The Road to Bedlam: The Courts of the Feyre, Vol. II Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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"You just have to buy this book. This is an absolute corker of a tale and definitely one that I really got a kick out of." --Falcata Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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 an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, firstly the whole plot hinges on the protagonist (Niall), who spent pretty much all of the previous book getting into places he shouldn't have, just accepting it when a doctor tells him his daughter is sick and he can't see her. After that, throughout the book the he is mostly whining and dithering when action would be required, and is unbelievably patronizing towards his daughter Alex.
I really hope the author kills him at the next opportunity, and returns to this world with some better protagonists - Alex perhaps?
The book follows nicely from the end of the last one, and we find ourselves thrown very quickly into the action. Just when we think the story is progressing nicely though, we find Niall pushed along into his own little side story, where he has to do some detective work to solve a mystery in a small town. Although I'm sure this is necessary for the character development, it felt a little "done before" - the all too common private investigator with supernatural powers story. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, just that I didn't realise we were going there.
The book is well written, and it's left open enough at the end for many more instalments. I'm looking forward to reading the third one (Strangeness and Charm: 3 (Courts of the Feyre)) when released.
What makes this series so engrossing is the fact that its just so different from the numerous Urban Fantasy titles out there as whilst most are concentrating on exotic locations (well exotic to the UK) Mike writes it based here in Britain, whilst most write about Vamps and Werekin, Mike writes about the Fey and magic in the modern world. It is the Neverwhere for Generation X and as such when backed up with great dialogue, an emotional roller coaster alongside kick ass plot outline, you know that you have something special. If the third picks up the ball as much as the second, then Mike is going to be a name to set the benchmark by, quality is assured and as such, thank god we've got another author to wave the flag against team US.
Shevdon weaves an excellent magical thriller around the fayre, set in England in London, Yorkshire and Wiltshire. this is a real page turner where the reader can suspend disbelief, though the emotional trauma of Niall's daughter's apparant death is mitigated by the reader knowing she's not really dead -- the strapline on the back cover reveals that much -- and consequently the first fifty pages become a liile like the scene in every movie where you're supposed to believe the protagonist's love interest has died, only for them to recover.
I shall look forward to more from this author. The cleverness of the sub-plot set in a north sea fishing village took me quite by surprise, and the protagonist has a dark side to him that is refreshingly absent from many American shining-smile heroes.
This was not a review copy but a book I bought for myself, and I'm glad I did. Comparable to Ben AaronovichRivers of London
Overlapping story lines, the characterization sharp and eminently readable - it's 2am and I've just finished it. More complex than 61 nails and just as enjoyable.
This series has legs and I'm expecting more late nights before I'm done.
Original, cleverly plotted and a great fantasy novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The second in The Courts of the Feyre series is every bit as gripping as the first, I blasted through it in a day.Published 14 months ago by Jodie
A decent follow up but lacked a strong story line. A tad boring in sections. Blackbird became a bit mumsey! Tedious normality. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2014 by Leedham
I just love this series, read 69 nails from the library and had to buy the rest of the series immediately!Published on 14 Sept. 2013 by Jonathan Shoosmith
Although not as enthralling as the first book still an excellent read and well worth buying, I am off to buy the next one in the series.Published on 31 Aug. 2013 by Sean
Read in one sitting, excellent continuation of the story begun in sixty one nails. Looking forward to next instalment immenselyPublished on 3 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
It was a nice read with a lots of action in it. it was nice to get back to the characters from the first book in the series. Now off to book number 3..Published on 19 July 2013 by Evelina