Sunday, March 16, 2014

33:120 The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon R. Green

The first in the Secret Histories series.  Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, may not agree with his family about everything but has always done his best to continue their work of saving humanity from the things that go bump in the night up until the day when he is declared rogue with everything that the family can throw against him wanting him dead and he has no understanding of why.  Now he is hurt and on the run, trying to find out why he is in this situation and the only ones he can go to are the ones he has spent his entire lifetime trying to take out.  Will the enemies of his enemies suddenly become his friends?  Possibly but even still, going up against the entire Drood family is a tall order even if you have the armies of the world at your back and Eddie certainly doesn't have that.

I enjoyed the Nightside series and apparently there are overlapping characters later in this series which should be interesting.  I found this one to be a really slow start and hard to get through so I'm hoping the series picks up.  The beginning was good but then the middle really slogged as we watch Eddie go from one enemy of the family to the next only to not find out anything and end up destroying them in some way.  Once, ok.  Twice, yeah, got the point.  I lost track of how many times it happened tho or even if he didn't destroy them, he just didn't get anything useful so it was basically a wasted journey.  Eddie is snarky and reminds me a lot of John Taylor from the Nightside series (badass and basically indestructible) but Molly has a lot of promise to be quite interesting.  I guess we'll see as the series goes.

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