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The Crowfield Curse (Crowfield Abbey #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  2,187 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
Will knows a secret.
Somewhere in the forest, behind the abbey where he lives, is a grave. And beneath the snow lies something he thought could never die. But Will is not alone in knowing the truth about the Crowfield Curse. Hidden in the dusk, someone else is watching...
Paperback, 322 pages
Published 2010 by The Chicken House
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I am not that good with words when it comes to books that I totally adore, so I drew a picture:


This book might be for you if you:
- enjoy mystery, horror and fantasy perfectly blended together!
- don't get spooked easily ;) some scenes are pretty intense...
- don't mind unpredictable story and characters that will keep you guessing what their true motives are until the very end.
- love reading about unusual creatures, the dark and light fae and an int
Mar 19, 2012 Lea rated it really liked it
A medieval mystery of sorts for kids (with a bit of magic thrown in), The Crowfield Curse is a wonderful adventure.

Set in 1347, the story follows monks' apprentice, William, as he finds himself caught up in a battle between light and dark forces that seem to surround the abbey where he lives. After finding a hobgoblin caught in a trap, Will's eyes are opened to the magical creatures around him. There are several "fay" creatures, old pagan gods, witches and healers, and a secret buried deep in th
Some very good things here. The setting, for one. Solidly medieval fantasy is unusual in books aimed at middle grade and young adult audiences. And Walsh has obviously done a lot of research into life in a medieval monastery. Better yet, she doesn't let her enthusiasm for the period get away from her. I've read too many books by authors who get so enthused with what their research has uncovered that they forget they're writing a novel. The mythology she builds has enough elements to make seasone ...more
Dec 05, 2010 Clickety rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, ya, fantasy, fiction
This book caught my eye at the library with its GORGEOUS cover: the silhouettes stand out starkly against the fairy-tale-ish castle in the background, the 'splashes' of snow and the character's posture and the flow of the clothes do a great job of creating the illusion of movement, and the red foil is a wonderful touch that could easily have been overused, but wasn't.

And... I loved it! What a wonderful surprise.

I think what I liked best about it was that you had a 'chosen one' story without a Ma
Apr 24, 2015 Malia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! It had been on my to-read list for quite some time, and when I finally picked it up, I expected something slightly juvenile. I am very happy to say, that this novel was just wonderful!
It is set in 1347 in a Medieval Abbey in England. Will, our fourteen-year-old protagonist, encounters a magical creature in the forest, and when two mysterious strangers arrive at the abbey, dark forces seem to have entered his world.
Will was a great characte
Feb 11, 2011 Karie rated it it was amazing
I gave this book five stars based on the originality of the concept within it's pages. I have read stories I enjoy more, but the overall idea of this book won me over.
Dec 26, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
Set in 1347, the author's detailed descriptions transport you to a monastery in England. You see the dark light of winter in the cold stone abbey, feel Will's and the monk's frost-cold fingers, hear the bells calling the monks to prayer, even taste the horrid pottage made by the irrascible cook and smell the privy. It is a hard life, especially in winter, but there is also beauty in Brother Snail's herb garden, in the wood's flora and fauna, in the warm friendship betwen the hunchbacked infirmar ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing
So far, so good. I bought this book for my niece for Christmas after seeing someone book-talk it at a librarian training this fall, so I decided to read it for myself. I like the mix of history and the supernatural, this would appeal to boys for sure!

Finished this over the weekend . . .LOVED IT! I hope the author writes more, I really liked the historical aspect of it, including life in a 14th Century Abbey, and the character of Will was very appealing. Good read!
A lovely fantasy tale of an orphan raised in a 14th century abbey. I loved how the author accurately described the winter atmosphere of the forest and the life of the monks living in the abbey (there are a useful timetable of daily worship and a glossary at the end).
The middle ages setting reminded me a lot of the delightful and underrated 2009 animated movie “The Secret of Kells”. If you liked that movie, this book is for you.
Nicky Schmidt
Jan 18, 2012 Nicky Schmidt rated it it was amazing
The Crowfield Curse is a magical and wonderfully lyrical story, with a truly rich and believable historical setting. The story has just the right blend of everything - old world magic, horror, suspense, thrills, fairies, monks and a boy with tremendous courage and compassion - and the Sight!
Pat seamlessly blends the reality of Middle Ages Christianity with the old belief systems that tie into nature worship and in the middle of it all, she places Will, an orphaned boy, pretty much alone in the w
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Pat Walsh's atmospheric debut offering is a historical fantasy with a magical twist. Gone are the expected swords and battles, and in their place are mysterious angels and loveable hobs.

