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The Demon's Watch

(Tales of Fayt #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  27 reviews
'We're the Demon's Watch, son. Protectors of Port Fayt. Scourge of all sea scum. Don't tell me you've never heard of us?'

Half-goblin boy Joseph Grubb lives in Fayt, a bustling trading port where elves, trolls, fairies and humans live side by side. Fed up of working at the Legless Mermaid tavern, Grubb dreams of escape - until a whirlwind encounter with a smuggler plunges
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by David Fickling Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Книжни Криле
Едва ли има някой, който се радва повече от мен на факта, че романът на Конрад Мейсън, „Демонската стража”, се сдоби с български превод. Може би има читатели, които се кефят наравно с мен, но повече от мен – не вярвам. Изданието на Студио Арт Лайн в превод от Александър Драганов е рядка находка, съчетаваща най-добрите фентъзи и приключенски традиции в един нетрадиционен младежки роман. А защо съм така развълнуван? Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле:
Alexander Draganov
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to translate this novel from English to Bulgarian. This is undoubtedly one of the most original fantasy novels I have ever read. Conrad Mason creates a great setting and tells a touching story. Highly recommended.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nkyclear
This book grabs you from the very first line. I enjoyed the fast-paced action and the mix of magic to ordinary life. The setting is a tiny port town in a fictional world where ogres, trolls, humans, fairies and other magical creatures live together. There is a colonial feel to the setting and the description of characters, especially with regards to costume (tricorn hat) and weaponry (muskets).

The plot twists and turns but is not difficult to follow. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending and
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A cracking fantasy adventure with fights, pirates, moments of high peril, sea battles and terrifying monsters. Fayt, Mason's metropolis, has merchants and crime bosses, taverns and illegal gambling dens just like any great 18th century port city.

However, Conrad Mason plays with our expectations of fantasy, so his heroes are traditional baddies of faery - the trolls, the goblins and the (part) ogres. His humans dwell amongst fairies and magicians and elves. Thus through this reversal of
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, fantasy
Review coming soon!
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a fast-paced and engaging fantasy title, set in an imaginative and well-built world. With a host of likeable primary characters (including the usual riffs on lovable rogues, reserved but emotional hard men, and funny trolls), this book is an easy and enjoyable read which doesn’t require too much brain power. The goodies are (mostly) good, the baddies are definitely bad, and everyone else falls into a comfortable middle-ground of having just enough good to be likeable in some way.

Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
When I came across The Demon’s Watch the first thing that really got my attention was the cover of the book. It just looks so cool and awesome and with the promise of a piratesque look and story aimed at children with goblins I just new this story couldn’t turn out wrong, and my thoughts were correct. The Demon’s Watch is the first book in The Tales of Fayt and is also the debut book of Conrad Mason who works as an editor in children’s fiction.

The Demon’s Watch starts of with a glimpse of the
Irina Peneva
Приятно и леко фентъзи за деца. Конрайд Мейсън е добър разказват, който успява да създаде очарователен фантастичен свят. Вселената на Мейсън е детайлна, функционираща и интересна, не се отличава с невиждани идеи, но не отегчава с твърде много клишета и успява да запази някакъв дух на оригиналност.
Героите бяха традиционни персонажи за детски фентъзи роман.
Книгата засяга традиционни за жанра проблеми и въпроси. Развива ги и оставя отворени вратички за продължение.
Проучих, книгата наистина е част
Дени Проданова ✨
Приятна, непретенциозна и ненатрапчива. Типична за жанра си, с бързо развиващо се действие и четивен изказ на автора. Абе, идеална е за бързо бягство от реалността.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

