The Road to Bedlam: Courts of the Feyre, Book 2 (Courts of the Feyre #2)
Learning to cope with the loss of a child is only the beginning of the new challenges facing Niall Petersen. An old enemy has returned and Niall already knows it’s not a soc ...more
Here's my review from book one, Sixty-One Nails, to give a better idea of what this series has to offer:
I read this four years ago. It was my first urban fantasy, and really opened my eyes to how fascinating the idea of magic under the surface of everyday life can be. The character intrigue is bui ...more
He just starts getting comfortable when the other shoe drops. He's training to be a warder. He's not great but he's also not an absolute disaster. He's settling in the ...more
This is a good sequel to Sixty One Nails. It is not up to the standard of the first book as there is little new in this book. Where book one was an awakening for our hero Niall, this one was simply an action piece. That being said, this book is filled with great action, chases, suspense, and really sweet magic. The dialog is fun and witty. Ned is a great lead but he is pretty much a one man show in this book.
The best part of this book is the storytelling of Shevdon. He writes a fast paced pag ...more
I put the book on my "series reminder" shelf, hoping that the publisher will agree that this series deserves more books. The author has barely scratched the surface of wh ...more
After the first in the series, I was looking forward to reading the rest of the volumes. In the first volume, the story was gripping, intelligent, laid out in a cogent manner. I found none of that in this second book.
I know that Shevdon has the talent: the first volume showed that. However, in this volume, Shevdon has his protagonist acting like a thoughtless loose cannon who hasn't learned anything beyond age thirteen. Worse, the cool, calm, logical, Blackbird, has become someone who can't reas...more
The book had me in tears at the beginning and at the end I was cheering, conflicted, and concerned. Shevdon does an excellent job fleshing out a believable world and believable characters. They have concerns and foibles - fae and human both.
I would say that the second book had a tighter more tense plot. I hope the third novel continues that trend. Book three can't come soon enough.
There were points where I felt a secondary issue was being introduced into the story in a way that left me lost, not understanding till many chapters later how it fit into the main story. Boring and drug out details on points that were ...more
The tension is the best part of this book, in my opinion. It kind of has the batman feel to it in that you like the antagonist more than the protagonist. I feel this is because Mike Shevdon didn't make any effort to make the protagonist, Niel, likable because you were already supposed t ...more
I won't go into the plot. No point. I will tell you that if it takes you two hours or two days or two weeks to read this book, it's time well spent. Shevdon is imaginative, his prose is quite readable, his narrative logical. I really enjoyed both the books in this series and I can't wait for the next one.
I do sugg ...more
When last we left Niall Peterson he had just landed on his feet after having been thrown into the world of fey. In the conclusion of the first book, Sixty-one Nails, Niall joined the Warders, the security squad of the fey council. Although having met a lot of different fey, we had still to get any real introduction into any of the particular fey courts.
I thought the idea of the warders was excellent, and can see how useful it will be in placing Niall at the center of the games the fey play.
I won ...more
I devoured this book just as quickly as the first one, it was just that good. I don't really like talking about what happened in the books because you can get a pretty good idea of that from the synapse that Goodreads provides as well as the other reviews from readers. Blackbird is way pregnant and about to pop and is off on her own path in bidding while Niall is on a new mission with the warders. I still feel like I really don't know who Blackbird is, she still seems a mystery to me and she's ...more
One of the reviews basically said the main character whines too much. Maybe we were reading different books or maybe we have seriously different ideas for the definition of whining. All I know is this wasn't the case as far as I could tell. Niall goes through some toug ...more
After struggling to get through the overworked Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre, Book 1), I decided to give Mike Shevdon's writing another chance. Fortunately Road to Bedlam (Courts of the Feyre, Book 2) was a definite improvement over it's predecessor. Although still a bit wordy through the middle, there was comparatively more action in this second book, which helped the story along immensely. While the first book took me a painful 6 days to labor through, Road to Bedlam only ...more
Then, one day, there is a major incident involving his teenage daughter (who lives with his ex-wife and is presumed human unless she starts showing some magical abilities).
The book kicks off with a hard, engros ...more
Blackbird is heavily pregnant, and Niall is in training to become a Warder when they get word that Alex (Niall’s daughter) has been involved in an accident at her school, and exposed to some form of biological contamination which has killed three of her fellow students.
Things aren’t quite as they seem though, and Alex has in fact come into her Fey powers that she has inherited from Niall.
I felt that there were a couple too many side-stories ...more
And I can’t wait for more. Mr. Shevdon has created a world I want to spend a long time in and with Niall Peterson, our hero of these stories, I know I’ll be in good hands.
The story in The Road to Bedlam begins nine months after the concluding events in Sixty-One Nails. Niall is training hard to be a Warder of the courts and Blackbird is well on her way to being a mom for the first time in her 800 year existen ...more
Niall Petersen’s Feyre powers are increasing, and he’s been trying to find the right time to tell his teenage daughter Alex that she may have powers too. This becomes a moot point when there is a terrible accident at her school, killing three other girls, and also Alex. However, when Niall and his ex-wife, Kate, demand to see their daughter’s body, the hospital insists there was a biological contaminant involved in the acc ...more
Shevdon continues to develop each character and sticks to their individual personalities. He captivates h ...more
Shevdon weaves an excellent magical thriller around the fayre, set in England in London,
Yorkshire and Wiltshire. this is a real page turner where the reader can suspend disbelief,
though the emotional trauma of Niall's daughter's apparant death is mitigated by the reader
knowing she's not really dead -- the strapline on the back cover reveals that much -- and
consequently the first fifty pages become a liile like the scene in every movie where you're
supposed t ...more
The storyline was mostly split between Niall's chasing/searching and Blackbird's running and it was well balanced. I also liked trying to figure out what the Courts are up to too, the book leaves you p ...more
This follows directly on from "sixty-one nails" & starts with a bang : Niall's daughter Alex is attacked by 3 school bullies , who try & drown her in a toilet when there's an explosion - the 3 bullies die , then Alex & his ex-wife are told Alex is dead too.....
Alex is then sent on a mission by the warders to investigate the disappearances of young women i ...more
The author is really getting into his game, as it were, the pace of the book was different. The first book was off-putting to some folks, I think, because everything was new to them and the character(s), and maybe there was a bit of a lost feeling. I thought it was a fantastic way to introduce a confusing, life changing, event for the main character. It would have been wrong, I think, to continue in that vein in this second book. Fortunately the author did not, he keeps the same first person-y ...more