House Immortal Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2014
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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace (September 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451467361
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451467362
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.93 x 6.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
Top reviews from other countries
Well this was cool - and different - and fun! The world is brilliant, so it's a shame that the ending let it down. I think probably the last 20%-ish felt a bit rushed and left me feeling dissatisfied. There was no real ending or resolution to..well...anything?! I know it's Book #1 in the series, but I would have liked a bit more explanation around certain points and all the action crammed into the final 10% or so felt a bit rushed, then suddenly it was the end, which all seemed rather abrupt. I was expecting at least some bits to be wrapped up in this one.
Definitely an interesting fantasy world though - I was sucked in from the start. Loved Matilda's character too - I kept picturing her as a bit like Kaylee, from the Firefly TV series. Same accent and a complete tomboy most of the time, but cute.
I wasn't really convinced about the romance angle if I'm honest - Abraham seemed a bit distant, so I wasn't really feeling it - hopefully that will develop further as the series goes on. All of the galvanized seemed a bit unknown. I wanted more info on each of these characters to truly get a feel for them, along with the heads of houses as they were fascinating as individuals and the various relationships between them. There's clearly a lot of plotting, power struggles & betrayal going on here, but unfortunately I didn't feel we got to see enough of any of the characters to really guess properly at what their real motivations and allegiances might be at this stage.
So great start to a series, loved the original world and the likeable characters, but a bit let down by that cliffhanger ending.
This is the first book in the series and consequently is heavy on world building and explaining the situation. The author, however, doesn't let that get in the way of good characterisation - and Tilly is an engaging, independent, intelligent and captivating character although I found the other galvanised people more difficult to like, even the possible love interest Abraham. The book is full of action too, from the first visit to the farm of those who are suspicious of Tilly all the way to an ending which resolves what is in this book but sets up a cliff-hanger to make you buy the next.
This book sounds complex but the author has created a fascinating new world with some unique features and she explains it well. When I was immersed in the story it all made excellent sense and I certainly didn't know how the book would develop - I am completely in the dark about what way the series will go, although I intend to find out. This is urban fantasy but set in an alternative but still recognisable present but it has some whimsical touches - I liked the sheep and the scarf of time especially.
An unusual fantasy novel which is fast paced and well written with an excellent main character. Highly recommended.
I can't wait for the next book.