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Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre 1) Paperback – 29 Oct 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007333994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007333998
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sixty-One Nails is Neverwhere for the next generation. The pacing is spot-on, the characters engaging, and the world fits together beautifully to create a London that ought to be. I stayed up too late finishing it."
- C.E. Murphy

"If you've been thinking urban fantasy has nothing fresh to offer, think again."
- Juliet E. McKenna

"This book is magnificent in every way. Sixty One Nails is a novel I will remember for a very long time. 5*****"
- ScienceFictionandFantasy.co.uk

"I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes for something different in the urban fantasy genre."
- Fantasy Book Critic

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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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2010
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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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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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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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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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By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2009
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There is a plethora of novels out at the moment about the Fey (Faerie, Feyre, Sidhe) and their Courts and some of them just don't quite cut the mustard. However, this book did it for me.

Niall Petersen is going about his everyday life juggling work with trying to make time for his daughter Alex, when suddenly in the tube station he suffers a major heart attack. From seemingly nowhere, comes his salvation, a little old lady who appears to save his life but there is a price to pay for this and a very high one indeed.

In the course of a day, Niall becomes a fugitive from both our world and the world of the Feyre and can he trust his companion who although never lies, doesn't quite tell him everything he ought to know.

The title Sixty One Nails is slightly obscure but all is revealed partly in the middle of the book but mostly towards the end. There is also an interesting and true story behind the knives that are mentioned in the book. Our history dating way back to William the Conquerer never ceases to amaze me.

The book moves along swiftly and fluidly and I have to wonder at the authors vast knowledge of the various Courts including the secretive and deadly 7th Court. These are the Courts of the Feyre sometimes known as the Unseelie and the Seelie Courts. Wherever there is folklore, there is usually an element of truth and do be warned, The Feyre aren't the cute, plump little creatures that flutter around flowers........they can be cruel and capricious.

For a first novel this is truly exceptional and for its historical interest woven into the story alone, I would highly recommend it. I am truly looking forward to the sequel.
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