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The Road to Bedlam: Courts of the Feyre, Book 2 (Courts of the Feyre #2)

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Niall Petersen's whole life has been turned on its head by the revelation that he can do magic. Now he has just received the news no parent wants to hear. "There's been an accident. It's your daughter".

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
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ebook, 528 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Angry Robot (first published 2010)
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Timothy Ward
Apr 23, 2016 Timothy Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series years ago, and am realizing I never reviewed the earlier books. I enjoyed the story in this one as much if not more than in the first book. This series definitely has an upward trend.

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
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Stephanie Swint
May 25, 2014 Stephanie Swint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you are Nial. He recently had his life completely turned upside down finding out he is Feyre/Fey/Fairie. He barely escaped with his life after being hunted by all the seven courts of the Feyre including 'The Untainted'. You think he should have earned a well deserved break, right? Our poor friend doesn't get off that easy.

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
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Jason
May 09, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
3.5

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
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Cathy
Very fun, I liked it even more than the first book. It was much more immediate and urgent than the first, more of a page-turner. I was really caught-up in the world, it felt very real. The secondary plot about the seaside town wasn't quite as interesting as Niall and Blackbird's dealings with the Seventh Court, but it was fine.

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
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Robert Brown
May 17, 2014 Robert Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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

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Paul
Oct 08, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Woodge
May 04, 2011 Woodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Last October I read the first book in this series, 61 Nails, and I found it to be original and endlessly interesting and imaginative. The protagonist, Niall Peterson, lives in modern day London and suddenly finds out that he has part Fey ancestry and begins to learn of the world and powers that come with it. In this second book, Niall's teenage daughter begins to exhibit Fey powers of her own. She's kidnapped and Niall is initially duped into believing she's dead. Just as he learns she's not, so ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 10, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story continues to be thrilling, the main character relatable, and the worldbuilding quite imaginative.
Jenny Macdonald
Jul 16, 2012 Jenny Macdonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following on from Sixty One Nails this is the 2nd book in a lovely magical trilogy.In the footsteps of Neil Gaiman, these books feature another world running alongside a modern England where Niall tries to adapt to his newly discovered powers and deal with a centuries old feud between humans, The Gifted and the Feyre. Excellently written, Mike Shevdon manages to merge the magical into modern establishments featuring Bedlam, Portland Down and even the crown.Exciting and suspenseful can't wait to ...more
Julie H.
Feb 22, 2015 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'd rate Shevdon's The Road to Bedlam a solid 3 1/2 stars. It's book #2 in a four-part series. As such, it does a nice job of building upon the foundation established in the first outing where unsuspecting tube rider Niall Petersen thinks he's succumbed to a heart attack on the subway platform only to learn that he's actually coming into his half-human half-fey powers. In this second go-round, Niall's 15-year old daughter is bullied to the point of near death, he's training to join the Warders w ...more
Ryan (miyu)
An excellent followup to 61 Nails.

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.
Alisha Torres
I enjoyed the book, but unfortunately not as much as book one. I found myself at times putting the book down for another book, and feeling "ugh" about picking it up to read again. I finished the book, so obviously my hang ups were not so severe as to keep me away.

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
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Ryan Szesny
Kind of thought the A and B plot should have been in separate books. They weren't related and had the main character going in two different directions too long. It distracted itself from the story, in my opinion.

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
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Bookish
Jan 29, 2014 Bookish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as 61 Nails, the first book in the Courts of the Feyre series. Mike Shevdon is a very good writer and he's created a very interesting and believable alternate reality here.

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
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Brandt
Jun 05, 2012 Brandt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Jamie Welch
Aug 25, 2012 Jamie Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Tish
Jul 18, 2012 Tish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I read a few of the reviews before I purchased this book on Amazon. Sometimes I wonder why I do that to myself. The reviews sometimes turn me off of a book at first. I'm glad I ignored the reviews and went with my initial feelings.

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
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Cristy
Dec 08, 2010 Cristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faeries, series
(3 full stars)
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
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Robert
Jul 24, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Road to Bedlam is the first sequel to Sixty One Nails. We are back with Niall, former human, now one of the fae (those mythological magical other humanoids), and training hard to be a kick-ass fae warder (something akin to the Secret Service of the fae, but there's only seven of them).

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
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Sonia
Jan 16, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Part 2 in the series, following Sixty-One Nails.

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
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N.E. White
Mar 07, 2012 N.E. White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon is the second book in the Courts of the Feyre series.

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
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2013/08/...

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
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Dee
Not bad, just not really satisfying at all. I was looking forward to seeing the polish of practice smoothing out some of glitches that marred the first book, but instead they seem to have got worse, and many of the good elements of the first one were not repeated here. This is far less tight that the first one, and where Sixty-one Nails was pretty non-stop and pacey, this spends pages woffling about, as our narrator steps us through moral or mental processes, many of which had been discussed pre ...more
Gina
Aug 12, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fantasy
Following on from the first book, Road To Bedlam is another wonderful book from Mike Shevdon. As a new Warder or the seven courts, Niall Petersen must chose between love, honor, duty and responsibility. An old enemy has returned and Niall already knows it's not a social call. The choices he makes will lead him to discover dark secrets buried in the core of the ancient world he now calls home.

Shevdon continues to develop each character and sticks to their individual personalities. He captivates h
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Rachel
Jun 22, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon

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
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Laura
May 25, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Shevdon built the world and magic/feyre rules in book 1, Sixty-One Nails , so then in this book he continued on with a lot of action, chasing, and building on the magic. Reminded me a lot of Dresden Files , especially with how far he pushed his protagonist without food, rest, or medical attention.

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
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Chantel
Jun 02, 2011 Chantel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ade Couper
May 26, 2012 Ade Couper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As anyone who reads my reviews may have noticed , I'm a big fan of urban fantasy - & Mike Shevdon is at the top of that genre .

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
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Christopher
Aug 17, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Mike Shevdon lives in Bedfordshire, England, with his wife and son, where he pursues the various masteries of archery, technology, and cookery. His love of Fantasy & SF started in the 70s with C S Lewis, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and continued through Alan Garner, Ursula Le Guin and Barbara Hambly. More recent influences include Mike Carey, Phil Rickman, Neil Gaiman, and Robert Crais, a ...more
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Courts of the Feyre (4 books)
  • Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre, #1)
  • Strangeness and Charm (Courts of the Feyre, #3)
  • The Eighth Court (Courts of The Feyre, #4)

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