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Night Fall

(Secret Histories #12)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  74 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Moonbreaker comes the epic final Secret Histories adventure, where the Droods will take on the most unexpected of enemies: the inhabitants of the Nightside.

The Droods are all about control, making people do what they're told for the greater good. The Nightside is all about choice: good and bad and everything in between. The Droods want to make
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Ace Books
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Mickey It would help to read the Drood books/Secret Histories first, mainly because there are a lot of references to earlier stories that might not make…moreIt would help to read the Drood books/Secret Histories first, mainly because there are a lot of references to earlier stories that might not make sense otherwise. (less)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I might have faced reading this book with a bit of trepidation. I have only read one book before in the Secret Histories series (MOONBREAKER) and no books from the Nightside series and Ghost Finders series. However, I did not need to worry. This book was just as much fun reading as MOONBREAKER. NIGHT FALLS is the conclusion of both the Secret Histories and the Nightside series. It's a massive book, with lots of characters popping in and out of the story and it's a bloody marvelous book. Ever sin ...more
Autumn Is Azathoth
Review: NIGHT FALL by Simon R. Green
(Secret Histories #12)

Author Simon Green brings to a conclusion his Secret Histories and the alternate dimension of London known as the Nightside. Where good and evil are not white and black but infinite shades of gray, where literally anything imaginable is available and so is the unimaginable, where anyone can lose wallet, life, soul: this is the Nghtside. Suddenly it's boundaries expand, so the Droods, the extended and extensive ancient cl
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve enjoyed most of Simon Green’s books, but this one was a struggle to wade through. The combination of two popular series—Secret Histories and Nightside—could have been promising, but ultimately it just led to most of the book being filled with each side beating up on the other in a preposterous, ever-escalating excess of violence...Droods and Nightsiders in a furious contest to see whose dick was biggest. (The result, an inevitable draw...because neither side could be allowed to actually win ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret Histories novels are like take on a futuristic James Bond with almost comic book like adventures and I love them. Those of you that take the time to read the synopsis (of which I am not one of them - When the book landed on my doorstep I just dived right in), will see that this is the final book in this series and it is described as epic. This description is not only accurate, it could probably be described as an understatement.

As the story progressed I realized very quick
Well, shoot! Just when I discover a new (to me) series and it goes and ends. Heavy sigh. But what an epic ending Night Fall has! Droods are all about control and the Nightside is anything but. Something is making the Nightside borders expand and the Droods are not having it so naturally, they have to go in and reign it all in. Ya just know that can’t be good!

So many new faces and characters for me to experience! I don’t even know where to begin. Holy crow epic doesn’t even begin to d
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! The two worlds FINALLY meet!!

THIS is the book I've been waiting for from Mr Green, and he does NOT disappoint!

Love this man and his work!!
Kurt Cagle
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The End

Many, many years ago, I had the good fortune of having breakfast with Simon Green at a science fiction convention. I was a young artist and writer at the time, and more than a little in awe of having breakfast with a real writer, but I found Simon to be fascinating, funny, and remarkably intelligent. He would have a profound influence on my own desire to become a writer thereafter.

Night Fall is in many respects The End, at least for many of the series that Simon has writ
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked the Nightside a bit better than the Droods, as they're less judgemental. And the crossovers never quote worked. Someplace all about order, and close-minded, dealing with someplace about chaos and embracing your true nature? Of course they don't get along.

This is exactly the epic battle it promises, and I'm torn between finding it pointless and liking the very end, where several good points are finally found. But there is some good substance at the end, and it does w
Krista D.
I liked parts of this, and I'm not sure there was a way to really conclude two entire series all wrapped up in one book. I've never really been a huge fan of the Drood family, and they were total shits in this book. I found parts of the book dragged, since a lot of the people I honestly just wanted to die quickly and get back to the main story. (Seriously, I hated the Droods in this book, though.)

Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books Green has written. Nightside vs. the Droods. Many twists, all of the interesting characters from both sides just the best.
Samuel Hinkle
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm gonna miss both of these series. I do look forward to whatever he comes up with next though!
B. Blythe
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simon R. Green's work has long been my guilty pleasure of choice as literature goes. The man's a master with witty turns of phrase and his worldbuilding is downright addictive. Perhaps most importantly, he enjoys what he does and it shows in the way he writes--I can go on at length about the technical merit of a Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, or even Green's most frequent comparison, Jim Butcher, and I adore all their work quite a bit. But none of them brings Green's sheer enthusiasm to the page. It's ...more
Breane Ross
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!! You MUST read this book, especially if you like the Secret Histories series and the Nightside series. WOW is all I can say for now as the book is not out yet. I'm telling you to run and get this book when it comes out.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

It’s the end of the world as they know it, in a hail of bullets and a shower of blood, with a chaser of hellfire. This is where the implacable force meets the immovable object – and both decide that they’ve had enough.

Night Fall is the official 12th volume of the Secret Histories. Unofficially, it’s also the 13th book of the Nightside and the 7th story about the Ghost Finders. And also the unofficial last and final volume of all of this author
I personally think that Simon R. Green is one of the most underrated sci-fiction/fantasy writers writing today. His Nightside series was in my humble opinion, the twilight zone in written form. John Taylor, Shotgun suzie, Julian Advent, the Oblivion brothers, Dead boy, Razor Eddie, and the strangefellows bar, and nightside itself, a place that I consistently wanted to go back too. However, his secret histories novels left me with a nagging feeling that something was missing, Eddie Dowd, aka Sham ...more
Gwendolynn Jayne
The Nightside has expanded, killing everyone in the Wolfshead, and no one knows why. The Droods decide the Nightside must be conquered, to save Humanity, pitting Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalfe against John Taylor and Shotgun Susie.

It's no secret that Night Fall was the end of the Nightside and Secret Histories series. I was reluctant to buy it for that reason. I have missed John Taylor over the past few years, as well as Razor Eddie and the others. I thoroughly enjoyed Secret Histori
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, nook
I didn't want it to end knowing this was the last. The last time ever I would spend with John, Suzie, Razor Eddie, Dead Boy, Eddie, and Molly, Alex and so many many more. So many wonderful characters stopped by, so many wonderful characters died. This was a hard book to read. Frustrating, yet satisfying. I think...………..There was closure, so life will go on, as it does. The world will keep spinning. And there is always hope that Mr. Green will find he misses these wonderful people and will write ...more
Ed Nemo
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Simon R Green excels at world building and creating interesting side characters. Razor Eddie and Deadboy were my favorite part of the Nightside series. While Jack the Armorer was my favorite part of the Secret Histories series. His characters were full of life and brilliant. And it is important to note, they would not be improved by larger doses. You need that air of mystery. Nothing is quite so humdrum as a character that was mysterious and cool coming out with their whole story. Wolverine is a ...more
Chris Bauer
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give Night Fall 6 stars if I were able.

I've been a faithful reader of Simon R. Green since I was a freshman in college...let's just say a LONG time ago. Since that time he has written dozens of novels about the Secret World universe and I'm 95% sure I've read all of them. The Droods, Nightside and Ghost Hunters - the whole gang has been playing next to each other in this setting.

Until Night Fall. When they go head to head with apocalyptic results.

So, so promising, but then the ending just whimpers out. Usually the Drood series and the Nightside series are fun without much depth, but in this one it feels like Green is exploring the insanity of war - the way each side sees the other as the instigator, how one side can see as action as being respectful while the other sees it as rubbing it in their face, etc.

But unfortunately the Matriarch's behavior never fully makes sense and about 5/6ths of the way through we're told to see the Dude at
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The end of both the Nightside and Secret Histories series by Simon R Green, as well as his Ghost Finders series and The Forest Kingdom series. Unusually, the author has written an afterword, explaining all of this.

