House of Furies, Book 1

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Devilish doings drive suspenseful Victorian tale of terror.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Uses elements from Gothic literature and global mythology.

Positive Messages

All who are accused of a crime are not necessarily guilty. Friends will make enormous sacrifices for each other.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Louisa's a survivor, ready to confront directly those who would hurt her or her friends. She's somewhat impulsive, but she's brave and resourceful enough to get out of the trouble her mouth gets her into.


Features a handful of gruesome deaths, some by magic, some by natural means. A male character, who has confessed to cannibalism, tries to assault Louisa but is killed. A main character is shot and killed in a climactic scene.


Louisa feels a romantic attraction toward Lee, but they only share a few embraces.


Swearing is light and limited to a few uses of "damn," "hell," "bitch," and "bastard."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that House of Furies is the start of a new horror series by Madeleine Roux (Asylum). It features encounters with the supernatural and the devil. Swearing is light and limited to "damn," "hell," "bastard," and "bitch." Louisa and her male friend Lee are attracted to each other, but a kiss or two is all they share. Five characters are killed by magic and other means. A male character tries to assault Louisa, but he's killed before that can happen.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhoneysucklestars September 13, 2018
Okay, first things first, there is a LOT of blood and violence in this book. I mean a LOT, read the spoiler if you wish to know exactly what
SPOILER! A dude kil... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNerdy_cellist October 9, 2020

Great book

This is an amazing book if you're into historical fiction, fantasy or books on the occult. It is quite dark and a bit gory. Multiple characters are killed... Continue reading

What's the story?

At the start of HOUSE OF FURIES, young Louisa Ditton is happy to be employed as a maid at remote Coldthistle House. She gradually learns, however, that not all of Coldthistle's guests leave. Those who are judged guilty of unpunished capital crimes receive deadly justice at the hands of the staff and the house's master, the Devil himself. Louisa soon wants to escape, but she's held back by the fear that her friend, the handsome Lee, will be unjustly executed for a crime he did not commit.

Is it any good?

Deals with the devil can make for diabolical plot twists, and this novel in the Gothic tradition provides some satanic reversals. The premise of House of Furies is spelled out right in the introduction. This is a shame, because it's a secret worth holding onto for a chapter or three. Nevertheless, author Madeleine Roux does a fine job of generating creepy suspense while her feisty protagonist, Louisa, seeks a way to escape Coldthistle House and its murderous residents. There''s humor and horror, with a light dusting of romance. There's also a satisfying twist that hints at more occult shenanigans to come.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about House of Furies and how it uses the trappings of the Gothic tradition of literature. Why are tales of the supernatural popular with teens?

  • How is violence used in House of Furies? Does it solve any problems or create more?

  • Is there such a thing as true evil? Can people identify it when they see it?

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