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The Crowfield Curse (Crowfield Abbey #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,917 ratings  ·  317 reviews
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? What has it to do with the monks o ...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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Holly Harker
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
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
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
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
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.
Apr 30, 2015 Tamara rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 :) !
A surprisingly creepy and very atmospheric tale of faerie folk (not the Disney kind, the scary kind!), mysterious creatures, haunted places, ancient beings and buried secrets.

Will is a 14 year old boy. The year is 1347, and it's winter. Will is an orphan. After losing his family in a fire, he was taken in at the local monastery. He is given room and board in exchange for working for the monks. With a couple of exceptions, the monks treat him severely (although not with deliberate unkindness). Wh
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
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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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Crowfield Abbey (3 books)
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