Sixty-One Nails / Mike Shevdon

Sixty-One Nails is Neverwhere for the next generation. The pacing is spot-on, the characters engaging, and the world fits together beautifully to create a London that ought to be. I stayed up too late finishing it.”
C.E. Murphy

“Mike Shevdon strikes sparks from the flinty core of English folklore, as a hero every reader can relate to finds he’s part of an incredible and scarily believable parallel realm. If you’ve been thinking urban fantasy has nothing fresh to offer, think again.”
Juliet E. McKenna

Sixty-One Nails (new-look cover) by Mike ShevdonThere is a secret war raging beneath the streets of London.

A dark magic will be unleashed by the Untained… Unless a new hero can be found.

Neverwhere‘s faster, smarter brother has arrived.

The immense SIXTY-ONE NAILS follows Niall Petersen, from a suspected heart attack on the London Underground, into the hidden world of the Feyre, an uncanny place of legend that lurks just beyond the surface of everyday life. The Untainted, the darkest of the Seven Courts, have made their play for power, and unless Niall can recreate the ritual of the Sixty-One Nails, their dark dominion will enslave all of the Feyre, and all of humankind too.

FILE UNDER: Urban Fantasy [ Hidden War / Ancient Legend / Secret History / Deadly Duel ]

Also Available: The Road to Bedlam

Praise and Reviews

“Mike Shevdon takes an interesting twist by linking the plot line with an ancient ceremony that is still taking place in current day London. I found this to be the highlight of Sixty-One Nails, as Shevdon seamlessly mingles the origins and traditional ceremony of the entire event and makes it a focal point of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes for something different in the urban fantasy genre.”
Fantasy Book Critic

“Mike Shevdon in this first novel gave me just what I need: main characters that I feel for, care about and could get invested in. Thanks for something new, sir, that has renewed my faith in modern fantasy. Oh, and he adds in some real London history here and there, and that is a great thing too. I can’t wait for the next book.”
Deadwood Reviews

“This book is magnificent in every way. The protagonist is a much more everyday Joe than many writers choose to portray – divorced father of one, with an ex-wife he clearly doesn’t get on with, Naill and his life are not perfect and it’s these imperfections that ground the story. Combine this some very well researched real-world locations and you get a very believable story that you can’t help but relate to. Sixty One Nails is a novel I will remember for a very long time. 5*****”
Science Fiction & Fantasy

“Something that i loved about the book is the amount of detail Mike placed in it. Through your journey you encounter all the myths and superstitions that make tales of the fey so memorable. None of this new age stuff… The characters in the book are completely lovable. Right from the start you grow close to Niall, aka Rabbit, and Blackbird… This is definitely a must read for me and one of my top books of the year… Well done Mike, I can’t wait for the next one, Road to Bedlam.”
Realms and Galaxies

“What if Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy novels were less dull? You might get something like this.”

“Here is the very best of urban fantasy… A highly-believable page-turner of a quest.”
Aurealis Magazine

“I came away from this read feeling like I’d taken a stroll through Mike Shevdon’s imagination. Is this bad? Not at all, because it’s a great place to visit and poke around.”

“I really didn’t think it would really hold to its own and become something unique. I thought it would remain under the Gaiman shadow for the whole novel… I thought this one would die a slow death toward the end… By the end of the novel, I was hanging onto the pages, drawing every last scene out as though I were sucking it out through a straw. I really did enjoy the ride.”
Lateral Books

“If you’re looking for something in the UF Genre for someone special in your life or if you’re just wanting something that’s pretty unique and mind blowing then you just have to buy this book… The second novel in the series is out next year but take a tip from me. Get this now before the hype hits.”
Falcata Times

“Once I started this book I could barely put it down, wanting to know how certain threats would be dealt with and solved. There are no weak spots, and the action kept moving at a good pace. I really enjoyed reading this book. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to delve into a different look at urban fantasy.”
Barbara Martin

“I was hooked and I’m very much looking forward to reading the next volume in the sequence when it appears. If you’re a fan of UF – or even if you’re not – I’d recommend this book.”

“Shevdon does a lovely job of imbuing the setting with its own unique identity.”
The Green Man Review

“Shevdon’s prose is elegant and simple and winds up being invisible. We notice the story, not the writer. And that’s a rare and pretty fantastic thing.”
Kate of Mind

“This book is an enthralling and uplifting read that shows painstaking attention to detail and a love of British folklore. I enjoyed it and will read The Road to Bedlam soon.”
Tony’s Views

Mike Shevdon
Urban Fantasy
Cover: John Coulthart

1 November 2009
528pp A-format paperback
£7.99 UK $tbc Aus
ISBN – 9780857662385

September 2010
528pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 9780857662385

Sept 2010
£5.49 / $5.99
ePub ISBN 978 0 85766 029 9

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