I’m a big fan of Devon Monk’s writing ever since I read the first novel in the Allison Beckstrom series. Needless to say I was over the moon when I discovered that she wrote another Urban Fantasy series called House Immortal :).
The cover for this book was made by one of my favourite artists: Gene Mollica. His artwork is so beautiful and is a perfect fit for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books. Just look at it (#drools)!
But enough about the cover, let’s talk about the story! What’s this book about?
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 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…
That description alone should be enough to make you want to read this novel, but if you’re not convinced yet, let me try to change your mind ;).
Devon Monk is a brilliant world-builder. This novel is set in the future (somewhere around the 2200’s) and the world has been divided amongst eleven Houses that all have power over a certain commodity or raw material. For example: House Yellow has dominion over electricity and technology, House Gray controls manpower, and House Green regulates farming and dispersal of food. All the separate nationstates of our world have disappeared making the Houses global rulers. Added to this is the mystery of the immortal galvanized. Twelve people that have survived an experiment with timetravel that has gone terribly wrong. These people may have immortality and super strength, but they are also stitched together with thread (otherwise their bodies would fall apart) and enslaved to the ruling Houses.
In this intriguing world Matilda tries to make a living on her parent’s farm. Tilly was born normal, but due to a childhood disease and a father and brother that are highly intelligent and accomplished scientists her soul was transferred out of her dying body and into the body of a forgotten galvanized that never woke up after the accident with the timemachine. But Tilly doesn’t know this last part, she just thinks that her father and brother made a new body for her. Tilly is one of those characters that creep under your skin and make you feel as if you’re part of the story. She is a tough, kind, hard-working, somewhat lonely, but loveable girl.
Then there is Abraham Seventh, one of the twelve original galvanized. An honorable, mysterious, and sexy man. One day he shows up at Tilly’s farm, wounded and with a warning that the Houses are coming to take Tilly away. This is the beginning of a dangerous series of adventures that will lead both Tilly and Abraham into a trap set by a ruthless leader of one of the Houses. Both will have to fight for their lives and everything they care about. Complicating matters further are the feelings that develop between Matilda and Abraham, the disappearance of Tilly’s brother and the fact that Matilda’s family has something to do with the failed timetravel experiment.
In short, this is a fast-paced novel with killing suspension, great characters and awesome worldbuilding! A definite must-read and must-buy :).