- The Man With the Golden Torc by Simon R. Green
- Daemons are Forever by Simon R Green
First book in the Secret Histories Series
This is a different twist on modern fantasy. The protagonist is Eddie Drood, a member of the Drood family. Eddie has been taught all his life, that the purpose of the Drood’s is to defend the world against various evils and the family is capable of doing this through the use of living armour that when activated makes the individual virtually indestructible*.
Green’s writing is amusing, but sometimes also a little silly while still being entertaining. We learn what the Droods are all about, first what they appear to be and then what they are really about and we learn how the world functions and about all the various creatures and beings that exist in this world.
In this book, Eddie is introduced working for the family but maintaining distance from the family. He soon discovers that he has become an outcast when he is chased while leaving the family’s estate by various creatures including Elves, UFO’s, attacking Cars and dragons who he manages to evade after a pretty intense fighting scene. Eddie then spends the remainder of the book trying to determine what is really going on culminating with a big discovery and in the process turning the family upside down.
The book was a complete story which is always enjoyable but it also leaves lots of room for the story to continue which it does with the second book, Daemons are Forever.
*See my blog about the Secret Histories Series for more information about this series at: http://books-treasureortrash.com/?p=486