A hob is a fay creature, with similar physical attributes to that of a fox. They can hold conversations as well as the next human, and prove quite useful when unravelling age-old mysteries of angels buried in nearby forests. Brother Walter is a lovely little guy, and due to my enthusiasm for tiny creatures, I fel
Aug 26, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked this book, and would give it 4.5 stars if that was possible. It has an intriguing story line, a unique setting, and a very likable protagonist name William. I've read some reviews of the book, and those who don't seem to enjoy it much complain that the story unfolds too slowly. There's not enough action or character development. I disagree with this assessment and would argue that the narrative unfolds in accordance with William's personality. He's not a thrill-seeker. Like many a good f ...more
It's fine.
Orphan, adventure, fairy creatures, monks, dead angel, a witch, curses. Nothing new or surprising.
I liked that Will's not frustratingly slow to pick up on what's going on. That's good. But I figured the whole story out really early on so reading it to the end was just killing time.
However, I'm not a 12-year-old boy or girl and because I've read this type of story before, I could suss out the plot. It might be more surprising and engaging to someone who did not know what was coming.
I th
I wish they had half-star ratings for this. Two seems a bit little, yet three a bit much. The Crowfield Curse is an easy and somewhat captivating read, though its one of those books I can imagine myself forgetting the plot of one year down the road. It's not very memorable, the story wasn't impressive enough to stick, especially once you got over the captivating part. Then again, I haven't read many books about fairy folk, so I know very little about the kind of stories you can tell with them as ...more
Katie Brown
Sep 08, 2014 Katie Brown rated it really liked it
This is a great book! Crowfield Abbey is a cold and mysterious place. The monks of the abbey have a deep,dark secret;it is a beautiful white angel with silky feathers. There is a tale of a fay king. They call him the Dark King. The tale says that the Dark King lives in the part of the woods called The Hollow. Every monk in Crowfield feared The Hollow. No one would go in! William (the main character) has found a hob, or a mix between a cat and human. This creature has a cat body and a head of a h ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Wyntrnoire rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and it goes right onto my shelf of books I reread often. The author's seemingly effortless (no great writing is effortless, of course) and balanced handling of the fey and the human worlds' interweaving/influence was a delight. The lightest and surest touch. I loved the hob. And all the characters had enviable dimension. I so hope the sequel is as well accomplished. Thank you, Ms. Walsh for an absolutely enchanted read:)

I am lending my copy to another reader who I know will
Apr 12, 2011 Cornerofmadness rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Nov 06, 2012 Luce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zažili ste v detstve čítanie rozprávky od mamy, vy schúlení pod paplónom a za oknom padal sneh? Pretože presne taký pocit som z knihy Crowfieldska kliatba mala ja. Pre tejto knihe som mala pocit, že si jednoducho musím navodiť tú správnu atmosféru, aby som ju mohla pokojne otvoriť a začať čítať. Z Crowfiledskej kliatby totiž čaro akýmsi spôsobom sála a ja som si to užívala.

Celý príbeh sa nesie v duchu tajomna, mágie a čarov. Sprevádza nás plynule Crowfieldskym opátstvom a skromným Willom, ktoréh
Tessa Joy
Nov 16, 2012 Tessa Joy rated it liked it
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Holly Harker
Jun 04, 2011 Holly Harker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
What a wonderfully atmospheric book this is! I know it seems like a strange point to latch onto first, but the weather in The Crowfield Curse is almost a character in itself - the constant cold that seeps through everything is the perfect recurring theme for this chilling and at times slightly claustrophobic book. The pace is slow and contemplative, which fits the narrative perfectly: the journey does not begin with explosions and a hurried race away from the forces of darkness, but instead star ...more
Krysta Aryel
Feb 14, 2013 Krysta Aryel rated it really liked it
We are introduced to a fourteen year old William who is living in an abbey among christian monks after the death of his family. The story quickly introduce another character primarily known as the hob, later known as Brother Walter, whom William saved from an animal trap. The hob gives us the idea of magical creatures running around in this book, and it is very intriguing seeing how these magical creatures are written together alongside of christian monks and what-nots. Soon afterwards readers a ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Karissa rated it liked it
I was excited to read this book, it looked like an excellent middle grade historical fantasy with some creepiness added. It ended up being okay, but I had some trouble engaging with both the story and the characters. There is a second book in the series called The Crowfield Demon.

