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House Immortal Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2014
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Praise for the novels of Devon Monk
“A must read.”—New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur
“The action is superb, the stakes are sky-high, and the passion runs wild...Devon Monk rocks—her unique setting and powerful characters aren’t to be missed!”—New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews
“Beautifully written and brilliantly imagined.”—New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent
“Loved it. Fiendishly original and a stay-up-all-night read. We’re going to be hearing a lot more of Devon Monk.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs
“Powerful and action-packed, Monk’s pacing is hypnotic.…Keenly crafted characters and a deftly depicted landscape make this an absolute must read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Devon Monk is a national bestselling author of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic, Shame and Terric, and the Age of Steam steampunk series. She also writes the occasional short story which can be found in various anthologies and in her collection: A Cup of Normal. She also knits silly things and lives in Oregon.
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Relying on other people was, for the most part, a bad strategy, as absolutely EVERYONE in the book is lying about who they are or what they want. At a certain point, it just becomes exhausting. Yes, you need deception to create intrigue, but making everyone be deceptive makes it so that its expected, lessening the mystery. It got to the point that I wanted to scream whenever someone pulled the, "I'm going to issue you commands / requests without any explanation while expecting blind obedience and / or trust" line of thought. Sigh. The premise of the book was so promising, and then the author just stumbled around as if unsure what to do with it.
That's only a sampling of the many plots brought up and left dangling. It was so frustrating I wanted to scream. If I'd known the last book would be this bad I never would have read the first two!
"The way I saw it, a girl needed three things to start a day right: a hot cup of tea, a sturdy pair of boots, and for the feral beast to die the first time she stabbed it in the brain."
After that we find out that something in the ground (nano) is presumed to mutate animals like the crocboar our heroine Matilda is currently trying to kill, it's causally mentioned that said feral beast makes for excellent "dragon chow," and the farmhand first known as "Neds" quickly becomes Left Ned and Right Ned (b/c Neds has two heads).
And yet . . . so captivating.
Matilda Case is a Frankenstein-esque creation of her father's, a scientist of great renown (or notoriety depending on who you ask), but unlike the monster in Shelley's Frankenstein, Matilda is . . . at least partially . . . truly her father's daughter.
You see, when Matilda was a child, she became very sick and almost died, but her brother somehow managed to transfer her consciousness into the body of a "stiched" person.
There are twelve other "stitched" people in Matilda's world known as the galvanized. They are immortal. They do not age, they feel no pain, and they cannot be killed unless you irreversibly scramble their brains.
They're basically sentient zombies.
They're owned and employed by the eleven houses that control various essential resources (and the WORLD) . . . and to the general population they are . . . celebrities.
FUN FACT---If you google the word "galvanize," the definition you'll get is:
1. shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action.
The world-building in this book was amazing.
It's important that I firmly establish how spectacular the world Monk created in this new series, before I go on to say that by the time I finished House Immortal, I had so many unanswered questions that it took all of my self-restraint to not find her and give her a shakedown (YES, a shakedown) for the next book.
The premise was equally great.
I don't want to share too much for fear of giving something away, but suffice it to say that the hints Monk drops with just enough frequency to keep us chewing our fingernails rather than throwing things (like books and/or temper tantrums) are well worth the frustration when you finally get to the fist-pounding euphoria of knowing you were right all along (and I so was).
What comes now?
We'll have to wait until book 2, Infinity Bell, hits bookstores in March to find out. And you'd better believe I will be counting down the days.
Until then, House Immortal by Devon Monk tosses you headfirst into a brave new world of mutated creatures and people, all controlled by Houses grasping for power and . . . immortality. From two-headed farmhands to tiny, fruit-loving octopuses that live in trees (and yes, are kind of cute), I can promise that you have not read anything like this modern parade of human oddities and the result of scientific experiments gone horribly awry. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for not-your-ordinary heroine, or not-your-ordinary anything, really. Strange is good.