What do you get if you take a James Bond fan; add a wicked sense of humor, a desire to write fantasy and a touch of brilliance? If you are lucky, you get Simon R. Green. If you have not been fortunate enough to read his work previously, buckle your seat belt, you are in for a fast, action filled ride. Happily, this book does work well as a stand-alone although you won’t understand some of the nuances without having read the previous tales.
We start off with Edwin and Molly returning home, to find the entire family is dead and gone. The home destroyed and the vultures arriving to pick over the scraps. These are the people that (while not the nicest by any definition of the word) are entirely necessary to keep us normal folks safe from things that would otherwise enslave, butcher, eat or just destroy regular humans. There is a traitor that made it possible for Crow Lee (subtitled, deservedly so, the Most Evil Man in the World) to almost succeed in destroying the Drood family. Luckily, the family does survive, but Edwin and Molly do manage to (in the best Bond fashion) win. As a wise man once said, it is not the destination, but the journey that is important. This is definitely a fun journey.
This reads like an action movie. So, if you like your action mixed with magic, evil villains and derring-do this book is definitely for you and you might want to check out the rest of his work, too. I know I will.
The name is Bond, Shaman Bond. Better known as Drood, Eddie Drood Yes, I’m one of those Droods—the family who’ve been keeping the forces of evil contained in the shadows for as long as humans have walked the earth. Recently, I suffered a slight case of death, but thanks to Molly, my best girl (who happens to be a powerful witch), I got over that right quick. Unfortunately, my family wasn’t so lucky. In my absence, Drood Hall was destroyed and all my relatives were killed. Which left me as the Last of the Droods. I didn’t much like being The Last Drood, I can tell you—and then I realized that things weren’t as they seemed. Someone had activated a dimensional engine, sending my Drood Hall off to an alternate Earth, replacing it with a burnt-out doppelganger. My family is still alive out there. Somewhere. And nothing’s going to stop me from finding them…