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Road to Bedlam: Courts of the Feyre, Book 2 Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2010

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Praise for Sixty-One Nails, Book 1 of the Courts of the Feyre

"Shevdon strikes sparks from the flinty core of English folklore, as a hero every reader can relate to finds he's part of an incredible and scarily believable parallel realm. If you've been thinking urban fantasy has nothing fresh to offer, think again." -Juliet McKenna

"I came away from this feeling like I'd taken a stroll through Mike Shevdon's imagination... a great place to visit and poke around."

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

“Here is the very best of urban fantasy… A highly-believable page-turner of a quest.” - Aurealis Magazine

“This book is magnificent in every way. The protagonist is a much more everyday Joe than many writers choose to portray… Combine this with some very well researched real-world locations and you get a very believable story that you can’t help but relate to. Sixty One Nails is a novel I will remember for a very long time. 5 Stars” - Science Fiction & Fantasy

“ of my top books of the year” - Realms and Galaxies

“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. The author lives in Bedfordshire, England.

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Product Details

  • Series: Courts of the Feyre
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857660616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857660619
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,007 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson on October 16, 2010
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"The Road to Bedlam" is the second in the 'Courts of the Feyre' series by Mike Shevdon. This Kindle edition of this book is 528 pages in length.

The second book began and ended fairly well, but getting through the middle section was a struggle. Let me explain...

1.) A great deal of the middle of this book deals with Niall's psychological musings; thoughts over his own shortcomings, his relationship with his significant other, Blackbird, and his daughter Alex (who has gone missing).

2 .) In addition there were several dialogues between Niall and his main enemy from book I, Raffmir. Unfortunately these conversation were often protracted and repetitious, taking on an inane quality after a while. It was very easy to become very tired of their discussions very quickly.

3.) There appeared to be no limit as to what the pure Fey or part-Fey can do. There were significant increases in Niall's power and abilities that just seemed out or proportion for the limited amount of time he'd been able to use his Fey-given skills. When something very difficult was about to happen, well luckily he'd just learned a new Fey-skill to accommodate this new problem a short time before.

4.) Both Niall and Blackbird took it upon themselves to do things that seemed strange (given their precarious circumstances). e.g. forgetting one's weapon...leaving a safe house without telling anyone...doing things that might possibly put themselves in harms way. Actions that just appeared to be unlikely and resulted in the novel losing some overall quality.

After book I, I could hardly wait to begin the second installment of this series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joel Griffith on September 30, 2010
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This is a paranormal story about the interaction of fey, humans, and fey/human hybrids. It's a good story, but read the first book in the series (Sixty One Nails) first. This sequel follows chronologically after the first story, and focuses mostly on [Spoiler Alert] the father's search for his daughter after her fey abilities start to develop and she abducted by malevolent authorities, declared dead, and subjected to secret gastly medical experiments to cure her of her paranormal abilities. It is a good story and exciting in parts, and worth a read. It has some weaknesses, however, that make it far short of a great story. Foremost among these is that the main character is frequently petulant, whiny, and not particularly likeable. Also, some of his actions, and some other plot elements, don't seem realistic. For example, he knows his daughter may inherit fey abilities, likely at about her present age, and that those abilities would be both terrifying and dangerous to herself and others, but he never gives her a heads up, which leads to three deaths and her imprisionment. It's never even described as an understandable failure to broach a difficult topic, although he is angst ridden about much else throughout the book. He also fails to follow-up on obvious leads about his daughter, or to do so in a realistically timely manner, such as talking to her best friend. There are also a lot of very distracting editing problems with both books. This includes frequent cases of it being unclear who is saying what, usually due to dialog for two speakers being included in one paragraph, plus occasional instances of a complete change of scene and characters from one paragraph to the next. While these may be e-book errors, there are also cases continuity is lost as to what characters are in a scene.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2010
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this is a really good series, but I was very disappointed in the Kindle edition editing. Spelling errors, formatting problems... really, they could not bother to edit it??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Twishy on May 6, 2012
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I read a few of the reviews before I purchased this book. Sometimes I wonder why I do that to myself. The reviews sometimes turn me off of a book at first. I'm glad I ignored the reviews and went with my initial feelings.

One of the reviews basically said the main character whines too much. Maybe we were reading different books or maybe we have seriously different ideas for the definition of whining. All I know is this wasn't the case as far as I could tell. Niall goes through some tough times in this book. He's torn between helping his daughter and following his duty. It takes a bit for him to understand that just running off without a plan is a bad way to help his daughter. He was a bit more stubborn that I'd have liked but I suppose when your daughter is kidnapped by a secret government organization bent on ridding her of her Feyre powers and possibly killing her or driving her mad in the process you might be a bit angry about the situation which would undoubtedly cloud your judgement. He could have made some better choices. That's certainly true though he hadn't even finished all of his Warder training and he's still getting used to being Fey so I suppose I can cut him some slack. He's kind of just thrown into a mission with no explanation as to what is even going on or what he's looking for. Not an ideal first mission but in the grand scheme I think he handled things pretty well.

I thought this was a very good follow up to Sixty-One Nails. This is one of the few times I didn't guess the ending before it happened. Honestly didn't see it coming and fooling me is tough. I usually have a book figured out before I'm halfway through but this one kind of stumped me. The ending was enough of a twist that I was surprised and worried about how it was all going to end.
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