The Mime Order is the second book in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. I will link my review of the first book The Bone Season if you are interested in reading that first. As this is the second book in a series I will try and keep my review as spoiler free as possible, but it may not be possible.
Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.
Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.
I didn’t think it would be possible to love a book more than I loved The Bone Season, but The Mime Order has proven me wrong. I loved how The Mime Order dives into the gang politics that we didn’t get in The Bone Season, and we also get to find out much more about the wider range of characters that Paige only named in The Bone Season. The Mime Order starts about 20 seconds after The Bone Season’s events, so you are sucked straight back into the story from page 1.
The Mime Order gives a lot more background into the characters we only briefly met in The Bone Season, such as the rest of the Seven Seals. They all had such engaging personalities and fit the world’s intricacies with their hidden secrets and dodgy dealings. Meeting them also helped to understand Paige a bit more and what led her down the path that she was on, especially when we are introduced to Jaxon Hall. Jaxon Hall is such an intriguing character. I definitely think there is something that we are not being told about Jaxon, especially with the events at the end of The Mime Order, so I am looking forward to seeing where his character arc will go. I love the character growth that Paige goes through in The Mime Order’s events and how much more aware she becomes of the life that she once led without any questions.
Gang politics make up the bulk of the plot in The Mime Order, and I loved this. I loved learning about the gangs and their interactions, especially how everyone was for themselves. This made the atmosphere feel so real and encompass the whole story in a grime and dirt layer, which felt authentic. I loved Samantha Shannon’s descriptions of the back streets of London and how intense everything felt. I think the atmosphere was also helped by the world building in The Mime Order, as we are learning about a new place as we have only briefly seen Scion London before.
We also learn quite a bit more about clairvoyance and the different levels of clairvoyance that exist in this world. I found this particularly interesting, especially learning about what all the different characters can do and how their powers affect them. I also feel that Samantha Shannon explains this really well. It can be quite confusing to understand what everyone can do, so I’m glad she doesn’t info dump, she explains only the necessary information and lets the rest be shown.
I absolutely adore Samantha Shannon’s writing style, and I can see her improvement between The Bone Season and The Mime Order. I think this was especially clear during the battle scene as she made it easy to follow along with, without losing any of the details. I can’t wait to see what her writing is like in future books.
I can’t wait to carry on with this series as it is a series that is going to live with me for a long time. But I am also very scared about what Samantha Shannon is going to put my favourite characters through in the future.
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