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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.

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Alexis (Goodreads Reviewer)
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Elisa Downing is easily the best new YA Fantasy writer of this year. House of Matchsticks (HOM) is immersive, vibrant, and scratches exactly the right itch. I sat down with it and some tea, and looked up again having completed the book and not taken a single sip from my cup.
Samantha (Amazon Reviewer)
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The conflict in this book had me scrambling to read more pages ... and the ending has left a gap in my heart where I need to read the next book in this wonderful new series.
BookDragon (Bookbub Reviewer)
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[House of Matchsticks] had me hooked from the very first page. The plot was engaging and well written. I definitely recommend this novel.
Eric (Amazon Reviewer)
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It sweeps you up in a world of mystique, steampunk, threatening clockwork machines, and mysterious ethereal figures that I'm dying to learn more about. I couldn't put it down (and I really did try).
The BookLife Prize
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Reaching above and beyond ordinary fantasy tropes, Downing is able to mix in attention-grabbing elements that transform this novel into a literary rarity.
Audrey Francis-Plante (Author of Devonna)
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Probably the best world-building I've read this year.
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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.

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