The Road to Bedlam / 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

The Road to Bedlam (new-look cover)“There’s been an accident. It’s your daughter.” These are the words no parent ever wants to hear.

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 social call.

As the new Warder of the Seven Courts he will be forced to choose between love and honour, duty and responsibility.

Those choices will lead him to discover dark secrets at the core of the realm, where the people in power have their own designs.

FILE UNDER: Urban Fantasy [ Undying Madness / Insane Magic / Secret Realities / Stolen Children ]

Also Available: Sixty-One Nails

“The Road to Bedlam is a rich, detailed and impressive sequel to one of the best novels of 2009 with a gripping plot, superb characterisation and is such an effortless joy to read. If you have read Sixty One Nails you just have to get this, and for those of you who haven’t read Sixty One Nails, what are you waiting for, buy them both! 5*****
SciFi & Fantasy Books

“Sixty One Nails caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect to be so won over by it. As I said earlier it was purchased on impulse and was from an unknown author. With The Road to Bedlam I expected something great and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s fantastic to see an author finding his stride and start to really flex his creative muscles. I’ll certainly be buying book 3. I’m already looking forward to it.”
- The Eloquent Page

“The biggest thing that’s wrong with it is that it’s one of those books that are hard to put down and I now really, really need a good night’s sleep. For which I blame the author, of course.”
Gillian Polack

“The Road to Bedlam is a rich, detailed and impressive sequel to one of the best novels of 2009 with a gripping plot, superb characterisation and is such an effortless joy to read. If you have read Sixty One Nails you just have to get this, and for those of you who haven’t read Sixty One Nails, what are you waiting for, buy them both!
5*****
SFBook.com

More praise for Sixty-One Nails
“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.”
- NotFreeSF

“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.”
- Examiner.com

“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

THE ROAD TO BEDLAM
Mike Shevdon
Urban Fantasy
Cover: Argh! Nottingham

UK/Australia
September 2010
480pp A-format paperback
£7.99 UK $tbc Aus
ISBN 9780857662392

US/Canada
November 2010
480pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 9780857662392

eBook
July 2010
£5.49
ePub ISBN 9780857660626