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Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre (Numbered)) Mass Market Paperback – 29 May 2012

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot; Reprint edition (29 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780857662477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662477
  • ASIN: 0857662473
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Shevdon was born in Yorkshire, grew up in Oxfordshire and now lives in Bedfordshire, so no-one can say he hasn't travelled. An avid reader of fantasy since his early teens, he has a bulging bookshelf going back more than thirty years. His love of fantasy started with Edgar Rice Burroughs and C S Lewis and expanded rapidly, spilling over into SF, crime fiction (usually mystery in the US), thrillers, the back of cereal packets, instruction manuals and anything else with words on it.

He is a keen cook (his wife would use the word 'messy' but that's another story) and is the inventor of Squeaky Cheese Curry. He particularly loves food from South East Asia and is on a life-long quest to create the perfect satay sauce.

His favourite books include Barabara Hambly's Darwath Trilogy, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and any of John Le Carre's George Smiley books. He is a big fan of Robert Crais and the Elvis Cole series and loves all the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum novels. He believes Sir Terry Pratchet's knighthood is richly deserved.

Mike draws his inspiration from the richness of English folklore and from the history and rituals of the UK. The Courts of the Feyre is a new series that follows the adventures of Niall and Blackbird as Niall discovers a world of dark magic and strange creatures hidden in plain sight.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great urban fantasy 26 Aug. 2012
By JlWelch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those books that sorta found me, as they sometimes tend to do, and generally when that happens the books are great. I love this mix of London and fantasy, Niall's acceptance of all this seems a little to blasé, but then again I guess when your life gets flipped upside down you really don't have a choice.
Niall, and Blackbird are our main characters and they feel real and well developed. I could relate to a lot of Niall's feelings and struggles and felt lime I was discovering new things along with him. Blackbird still feels like a mystery to me, and there is a lot we don't know about her but I guess she wants it that way.
I've heard that Sixty-One Nails has been compared to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and I would have to disagree. I loved Neverwhere and I feel like it too is an amazing story but the only similarity between the two is that they both take place in London. Neverwhere takes place in the underground where as in Sixty-One Nails it takes place all over London, in historical places and events I might add that are quite real. Mike Shevdon takes his historical knowledge and makes this story believable, this is one of the things that I love about this story. Mr. Shevdon takes these historical facts and fills in the gaps creating a realistic story, why couldn't there be fantastical and frightening other race just beyond the vale?
I like how the first book ended, it is also a beginning and one which I can't wait to see. What will happen to Niall, Blackbird and the rest, I can't wait to see. Read this book, just pick it up like I did, you will enjoy this urban fantasy, I know I did.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unique and wonderful urban fantasy 4 Jan. 2014
By Diana C. Cook - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a standard plot for fantasy. A human discovers supernatural powers and then has to succeed in a quest or fail and die. Also if the hero fails, the whole world fails. The human is continually attacked by other supernatural powers that try to make the hero fail so they can invade the world and have their way. No pressure-there is also a deadline. If the hero doesn't succeed by a certain date the world will be overrun by demons or vampires or creatures from the void.
What makes this book special to me is the relationship between Niall (the hero) and Blackbird (the woman who starts him on his quest.) Niall is divorced man who adores his daughter and still has feelings for his ex wife. It is rare for supernatural heroes to worry about custody arrangements and turn down alternatives based on losing access to their children. I found this intrusion of the real world very wonderful because it kept making me feel that reality itself is sort of a supernaturally wonderful challenge. Blackbird is not just a helpful sidekick. She has, at first, much more power than Niall, and she isn't sure she wants to use it to help him. I enjoyed Niall gradually learning to use his powers. I also enjoyed the continual threats and challenges. Niall often seems to win conflicts serendipitously as his fear unleashes potential that he can't reliably control.
At first I thought the title was disappointing. We should have a title like "The Fairy Courts" or a title that promises glory or challenge etc. Finally I like the title because it headlines the mundane. For hundreds of years London representatives have paid a "quit rent" which requires iron horseshoe and 61 nails. The appendix describes how this is actually the case. (Again that wonderful reality.) But the author takes his knowledge of English history and creates a fantasy in which it is part of the supernatural.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not my cup of tea 7 Feb. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eh. Lots of overly long "I walked here and did this" scenes. Some good lore/world building - decent character development but I felt the overly slow/lengthy periods detracted too much from the book.
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