Series: House Immortal #1
Published by Roc on September 2, 2014
Genres: Adult, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
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, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.
Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity
The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.…
Original and intriguing, HOUSE IMMORTAL falls closer to the science-fiction spectrum of books than urban fantasy. However, with the kickass heroine, powerful, near immortal beings, fun sidekicks, and original world, HOUSE IMMORTAL will definitely appeal to the standard urban fantasy reader.
The world of HOUSE IMMORTAL is complex and fascinating. Though lacking magic or vampires, there's still plenty of oddness to be found here - like a scarf that stops time, and a two-headed man. A lot of thought clearly went into building the world around the heroine, Matilda. Matilda herself is refreshing, a young "immortal" character, which we don't often see in urban fantasy. She's plucky, and impulsive, and not jaded about the world around her and though she's different, she just is who she is, she doesn't dwell on her specialness excessively. Plus, the other characters around her weren't cookie cutter or stereotypes. There was at least some depth to all of them, which added to my enjoyment.
The mystery of HOUSE IMMORTAL was multi-faceted and kept me reading eagerly. I can't wait to see where Monk takes it next, since there were so many aspects twisting and turning together which resulted in the best reveal at the end. It also wasn't predictable - I'm pretty sure I actually gasped out loud, I was so surprised.
My one complaint was with the very abbreviated romance plot line. It seemed to me like it was only put there to make the following events more shocking to the reader, and that isn't a reason for two characters to get together. I would have either appreciated more, or less, but it felt like an afterthought, not something that was being built toward.
With an ending that truly caught me by surprise (hard to do these days!) and a remarkably likable main character, I'm definitely on board for the next book in the House Immortal series, INFINITY BELL, which comes out next year.Series Titles:
- House Immortal
- Inifinity Bell
- Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
- Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk