This great book is released in the US today, and for all my friends over the other side of the pond, it's a fantastic read!! Mike takes the real place, a real ceremony and builds a wonderful, interesting and believable urban fairy story that is a real pleasure to read. But don't take my word for it ...
"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
"This book is magnificent in every way. Sixty-One Nails is a novel I will remember for a very long time. 5*****" - ScienceFictionandFantasy.co.uk
"I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes for something different in the urban fantasy genre." - Fantasy Book Critic
THERE IS A SECRET WAR GROWING BENEATH THE STREETS OF LONDON.
A dark magic will be unleashed by the Untainted...Unless a new hero can be found. The smarter, faster brother to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere has arrived.
The immense Sixty-One Nails (UK) follows Niall Petersen, victim of 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.
Mike's second book The Road to Bedlam is out tomorrow in the UK, and in the US on October 26 2010
The Road to Bedlam: "There's been an accident. It's your daughter." But Alex isn't dead. She's been snatched because she came into her magical power early. Her father, Niall Petersen, must use his own wayward magic to track her down and save her from the madness of Bedlam.
* Yes, we're friends, but no, we didn't copy each other! LOL! London and faeries! What more could you want? (oh, well, maybe vampires ... Mike doesn't have too many of those. *g*)
Picture - (c) Mark Cator from Keepers of the Kingdom: The Ancient Offices of Britain