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In a German town, long ago, lives a tooth-puller's boy called Klaus. It isn't Klaus's fault that he sees his master steal a diamond from the mouth of a dead man in Frau Drecht's lodging house, or that Frau Drecht and her murderous son want it for themselves.He has nothing to do with the Jesuit priest and his Aztec companion who turn up out of the blue looking for it, or thIn a German town, long ago, lives a tooth-puller's boy called Klaus. It isn't Klaus's fault that he sees his master steal a diamond from the mouth of a dead man in Frau Drecht's lodging house, or that Frau Drecht and her murderous son want it for themselves.He has nothing to do with the Jesuit priest and his Aztec companion who turn up out of the blue looking for it, or the Professor of Anatomy who takes such a strange interest in it. No, Klaus doesn't want any trouble.But when he finds himself with the diamond in his pocket, things really can't get much worse - that is, until the feathered man appears. Then they become a matter of life . . . and death....

Title : The Feathered Man
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ISBN : 9780385613590
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 360 Pages
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The Feathered Man Reviews

  • Stefan Bachmann
    2019-05-28 06:36

    Ok, this book *looks* like a kids book, but... it's not really. It's dark and grim and violent in a not-at-all storybook way, and I actually had to set it down once because it was getting so FREAKISHLY SCARY. Which of course means that the writing is really fantastic. It is. I loved the dense, claustrophobic atmosphere of the city. The titular feathered man is one of the creepiest story inventions ever. There are a lot of characters, but their stories and motivations intertwine seamlessly. I'll definitely be recommending this to all my sinister-historical-fantasy-reading friends. Just not to my little brother.

  • Serendipity Reviews
    2019-06-02 07:43

    This really is a rather dark and disturbing tale that starts off quite innocently. The story is told in third person and you find yourself privy to the minds of many unusual characters who all have an important part to play in the unravelling of this tale. I found this book thrilling in parts and strange in others. The concept of the Feathered Man was rather frightening, yet compelling at times. When the creature first appeared, the description turned my stomach. He now sits at number two in my Top Ten of scary characters, pipped to the number one spot by Chucky...need I say more? The book is very plot driven and at times I found myself questioning which character was actually being followed. I did find a few too many characters whose name began with the letter K, a tiny bit confusing at times. I also struggled a little to feel any empathy towards the characters with the constant change of narrator. This book is very gory at times, reminding me of books such by Marcus Sedgewick and Cliff McNish and would definitely appeal to the older YA readers with a love of horror.On reading further around the book, I found myself intrigued by the philosophy behind the story - the author mentioned Vitalism in his post for me here, which I found an intriguing subject to read more about. The way I can only define it is the search for the soul after death. The book is looking to present a fictional theory concerning what might happen when your body stops living - what happens to your soul upon death. The author's representation of the after life is rather ghoulish and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't end up there.On the whole, this is a thought provoking tale full of dark shadows and nerve-wracking moments. A helter skelter ride from the slightly scary to the terrifying. Not to be read alone...more reviews at

  • Lyndsey O'Halloran
    2019-06-01 07:42

    Told in third person, Jeremy De Quidt gives readers the chance to get to know all characters involved in this story. Although we start off by meeting Klaus and Kusselmann, there are plenty of other interesting characters who are introduced along the way. Klaus was an unfortunate young boy and not having a home meant he had to work for Kusselmann, who was the local teeth puller. Kusselmann, exceptional at his trade, is known to everyone in town and is always on the lookout for some good teeth. However, when Frau Drecht calls him over to pull the teeth of a recently deceased man, he finds that they aren’t normal teeth at all – hidden inside is a diamond. Here is where the story begins to get really exciting and weird. By stealing the diamond, Kusselmann and Klaus’ lives change forever and they soon find that there are plenty of other people who want this particular diamond. Here begins the adventure of hiding the diamond and for Klaus, staying away from the others who want it. I really liked Klaus as a character because he was so misfortunate and I wanted things to get better for him. He didn’t really understand what was going on and all he was really looking for was a break in life which he thought the diamond would give him. It takes some time for the book to hit the religious aspects of the plot but I enjoyed the way this unfolded. There is plenty of mystery surrounding the diamond and what it is really for. Due to the slow building plot in regards to this, it all becomes really exciting and intriguing. As well as Frau Drecht, a Priest and a Professor are after the diamond and slowly, they explain what it is for and why they want it. Although The Feathered Man is set in an older time in Germany, references go way back to times long before this and the history behind the diamond was exciting to learn. De Quidt gets the pacing spot on. With a slow build up to and thrilling ending, there is everything in this book to keep you hooked. There are characters that you cannot help but hope do well and characters that you really want to disappear. Along with a story that made my skin crawl at times, there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot which will keep you guessing and holding your breath. I have Jeremy De Quidt’s other book, The Toymaker, sat on a shelf unread somewhere else so I think it’s about time that I found it and gave it a go after liking this book so much. The Feathered Man was everything that I could want in a creepy book!

  • Dave Morris
    2019-06-19 06:39

    It’s a kids’ book, so not really about the emotional depth – but what a kids’ book. Right from the opening line, “The window of Kusselmann’s shop was full of teeth,” you’re taken into a Grimm-like world of slimy streets, biting cold, gnawing poverty and uncompromising threat. For most of the story there are no signs of this being a fantasy, so when fantastic elements rush in they are just as shocking to the reader as to the characters. The central concept is like something out of the mind of Guillermo del Toro (ie so viscerally creepy you can taste it) and that fantasy I spoke of is genuinely unusual – simultaneously terrifying and wondrous. My only criticism is that the narration keeps so many characters in play, and those observed with a faintly ironic authorial tone, that we never connect fully to any of them. In fact, my pick of protagonist met a sudden and sticky end. But that’s a quibble given that the whole is such an original and inspired addition to the dark fantasy genre.

  • TheBookAddictedGirl
    2019-06-10 02:27

    "Too much curiosity is a killing thing…”Herr Kusselmann is a tooth puller. He takes teeth from dead people and places them in the mouths of the living. Klaus is his servant, chosen for his beautiful white teeth. Kindness is not the reason the street boy was hired. Kusselmann has a violent motive, obviously. I mean, why does a street rat need teeth so white?But more about that later. Our story really begins in a loft - Frau Drechts' loft, to be precise. It's there Klaus sees his master pull a diamond from a dead man's tooth. Kusselmann doesn't tell Frau Drechts. That's a mistake. The one thing you should never, ever do is cross Frau Drechts - and her terrifying, murderous son. But they aren't the only ones after the diamond. The diamond Klaus finds in his possession. Yes, it all looks pretty dire. But, oh, it gets so much worse when the feathered man enters the equation... I do love a good spooktastic book and The Feathered Man was so awesomely spooky! I was just like instantly hooked! It was so brilliantly gruesome and utterly addictive. I'm a pretty seasoned horror-creepy movie watcher and book reader, but even I found this one disturbing! Probably not one to read in the middle of the night when it's raining. You might be a wee by freaked out. Just a warning! But young and old teens alike will adore this deliciously dark and chilling book!The characters were all very, very strong. Some I liked. Some I didn't. Some scared md to death. But all were very strong. I did get a wee bit confused about which name was which minor character at times but it didn't affect my read much. Nor did the fact that there were like four or five characters with names starting with 'K' - it wasn't real hard to keep track of them, surprisingly, even though I know others have had problems with that. The main ‘K’ was Klaus, who had had a really, really hard life, poor kid. He was quick, street smart and brave. Liesel also had a really, really hard life. She was caring, though, smart and determined. And I really liked Marcus – Herr Assistant – because he was curious, did good sleuthing and was caring. Karolus, on the other hand, scared the heebie jeebies outta me. And the priest dude was creepy too. Or maybe that was just that creepy, blood eating little monkey... Shudder. And Frau Drechts was just horrid - I really hated her! She was just a despicable human being. Basically, I either liked or was creeped out by the characters. And the monkey. Ugh…The writing was very beautiful and super creepy. It was all in third person, which meant less personal, but multiple characters to follow: yay! De Quidt's visualisation was intense and amazing. But the perspectives jumped a lot – we could have two, maybe more, POVs in a single paragraph. It didn't bother me overly but it might be confusing. I loved his repetition of: "Sometimes, you see, there just isn't a choice" which was a real moral and thought provoking aspect of the story. And the plot, thanks to multiple characters to follow, was full of suspense: yay! It was totally gripping. It was also really weird, very bizarre and dreamlike. It was very much a suspenseful mystery for most of the book, but near the end... My God, it was just... um... Whoa. I barely have words for what it was. Fast paced, terrifying, so freaking additive it was untrue. And I had no idea how it could possibly end. The end, btw? Stunning. And the setting was very much gothic Victorian – very atmospheric and creepy. You get that real Dickens-style of living. You know: even when our lead kids wanted to do the right thing there was always that feeling that they needed to look out for themselves first because they knew no one else would. I also loved how the streets of Germany blended with the dreamlike exotic jungle. It was amazing. I should point out that there's quite a bit of gory stuff. Ok, quite a lot gory. And scary, disturbing stuff too. So, not for the little ones, but early teens will love it. We all know how the kids love the horror! But the parents get something, y'know, besides the scary. Now, it took a while to become evident, but there was a real philosophical feel to the book. About faith and proof and religions. About what happens when we die. About whether the religion we believe in is the 'true' one, even though it is the one we believe. Heavy stuff. But de Quidt managed to write it all in in a way that was light as a feather (forgive the pun) even when it managed to wriggle its way into my head and just stick there, making me really think. The Feathered Man was an amazing, deeply disturbing, addictive book, one that had me hooked start to finish. Even though I was thoroughly creeped out of my head, I stated up very, very late to finish it. Needless to say, my dreams were deeply disturbing that night. But it was worth it. It was one heck of a book, totally twisted and totally addictive. I can't wait for my next de Quidt!

