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Angry Robot Review: Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon

This review was originally posted over at Realms & Galaxies: Celebrating SFF on the 26th of October, 2009.

Reviewed by David Jooste.

Hey guys and girls.

David here, once again.

With Halloween just around the corner I have a great review for you. Thanks to our friends over at Angry Robot I was Fortunate enough to get my hands on an amazing book. Now by that i mean I had to force myself to put it down every single time.

Today I’m bringing you a review on Mike Shevdon’s amazing urban fantasy Sixty-One Nails. The first in the Courts of the Feyre series.


Images chaotic, a vision of a black cat, a building, a room, an underground chamber, and island of stone, a dark alter and an ominous iron door. These are the images the creature called Kareesh gave Niall. There meaning remains unsure but it is the only way for him to survive in this dark world he suddenly became a part of.

Now with his savior, the mysterious Blackbird, Naill must find his place in the world of the Feyre, forgetting his old life and learn to use his new found gifts, a gift that to the fey means nothing but death.

Will he succeed or will his failure result in the ancient seventh court returning from exile and bringing with them a new age of suffering for all human kind and half breeds.

Well there’s your little teaser, and I hope it will make you as eager to read this book as I was.

Now I have to say in my opinion there is very little wrong with this piece of mastery. the characters are well shaped and developed. The storyline keeps a constant pace, which in turn keeps you locked in, and the research done for the book is superb.

Something that i loved about the book is the amount of detail Mike placed in it. Through your journey you encounter all the myths and superstitions that make tales of the fey so memorable. None of this new age stuff.

It all falls back to things such their weakness to cold iron, the power of a simple horse shoe, even the attitudes and types of behaviours that were originally associated with these beings. Even old lore about the power held within you name is included.

As for other aspects in the book. Mike even includes an explanation of where the Quit Rent ceremony comes from, which in turn forms an integral part of the storyline and is in fact an actual even. I believe it took place in London this week or last week.

The characters in the book are completely lovable. Right from the start you grow close to Naill, aka Rabbit, and Blackbird.

As you venture through the story you go through Rabbits joy and pain, frustration and confusion as he must come to terms with the fact that he is now one of the Fey and must discover and learn to use his new gifts in order to survive. You work with him to find a lost secret that will give him access to the Six Courts of the Feyre, and possible safety not only for himself but for his daughter as well.

Blackbird is also an amazing character, if not the better. Saving Rabbit and then leading him on the path to self discovery. A creature of the Fey herself, fire and air, also known as a fey’ree, she has been around for hundreds of years having both the knowledge on how to survive and the strength of character to do what must be done.

But there is a deeper story to her past as well, the reason why she has been hiding for so long and cannot even remember what she really looks like, shocking but yes. A story that is much closer to Naill then even he could have guessed.

Though i do feel sorry for Naill as she changes her glamour from an old lady to a voluptuous beauty every so often.

Well that’s about that, I will leave the rest for you to discover. This is definitely a must read for me and one of my top books of the year.

The streets of London will never be the same with these two walking them.

Well done Mike, I can’t wait for the next one, Road to Bedlam. Warden Alshirian, that should be interesting.

Now then for our reader the UK launch date for this book is the 29th of October 2009. Over here I’m not sure but it should hit our shelves early next year so keep an eye out for this one.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2010 in Angry Robot, Reviews

 

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Angry Robot: The Day of the 3-Author Madness!

Some great news from Angry Robot! 🙂 Not one new-author announcement, but 3! 🙂

Press Release
15th June 2009
For Immediate Release
Angry Robot is presented today by the letter “M”s

Maurice Broaddus is one of the real good guys, so why the hell his fiction is so terrifying is beyond our understanding. The three books of the KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT series is a modern retelling of the King Arthur cycle, set among the drug gangs of inner city America. Told through the eyes of King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers and do the right thing, it’s a stunning, edgy work, genuinely unlike anything we’ve ever read. Cheap movie analogy for you: Gilliam’s Fisher King meets The Wire. The first volume will be published by Angry Robot in summer 2010, with the remaining parts at six month intervals. Extraordinary. Check out more about Maurice here.
(Sounds awesome!)

Matt Forbeck… well, where do you start? Multiple award-winning fantasy game designer, computer game creative, writer of so many novels and comicbooks across all the major genre properties… So it’s about damn time someone allowed him free reign with his own novels, no? And we have a pair of stunners. AMORTALS, to be published November 2009, is set just a few years in the future. After a cop is killed, his reincarnated clone must find out who did the deed. Double Indemnity meets Altered Carbon? Roxor!
That’ll be followed late spring 2010 by the equally fabulous VEGAS KNIGHTS. It’s Oceans Eleven meets Harry Potter as three student wizards use Spring Break in an attempt to break a Vegas casino using magic. Only… the casino has its own sorcerers, and they’re not going to hand over all the moolah to a bunch of twenty year-old wandwavers. Check out more info on Matt here.
(Another sure-fire winner!)

Mike Shevdon is the Brit in our pile, and our debut novelist. The immense SIXTY-ONE NAILS and its sequel THE ROAD TO BEDLAM follow Niall Petersen, everyday guy, from a suspected heart attack on the London Underground, into the hidden world of the Feyre, an uncanny place of legend that lurks just beyond the surface of everyday life. The Untainted, the darkest of the Seven Courts, have made their play for power, and unless Niall can recreate the ritual of the Sixty-One Nails, their dark dominion will enslave all of the Feyre, and all of humankind too. A massive rollercoaster ride from a stunning new talent, the first volume will be in stores worldwide from November 2009. Check out more info on Mike here.
(Gimme more books like A Madness of Angels and I’m a happy man!)

Also in (older) Angry Robot news, here’s the cover for J. Robert King’s Angel of Death! 🙂

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All in all, great news from Angry Robot! 🙂

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2009 in Angry Robot

 

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