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House Immortal by Devon Monk
Series: House Immortal #1
Published by Roc on September 8, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
ICYMI is a post from my early days of blogging at Yummy Men & KickAss Chicks. You can see the original review here. This was one of my favorite books of that year. It is currently (surprisingly) in the Audible Romance package.
House Immortal is the first book in the new series by the same name by Devon Monk. Devon Monk is one of my favorite authors and she has proved it yet again here. She has a great urban fantasy voice. The world-building, characters and action are interesting. There is enough romance and humor to make it amazing. In fact there is very limited romance here so if I love it even without the strong romantic elements, something that is very important to me in a book, you know it’s really great.
Matilda (Tilly) Case has led a hidden life because of what has happened to her and her family. At the start, her parents have been dead ten years and her brother has been gone for three years. It is starting to feel like her brother, Quinton, is missing not just gone. And her grandmother seems to be missing a few bricks.
Tilly is strong and smart. She cares so much for her friends and her brother. Her life has been so isolated, hidden, and now the world is coming to her. She can’t hide any longer and has to make choices which affect not only her life but her friends and family’s lives. I like her SO much.
Abraham Seventh comes for Matilda. He is one of the 12 immortals in the story, called the galvanized. Tilly is the unknown galvanized, a new kind of immortal. The galvanized are an interesting bunch. I hope we learn more about them, beyond their debut here. We learn the most about Abraham, but not enough.
I also want a LOT more about Quinton and the grandmother. And a LOT more in general, the ending has a bit of a cliffhanger and I want the next book NOW. Titled Infinity Bell, it will be available March 3rd 2015.
The other main “character” is the Houses. They are the groups , each led by a powerful dictator of sorts, named by color. House Green is agriculture; House Blue is water; House White is Medical; House Gray is people and so on. They manage their resources and battle each other, politically and actually, to control as much as possible. They all want to control Tilly. House Brown is the House who wants to be off the grid and left alone. I can relate to House Brown. I hate politics, and the inevitable corruption, although it makes for fascinating reading.
I didn’t want to stop reading. House Immortal kept my interest every second. I worried about Matilda and Quinton and Abraham and grandmother and the sheep and even Oscar. I want to know so much MORE. I highly recommend this series and this author.
Giggle worthy quotes –
“We know. He’s a friend of our House. He sent you to that coffee shop so I could pick you up. We thought it was public enough no other House would make a move on you, and we thought it was crowded enough you wouldn’t do something stupid. Missed that by a moon.”
“I thought you said he was your friend.”
“Your friend split you open and nearly bled you out.”
“True. But he didn’t behead me, which I appreciate.”
“That is the lowest bar for friendship I’ve ever heard of.”