Published by Penguin, Roc on September 2, 2014
Genres: adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Source: eARC from Publisher
One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized....
Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world and the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments. But she didn’t mind being the only person in the world stitched up out of bits of other folk, even if it isn’t the natural way to be. In fact, she liked her quiet life on the farm with her father’s patchwork creatures, hidden from the powerful Houses that control the world’s resources.
That is, until Abraham Seventh shows up. Bleeding on her doorstep, he insists that there are enemies coming to kill them all. And curiously, he’s stitched together just like her.
As it turns out, Matilda is one of the thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together creatures that are immortal and unfathomably strong. And for a century, each House has fought for control over them. Now all the Houses are tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Matilda and her kind hold the key to the secrets behind unlocking eternity and immortality.
And to get these secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart. Piece by piece.
House Immortal is the first in Devon Monk’s new Urban Fantasy Series of the same name. Man, I loved this book. I really loved everything about it. There are interesting, well developed characters, a kick ass plot with more twists and turns that you can even guess, and incredible world building. This is world building done right. Sometimes I think I love the world building in urban Fantasy books the most because it combines more traditional city like we are used to with all the magic and creativity of fantasy books. Devon Monk does an incredible job with her landscape. I loved that we got little bits and pieces of the Galvanized’s history through the journal entry excerpts at the start of each chapter. That was a great way to work in some of the galvanized’s history.
There is still so much mystery surrounding the Galvanized, and I can’t wait to learn more about them and about what makes Matilda just a little different from them. The fact that she alone can make them feel things is fascinating to me. And their interaction with the houses is really interesting. Matilda is a great character as well. She is sharp and very inquisitive. She has no problem thinking for herself and questioning everything. Even I found myself doubting everyone. I had no idea who could be trusted.
The House system was well developed as well. There are so many houses and people that we are introduced to in this book, and surprisingly even the very minor characters that were only in a few scenes all had distinct personalities shine through. Devon Monk is a master story teller. There are so many things that I can’t wait to learn more about. What makes Matilda different? What is going on with the soil on her farm? What else is in the journal? Not to mention everything going on with the different heads of houses. Plus there were a ton of bombs and surprises dropped on us in the last 15% of the book. There is no way you will be able to predict everything that happens in House Immortal.
House Immortal is the start of what looks to be a fantastic series. The action just keeps on building and building, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. This one is going to top my Urban Fantasy charts, I just know it! If you are a fan of Devon Monk, of Urban Fantasy, of Magic or heck just of books- you need to check out House Immortal.
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