Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #2)

Title: The Mime Order

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages:  528

Published: 27th January 2015

⭐️ 5 / 5

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.

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #1)

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages: 480

Published: 20th August 2013

⭐️ 5 / 5

N.B This review is taken from my previous blog Theatre and Movies and Books, Oh My, which was deactivated in 2016.

The Bone Season follows nineteen year old Paige living in a future dystopian London controlled by an oppressive, authoritarian government called Scion. Kidnapped and ripped from everything and everyone she knows, Paige must survive in Oxford the city hidden from society for centuries.

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Review: The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)

Title: The Song Rising

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages: 347

Format: Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)

⭐️ 5 / 5

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An enemy who’ll stop at nothing. A city with nowhere to hide. A traitor looking for vengeance. A lover confined to the shadows. A rebel who becomes a Queen.


It’s been almost 2 years to the day that we were gifted the second novel in The Bone Season series, The Mime Order, and left with that horrific cliff-hanger on the final page.  The wait is almost over and there are only a few short weeks remaining until The Song Rising finally hits the shelves.  However, as part of my role as a Bone Season Advocate, I have been privileged enough to read a copy of this book early (thanks Bloomsbury!) and I am here to give you some idea of what’s in store for Paige in her most recent adventure.

The Song Rising picks up seconds after the end of the Mime Order with Paige’s dreamwalking form staring dumbfounded at Jaxon Hall; her previous mentor, confident and friend.  I love that Samantha Shannon has continued her trend of the novels completely running into one another which is perfect for a book-binge as there are no gaps or pauses in the narrative.  Throughout the course of the novel we explore Paige’s reign as a newly victorious Underqueen along with all the complications and surprises that this role brings.  We learn more about where Jaxon’s loyalties lie and his past ways before Paige came into the equation whilst Paige is beginning to learn her own strengths and just how useful her gift can be.  In short, life as Paige knows it flips on its head and it’s wonderful.

The Song Rising is a shorter novel than both of its predecessors however this takes nothing away from the content and seems to be simply because the novel takes place over a shorter amount of time than the previous novels.  There is some incredible world building in this installment as not only do we explore further reaches of Scion London, but we learn a little about the Scion world outside of the capital; Scion Manchester and Scion Edinburgh.  As we have come to expect from these novels, The Song Rising is packed with page turning tension which ensured I reached the final page far too soon.

As with the previous novels, The Song Rising contains a host of diverse characters who are all layered, complex and really likeable.  We are made to care about every single character no matter if they are one of the main group surrounding page or a fairly infrequently mentioned secondary character.  This, along with the excellent narrative, explains why we’ve had to wait a little longer for this novel than we’re used to.  It’s a very strong book and an I don’t mind having to wait that little bit longer for such a perfect addition to the series.

I have been left eargly awaiting the currently unnamed The Bone Season #4.

You can catch up with Paige, Warden, Nick and the rest of your favourite voyants and Rephaites alike from publication day; 7th March.

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The Song Rising

Greetings all Voyants!

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

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3 Reasons The Bone Season is Your Next Must-Read Series

Have you heard of Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season? If not, why not? These brilliant books follow teen Paige Mahoney in the 2050s as she battles with life as a clairvoyant in the criminal underworld of London, where the world is under the rule of an intriguing organisation called Scion.

Here are my top 3 reasons to make this series a priority on your TBR (to be read) list.

 

3. It’s the start of a series

Although there are currently only 2 books published, Bloomsbury have picked this up as a 7 book deal with the 3rd due for release in March 2017. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that a new series you are just starting has longevity. The end of the road isn’t after the next book; you have a further 4 books to enjoy which could mean almost another decade of enjoyment!

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