Night Fall

Simon R. Green. Ace, $27 (464p) ISBN 978-0-451-47697-5
In this epic conclusion to two long-running series, the Secret History books (following 2017’s Moonbreaker) and the Nightside books (2015’s The Big Game), Green pits the Drood family—the secret guardians of humankind—against the denizens of the Nightside—London’s dark heart where anything is possible. Previous Secret History entries were playful nods to James Bond with an urban fantasy twist, but this adventure throws away the rule book in favor of all-out war. Eddie Drood and his wild witch companion, Molly Metcalf, face off against the Nightside’s protectors, John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie. Forces on both sides rack up an impressive body count of established characters and newcomers alike, including more than a few fan favorites, with everything lovingly described in Green’s over-the-top, grandiose, freewheeling style: “The street was full of smoke and fire, the sound of crashing vehicles and the screams of the wounded and the dying.” With nods to his other urban fantasy works, such as Ghost Finders and Shadows Fall, Green tosses in everything including the kitchen sink in one final apocalyptic farewell. This is a worthwhile if not always happy ending for a sprawling cast of colorful characters, and readers will be curious to see where Green goes next. Agent: Joshua A. Bilmes, JABberwocky Literary. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/07/2018
Release date: 06/12/2018
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