Daemons are Forever is the second book in the Secret Histories series by Simon R. Green. I really enjoy this series, because it has every sort of supernatural creature–and therefore every sort of supernatural problem imaginable: aliens, alternate dimensions, fey, vampires, Frankenstein’s monsters, werewolves, you name it. And the Drood family, who are essentially “regular” people gifted supernatural abilities by “strange matter” from another dimension–stand between all of them and humanity.
In this book, things have changed drastically for the Drood family. Eddie has usurped the Matriarch and destroyed the Heart, an evil other-worldly construct that used to be the basis of their power. With the Heart went the golden torcs that gave the family their armor and protection, and Eddie isn’t giving anyone new silver armor until he’s sure their trustworthy. The family is furious, and the rest of the world senses weakness and prepares to attack. Eddie knows the world needs a display of the Drood power, so he decides to get rid of the Loathly Ones once and for all. He soon finds out he has interrupted the Loathly Ones’ plan to give their gods access to Earth and take over the world. Eddie’s job just became much harder, and it doesn’t make it any easier that the rest of the family mistrusts him and resents his leadership, and there may still be traitors in their midst.
Many of my favorite characters from book one were back in this book. Eddie, of course, and his enemy-turned-partner-turned girlfriend, Molly Metcalf, witch of the wild woods. Their dynamic is fun and drama-free. I like that Green saves the drama for the actual plot instead of the romance between leading characters. We get to know some other characters better too, like Eddie’s Uncle the Armorer, whose sometimes too-extreme inventions help keep the Droods on the winning side of the war. Then there are some new characters, like Eddie’s cousin Harry, bastard son of Uncle James, one of the greatest Drood field agents ever. Harry shows up with his boyfriend Roger Morningstar, ex-boyfriend of Molly and half-demon from Hell. All of the characters have their own interesting personalities and back stories which make the whole novel more fun and interesting to read. Clearly, that is my favorite aspect of these books. The plots are well-written, and the world building is unique, but I run to the library so I can read more banter between Eddie and Molly, and see what the Armorer will come up with next.
4 stars out of 5 for this one. Happy reading!