remarkable amount of inventiveness at the reader, with fantastical characters and items coming at you at the rate of new ones every few pages. Whilst the first book did feel like it could have belonged to the nightside series this doesn't, and for the first three quarters does prove an engaging read. Although all the romantic banter between eddie and molly does get a bit tiresome after a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daemons are Forever - secret histories Book 2 16 Jan 2013
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Couldn't wait to read this second book and was not disappointed at all - I loved it. Bring on the 3rd!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie's Back 29 Dec 2011
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In the second installment of the Secret Histories, Edwin Drood is realising that taking over his sorcerous family was the easy bit. He still has to rearm the Droods after removing their invulnerable golden armor, deal with the factions that want him removed, and prove to the world that the family is still capable of protecting humanity and themselves.

With the original story with its varying introductions out of the way, Green has slightly more time to develop his characters in between the almost constant action. Eddie and Molly's relationship is explored touchingly, the other major family members are fleshed out, and a handful of new characters are introduced.

Eddie's cousin Harry and his demonic boyfriend add an extra obstacle to the protagonist's life, and they are written as antagonists without being wholly evil. There is a subplot with the sinister Mr Stab and Penny Drood that also adds an extra emotional layer to the story. Perhaps most excitingly, as Eddie plunders the timestream for aid, a guest character from Green's most famous series joins the fun.

As always with the author, it's all about non-stop incident, and as the plot develops into an apocalyptic war against extradimensional monstrosities, there are a multitude of thrilling scenes. This series is really gathering pace: who knows where it will go next?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much 24 Jan 2010
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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In my review of the book of Simon R. Green's 'Secret Histories' series, The Man With The Golden Torc: Secret Histories Book 1 (Gollancz S.F.): Man with the Golden Torc Bk. 1, one criticism I had was that the author was simply throwing too many ideas at the page and not all of them were successful. The same is true of the sequel, Daemons Are Forever; there is simply too much going on in this book for it to provide a genuinely satisfying experience. With vastly powerful pan-dimensional Gods threatening our Universe, traitors within the Drood family, immortal serial killers, time travel and internal Drood politics, to name just a few of the plot strands that crop up, all competing for space the book's narrative just feels too crowded. Whilst Man With The Golden Torc had a reasonably streamlined central plot (Eddie Drood tries to clear his name) to mitigate the jumble of ideas on display, Daemons Are Forever seems to bounce all over the place. In fact the real plot, the battle against the 'Loathly Ones' doesn't really get come to the fore until the book's halfway stage. Until then its hard to know which subplot is more important than another.

The result is a mess of a book. There are wild shifts in tone. The plot constantly careens off on tangents. There's no attempt to come up with any sort fixed set of rules for the world in which its set. Characters are mostly just the sum of their remarkable powers rather than believable people.

Admittedly its all great fun, even if the OTT tone does become tiring after a while, but there's no real dramatic heft to the book.
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