The Song Rising is the third book in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. I will link both my reviews of The Bone Season and The Mime Order so you can check them out before this one. I will try and keep this review as spoiler free, but as it is the third book in the series it may not always be possible.
Title: The Song Rising
Author: Samantha Shannon
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.
But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.
Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . .
I didn’t think it would be possible for me to love a Samantha Shannon book more than I loved The Mime Order, but The Song Rising may have just beaten it. There is quite a bit of action within The Song Rising, which meant that I just flew through the story without even noticing, which made me more inwrapped and invested in the story. So I think that is what made it beat The Mime Order, in my opinion.
One of the main points of The Song Rising is character development. As we have been which these characters for quite some time, I can subtly notice the changes in how they react and address situations; this is something that I love as it feels as if you are growing and learning with the characters. Paige is still my favourite character, but she does go through some pretty traumatic events in The Song Rising. We also get to learn more about her past in Ireland and what led her to Scion London. I think this helps to understand her motivations and how she wants to go about the war she is trying to lead. I also loved getting to learn more about Nick and what made him come to London; I also think this helped to show Nick and Paige’s relationship and the understanding that they have with each other.
Both the friendship and romantic relationships are more prominent in The Song Rising, which I enjoyed. I liked seeing the growth in Paige and Warden’s relationship and the issues that they have to overcome. In the first 100 pages of The Song Rising, there is not a lot of interaction between them after Jaxon said something to Paige at the end of The Mime Order, but I think this was necessary for their relationship to feel more real. We also get some other elements addressed between Paige and Nick which were originally mentioned in The Bone Season, so I was glad to see them discussed rather than being forgotten.
In The Song Rising, we travel around the UK, so I loved the new world building that occurred. I loved learning about the difference clairvoyant groups across the country and how they all interacted with Scion. I also loved how Samantha Shannon incorporated previous characters into the narrative, so everything felt connected to a much bigger story arc.
The Song Rising is Samantha Shannon’s third book, and I can definitely see how her writing style is just going from strength to strength. Compared to The Bone Season, The Song Rising is much easier to understand and digest the intricate plot. I think this is because there are fewer info dumps in The Song Rising, and we are being shown rather than being told. I also adore her descriptions of places and people, which really bring them to life in my mind.
I love The Bone Season series so much, and I can’t wait to see what will happen in The Mask Falling, especially as while The Song Rising is the third book in a seven book series, it is the end of the first story arc. Everything is so complex and detailed it leaves me wanting more; I highly recommend picking up this series if you have not yet.
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