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Deadly machines. Strange creatures. A sinister secret.

A crew of treasure hunters risking their hearts to uncover the truth.

But they’ll have to find the lost House of Matchsticks first …

“Readers will be swept away … [House of Matchsticks] is a literary rarity.” –The Booklife Prize

On the surface of the sea, a burning island beckons the Collector.

Approaching the fire, the Collector bears witness to a vicious crime. When he realizes an innocent life will be lost—a baby, swathed in a bundle and left to die in a floating rowboat—the Collector makes a choice that will change his course forever.

So begins House of Matchsticks, a brand-new, unforgettable YA Fantasy series set in a world called Benemourne, where a mysterious ore powers a society rife with danger.

Follow Isaline, a girl who dreams of becoming a City Watchman in Benemourne’s capital, and Jack, a former treasure hunter with a dark and painful obsession, as they are dragged with the Collector into the beginnings of a deadly adventure.

House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This is Part 1 in the series. Expect a cliffhanger.

PS. Your first clue: it’s all upside down.

Deadly machines. Strange creatures. A sinister secret.

A crew of treasure hunters risking their hearts to uncover the truth.

But they’ll have to find the lost House of Matchsticks first…

This set contains the first three parts of the House of Matchsticks YA Fantasy series.

From the description for House of Matchsticks:

On the surface of the sea, a burning island beckons the Collector.

Approaching the fire, the Collector bears witness to a vicious crime. When he realizes an innocent life will be lost—a baby, swathed in a bundle and left to die in a floating rowboat—the Collector makes a choice that will change his course forever.

So begins House of Matchsticks, a brand-new, unforgettable YA Fantasy series set in a world called Benemourne, where a mysterious ore powers a society rife with danger.

Follow Isaline, a girl who dreams of becoming a City Watchman in Benemourne’s capital, and Jack, a former treasure hunter with a dark and painful obsession, as they are dragged with the Collector into the beginnings of a deadly adventure.

House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This collection contains Parts 1-3. Expect unanswered questions.

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Audrey Francis-Plante
Author of Devonna
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Probably the best world-building I've read this year.
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
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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.
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Audrey Francis-Plante
Author of Devonna
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Probably the best world-building I've read this year.
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
Read More
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
Read More
[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
Read More
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
Read More
Reaching above and beyond ordinary fantasy tropes, Downing is able to mix in attention-grabbing elements that transform this novel into a literary rarity.
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Deadly machines. Strange creatures. A sinister secret.

A crew of treasure hunters risking their hearts to uncover the truth.

But they’ll have to find the lost House of Matchsticks first…

This set contains the first three parts of the House of Matchsticks YA Fantasy series.

From the description for House of Matchsticks:

On the surface of the sea, a burning island beckons the Collector.

Approaching the fire, the Collector bears witness to a vicious crime. When he realizes an innocent life will be lost—a baby, swathed in a bundle and left to die in a floating rowboat—the Collector makes a choice that will change his course forever.

So begins House of Matchsticks, a brand-new, unforgettable YA Fantasy series set in a world called Benemourne, where a mysterious ore powers a society rife with danger.

Follow Isaline, a girl who dreams of becoming a City Watchman in Benemourne’s capital, and Jack, a former treasure hunter with a dark and painful obsession, as they are dragged with the Collector into the beginnings of a deadly adventure.

House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This collection contains Parts 1-3. Expect unanswered questions.

***Note: this page contains affiliate links. If you choose to use one of the links to purchase a book, I make a small commission.

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HoM 1-3 Title For Website

Deadly machines. Strange creatures. A sinister secret.

A crew of treasure hunters risking their hearts to uncover the truth.

But they’ll have to find the lost House of Matchsticks first…

This set contains the first three parts of the House of Matchsticks YA Fantasy series.

From the description for House of Matchsticks:

On the surface of the sea, a burning island beckons the Collector.

Approaching the fire, the Collector bears witness to a vicious crime. When he realizes an innocent life will be lost—a baby, swathed in a bundle and left to die in a floating rowboat—the Collector makes a choice that will change his course forever.

So begins House of Matchsticks, a brand-new, unforgettable YA Fantasy series set in a world called Benemourne, where a mysterious ore powers a society rife with danger.

Follow Isaline, a girl who dreams of becoming a City Watchman in Benemourne’s capital, and Jack, a former treasure hunter with a dark and painful obsession, as they are dragged with the Collector into the beginnings of a deadly adventure.

House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This collection contains Parts 1-3. Expect unanswered questions.

***Note: this page contains affiliate links. If you choose to use one of the links to purchase a book, I make a small commission.

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Audrey Francis-Plante
Author of Devonna
Read More
Probably the best world-building I've read this year.
Alexis
Goodreads Reviewer
Read More
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
Read More
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
Read More
[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
Read More
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
Read More
Reaching above and beyond ordinary fantasy tropes, Downing is able to mix in attention-grabbing elements that transform this novel into a literary rarity.
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