An enthralling end to both very entertaining series. This is actually the final book of the Secret Histories series and involves the Droods going to war against the Nightside.
Having finished the Nightside series a while ago is was great to see all the favourites from that
John Desmarais
BY and large, I found this series quite entertaining. It's fr from perfect, and Green seemed to occasionally forget things established in earlier books later in the series - but I can usually let my OCD go long enough to get past it, so these little bumps don't interfere too much with the over all enjoyment. Plus, the series hits so many of my personal fiction enjoyment check boxes (secret magic, snarky hero, scary women, unseen monster, and the list goes on) that at times the series seemed to b ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night Fall brings a lot of Simon R Green's story series' to an end. Mainly the Nightside and the Secret Histories, but also Ghost Finders and all the various secret agencies operating in both of those sets of books.
I have actually enjoyed both the Nightside and the Secret Histories (Ghost Finders is awful, but thankfully barely features). To be honest sometimes the books in both series have felt a little forced more by commerce than art, but are generally none the worse for that. However,
Michael Brown
Say too much. Sat too little. Always a problem. First off the title tells the prospective reader a lot about this book. Second I never really liked the Droods. They are so self centered and full of themselves. And really just mass murderers and terrorists. Ghost Finders have had their ups and downs but basically a good set of characters. But my favorite has always been the tongue in check approach to horror - comedy - supernatural - mayhem and just plain mystery of the Nightside. That said, they ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernfantasy
Eddie, Molly, John, and Suzie together again for the very first time.

Something has happened to the Night Side. The Droods don't like it. It's the clash the two series have been buildings towards finally being realized.

Excellent writing, excellent entertainment.

I started this series before I started Goodreads. I got around to adding these to Goodreads in fall, 2007, and apparently only gave the early books in the series 3 stars. Back in 2005 when I actually sta
Henry Lazarus
Simon R. Green’s two major series , Secret Histories and Nightside, come to an exciting Night Fall (Hard from Ace). Nightside, where everything is possible and for sale in the heart of London, expands capturing one of Eddie Drood’s favorite taverns. The authority which governs Nightside sends their walker, John Taylor, to investigate. When Eddie armors up to kill a living house that ate the tavern, John Taylor goes to the Drood Hall to remind the family of the ancient Pacts. A Drood assassin is ...more
Molly Smith
Initial Thoughts: It's hard to like the last book in a series, but even harder to like the last book in a world. This novel fundamentally ends the Nightside, Secret Histories, Ghost Finders and (it feels) anything else in this world. I understand a writer wanting to move on to other worlds and I look forward to those stories, but it's still hard to say goodbye. Surprisingly the Droods and the Nightside are on a collision course - both sides will be decimated. Though it started slowly, flipping b ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I LOVE the Nightside series by Simon Green, so I was super sad to see that this is ending the series, though after John becomes Walker and we find out about his mother, I am not really that surprised.
While I love how Simon Green ties all of his stories together I was never a huge fan of the Drood or Ghostfinder series. He manages to tie all three different series together into a seamless whole though, which shows mega skill. Many characters are killed in this finale, but since Simon's books are
Justin Nielsen
By far the worst of the secret histories novels and a terrible way to close out this series.

I've been a big fan of the secret histories novels, but recently there have been a few that just really weren't all that good. This book as it turns out is the final entry in this series and it is frankly an awful way to end it. There doesn't seem to be any actual story and even when you think something interesting is about to happen it doesn't. I'm not really sure why green even bothered to write this
Ken Houston
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.

Other books in the series

Secret Histories (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories, #1)
  • Daemons Are Forever (Secret Histories, #2)
  • The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories, #3)
  • From Hell with Love (Secret Histories, #4)
  • For Heaven's Eyes Only (Secret Histories, #5)
  • Live and Let Drood (Secret Histories, #6)
  • Casino Infernale (Secret Histories, #7)
  • Property of a Lady Faire (Secret Histories, #8)
  • From a Drood to a Kill (Secret Histories, #9)
  • Dr. DOA (Secret Histories, #10)
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