This is the second book in the House Immortal trilogy. The third book, Crucible Zero, is scheduled to come out this September. I have been absolutely loving this series. Its action packed, creative, and full of fun characters.
Tilly, Abraham, Quinten, and Ned are on the run after the events in the first book. They have also just found out from Quinten that time is going to mend soon and when it does all the galvanized will die. They are in a race against time to try and travel back in time to try to mend time differently. Meanwhile Slater, the head of House Orange, has taken over a body of a galvanized and is trying to maneuver his way into power. The politics following the events of the first book are tangled and twisted.
I have really enjoyed the characters in this series a lot. Tilly is a strong heroine and shows in this book how far she is willing to go to protect those under her protection. Abraham is awesome as well, he showed some leadership in the last book but we get to know him a lot better in this book. The budding relationship between him and Tilly is very well done and I really enjoyed it.
We learn more about Ned in this book as well and he is becoming a much more complicated character than he seemed in the first book. It was also a lot of fun to get to know Tillys brother Quentin better. He is one smart cookie, with a whole bevy of issues.
Some new and intriguing characters are introduced as well. I really liked the addition of Gloria; she is in this story a lot, has a ton of interesting medical knowledge, and has some history with Quinten. Of course the little sheep with wool that stops time are still some of my favorites in this book.
The world-building in this book is fantastic. I love the idea of the galvanized and the complex politics of the Houses. I also enjoyed that this is an interesting mish-mash of urban fantasy, steampunk, intrigue, time travel, science fiction, and dystopian themes. There is a very Frankenstein-like overtone to the idea of the galvanized as well that I really enjoy.
The plot is very unpredictable with lots of interesting twists and turns. I also really loved how action packed and fast-paced the novel is.
Overall this was a fantastic book, its a lot of fun to read and very creative. I love the characters, the complex house politics, and how action packed the story is. This is a very creative series with excellent world-building and characters I love reading about. I would definitely recommend this series to fans of fast-paced urban fantasy, steampunk, and sci-fi.