Tuesday, September 18, 2012
For Heaven's Eyes Only by Simon R. Green
Synopsis From Back Cover:
I'm Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, a member of the Drood family. We Droods have been holding back the forces of darkness for generations. It's a hell of a job - and we're good at it.
But now the Droods have hit a bad patch, what with the death of our Matriarch and the discovery that she was killed by one of our own. it's left us in more than a bit of disarray, and it goes without saying that those forces of darkness are taking advantage of the situation. There's a Satanic Conspiracy brewing - one that could throw humanity directly not the clutches of the biggest of the big bads forever.
Things are looking grim - and here I am, not able to be of any help. On account that I'm dead.
Okay, I'm willing to admit that the last line of the synopsis is a little misleading. Yes, Eddie did die at the hand of a Antidrood in disguise, pretty much on the last page of From Hell With Love. And yes, he is still dead at the beginning of this book. He's in some sort of frozen limbo, hence the book cover, and isn't really sure what's going on. It doesn't take long for Molly and his family to get him back into the land of the living though. While he was in that frozen manor, Eddie is given a hint at some nasty goings-on in the form of a Satanic Conspiracy. Now the Droods haven't really taken one of these conspiracies seriously for decades now. Not since the last major Satanic plot hatched by the Nazi's during World War II. So nobody really thinks much of it right away.
It's only after some routine investigations start to go horribly wrong, that the family is willing to concede that there may actually be something to the whole thing. Because it's a Satanic Conspiracy, they turn to Harry Drood and his half demon lover, Roger Morningstar, to figure out what's going on from the Hell side of things. I love the return of Harry and Roger, the other super couple of the Drood family. Even though Eddie and Harry don't like or trust eachother, they are still family. And with the Droods, family counts more than anything else.
I'm not going to get into all the twists and turns, because there is a lot of them. There are major betrayals that rock the family's foundation to it's core. The family loses some of it's key members, though I'm hoping that somehow they will be brought back in a future book. I'm actually still a little sad by the loss. Though I must say, I like they way the two were together at the end. They were two characters, that despite how much I loved them, I never felt they could be trusted. In the end, not only was that trust solidified, but what they had between them, was finally revealed to be real and stronger than anything else in their lives.
Through some spatial manipulation, sheer violence, and a heap of good luck, the Droods are able to squash the Satanic Conspiracy and save the world once again. And though everything seems kosher when they return, it doesn't take long for the Eddie and the Droods to suffer a catastrophic setback, one that I will have to wait for the next book to figure out. You got to love those cliffhanger endings.
Other Books In The Series:
The Man With the Golden Torc
Daemons Are Forever
The Spy Who Haunted Me
From Hell With Love