Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
The Bone Season is a series that I knew I would love based on the premise, and I am so glad that it has exceeded all of my expectations and more. I love the intricate world that Samantha Shannon has created and how the story takes on a whole new meaning the more you think about it.
The Bone Season has one of the best central protagonists that I have ever read. I love how strong Paige is and how she will always stand up for what she believes in, even if it could get her hurt. I also loved getting glimpses into her past and what made her the tough and independent woman she has become. I also love Warden as a character and the complexities behind him; I feel that there is so much more to discover about him and I can’t wait to see what Samantha Shannon does with him in the future. There is also a great cast of supporting characters in The Bone Season, which I hope that we get to see more from because there were some very interesting personalities in there.
There isn’t really a romance in The Bone Season specifically, but I feel like Samantha Shannon is definitely setting up a very long slow-burn. I know that she has stated that Paige is demisexual, which will be a factor in any relationships that she does have going forward. This did start to become apparent later in the book, with some events, but I can’t say much more without spoiling it. I love that Samantha Shannon has included demisexuality in The Bone Season as it is not normally represented within literature, so it is amazing to see that representation on the page.
The plot of The Bone Season is so complex that the synopsis doesn’t do it justice. It quickly takes everything you think you know about the world and turns it on its head. I loved this as it constantly left me guessing about what was going to happen next, which made me really invested in the story. There are so many plot twists and turns that it can be hard to keep track off, but it all does become slightly clearer by the end.
I love the world and the fantasy elements of The Bone Season because it is so different from anything that I have ever read before. Clairvoyance is not an area that I am very knowledgable about, so it was brilliant to learn about all the different areas of clairvoyance. Samantha Shannon has a writing style that allows you to learn about the world’s background and history without it becoming too info-dumpy, which is something that I appreciate. Especially as a massive info-dump can be a real book turn off for me. I am also particularly appreciative of the fact that she included both a map and a glossary which definitely allowed me to understand so much more of the world.
I can’t wait to dive into The Mime Order, especially after the events of the ending. Some people find this book and series to be intimidating, but it is well worth giving it a chance as I think it is highly worth it. There is also a prequel novella The Pale Dreamer, which gives a little more information before diving into The Bone Season. So if you want to give this series a try, I would recommend checking that out first, especially as it provides some background into both Paige and clairvoyance.
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