Sixty-One Nails is the first in Shevdon's Courts of the Feyre series. In the book, Niall Petersen suffers a sudden heart attack in London's Underground and is saved by a mysterious woman who calls herself Blackbird. She reveals to him that his heart attack is the result of a targeted attack from one of the Untainted, members of the Seventh Court. See, the Feyre have been living amongst and mingling with humans for quite some time now. Feyre of the first six courts, that is. And Niall must have some Feyre blood in him to have become a target himself. But all of this is just the beginning and I don't want to give too much of it away!
Shevdon's blend of history and folklore creates a rich picture of a London that is both real and full of magic. The plot is quick and though the book is a little hefty, I finished it in all of two days (and that was with a movie break to watch all three parts of the Red Riding trilogy, too!).
The Courts of the Feyre is a world that I happily got lost in and can't wait to return to. Really and truly amazing stuff, folks. I just can't recommend this book highly enough. Fans of Gaiman's Neverwhere are going to love Mike Shevdon.