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Mike Shevdon
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Book Description

7 Jun 2012 Courts of the Feyre
THERE IS A SECRET WAR GROWING BENEATH THE STREETS OF LONDON. The immense Sixty-One Nails follows Niall Petersen, from a suspected heart attack on the London Underground, into the hidden world of the Feyre, an uncanny place of legend that lurks just beyond the surface of everyday life. The ancient peoples are at war - but is Niall really the one who can wield the dark magic of the Untainted, and save them all? File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Hidden War | Ancient Rituals | Secret History | Gallowfyre! ]

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot; 2nd edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662385
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"The pacing is spot-on, the characters engaging, and the world fits together beautifully to create a London that ought to be." - C.E. Murphy

About the Author

Mike Shevdon lives in Bedfordshire, England, with his wife and son, where he pursues the various masteries of weapons, technology, and cookery. His love of Fantasy & SF started in the 70s with C S Lewis, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and continued through Alan Garner, Ursula Le Guin and Barbara Hambly. More recent influences include Mike Carey, Phil Rickman, Neil Gaiman, and Robert Crais, among many others. He has studied martial arts for many years, mainly aikido and archery. Friends have sometimes remarked that his pastimes always seem to involve something sharp or pointy. The pen should therefore be no surprise, though he s still trying to figure out how to get an edge on a laptop.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rabbit and the Blackbird 6 Jan 2010
By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Niall Petersen is not having a good day - there's trouble on the tube, he's about to miss his morning meeting and he's just argued with his ex-wife. A heart attack is just typical with his bad luck. Until he wakes up being attended to by a brisk older woman, and is feeling better by the moment. Any gratitude he might have felt is pretty short lived as Blackbird tells stories or a strange faerie world, full of peril, and insists he's in danger. The worst thing is it's true.

Life as Niall knew it is over, and now it's up to him - with a lot of help from Blackbird, and glimpses of his future - to make sure he survives long enough to make a new one.

Packed with the gritty darkness of real folklore, there's nothing cute about Shevdon's magical descent from the streets of London to the world of the Feyre. Niall is a suitably bewildered, cynical and frightened in turn as the shadows around him come to life. His concern for his daughter drives him on, while his natural curiosity and instincts keep his troubles fresh and possible.

His own growth and progression is matched in Blackbird, as her own knowledge and prejudices are tested to the limit. Glimpses of other Feyre and the casual use of magic slip in until they become the norm, blending in with the quick pace, like the best of Urban Fantasy.

Taking full advantage of the more obscure points of English law and ceremony, Shevdon's story is an excellent beginning to what I hope will be a brilliant series. If you like your Urban Fantasy close to the world we live in, and your faeries dangerous, you'll like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really good faerie tale 16 Aug 2011
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The faerie realm is all about us, but humans don't notice it. This is the story of a man who falls into the other London. As such it might have been a little cliched, but this book is redeemed by some good characters, a good story, and lovely use of London as backdrop. I loved the book, read it almost in one sitting and was sad to finish it. A good buy, strongly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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One morning, on the way to work, the London Underground proves to take Niall Peterson to his limits - a suicide next to him, closures, disruptions, stressful phone calls to his ex-wife... no wonder he has a heart attack.

No wonder he dies.

Then he wakes up again, revived by a grey-haired elderly lady, and nothing will ever be the same again, for now he is one of the Fey, the Fair Folk, the Others, the mythical, magical races from stories.

Sixty-One Nails is a novel of urban fantasy set in London. Few cities inspire as much urban fantasy as the big smog, and Sixty-One Nails is one of the better novels set here. The atmosphere is often rich and engrossing - if Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] was to your liking, or perhaps Rivers of London (Rivers of London 1) by Ben Aaronovich, then chances are, Sixty-One Nails will be a pleasant experience, too.

