Six of Crows meets Disney's Atlantis and Indiana Jones in this captivating YA Fantasy series about a world powered by arcane ore … and the crew of treasure hunters destined to save it.
A girl abandoned in a rowboat. A man broken by a failed expedition. And Death himself, desperate not to get involved.
The House of Matchsticks is calling …
On the eve of her final exam, all Isaline wants to do is graduate. Rescued from an abandoned rowboat when she was a baby, Isaline has trained for years to become a City Watchman in her kingdom's capital city. Now she's only a test away from that dream coming true.
But something isn't right at Casret Watch Academy. Isaline is shaken when there's an attempt to steal her mysterious red pendant at school. Even worse, she fails her crucial weapons review … and runs into a staggeringly handsome thief.
As a brave crew comes together from across the kingdom, their deadly adventure threatens to destroy everything Isaline has worked for. Yet bold treasure hunters, two-faced spies, and ferocious beasts are hard to ignore. Especially when they want the same thing: the key to finding the fabled House of Matchsticks.
And she has it.
House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, enemies to lovers slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This is Part 1 in the series. Expect a cliffhanger.
Praise for House of Matchsticks:
"Readers will be swept away by the writing's allure … a literary rarity." –The Booklife Prize
"I love all of the main characters ... action-packed and so cleverly structured." –Audrey Francis-Plante, author of Devonna
The House of Matchsticks series:
House of Matchsticks
Night of Matchsticks
Tree of Matchsticks
... and more to come.
An incredible start to a new series
I received this book as an advanced readers copy and I was really impressed with this first book in a new YA series. I'm already eagerly awaiting the next book! I loved the atmosphere, the world building, and the dynamic between the characters. The emotions that Isaline struggled through and processed in the book were relatable but unique to her struggles and history. This book depicted an evolution of humanity and growth where some series from other authors seem to miss.
I found that it was easy as a reader to transition between POV's and keep track of the varying scenes. The conflict in this book had me scrambling to read more pages in order to find out what happens next, and the ending has left a gap in my heart where I need to read the next book in this wonderful new series.
Can't recommend this enough, and I'm looking forward to seeing more wonderful books that Elisa Downing releases.