  • Lily
    2019-06-12 09:36

    [Some minor undetailed spoilers?]This book is pretty badly marketed as a children's book, with huge font and a humorous-toned blurb that really doesn't fit the tone or context of the story at all. I picked it up in the 9-12 section of Waterstones, but this book really isn't for children so young - this is a young adult book for various reasons, despite the author's style and its marketing There's child abuse that more borders torture, and also the heavily implied rape of a child, among other things. The grisly details (especially the rape) often feel very unnecessary, especially as none of these themes serve any purpose than to fuel the plot or garner sympathy for practically depthless characters. This book wasn't at all what I was expecting from the blurb - there was no humour, no snarky narrative voice, and so many of the really interesting concepts, ideas, and characters in this book are flattened by the constraints of the plot and are never explored in any depth.However, the descriptive writing is good and it's very easy to imagine what's going on, the pace is always fast with events and characters' movements all very well connected for constant tension (though sometimes this also felt contrived) but I couldn't let go of the disappointment that such cool ideas had been wasted for this perceived darkness. Yes, the book is dark because of the awful abuse its child characters are inflicted with, but unnecessarily so - if this story had been written in a style that more suited the tone, had been allowed to grow through well-developed and depthful characters, and aimed at the right age group, then I think it could have had the potential to be truly chilling and dark for the right reasons rather than banal sympathy/plot pushing.It is also however written very haphazardly and in a way that more suits the children's age band, despite how very not-a-children's book it is. We never stay in one character's POV long enough to really get to know them as POVs change every few paragraphs in some cases, which is distracting and annoying. This book is incredibly plot-driven and characters are very caricature-ish and lack any real depth. There are some characters which seem so brilliantly inspired but were never allowed to move on from that initial inspiration or gain any depth of personality. I didn't feel I really got to know Klaus as a person beyond his immediate circumstances, and while Liesel was better characterised, so much of that was just pity through the awful ways she is treated. Markus was probably the most consistent in POV, with the least interruptions from other random POVs, but he still felt like a pawn on a chess board rather than a real person. POV should have been better controlled and more limited - it's not really necessary to know what a character we'll never see again is thinking, even if they don't like your central character or are lying/sneaking around. If it's essential for us to know right then, then imply it in their dialogue/actions.The ending was also very sudden and disappointing, as though the author hadn't really figured out a way to end it properly. Everything ame to a climactic tumult of actions and then simmered in the space of a couple pages into nothing. The Epilogue felt rather Jumanji-esk, and I predict there may be a sequel? However, I doubt I will read it.

  • Hannah
    2019-06-21 10:23

    The Feathered Man features some very strong characters, some of whom are very cruel and heartless. Particularly Frau Drecht who uses children as free labour and has an unusually high number of deaths in her boarding house. I loathed this woman and really wanted her to get her just desserts. In comparison, the two young children, Klaus and Liesel, were so innocent, naive and vulnerable. Because of this they ended up constantly on the run and all I wanted was for them to find safety and hope. My heart went out to them both because they had no parents or anyone to look out for them, and sorely needed someone to give them a hug, food and a warm bed. But in the poverty stricken German setting, safety and love were very hard to find.The setting very much reminded me of Victorian London, due to the historical timing as well as the stark contrast between those with money and education and the poor struggling just to survive. There were also a fair few gruesome acts in the story from murder, torture and maltreatment which gave the town a very dark and sinister underbelly. This poverty meant that Klaus and Liesel were forced to work for horrible adults just to survive, and when they were both in danger (which was quite often!) I was wracked with fear for them. The plot also took a number of sharp twists and turns, and there was plenty of intrigue when new characters were introduced and I tried to figure out how hey might fit into the puzzle.A huge part of the plot links to the spiritual and what happens after death. I’m not sure I completely understand the other world. In fact, if that’s what it is like afterwards, I’m not sure I want to know. And yet, the desire to know what lies beyond drove several of the characters to commit heinous acts of violence and murder. I did like that this spiritual element was balanced against the exploration of the physical through anatomy, and that the anatomists were intrigued in life after death despite having a scientific background. The Feathered Man is a dark and chilling tale of human nature and what happens when our curiosity about death exceeds the value of life.

