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Strangeness and Charm: The Courts of the Feyre, Book 3 [Kindle Edition]

Mike Shevdon
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alex has been saved from the fate that awaited her in Bedlam, but in freeing her, Niall has released others of their kind into the population - half-breed fey who have been mistreated, abused and tortured by the institution that was supposed to help them.

Now, as Warder, he must find them and persuade them to swap their new-found liberty for security in the courts - but is the price of sanctuary to swap one cage for another?

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Duty Bound | Family Man | Them And Us | A New Beginning ]

e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-225-5

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (May 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LAI02E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This third in the Courts of the Feyre series finds Niall Petersen picking up the pieces after the events of The Road to Bedlam. Thanks to him, a whole slew of half feys are on the loose and many of them have little to no control over their powers. What's more, their imprisonment has left them with some serious issues. In an attempt to maintain their agreement with the human world, Niall will have to round up the rogue feys and bring them back to the Courts. But not all of them are ready or willing to go along with Niall or the Courts wishes.

There are many things that make this series a true standout. Shevdon's worldbuilding is the key, though. His Courts of the Feyre series is set in the UK but he twists the existing framework of the real world adding in Fey elements. One of my favorite things is his manipulation of actual history, superstitions, symbolism, and ceremonies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional Dilemma September 8, 2012
By JlWelch
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Eventually this book is about the fallout of what happens with or rather to the escapees from Porton Down. It also deals with Niall (who is rather annoying in this book) and his daughter Alex (who is also annoying). Niall is very defensive and argumentative when told by Fionh that he needs to,learn how to use his powers, that he needs to learn to control them. He pulls an attitude, he's only known about the Fae, that he was Fae, that he even had powers for a short amount of he thinks he's an expert..How does he ever expect to help his daughter when he can't even help himself? I guess Niall's struggle with letting go cover a move vast area then just his daughter.
I also felt that Niall really didn't take his job as a warder seriously. It felt like he rather didn't care about his duty or the proper way to handle situations and just impulsively did what he wants to do. He rather like his daughter in the sense that he don't really care about anything else than his own selfish wants. Yes, his heart may be in the right place but there is way to do things I stead of blindly rushing into them.
I will say this, yes everybody, teenagers are annoying. Reading about teenagers is annoying. Alex is argumentative, defensive, whiny and stubborn. Alex believes that she knows it all and what is best but in all actuality is utterly clueless. She pretty much is the character type for all teenagers. To top it all off, she's supremely powerful, emotional and has no control over her powers...basically she's an ornery loose cannon...No that doesn't really make for fun reading, especially with Niall and Blackbirds arguing added into the mix, but that's just part of the story. I do feel like the story wouldn't be realistic if it was all perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying main character, fun concept May 19, 2013
By Laura
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This is one of those modern magic stories, set in London. The writing is smooth and despcriptive. The plot makes sense and kept me involved. The main character is so annoying that i wanted to reach into the book and bop him upside the head.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stalled April 27, 2013
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After having enjoyed the other books in this series, I fully expected to enjoy this one as well, so I was surprised when I did not. It truthfully seems like the author has just sort of stalled out with main character, Niall, and I felt myself really struggling to care one whit about his secondary character, Niall's daughter, Alex. He even has one of the other characters point out Niall's fault -- he thinks too damn much. I was challenged to get through page after page of his inner dialogue of how to deal with his responsibilities, how to be a good father, a good husband, etc, etc, etc. And by now I was kind of hoping he would be a little more competent as a Warder. He seems to screw up way more times then he gets anything right, and while it may have been interesting to read about the learning curve over the first couple books, it's tired now. And given the fact that Niall is so different from the other Warders, able to utilize the Void, he did precious little with it.

And Alex. I so desperately wanted to stop reading about Alex. There was so little that was interesting or likable about the character, that I had to stop myself from just skipping her chapters. Whiny, self-involved and just plain stupid is maybe okay as a tertiary character, but I really don't want to read that much of it.

At this point, I'm kind of wondering why I even gave this book in the series three stars, but I do have to say that Shevdon is a pretty good writer. He sets the scene nicely, the locations are easy to visualize and vivid, and the very few action scenes that are part of the book are well done. Now if he could just back to writing something interesting about his characters...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming July 14, 2013
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After reading the first two, I didn't have huge expectations, but I still felt the book could have been a more. Was fine for plane fare, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 of The Courts of the Feyre February 9, 2013
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I loved Sixty One Nails, the first in the series but found the second The Road to Bedlam fell flat, so I'd put off buying this. At first I thought it was going to be much the same as the second novel but somewhere around the middle of the book, things changed for the better. It follows on from Niall having found and released his daughter Alex from Porton Down where those with fey blood were being confined and examined to research their magical abilities. During their escape Niall released others held there who were now causing havoc out amoung the human population.
Niall is charged to find these half breeds and bring them to the Courts of the Feyre. A job he's not too comfortable with but begins with a seer and so the problems start.
I don't think you'd need to have read the first two to be able to follow along, explainations are given of back stories and the action does pick up.
The second half of the book turned into the kind of urban fantasy and adventure that Sixty One Nails had been, so I was glad I'd persevered.
I really enjoy the use of real places and real bits of history that Shevdon employs in his stories and appreciate the research that must be done. Hope he can keep finding strange places, ceremonies and history to use for his next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix...
Mike Shevdon weaves a great fantasy in modern times. This is an exceptional series that I would highly recommend to anyone longing for adventure!
Published 3 months ago by Derek Scott Spalla
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good read
Despite the fact that the main character Nialll was annoyingly whiny and resisted doing his job at every turn, I was able to read through this book because the story is intriguing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Megan Bolton
3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing read
Alright continuation to the story. Not as thrilling as the first two but great build up for the next iteration of the story.
Published 9 months ago by IlyaK
2.0 out of 5 stars To much heavy handed editing, and the resolution is disappointing.
The first book in the series was so wonderfully and refreshingly raw in its pacing, style, and presentation! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zac Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to finish off the trilogy
The writing wasn't perfect, it could have used another pass by a proof-reader, and there were a few confusing parts where the wrong name was used, but as a whole the story was very... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Glen
5.0 out of 5 stars great book and series
This is a great book in an amazing series.
Our hero was a fish out of water in the first book, learning about the strange and interesting world he is thrust into. Read more
Published 22 months ago by LMBB
1.0 out of 5 stars Off the original trail
I actually gave on this book about 120 pages or so into it, after having read and enjoyed the first two titles. And I am not a fantasy fan. Read more
Published on July 26, 2012 by Dkveragas
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic climax to a great Urban Fantasy
Mike had me up late last night finishing Strangeness and Charm--a sign of a great book, for sure. I love a book with a strong ending, one that shows the author stepped up his game... Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by Tim C. Ward
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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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