Thursday, 7 June 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Courts of Feyre III: Strangeness and Charm - Mike Shevdon

Release Date: 07/06/12


The Courts of the Feyre, Vol III

Alex has been saved from the fate that awaited her in Bedlam, but in freeing her, Niall has released others of their kind into the population. Now, as Warder, he must find them and persuade them to swap their new-found liberty for security in the courts – but is the price of sanctuary to swap one cage for another?


Since it leaped onto my Door Mat, I’ve been a huge fan of Mike Shevdon’s Courts of the Feyre series. I’ve loved the way that the characters have changed over time, how personal relationships have bloomed and also how other minor cast members have worked with the main. Its ideal, it has the double dealing of political machinations with the author blending old ceremonies with the worlds of magic and fey into a modern amalgamation that is purely British.

Add to this an author who knows how to lull you into a false sense of security, one who knows how to twist the reader emotionally as well as allowing the world to expand and you know that he’s setting it all up for something huge. All in, this wonderful series is more than worth the readers time as different types of fey and half human’s work to create something unique that no other author has tried to date. It’s fresh, it is spectacular and if you’re looking for a UK author to lead the way, then this is the man for you. The only downside that I’ve found with this series is that if you’re new to it, you have to start with book one. That said, its not a downside, it’s a pure reading pleasure.


Natalie Westgate said...

I am new to it so I'll take your advice and start with book one. One question though, what is that word "Feyre"? Is it fairy/faery just spelled weirdly? My brain doesn't know how to pronounce it lol!

Mike Shevdon said...

HI Natalie, perhaps I could answer your question by referring you to an article I wrote for The Qwillery, another fine book blog, which explains the origin of the term:

Hope that's okay.