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House Immortal [Format Kindle]

Devon Monk

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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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 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.…



FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 350 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0451467361
  • Editeur : Roc (2 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are a fan of Devon Monk, of Urban Fantasy, of Magic or heck just of books- you need to check out House Immortal 2 septembre 2014
Par Michelle@Book Briefs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
4.5/5 stars

House Immortal is the first in Devon Monk's new Urban Fantasy Series of the same name. Man, I loved this book. I really loved everything about it. There are interesting, well developed characters, a kick ass plot with more twists and turns that you can even guess, and incredible world building. This is world building done right. Sometimes I think I love the world building in urban Fantasy books the most because it combines more traditional city like we are used to with all the magic and creativity of fantasy books. Devon Monk does an incredible job with her landscape. I loved that we got little bits and pieces of the Galvanized's history through the journal entry excerpts at the start of each chapter. That was a great way to work in some of the galvanized's history.

There is still so much mystery surrounding the Galvanized, and I can't wait to learn more about them and about what makes Matilda just a little different from them. The fact that she alone can make them feel things is fascinating to me. And their interaction with the houses is really interesting. Matilda is a great character as well. She is sharp and very inquisitive. She has no problem thinking for herself and questioning everything. Even I found myself doubting everyone. I had no idea who could be trusted.

The House system was well developed as well. There are so many houses and people that we are introduced to in this book, and surprisingly even the very minor characters that were only in a few scenes all had distinct personalities shine through. Devon Monk is a master story teller. There are so many things that I can't wait to learn more about. What makes Matilda different? What is going on with the soil on her farm? What else is in the journal? Not to mention everything going on with the different heads of houses. Plus there were a ton of bombs and surprises dropped on us in the last 15% of the book. There is no way you will be able to predict everything that happens in House Immortal.

House Immortal is the start of what looks to be a fantastic series. The action just keeps on building and building, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. This one is going to top my Urban Fantasy charts, I just know it! If you are a fan of Devon Monk, of Urban Fantasy, of Magic or heck just of books- you need to check out House Immortal.

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Devon Monk once again proves she's a powerhouse in the genre. 5 septembre 2014
Par A Book Obsession.. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
House Immortal started off as a bit of a slow read for me. Luckily after a while it really started to pick up. So, bear with me as I explain what didn't work in the beginning. I promise, the book turns around as the trade off of the unique world is more than worth the rocky start. That being said, the info dump beginning left me more confused and out of sorts than sucked into the story. Don't get me wrong, the world is very interesting and I love the concept behind it, but frankly it was rather complex and there was a whole lot going on. In fact, I'm still not really sure I grasp all of the different aspects, but looking back, I felt this same way after reading the first book in Devon Monk's Allie Becktrom series, disconnected and a bit overwhelmed, and that series is one of my all time favorites now. So, bottom line, what I'm saying is that even if the beginning of House Immortal is a rough read, it's more than worth hanging on and pushing through to get to the good.

So, negative stuff over, let's move on to Tilly. I really adored her. She's so strong and determined to take care of others despite her very very vulnerable position. And while she never rolls over quick to other's demands, she sacrifices herself over and over for others. It's really admirable, especially when you account for the fact that others don't even consider her to be human. I think one of the best parts of this book was how it made you question what it really meant to be human. Sure, Tilly was stitched together and "made" but she has a real human soul, and she shows more kindness and humility than most of the "real" people in this book. Some of their actions were atrocious, and yet they treat her as subhuman. Like I said, it really made you question the definition of humanity, and I love it for that.

Now onto the good aspects of that world. The whole idea of eleven houses controlling the world, with each focusing on a different "trade" and immortal beings that were literally stitched together is absolutely fascinating. Add that to those immortal being selling themselves willing to the houses in slavery so many years to stop a war, and the rest of the structure and I was hooked. Again, the introduction into this world is a bit bumpy, but the uniqueness more than makes up for in my opinion. I love the urban fantasy world with a fierce passion, and this genre will probably always be my go-to books, but even so I still get tired of the same old same old from time to time. So it's so nice to read something completely fresh and unique like this.

