N.B This review is taken from my previous blog Theatre and Movies and Books, Oh My, which was deactivated in 2016.
The Mime Order is the long awaited sequel to Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season, and my most anticipated read of this year. I have really been looking forward to catching up with the characters and this book did not disappoint. As this is a review of a sequel, it may contain minor spoilers for the first book in the series so proceed with caution.
The Mime Order continues mere seconds after The Bone Season finished, with Paige and the gang speeding away from Sheol I and back to London. This book follows Paige re-adjusting to life in the city with the knowledge of what she learnt in the penal colony. Will she be able to return to her life before she was captured, or will she expose that Scion is a puppet government under the control of the other-worldly Rephaim? The plot of this book is a lot slower than The Bone Season as there is little of the action experienced in the first however I was still completely gripped with the twists and turns and the character development. There is so much world building to enjoy. We learn a lot about the structure to the clairvoyant underworld of London and the Scion regimes in place in the city. I really enjoyed this as it built on the snatches of information we gained in the first novel. I was also able to see that this book sets up where the series is heading and how that is going to happen which makes me excited for the rest of the series.
I have wanted to read this for a very long time and I’ve finally squeezed it in as this weekend’s commute book! It was a little different to what I expected and I have mixed feelings on it, but here’s what I thought.
Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Published: 5th July 2012
⭐️ 3 / 5
This one’s been on my TBR for longer than I care to admit. It’s been sat on my bedside table for the better part of eighteen months, even moving from the bedside table at ‘home home’ to uni halls and now to my flat…it’s always been next on my list but somehow another book has jumped in front and I don’t quite know how I let it happen.
Not long into starting Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I realised it’snot quite what I signed up for. I tend to steer clear of high fantasy but this certainly dips in and out of it which is not exactly what I expected. Obviously it’s clear from the blurb that there’s an element of fantasy but at some points we go completely off-kilter and it took me a while to work out what was going on. I found it hard to get through the large chunks that I would class as high fantasy but once it started to make a bit more sense, it was much easier to handle and tolerate. If you’re like me and not really a fan of this genre then I suggest giving this a try because by the end of the book I’ve found myself somewhat converted – or at least on my way there.
Book three follows Mare, the Scarlet Guard and the red rebellion, and the silver court. Mare struggles without her power and battles grief whilst alone in a cell. Maven struggles with his power and battles his own grief whilst alone on the throne. Cal struggles amongst changing powers and battles grief whilst alone in a sea of red soldiers. To put it simply, our three mains are balancing angst with being badass.
Glass Sword begins where Red Queen ends with our favourite characters (mostly) speeding off into unchartered territory – in some instances, literally. My favourite part of this novel is the vast amount of world building Victoria has included. This second instalment sees Mare travel into the Lakelands, the Northern Territory of the world we are becoming accustomed to. We also discover much more about Norta which builds on what we’ve already discovered in Red Queen. The underground workings of Mare’s world and the mysterious Scarlet Guard are unravelled further and further as the novel goes on.
On the surface Red Queen is yet another YA novel set in some idea of our future where the world has been overrun by some kind of awful regime. We know the drill, right? Wrong. This book was a game changer for me in the way I think of ‘revolutionary YA fiction.’ Unlike novels such as The Hunger Games, Red Queen takes on a different view. The protagonist does not lead some kind of peasant uprising – she is thrust into the limelight straight into the key family, who figurehead the corrupt establishment and oppressive regime, and is betrothed to one of the Princes. Mare becomes the face of all the bad the regime stands for and must play out her part in the revolution completely under the radar, with her own kind hating her for her seeming betrayal. I absolutely loved it.
I have some very exciting news for you – I have been selected as an advocate for Samantha Shannon’s best selling series, ‘The Bone Season!!’ As such I am now privy to some exclusive promo material to share with you ahead of publication in March 2017.
In the spirit of avoiding spoilers for those who want to keep them to a minimum, here’s your first look at book 3 via a handy link – THE SONG RISING prelude