Will is sent to live at Crowfield Abbey after his parents die. There he works in the kitchen for the monks. While in the forest one day he hears a cry for help and discovers a hobgoblin, apparently Will has the Sight an
Oct 11, 2013 Maryanne rated it it was amazing
I really love this book - lucid writing, fantastic (in all senses of the word) characters, scary suspense, unusual magic and danger. The story unfolds through the eyes of Will, an orphaned abbey servant, who finds unexpected friends through his own good actions, but those actions also cause him to become embroiled in ancient, magical, dark mysteries.

I love that some characters are neither good nor evil, just mysterious and dangerous and run with Will through the story; that characters who shoul
Beaulah Pragg
Apr 19, 2012 Beaulah Pragg rated it really liked it
Will is fifteen; an orphan in the Crowfield Abbey who works hard for his keep. When he discovers an injured hob in the woods and brings him home, everything begins to change rather rapidly. The Crowfield Curse is a well-written, faced paced story for young adults which very much resembles the front cover in mood. I found myself almost shivering with the cold, colourless imagery of the Abbey and surrounding woods.

This book is a very well-executed blend of realistic 'middle ages' environment and
Jan 01, 2015 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Čo sa môže stať, keď pochováš anjela?

Will, ma asi strnast (ja si taketo veci nepamatam:), vyrasta v Crowfieldskom opatstve, pretoze cela jeho rodina zomrela pri poziari mlyna. Jedneho zimneho dna narazi v lese na zvlastneho tvora -- hoba. (Hob je nieco z rodiny Skriatkov) Hob ma nozicku uvaznenu v pasci na lesne zvery a hrozi mu smrt. Will sa onho postara a odnesie hop do opatstva, kde sa onho postara.
Niekolko dni po tejto udalosti prichadza do chudobneho opatstva tajomny host... Jacobus Bane
Will is a very lucky person to have a flute. I really wanted a flute, but I never could get my hands on one. Until one day when I accidentally got one stuck in my throat; I think part of it is still there, sometimes I feel it at night. But Will will be good at playing it, I can tell from his personality. It seems like a hobby he would really enjoy. I'm really glad he got that flute and I hope he has fun playing it, he deserves it.
Aug 07, 2016 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im Winter 1347 gerät der Junge Will in Gefahr. Sein hartes Leben im Kloster wird durch den Fund eines Kobolds und der Ankunft von zwei unheimlichen Fremden in den Grundfesten erschüttert. Es gilt ein Rätsel zu lösen um ein mysteriöses Grab im Wald zu finden.
Das Jugendbuch hat einen sehr schönen Schreibstil und ist schon ein wenig gruselig. Damit mir der Lesestoff nicht ausgeht und ich das Schicksal von Will weiterverfolgen kann, liegt hier auch schon der zweite Teil.
Apr 30, 2015 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Quince and Hailie
This was a wonderful book to read! It was not at all how I thought it would be like. Before I got into the story, I thought it was a little boring. But once I figured out what was happening, it was easier to
follow the story. I think that in order to write a book you have to have imagination, but Pat Walsh
surpassed all my expectations!
Kristy Drážovská
Po celý čas počas čítania cítite tú zvláštnu záhadnú, temnú atmosféru. Táto knihe je výnimočná a je skvelá :) !
Jan 10, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. It was awesome and I can't wait to start the next book of this serie.
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I was born in Cobham, Kent, and spent my early years in West Africa and Ireland, until my family eventually settled in Leicestershire. When I was nine years old, I decided I wanted to be an archaeologist, in the mistaken belief that they spent their time digging up dinosaur bones. When I discovered what they actually did, and got over the disappointment of a life without dinosaurs,I never looked b ...more
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