'We're the Demon's Watch, son. Protectors of Port Fayt. Scourge of all sea scum. Don't tell me you've never heard of us?'
Half-goblin boy Joseph Grubb lives in Fayt, a bustling trading port where elves, trolls, fairies and humans live side by side. Fed up of working at the Legless Mermaid tavern, Grubb dreams of escape - until a whirlwind encounter with a smuggler plunges him into Fayt's criminal underworld. There he meets the Demon's Watch and learns of their mission to save the port from a mysterious and deadly threat. Can Grubb and his new allies uncover the dark plot in time, or will they end up as fish food in Harry's Shark Pit?
A terrific debut novel from Conrad Mason plunges you into a fantastic fantasy world you won't want to leave Scribbler! Magazine
For young readers hungry for adventure and a touch of magic, The Demonís Watch will give hours of enjoyment. Definitely worth reading! Wright Reading blogspot
A swashbucking, magical, hilarious and scary adventure with quirky characters you can love, hate and wish you were friends with Liz BankesBrilliantly drawn, with wonderfully descriptive passages, and excitement and tension aplenty, this story cleverly intermingles the worlds of humans and mythical beings, so that its hardly seems like a fantasy novel at times Steve PirdThe School Librarian
The whole book is fast-paced and exciting from beginning to end, filled with tavern brawls, witches, wizards and even monstrous sea creatures . . . The writing is something akin to Terry Pratchettís style, with wonderful, crystal clear descriptions and great injections of humour throughout, making for an interesting read Mostly Reading YA
Mason is definitely one to watch . . . I eagerly anticipate the next installment Behind the Words
After the first chapter I was gripped . . . The pacey plot is filled with action that will entertain even reluctant readers. The plot is not predictable though and I enjoyed the unexpected twists that kept me guessing until the end Wright Reading
Cleverly written, there is a whole host of twists Tatty's Treasure Chest
Sparkling and energetic, it's full of wit and comic timing, with piratical idioms galore . . . I think this rip-roaring fantasy adventure is going to win a loyal - and thoroughly deserved - following The Bookbag
A great family read; it has some of the best pirate banter that you will find written with oodles of imagination, humour and wit . . . Conrad has created a fantastic start to an amazing adventure Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
Amid the swashbuckling and shoot-outs, the ethos and humour recall the straighter-faced Discworld books SFX
A very funny and very original story . . . Pirates, magic, amazing creatures and adventure, blend them into the mix and you come out with Demon's Watch, the perfect book for boys and anyone looking for a brilliant adventure Armadillo Magazine
This book is fantasy at its very best. A brilliant story, matched with amazing writing and characters you want to grab from the page and give a huge hug, makes a book that is just un-put-downable! Readaraptor
Mason's writing is lively and engaging, and his message of tolerance is a potent one Philip WomackLiterary Review
Readers hungry for a plot as labyrinthine as the streets of the old port, pell-mell action, with chapters left hanging from cliff, roof or mainmast, should much enjoy this headlong read. Rip-roaring excitement and energy, and none the worse for that Books for Keeps
This book really does offer something for everyone and should be enjoyed by all District YA
Conrad Masonís descriptions of life in Port Fayt, his humour and his turn of phrase make The Demonís Watch a complete joy to read Babbleabout
This is a great fantasy adventure as well as that rarest of things: a children's book that is a great read for both children and adults Nomad Books
A hugely entertaining and comic fantasy story that will have young readers enchanted. Conrad Mason has filled his story with characters to rival those in any of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels Book Zone For Boys
This exciting fantasy has well-rounded, likeable characters and a lively, twisting plot, yet it also tackles the issues of acceptance and prejudice Booktrust
Read it? Write a review and tell us what you thought of The Demon's Watch: Tales of Fayt, Book 1.
Claire Sunday 20th May
This debut novel from Conrad Mason reaches into the perspective of several characters, but primarily follows the story of Grubb, an orphan half-goblin raised by his racist uncle who escapes into an increasingly perilous world. I often have reservations about this technique, but I enjoyed the multidimensional quality and insights into characters' motives. It's like you're being given a private viewing behind the scenes of the story. Mason never gives too much away and you engage with each character's history as you gradually piece their intertwining storylines together. The story sometimes reads as a thriller or mystery. Mason succeeds in the art of drip feeding information and leaving you wanting more. As soon as you discover the truth, every passing detail or seemingly unimportant fact slots together in a satisfying discovery. One of my favourite things about this book is the humour. Some children's authors try too hard to inject humour into their stories and it falls flat. Not here. Mason's style is subtle and driven by the characters. Almost every character's inner thoughts got a laugh. Quips like ‘He's a podgy old soak, with a crazy left eye and not much use for baths,’ are the kind of phrases that make children's books universally enjoyable. But the thing that makes The Demon's Watch a good book, rather than an average one, is the delicate balance between light heartedness and serious suspense. Mason is definitely one to watch. A review of The Demon's Watch can't go without a mention of the ominous League of the Light. Though not an individual character, the League is so well developed it becomes its own entity. The faceless organisation looms over the relative peace of Port Fayt. Mason feeds rumours and passing statements about the League into the story, keeping it ever present in your mind. I eagerly anticipate the next instalment where I hope to discover more about this mysterious organisation.