Monday, February 21, 2011

Daemons Are Forever by Simon R. Green

Daemons are Forever (Secret Histories, Book 2)
Title:  Daemons Are Forever
Author:  Simon R. Green
Publisher:  Roc
Publication Date:  June 2009
Format:  Paperback, 432 pages
Age Group:  Adult
Series:  The Secret Histories #2

After bringing down his family in The Man with the Golden Torc, Eddie Drood must now try to rebuild the Drood army to save the world.  Without the Droods keeping world leaders, aliens, demons, and other things that go bump in the night in line, everyone is waiting to see who will make the first move to seize power.  When Eddie decides to make a show of power by attacking the Loathly Ones, he discovers that he is once again in over his head.  Add in a traitor in the Drood family, a cast of very colorful characters, and some time travel and get ready for one wild ride!

I am loving this series!  Green writes with so much humor that I find myself smiling and even laughing out loud while reading.  That is not an easy thing to do when the entire plot focuses on saving the world from an other worldly invasion.

The characters are fantastic.  Each has their own little quirks and they play off each other quite nicely.  Molly and Eddie keep things light on the romantic front with their banter but their actions show a deep commitment to each other.  While a lot of the character interaction seems to take place on the surface, Green does reveal small details that give insights into the characters' pasts.

The action in the book is non-stop.  From trying to bring the family back together and training them to defend themselves without the aid of the golden torc to the first attack on the Loathly ones to the final moments when all hope seems lost, there are few breaks in the action to contemplate decisions.  Green does sneak in some moments of self-reflection and these are a great way to understand the characters' self-doubts and motivations.

The only thing I didn't like about this book is that some parts in the beginning felt very repetitive.  Yes, there needed to be a quick recap of some main events from the first book in order to understand how Eddie came to be the head of the family but I don't think that there needed to be quite as many of those explanations.  Green can be a bit wordy at times but that doesn't really distract from the fast pace of the book.

I would highly recommend reading this series in order.  I'm not sure it would even be understandable any other way.

Daemons Are Forever is part of our personal book collection and no one anywhere had any expectation of a review.

Review of previous book in the series:  The Man with the Golden Torc

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