Based on The Demon's Watch, his debut novel, Conrad Mason is most definitely an author to watch out for in the future. Long time readers of The Book Zone will know that I do not read a great deal of what I would call traditional fantasy - magic, trolls, goblins and the like, set in fantasy worlds. Apart from The Lord of the Rings, which I have read many times, I have never gelled with traditional fantasy stories for adults, even though I
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creative-kids
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Kristi Bernard
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multicultural
Porty Fayt is home to a plethora of interesting characters. Some are good and some are not so good. Here you will find Goblins, humans, fairies and even mermen. All roam the land and the sea. Joseph Grubb is half human and half goblin. He longs to do more than work for his uncle at the Legless Mermaid, a local bar for sailors. One night after a brawl involving Captain Clegg, a man Joseph admires and longs to sail with someday, he discovers a package wrapped in black velvet and sealed with a ...more
Nos encontramos con una novela de aventuras que tiene unas ideas muy buenas envueltas en una historia con muchos de los tópicos de la literatura de aventuras juveniles. Con juvenil en este caso me estoy refiriendo a algo que la gente considera más infantil que aquello a lo que solemos llamar juvenil, al estilo de Percy Jackson o Jake Djones. Y, sin embargo, es precisamente esa frescura y esa historia tan conocida lo que hace que realmente sea una gran novela. O, mejor dicho, una buena novela de ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Port Fayt is home to sailors, smugglers, and pirates as well as humans, imps, elves, goblins, trolls, and all manner of other creatures all living in relative harmony. The Demon's Watch, headed by Captain Newton, and the militia both work to protect Port Fayt from everyday, run-of-the-mill criminals as well as more dangerous foes. Then one day, Grubb, a half human, half goblin tavern server finds a package left at the tavern by a smuggler. Soon the Demon's Watch and Grubb are both in more ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating from the first page! So many twists and turns! Just when I thought I had figured it all out, the story would twist again. 5 stars!!!

A smattering of youthful characters make this story come to life. Joseph Grubb, of goblin and human descent, is an orphan working at his uncle's establishment on Port Fayt, a refuge for all those who aren't quite human. Tabitha Mandeville is also an orphan who has been training with her Demon's Watch surrogate father and is on her first case: track down
Jane Quint
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I like the regular guard being under suspicion of betrayal most and was a little disappointed when their leader turned out to be just too proud to stop acting like a moron when he realized there was something wrong. Of course, with a war to come, it is not a too bad decision to not strip a trade harbour from their only regular fighting force to make for an author. But would that not have made a blast of a story? And then there are some scenes in the story like the following where I just could ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book: the characters, the world-building, the writing, and overall storytelling. It pulled me in right away, and was easy to read. And by "easy to read" I mean effortless. I wasn't stumbling over clumsy sentences or getting bored, or forcing myself to finish. Conrad Mason has a smooth writing style, and he paints a clear enough picture so the story is easy to follow and get lost in.

A good comparison would be Tui T. Sutherland and the Wings of Fire series. They may be very
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for 10+ ages especially those who may have finished Harry Potter (or are not quite old enough for the last few books). Pirate adventure that will appeal to both sexes, with magic, goblins, fairies, elves, ogres, witches and many more creatures. Just the right level of scary scenes and action.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I quite liked as a children's book, but it was rather predictable. It had a good story, above average characters but none of it felt particularly new.

I do think that if Conrad Mason keeps developing as a writer that some of his more annoying tropes might be put better.
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very-well written an accessible adventure that should appeal to KS2 and Lower KS3 children, Mason's world of Fayt should be accessible to all,and familiar to readers of RL Stevenson and Terry Pratchett.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Watchmen of Port Fayt and cannot wait to read the other novels in the series(?).
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Not something bad. But not something special in any way.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 3+ star book. This book really reminded me of the Map to Everywhere series. Kids that like fantasy would like this book.
James Clare
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
It was okay, a bit predictive which is a shame. I don't want to read the sequel.
Helen Cooley
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable kids fantasy adventure story, with pirates, magic, goblins and a fearsome sea beast.

Likely to appeal if you enjoyed Harry Potter, it is a quick, light read for an adult.
Gareth Parry
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A good story which was entertaining without being anything original, familiar characters and situations but with some nice touches of humour.
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