Sixty-One Nails is a nice introduction to a new series, The Courts of Feyre. This opening book is set primarily in modern-day London with a likable e..Show More »veryman protagonist who suffers through the world's toughest midlife crisis. Sixty-One Nails blends the tropes of urban fantasy with old-school folklore about the Fey and Feyre (how many ways can you spell Fairy - let me count the authors) and mixes in some fascinating English history to create a unique fantasy adventure. The plot is fast paced with a lot of action, but not a lot of violence. The city of London, the surrounding countryside, and the rich English history are all used quite effectively to set the tone and to drive the plot. The writing is strong with a lot of evocative language to build great mental pictures to enhance the story.
Much of this first book is really about Niall Petersen (Rabbit), a middle-aged Joe Blow coming to terms with who he really is and what he will really do with the rest of his longer than expected life wrapped up in a truly engaging plot and the evolution of this central character is interesting and believable within the fantasy context. There is a romantic thread in this first book which does not factor much until the end of the book, but unfortunately, I think it may be a bigger part of the rest of the series. I say unfortunately because I really enjoyed listening to Rabbit's evolving relationship with his mysterious mentor much more than I enjoyed the more trite romantic relationship with the less mysterious and less powerful girlfriend.
Nigel Carrington is very pleasant to listen to and his voice seems to be a good fit for both the style and setting of the book.
With some reservations about the romance introduced at the end of Sixty-One Nails, I intend to continue with this adventure now that Audible has added two more in the series. Most readers of Urban Fantasy will like this new twist to the genre - recommended.
Would probably read another book, but not from this series. The first book was great, well written, well read and almost believable. Volume 2 howeve..Show More »r, gradually descended into a nonsense plot - even though the writing quality and the reader remained excellent.
I very much enjoyed the first two books in this series. This book contained too much whiny dialog by most of the characters. At one point or another, ..Show More »each character has a whiny exchange with another character. Blackbird loses her edge and becomes a jealous whiny new mom, Alex is a one dimensional whiny teen, and even our hero, Niles, whines throughout! I'm hoping the author got all the whining out of his system with this book. If the next one is a whine fest I won't be able to finish it.
I was disappointed in book 3 but this book made up for it. Gone (almost) is the whiny dialog. We return to interesting characters in a great story. Th..Show More »e ending was unexpected, though not a surprise. As usual, Nigel Carrington did a superb job. Each character has his or her own voice and none are annoying. I'm looking forward to the next one!