Heap House (The Iremonger Trilogy #1) by Edward Carey

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Genre: Gothic / (Historical) Fantasy

Synopsis: Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats. The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. His birth object, a universal bath plug, says ‘James Henry’, Cousin Tummis’s tap is squeaking ‘Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson’ and something in the attic is shouting ‘Robert Burrington’ and it sounds angry.

A storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the whispers are getting louder. When Clod meets Lucy Pennant, a girl newly arrived from the city, everything changes. The secrets that bind Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod’s world.

200words (or less) review: The first book in The Iremonger Trilogy will be the book that decides whether you continue with the series or not. Edward Carey has created a unique, complex and (for me) utterly captivating world but I am aware that this Clod and Lucy’s story won’t be for everyone.

Heap House and its inhabitants are isolated from the city. The Iremongers find treasure it the rubbish (heap) that keeps growing. Clod isn’t quite like the rest of his family, he hears objects whisper and recently they’ve not just been saying names…

The book is told in alternating chapters by Clod and Lucy (with a few important exceptions) which gives you insight into the strange dynamics of Heap House both as master and servant. Despite this it was actually Tummis that was my favourite character.

The story is intricate and I think the pacing worked because it gave you the time to really get to grips with the going on of Heap House. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while and I’m sorry it took me so long. Very happy that Foulsham (book 2) is sitting here waiting for me to turn the first page. 🙂

Recommend it?


Check back on the 18 August 2014 for my review of Foulsham (The Iremonger Trilogy #2)

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