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The Crowfield Curse

(Crowfield Abbey #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,841 ratings  ·  390 reviews
An angel is buried behind the abbey! It's 1347, and Will, an orphan boy, lives and works as an apprentice of the Crowfield monks. Sent into the forest to gather firewood, he stumbles across a trapped, wounded creature no bigger than a cat.The little goblin shares a terrible secret: Buried deep in the snow behind the monastery is an angel. But, Will wonders, how can an ange ...more
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Published 2010 by The Chicken House
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Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
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 in
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, own-read, favorites
There are tales of creatures who pass freely amongst the stars, who were ancient when the world was new. They have the dust of creation on their feet. They have many names. Angel is but one.

Yup, still as good as when I read it the first time.


Well, this book sure did take me by surprise.

I did not have big expectations when I started this novel. Even though the cover is absolutely beautiful, but the Goodreads rating was pretty low, so I expected to r
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, ya, fantasy, fiction
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
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Interesting mix of medieval monk life along with fairy/fey. A young orphan named William, who is a servant at an abbey, learns that he has the sight and everything he has known about the world changes.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nicky Schmidt
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
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.
Poll Poll Aryel
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy-sci-fi
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
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
Ysabelle F
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! And the only reason why I did not give it 5 stars, was because it had a very open ending. This book, I feel is very underrated. I haven’t met anyone of my friends who has read this yet, and so I wanted to rave about it. I really enjoyed reading this when I was younger. I never thought of getting into a fantastical, medieval, dark fiction middle grade book.

The only question I kept asking was what really happened at that time Will was orphaned. What happened there? What did it
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book I loved it and can't wait to read the next book in the series! ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
322 pages of amazing details and events..
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Holly Harker
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Tessa McMillan
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Ji Mei
I thought the concept was good and different. I'm really surprised that it's in the young kids section, because some things were killed and were described quite well, which I think some kids may find a little gross (but it wasn't so descriptive that it's PG-13 like LOTR movies). I have to say I've never loved stories that have the setting of the Dark Ages, but this one was decent. It's a good book, but I wouldn't say that I love it.

Update: I think I like it even more now!


It's really re
Beaulah Pragg
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Katie Brown
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Kaethe Douglas
What I liked: the medieval setting, the hob called Brother Walter, Brother Snail, the abbey's hardships, the accurate history, the faerie folklore.

What I didn't like: the near complete absence of females (including the fay), the muddled all-mythologies are true but there's still only one Creator theology.

I'd certainly be willing to try another book (this is pretty obviously the first in a planned series). When I picked it up I had no idea the whole Seelie/Unseelie court issue was going to come u
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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