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on 2 May 2009
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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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.

The plot does manage to balance out the threats in the family and the threats from the gods quite nicely once it gets going, but the big flaw is that at 392 pages this is a just a little bit too long, the final third becoming one long extended battle. Whilst there is one real punch the air moment late on in that, it's not quite enough to save the whole thing from feeling a bit dragged out.

So not quite as good as it could be, but it does have it's moments.

There are a couple of bits of strong language and some scenes of an adult nature
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on 29 December 2011
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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After I originally read the first novel in the Secret Histories series by Simon I started out a little unclear as to whether or not he was being serious or whether it was a jokey supernatural spy story eventually coming to the conclusion that whilst the titles have a link to the 007 world of Ian Fleming they're a rollicking good read on their own.

Here in the second instalment of the series we still get to meet the characters who we were so engaged with in the original as the Droods go to war to prove that they're not as weakened as the world has been led to believe. A great story with an interesting premise and characters that just leap off the page, although as a side note, you don't turn your back on Mr Stab, which keeps this tale trucking along at 70MPH with the hidden bonous of another of Simons epic characters leaping through time to join this epic adventure keeping everything at top note for the entire journey.
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on 12 March 2009
I've been reading Simon Green's books since the very enjoyable Blue Moon Rising, and enjoy his irreverent take on the sci-fi genre. The Golden Torc seemed like a great new premise but I'm afraid it's turned out to be pretty disappointing. The ideas in both books continue to be interesting but the writing is not as strong. it is really just a stream of set piece encounters and very repetitive dialog. The style seems too forced. I made it through the 1st book fairly easily but couldn't sustain it for the 2nd.
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on 4 December 2009
As always Simon Green has created a rollicking read in the sci-fi fantasy genre, but there are just too many knowing nods and winks to characters and events in his other series. Just too many elements reworked from other novels that you feel you've seen this all before. Keeping fresh for the new novels your fans demand is clearly extremely difficult and many new authors would be well pleased with such a novel, but for a Simon Green book it's a little so so, just a bit disappointing.
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on 25 February 2009
This is a really enjoyable read, but it lacks the pace of The Man With the Golden Torc, and gets a little sidetracked in places. Well worth reading, but I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't all it could be.
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on 2 April 2009
Fantastic read, opened my eyes to the questions and gave me answers for Deathstalker! Cant wait for book 3
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on 16 January 2013
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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on 17 June 2015
Book added to my daughters' library ; she has all of Simon Green's novels.
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