Title: From Hell with Love
Author: Simon R. Green
First published January 1, 2010
362 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780451463326 (ISBN10: 0451463323)
Being a member of the Drood family is no easy feat. They have been the protectors of humanity from the supernatural for centuries, but that doesn’t mean they are well-liked.
Eddie Drood, the acting head of the family, now faces his biggest challenge yet when their Matriarch is found dead. The unpopular opinion is divided between Eddie’s best girl, Molly, and Eddie himself.
Eddie knows he didn’t do it, but can he prove it? With tensions high and trust at an all-time low, Eddie must navigate a world of danger and deceit to uncover the truth behind his Matriarch’s death.
About the Author
Simon Richard Green is an accomplished author, hailed from the United Kingdom, who has made a name for himself in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He is a graduate of the University of Leicester, where he earned a degree in Modern English and American Literature.
He first made his mark in the literary world in 1979 and has been writing ever since.
One of his most notable works is the Deathstalker series, which takes a satirical approach to the traditional space-opera of the 1950s. Green’s writing style is characterized by a fearless disregard for the laws of probability, while also being incredibly violent and gory.
From Hell with Love by Simon R. Green is a dark and whimsical addition to the supernatural fantasy genre.
Green is a prolific author with a unique and satirical voice that can be found throughout this novel. This book follows the adventures of Eddie Drood, a supernatural investigator who is tasked with saving the world from an army of demons led by his arch-nemesis, the Drood Killer.
Greens novel is a fast-paced thrill ride that is full of action, mystery, and magic. The setting for this book is a fantastical version of modern-day London, where the supernatural is a common occurrence.
One of the highlights of this book is the vivid descriptions of fantastical creatures and their machinations. Greens world-building is impeccable, illustrating the complexity and mechanical substructures of the supernatural world.
The protagonist, Eddie Drood, is a compelling character who is imbued with a sense of mystery and intrigue. The supporting cast of characters is equally engaging, especially Molly Metcalf, Droods love interest, and his reluctant ally, Catherine Cavendish.
The dialogue in this book is witty and sharp, particularly the back-and-forth between the characters. The plot of From Hell with Love is well-structured and keeps the reader engaged throughout the novel.
The pacing is fast, with action and intrigue often occurring simultaneously. Despite the large cast of characters, the book never feels overcrowded, and every characters story arc is given just the right amount of space to develop.
However, the book does suffer from a lack of real stakes. While the action and suspense are high, it’s difficult to believe that the main characters will suffer any real harm.
Additionally, some readers may find the satirical tone of the novel to be too heavy-handed at times. Overall, From Hell with Love is a delightful and entertaining read that will satisfy any fan of supernatural fantasy.
Greens writing is full of humor and inventiveness. If you are looking for something that is both dark and whimsical and crave stories that are out of this world, this book is for you.