Series: Secret Histories, #7
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published by Penguin Group USA on June 4, 2013
Pages: 384 pages
Reviewed by: Kristina
Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, and his true love Molly Metcalf — who also happens to be a powerful witch — are attending Casino Infernale, an annual event held by the Shadow Bank, financiers of all global supernatural crime. Their mission: rig the game and bring down the Shadow Bank. But at Casino Infernale, the stakes are high. Winner takes all — and losers give up their souls…
Secret Histories is one of those series that I kept meaning to read and after finishing this book I definitely want to start at the beginning as I felt that I was missing out on certain past events that were referred to in CASINO INFERNALE. Ending CASINO INFERNALE with a burning desire to read more of Secret Histories aside, this story is a thrilling supernatural adventure that feels like a fun twisted James Bond homage. Most of my favorite scenes in any James Bond movie revolve around Bond meeting up with Q to see all of the zany new spy technology at his disposal. Naturally one of my favorite parts of this book, was the Armoury where Eddie Drood gets to see all of the new Drood family magical spy technology.
The plot is pretty fast paced and while I don't usually enjoy characters stopping for exposition breaks, I didn't mind it with CASINO INFERNALE as even the exposition was fascinating and that specific kind of weird that I have come to love in Simon R. Green's writing. The world building is amazing and the idea of a casino that not only gambles cash but deals in lives and souls. Basically CASINO INFERNALE takes the greed, violence, and excess of gambling and fills it with magic infused steroids which makes Eddie Drood's mission to bring this casino down all the more dangerous.
Aside from a deliciously fun plot and zany characters, CASINO INFERNALE contains rampant and excessive violence that covered the pages in red and I loved every minute of it. CASINO INFERNALE is a wickedly entertaining James Bond-esque story filled with magic and mayhem.
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