All in all, I'm rather pleased with House Immortal's start to this new series. A fresh and unique new world, House Immortal will appeal to fans of Urban Fantasy. Devon Monk once again proves she's a powerhouse in the genre. Major kudos!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Starts off slow but picks up 13 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
So I started this book and kept putting it down. I even read another book at one point before picking this one up again. But I am really glad I did pick it up again. Once the "home on the range" of it all was over it picked up quickly. And then I couldn't put it down. I'm not going to give a full plot run down but I will summarize a bit:
This world was similar to ours at one time, with nations and countries. That time passed and instead of nations the resources of the world: earth, water, power, humans, etc were divided up among Houses. Each House controls a resource on a world wide scale. At one point, years ago, there was an experiment that took place that changed the landscape of the world forever. Out of that experiment rose 12 immortal soldiers called Galvanized. Eventually, in exchange for a certain human rights, these soldiers pledged themselves to support and Serve the Houses. No one knows how the immortals were created, and no one has ever been able to create another. Until Tilly was created by her family. Tilly has lived in secrecy away from the world hidden on a farm in the middle of no where. Then a stranger, a Galvanized stranger, shows up at her door with warnings of danger and doom. And Tilly finds that she can no longer hide. Her secret discovered she has to now face and navigate the politics of a world she is largely ignorant of, and that her previous life has left her unprepared for. All Tilly has is her family ties, her own moral compass, and grit.
That's where the story really gets good.

Unfortunately, the book ended with an epic cliff hanger. Which I really hate. So I deducted a star for that and the slow start. I couldn't deduct two stars for those flaws though, because I am dying for the next installment and the characters engaged me on such a level that by the end of the book all I wanted was more more more. So... 4 stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 bizarre 3 septembre 2014
Par Wildwily - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is NOT your average paranormal fantasy....or SF or Steampunk or anything else I can think of.

It's just weird.

The closest I can come is post-apocolyptic. With Clarkes third law in FULL.

So, our heroine is a stitch. As in her body was stitched together ala frankenstein. Her grandmother is knitting a scarf from wool that can halt time. Her father made a unicorn and a dragon and something called leapers that are tree-octopi by stitching things together.

Look, this is a very interesting read, but don't go into it with ANY pre-conceptions.

I didn't give it five stars because...I just don't know how I feel about it. Except I DID enjoy reading it.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great start to a new series! 18 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

In the year 2210, the world is run by various color-coded Houses that control the world’s resources (i.e. water, technology, minerals, etc.). Each House yearns for more power.

Matilda Case has always known she was different. It’s hard to miss the stitches marking her body showing that she’s been sewn together. Under the impression that she was one of her father’s myriad of creations, she’s taken by surprise when a stranger shows up on her doorstep, stitched like her, telling her enemies are on their way to “claim”her, and it would be in her best interest to go with him.

Abraham Seventh is a galvanized, one of twelve that woke up after an experiment gone wrong killed everyone else in the vicinity. The Twelve woke up and were stitched back together, and they are immortal. Over the years, and through shifting of power, the galvanized find themselves in the employ of the Houses. Galvanized are strong beyond measure and cannot be killed, they’ve achieved great feats of valor over the years and are looked upon as celebrities. They elevate the status of any House, and Matilda is the newly discovered, as yet unknown, 13th galvanized. There is nothing the Houses won’t do to be the one to control her. Despite their power, the galvanized have no rights, so Matilda can be claimed without any say in the matter.

What we learn right away about Matilda is she is not okay with anyone telling her what to do. She’s had to be self-sufficient from a young age, and some stranger telling her where to go does not sit well. There’s also the fact that since her parents’ murder was committed by a House years ago and her brother is currently (she thinks) indentured to one, she’s not easy to trust a galvanized under House control. But seeing no other way to keep her family home safe, she agrees to go with Abraham Seventh, and she learns that the seeds of deceit run deep in this futuristic society.

I absolutely love the homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s a classic for a reason, and the galvanized in Monk’s House Immortal also struggle with being seen as monsters. People toggle back and forth with worshiping the galvanized and fearing them. What I was more surprised, but happy, to find was the mystery surrounding the galvanized. Why it was only twelve that survived the experiment and what it could possibly mean. To elaborate too much would give things away, but suffice it to say I’m looking forward to how Devon Monk resolves everything.

It’s a very twisty-turny world that Matilda has to navigate through. I appreciated that several of the characters throughout the story reiterate the world history because as you go about reading the book and learn new and interesting things, the information you understood before could take on a whole new meaning.

Devon Monk has crafted a fine beginning to a new series with House Immortal. I was rooting for the good guys and the bad guys were truly vile. Not knowing who to trust throws a wrench in many situations and dual/shifting loyalties will always cause a good conflict. We are left on a slightly nail-biting cliffhanger, but with book two, Infinity Bell, coming out in March 2015, I keep telling myself it’s not too long of a wait…Right?
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