The House of Mountfathom

The House of Mountfathom

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 09/03/2017
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The House of Mountfathom
The Wredding of History and Fiction
When I finnised this book, the sole thought in my head was "FINALLY!!! A book that replaced Neil Gaiman's Coraline!" I loved Coraline growing up and the i... READ MORE
Diana O. at Aylesbury


'THE HOUSE OF MOUNTFATHOM is the kind of book that turned me into a reader in the first place. It has the same clever interweaving of history and fantasy that I so admired in Nigel McDowell's previous books but is also filled with an utterly infectious kind of delight. The characters are so vivid and the world brims with the most gorgeous detail. And if this wasn't enough, the language itself is a pure joy. Nigel McDowell has left an extraordinary legacy behind, something of the imagination and something of the soul.' Eimear McBride, multi-award-winning author of A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING'Lyrical, ominous and utterly original, with a passionate sense of place and history, THE HOUSE OF MOUNTFATHOM is one of those books that pushes strange roots down into your mind.' Frances Hardinge, Costa Award-winning author of THE LIE TREELuke Mountfathom knows he is special and odd. He is told so by everyone he knows. His parents are special and odd too - they are the keepers of the House of Mountfathom, a magnificent stately home where the wrong door could take you to a far away land, and strange animals appear to stalk the grounds at midnight. The house is his home - but it is also the headquarters of the Driochta, a magic-weaving group of poets, artists, politicians and activists charged with keeping the peace in Ireland. They have many powers - have mastered Mirror-Predicting and Smoke-Summoning and Storm-Breaching - and a final ability: that of Mogrifying; taking on a unique animal form.But Luke's idyllic existence at Mountfathom cannot last. Word reaches the House of protests across Ireland. There is a wish for independence, a rising discontent and scenes of violence that even the Driochta cannot control. In Dublin, death and disease is running rife in the tenements; a darkness is clogging the air, and is intent on staying. And when things quickly spin out of control for the Driochta, it is up to Luke, his cat Morrigan and his best friend Killian to worm out the heart of the evil in their land.

  • Publisher: Hot Key Books
  • ISBN: 9781471404047
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 318g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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The House of Mountfathom
Dragons or not?
So I got this one from ReadersFirst in exchange for a fair review. I was drawn to it because the cover had dragons on it! Unfortunately the book barely me... READ MORE
Bex Godfrey
The House of Mountfathom
It took a while to get into!
The House of Mountfathom has such an amazing cover, however this book's plot isn't what I originally thought it was but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The sto... READ MORE
The House of Mountfathom
Slow start, better middle, open ending.
As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to have it, to read it from end to end. The cover is incredibly beautiful and the style is definitely my sort of st... READ MORE
The House of Mountfathom
Enjoyable gothic adventure
With its stunningly gothic cover, I was instantly drawn to The House of Mountfathom. The style of writing is unusual, but I grew to enjoy its off-kilter rh... READ MORE
The House of Mountfathom
This is a fantasy book that instantly draws in your attention, not only through the use of colours on the cover but also the quirky ness of the writing sty... READ MORE
Quail Ehg
The House of Mountfathom
I absolutely love this book, from the beginning to the end it captures and enthrals you and you really just can't put it down! As the book begins you get... READ MORE
Hope Knapper