The Crowfield Curse (Crowfield Abbey, #1)
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The Crowfield Curse (Crowfield Abbey #1)

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It's 1347 and fifteen-year-old Will, an orphan boy, lives at Crowfield Abbey. Sent into the forest to gather wood, he rescues instead, a creature from a trap - a hob, who shares with Will a terrible secret. Somewhere in the forest behind the abbey where he lives, is a grave. And buried deep in the snow is an angel. But how can an angel die?
Paperback, 322 pages
Published 2010 by The Chicken House
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Lea
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...more
Sesana
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
Clickety
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...more
Karie
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.
Beth
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
Gunne
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
Cornerofmadness
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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...more
Luce
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...more
Tessa Joy
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H.R. Harkness
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
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
Karissa
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...more
Maryanne
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...more
Julie
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
Beaulah Pragg
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...more
Ann
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!
Julie
William lives at the abbey where the monks took him in after the death of his family. The abbey is old and cold, just like most of the monks who live there.
One day while doing chores Will comes across a creature, captured in a trap. He rescues the creature and in doing so enters a world of old magic he didnt even know existed.
I really enjoyed this book and cant wait to read more about crowfield and Will's adventures.
Justin George
First of all if you are easily scared read this book because it isn't as scary as the second. This is a nice book and I like it. Will lives with the monks because his family died and in the woods one day getting wood (he's a servant at the abbey, for the work he does they let him stay there) when he sees a hobgoblin hob for short. He helps the hob het out of his trap that he is in and finds out he can see creatures like hobs. He takes the hob to brother snail (one of the nice monks) and he heals...more
Steve
Rather plodding for the first 1/3 or so of the book. Picks up after that, but it never exactly becomes "exciting." There's something to be said for a novel that doesn't feel the need to shock you every few pages, but at the same time, it comes across as uneventful. The whole novel felt a bit "matter of fact."
Jasmin Durham
This book is really good. There is lots of action and mysteries in this book. The book is about a boy who had to move to Crowfield after his family died in a house fire. He finds out he has "the sight" and can see things that average people can't see. He makes a new friend that others cant see. He is a hob a magical creature of the forest. And they both go on a dangerous adventure to find the Crowfield curse.Can't wait to finish the rest of the book.Suspenseful and spooky...with an edgy battle b...more
Elspeth
Very good!
Four and a half stars!
poppyshake
I enjoyed reading this, it's definitely a book aimed at children or YA and that made it an exceptionally easy read. Will is an orphan who has been taken in by the monks of Crowfield Abbey .. he's a great central character and very likeable.

Will rescues a hob from a trap in the forest near the abbey, a hob is a magical creature .. not everyone has the 'sight' to be able to see him but Will has. The hob, who they nickname 'Brother Walter' is completely endearing and quite childlike .. he knows so...more
Alz
This book is more about fairies and fairy folklore than about angels (as touted on the book blurb) but Pat Welsh has written a marvelously intriguing tale about an orphaned boy named Will living in an English abbey in the 1300s. The attention to detail and the daily life of the monks was amazing--the author certainly didn't skimp on the research and was able to recreate an engrossing world without infodumps or overloading on tedious detail. There's also a helpful glossary of terms in the back, t...more
Rhys
This review was originally posted on ThirstforFiction.com

The year is 1347, and William has made an unexpected friend. Discovering a lone hob (a talking fox-come-squirrel type animal) injured in the woods, he starts to uncover the secret of the angel that was slauughtered by a mythical fay in the woods 100 years ago. When two rich strangers arrive, things get even more mysterious, particularly when they ask after the angel, something that few outsiders know of…

The Crowfield Curse is Pat Walsh’s d...more
Nicky Schmidt
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...more
Lynossa
I like this book! I like the characters, I like the story, the plot the setting, everything! It's not an epic fantasy in another realm, it's a world beside our normal world. The world where fays live and Old Magic lingers in the corner of dark forest. I really like the hob, Brother Walter. I think he's cute; especially when he's hanging on Will's shoulder while they were running. The other characters weren't so impressing as the hob but I quite like William, Brother Snail, and Shadlock. Despite...more
Janet
We all know the saying, “never judge a book by its cover”, but I have to admit that the cover is exactly the reason I picked the book up in the first place! It’s a children’s book, but don’t let that put you off.



This book began life as a short story, entered for a newspaper competition. It came second to Flood Child [also published under the title Reavers’ Ransom] by Emily Diamand and is aimed at ages 8+. Whilst not in the slightest bit offended, I was quite surprised to come across one instanc...more
Sonia
I picked this book up for my 11 year old daughter, as it sounded her kind of thing. Bit of a mystery, a little bit dark – and I thought I’d give it a quick read beforehand, just to make sure I knew that she’s enjoy it.

It was excellent and we both really loved it. It is definitely dark for a kid’s book.

It is set in the mid-14th century and follows Will, a 15 year old orphan who lives at Crowfield Abbey, alongside the monks – working for them to earn his keep.

The story starts slap bang in the midd...more
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