Being the first novel in a series, we basically spend most of it learning the rules, receiving exposition, and following Niall as he stumbles from one enigmatic, secretive mentor figure to the next. A lot of thought clearly has gone into the meshing of myths and urban world, and it is well executed.

However, the novel disappoints a little on the editing. A lot of the dialogue is a bit clunky - treading the same ground several times over in quick succession, with repetition, questions being asked and answered the same way several times in the same scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced and dull 25 Nov 2013
By PR
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I'm ashamed to say I gave up a third of the way through. I've enjoyed similar urban fantasy books like Neverwhere and the PC Peter Grant stories and I liked the sound of Sixty One Nails. However, I found this very slow paced and did little to intrigue me. It's not like me to give up on a book or write a review but in this case, as the weight of reviews were positive and influenced my decision to purchase, I thought I should provide some balance. This book is not in the same class as the other books I've mentioned.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bandwagon novel 16 April 2013
By Ray Blake VINE VOICE
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It's hard not to compare this with Neverwhere, but there are other novels that have influenced this one, too. It's as though all the modern fantasy series have got together and contributed something. This means that the book struggles sometimes to find its own voice and to avoid the genre's various cliches. Story rather than style retains interest here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm not sure I can write an objective review of this book as I found it uncannily, speaking very personally to me - as somebody who is a middle-aged man who has commuted into London on the very platforms described here and who has wandered about the same streets, impressed by their long history.

From the very beginning I felt the athenticity of what was being described, as I had visited all of these locations many times - but this in a way, made the fantasy elements even more "magical" - like many people I suppose, I have imagined that I would have my dull daily life interrupted by somebody as interesting as Blackbird!

But getting beyond the realism, what draws you into the story is how well the characters are drawn and the idea of other races living side by side with us - but mainly an exciting narrative that makes you want to read on, to find out how our hero is going to get out of all these impossible situations and to find out more about the courts...?

I was gripped by the story and could not put it down - I literally read the book at every moment I could and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is thrilling, but also has its funny moments and in many ways you could call it a love story.

But mainly its big idea is that you should not judge by appearances - things are not what they seem. Maybe this seems obvious and trite - but how many of us ignore women in their 50s - 60s who are sensibly dressed - I suppose Agatha Christie taught us this lesson - but it's brought home more comically and fantastically, when you get into the realms of inter-species sex!!

Anyway - anybody who has ever looked up at an old building in London and thought - what are those bizarre figures - just has to read this book!

I can't wait for the next one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read good historical references
excellent usage of historical and geographical information, Good charecterisationgood plot .will now look to read the rest of the series .
Published 2 months ago by Russell l Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun
A great fun series, very much enjoyed it, you should too if you like urban fantasy about London. Lots out there, this one is a good one.
Published 3 months ago by Jay Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I am really getting into all this Feyre stuff. After reading the Rivers of London PC Peter Grant books i had a look at what customers bought in the way of other books and came... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mark conroy
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I was initially apprehensive that Sixty-One Nails was going to be similar to Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman but thankfully this was unfounded. Read more
Published 6 months ago by USM_Auriga
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing ideas
I loved the worlds created and general plot line. However I thought that both the plot, narrative, and characters could have been delved into and given to more surprises, twists... Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. I. Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars good
As a tale of normal man finds out he has magical powers, I prefer the Rivers of London series but this one was OK too I just found it harder to like the main protagonists and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by SM Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Sixty one nails
Really enjoyed this first book of the Courts of the Feyre. A great read, loved the interweaving of old folklore and modern Britian. The RCJ will not look the same now
Published 8 months ago by kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good opener
Urban fantasy in London?
Thought I'd give it a try as I love fantasy although a very crowded genre
Pleasant surprise, engaging characters and an interesting journey -... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This was a great story with wonderful characters and I have bought and read the rest in the series already. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jackie gilmour
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and well written
Great story that romps along at good pace. Some nice original ideas and to be recommended. Looking forward to reading more from Mike Shevdon
Published 9 months ago by Tim sandford
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