the eighth court – mike shevdon

The Eighth Court

This is the fourth and last book in the ‘Courts of the Feyre’ series, and let’s face it, i wouldn’t have got this far if I didn’t love the series already.

Niall Peterson and Blackbird have come far since the first book.  Blackbird is setting up the eighth court as its leader, to ensure that all of the half-breed feyre can have a place that they can belong and call their own.

Niall has found his calling amongst the Warders, although the Warders as a group seem to be becoming more fragmented.  When Niall’s life is threatened, he starts hallucinating scenes from times long gone – but are they hallucinations, or are they memories..

The previous book, Strangeness & Charm centred very much on Alex and her coming of age, and her battle of conscience as she fully came into her powers.  In this book, she has come to terms with who and what she is, and the responsibility that comes with that, and is settling into family like with Blackbird, her father and her new baby half-brother as well as being forced to concentrate on just being a teenage girl!

So, all seems to be good for the people of the eighth court.

However, after Blackbird finally manages to find a home for them, they come to realise that all may not be quite as it seems, and they realise that some tough decisions are going to have to be made – and lives are going to be lost.

The story took a little while to get going this time, which was a little annoying as surely we had now had three books to build up the back story, and could have just jumped in with a little more happening.

I have to admit, I found Niall’s storyline in this book a little confusing and drawn out at times, but that aside, when the action started, it was wonderfully written and exciting.

Mike Shevdon has really got into the head of each of his main characters and made the reader really fall in love with them and care about their outcome – and it is due to this that the final scenes are so nail-biting.

Now, what comes next from Mike Shevdon?  I can’t wait to find out!


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