Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk

crucible-zeroReviewed by Jen

This third installment in the House Immortal series was an action packed ride that kept me invested and engaged from the first page to the last. The story has changed in so many ways from the events of book 1, but at its core, this is still about Matilda’s quest to save the people she loves by embracing her power as one of the galvanized.

Devon Monk really turned everything on its ear at the end of the last book when Matilda’s time travel fractured her world into different realities. It was kind of sad to lose all the people she loved in the first book, but it was so interesting to see them all come back here in new incarnations. I liked how the characters maintained their core personalities as the variables around them shifted. This, as the changes left us so many questions about who to trust and what might happen next.

Tilly and the villainous Slater Orange are the only ones who aware of the multiple timelines, so she is really the only one with a chance of stopping him from his plan to rule the world. He’s had 300 years to plan for this, though, and she’s only been in this reality for a couple of days. Thankfully, her actions in the past land Abraham and Foster in her corner –and of course, she has her brilliant brother, Quentin, to help her fill in the gaps of her new reality. Also back and better than ever are the Neds, Oscar Gray, and Walter Yellow.

The romance vibe is very different. It’s sad at times because Matilda loves Abraham so much, but he doesn’t even know her. It’s hard to watch her fight her feelings for the man he was, as she learns the man he now is. But these challenges definitely keep their dynamic fresh, just as the reality shift really makes everything new again.

There’s plenty of action, a fair amount of heart, and an ending that totally satisfies. I enjoyed these books and look forward to my next Devon Monk adventure.

Rating: B/ B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Crucible Zero
by Devon Monk
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Roc

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