  • Carly
    2019-06-01 06:29

    -Where does life go when you have breathed your last?The Feathered Man is yet again another extraordinary instalment from Jeremy De Quidt! While I didn't enjoy it as much as The Toymaker I still think it is a bone chillingly brilliant book. I can promise that you will never have read anything like this before, it is so imaginatively different that you will be gobsmacked at the intriguing storyline and you really will remember it for a long time to come. Quidt's writing style is fantastic, it hooks the reader from the off and the wonderful descriptors are richly vivid! The only thing for me was the pacing, I found that the book dragged a little in the middle and became a little repetitive in places. But all in all this is an all round great read that will give you plenty of chills and thrills throughout.Klaus is a tooth pullers boy, who was living on the streets before the tooth puller took him in. When he goes along with his boss on a job an witnesses him take a diamond out of a deceased mans mouth, Klaus' life becomes lets just say - very dangerous indeed.Turns out everyone is after the diamond and they will stop at nothing to get their greedy paws on it. Poor Klaus ends up with the diamond and doesn't know what to do but run. But things take a sinister turn when the dreaded Feathered Man makes an appearance and things become a life and death situation....The ending is fantastic and leaves off giving the reader something to think about.This exciting storyline is full of danger, murder, intrigue and ancient curses that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more works from the author in the future.

  • Samantha-Ellen Bound
    2019-05-30 07:27

    Jeremy de Quidt's first children's novel, The Toymaker, blew me away when I first read it and quickly became one of my favourite children's books ever. The Feathered Man is much of the same - beautiful writing, mature ideas, grim and gritty action, memorable characters and an adventure story that rarely takes a breath for the whole length of the book.I really enjoyed it; the only thing is the book is in that in-between stage of 'is it for teens or kids'? As an adventure story it's perfect, because I think it would completely suck kids in. The two lead characters, Klaus and Liesel, are compelling and easy to cheer on. De Quidt's pacing, his plot twists, the thrills and chills, and all his strange and wonderful characters are enthralling. But it is dark. A lot of the characters meet grizzly and often unfair deaths, and the writing is genuinely scary. I think many of the concepts about the after-life and the quasi-reality world Klaus slips into will also go over kid's heads.Full review at:

  • Sasha
    2019-06-18 09:49

    I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to: It's a bit to violent for anyone under the age of about 12. The graphic descriptions of teeth being pulled had me wincing a few times, along with the violence toward both of the juvenile protagonists. There are various murders and supernatural / religious themes. There is also the extremely ambiguous ending. I'm just not sold on this being 9-12 readership that Neilsen's Book Data suggests.Though it probably is an accurate view of how orphan children were treated in times past - very Oliver Twist.

  • Anthony Burt
    2019-06-16 04:25

    The Feathered Man feels as if it should be a good book, but it isn't really. I gave up after 50 pages because the tone and voice of the writing was strangely inaccessible and ultimately shallow. In fact, I could see exactly how the author had envisioned the characters and stories, but it just didn't come across to me in meaningful fashion. Everything remained "on the surface".Sorry Jeremy De Quidt, but I didn't really like this.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-27 09:47

    Warning, this is certainly not a children's book!But it is utterly captivating, dark, and beautifully written.The character of The Feathered Man is perhaps one of the most sinister fictional characters I have ever read and whilst this book doesn't promise rainbows and unicorns it certainly delivers in mystery, intrigue and the fear factor.Highly recommend for any lovers of fantasy who appreciate a good old monster!!

  • Katherine Humphrey
    2019-06-12 08:32

    Picked this up randomly in the library. Honestly, I'm glad I did. The pace was fast and the idea, as far as I care, original. It's darker, much darker than I thought it would be, with twists the whole way. Once I got started, I found it difficult to stop - the story doesn't really give you time to slow down. Also, there is no romantic subplot! I get massively frustrated at the amount of boy/girl gets boy/ girl, so this made it, for me, a much more enjoyable read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-28 07:24

    The book was an excellent read. I read it as part of our carnegie reading in school and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a bit of a confusing plotline but once you get your head round it, it's a very enjoyable, albeit gory in some parts, story. I think the ending will shock readers, as it isn't what you'd expect. Overall, good book!

  • Petra Be
    2019-06-19 07:27

    Definitely not a kids' book. Very dark and disturbing. A very unusual story, absorbing and scary.

  • Raimy
    2019-06-21 08:32


  • John Fulton
    2019-06-09 03:28

    A dark, disturbing, and gruesome tale - genuinely unsettling in places.

  • Lux Doesn't Use Goodreads Anymore
    2019-06-07 06:44

    I would have loved if this were scarier but regardless, a great, grimy Victorian fantasy. I look forward to reading The Toymaker.

  • J.S. Reedholm
    2019-05-26 02:35

    Interesting, fun, but not a page turner. A good read.