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Infinity Bell: A House Immortal Novel Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 2015
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“A must read.”—Keri Arthur, New York Times bestselling author of Darkness Splintered
“Devon Monk rocks.”—Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Magic Breaks
“Beautifully written and brilliantly imagined.”—Rachel Vincent, New York Times bestselling author of Oath Bound
“Brilliantly and tightly written…will surprise, amuse, amaze, and absorb readers.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Devon Monk is the national bestselling author of two urban fantasy series, Allie Beckstrom (Magic for a Price; Magic Without Mercy) and Broken Magic (Stone Cold; Hell Bent), as well as the author of the Age of Steam steampunk series (Cold Copper; Tin Swift). When she's not writing, Devon knits silly things and lives in Oregon with her husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo.
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SEXUAL CONTENT Except for kissing all sexual content happens off page.
I both read and listened to this book. Audio version had some minor glitches. The written text had a few minor continuity error as to Ned and Grandma Case.
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I love time travel and alternate worlds. There isn't a lot of that in this book, but it's there. Wonderful. And I believe the next book will be even better. I love it when an author is willing to completely shake up the world she has built.
Devon Monk you have outdone yourself with this book. I loved it. Can't wait for the next one in this exciting series.
The characters continue to develop and the plot has more twists and turns than a game of snakes and ladders. By the time you get to the end of the book you will be ready to start over, but wait Devon understood that an that's what the next book will do.
Highly recommended reading for anyone who likes action adventure and twisted tails and characters. Go buy it now.
After the events of the previous book in the series, House Immortal, Matilda Case's newly discovered world off the farm is left in a state of upheaval with the galvanized being thought of as the new enemy. On the run with Neds Harris, Abraham Seventh, Quentin, and a new surprising ally, they've encountered an even bigger problem. The experiment that not only gave the galvanized life, but also brought about a rip in time, is coming to a head. The Wings of Mercury Experiment wants to mend the break in time, but not without drastic consequences. With the time healed, the galvanized would cease to exist and thousands of humans would die. If Quentin manages to find a way to travel back in time to Alvere Case and alter the formula's calculations, he has a chance to save the future-galvanized -- but not without risks. Best case scenario: go back in time, save the galvanized, including Tilly, and people die. Worst case scenario: leave time alone, galvanized die, and humans die. There are dire consequences either way, but one thing is for sure - altering time also alters history, something that Matilda and her crew aren't really prepared for. With the pending apocalypse and a price on all their heads thanks to all the Houses and Slater Orange, the situation(s) at hand seem to be a shade below impossible.
While I thought the first book in the series was fantastic, Infinity Bell completely blew that one out of the water. Surprising thing is, the pacing of book two was quite slow when compared to it's predecessor, but the storyline was so much better. Fraught with heavy choices, heavier consequences, decisions that all have fairly unpredictable and bleak outcomes, I had no clue how Monk was going to save her fictional, futuristic world. And the ending! oh, the ending! Monk has taken what we've grown to love, what fans of this new series have come to expect and utterly shattered it. It's back to square one and this has left me feeling completely uneasy for these characters that I've grown to adore.
I so loved the time-travel aspect that was incorporated into this storyline. Anyone familiar with all of the ideas and concepts and theories of time-travel knows that if time is altered, along with history, the world as we've known it is slowly rocked off its axis with every change, even the slightest. That particular concept came in play in Infinity Bell and I must say, that gave me quite a feeling of dread throughout the bulk of the story. Being a huge fan of Monk's Allie Beckstrom series, I am quite familiar with her style -- she doesn't do rainbows and sunshine. She does dark, depressing, grey, and she does it quite well. She also manages to import bits of humor and fills the darkness with such lovely, wonderful, loveable characters, and this new series is no exception. Having those bits of lightness, the characters and humor, woven into the story takes away some of the darkness, but not much, and that's what I love. Monk makes me feel and that to me is a hallmark of a good storyteller.
Bottom line -- I absolutely recommend this second installment of Monk's House Immortal series. While there is a tiny bit of familiarity taken from the classic Frankenstein story, this series is NOT a retelling. Instead, Devon Monk makes this completely her own, borrowing very slightly from the original concept, while peppering the story with nods to the original tale (Shelley dust, anyone?). The House Immortal series is a highly original, very fresh entry into the Urban Fantasy genre, and it's a series that has quickly grown to be one of my favorites.