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The Eighth Court (Courts of the Feyre) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Jun 2013

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662279
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,150 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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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MagpieReader on 5 July 2013
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The first of Mike Shevdon's books - 61 nails - was great and inspired me to stick with the series. I didn't finish this. The main character's become maudlin and mopey. There's far too much focus on relations with his teenage daughter and general "being a dad and father" issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kezzadoc on 27 Aug. 2013
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I really enjoyed the first of this series- but since I have not been able to shake a vague sense of disappointment since. The characters continue to act in ways which make no sense and you get the feeling their actions are determined by what is needed for the plot rather than any logic. I did much prefer this to the previous offering however as there was less from the view point of the annoying teenage daughter and more from Nialls POV. This could have been a good series but the plots and characters just let it down. I won't be disappointed if this is the last- but saying that I would continue to by future instalments as with a bit of decent proof reading there is an enjoyable series buried there somewhere.
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I read the first book in the series and fell in love with the characters and the fantasy world that Shevdon created. I later bought the following two, but felt let down when I found myself slogging through a disappointing sequel before downright dragging myself through the third book. Over the course of the series it feels like proofreading and redrafting have been wholly neglected, with plot-lines left dangling, and two dimensional characters proving simply irritating to read. Foolishly, I purchased the final book on kindle, hoping for at least for a satisfactory ending in which the majority of the loose ends would be wrapped up. Alas, it was not to be; although the characterisation and action was greatly improved from book 3, again, plot threads seemed to be dropped and forgotten at random, and characters appeared out of nowhere in scenes with no prior reference. In spite of these flaws, I entered the final chapters hoping at least for there to be some closure. Instead, the series ended in what felt like a mid-chapter cut off. No stories were finished, no questions answered or explanations given for a wide variety of bizarre and nonsensical occurrences. The entire world was left in turmoil, and the main characters fate left decidedly uncertain; not in the satisfying way that some books achieve, but in a way that left me going "what the hell??" and searching for some missing chapter. I have never felt more devastated, and just plain cheated, by the ending of a book series; the story telling was lazy, and it feels like Shevdon just gave up on story arcs that he couldn't be bothered figuring out a way to explain. Do not bother with anything past the 1st book, it will only disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr p on 26 July 2013
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Predictable, felt rushed yet still managed to be boring in parts and have a very disappointing end. I read it to complete the series but if this was the first book I would never have read the subsequent ones. I felt it relied too much on set pieces and shock value to provide entertainment rather than telling a story through story lines, creating new environments or character development. Many of the characters responses to events in the book don't feel real or accurate and this made the whole story feel emotionally detached from the events being described.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Fleming on 8 Jun. 2014
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This isn't a bad book, it's quite readable. It just feels as if the series has been gradually declining from the first book. The first book created a potentially very interesting underground London filled with quirky urban fairies. That's pretty much vanished at this stage and it's all 'court drama' that didn't really hold my attention in the same way. Won't be buying any more books in the series. Lost interest almost completely after this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greenbirch on 16 Jun. 2013
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I loved the first book in the series but felt that books 2 and 3 sagged a little, though we learn a great deal more about the world of the Feyre. Book 4 is definitely up to standard and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has read the previous volumes. However, although a number of loose ends are tied up, still more are created and there are a few hints that the story doesn't end there. Book 5 anyone?
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I really enjoyed the first book and that has kept me going through the others. The writing of characters/dialog is basically poor with Niall, Blackbird and Alex all coming across as petulant teenagers for the first third of the book - not an archetype I find engaging, particularly since Niall is now supposedly a trained professional and part of a team and Blackbird 100's of years old.

They may be the central characters but it is all a bit simplistic and I would like to see the others take more of a role....that said there are indications this may happen in the next book. I seriously considered not finishing the book but I am glad I persevered.

The climax is great, lots of action, a bit of scheming and some interesting foundation work for what will hopefully be a better sequel.
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Another fine 'installment' to the Courts of they Feyre cycle with a bit of a possible opening for further installments... maybe? The world of the Feyre is full of darkness and very little light it seems and this fourth and final-ish novel keeps up with that. Very little light airiness and It would have been nice to have had some before the ending so maybe if Mike feels like bringing back this intriguing world he might entertain us with a little flippant humour and show that they lives of the Feyre aren't totally depressing with only duty and hiding from the real world to live for. Having said that I really enjoyed the novel and will sit in hope of some more sometime.
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