TTT: Top Ten Tuesday 19th May 2020.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This Tuesday:

Reasons Why I Love…The Bone Season series.

This week we have free rein to discuss something bookish we love. Enter my favourite book series that I have been following from the beginning!

I first read The Bone Season weeks after it was released as my Grandma thought it sounded like something I would love, after she had seen Samantha Shannon giving an interview about the book on BBC1. Book 2, The Mime Order, was published when I was at college. Book 3, The Song Rising, was published whilst I was hating every second of uni. This series dragged me kicking and screaming through the trauma of the end of my education and I love it.

Set in a future where the world has ‘fallen’ to clairvoyance and the Republic of Scion is trampling the world into submission, Paige Mahoney must survive in the safety of the Criminal Underworld of London. Paige’s job is to break into the minds of other voyants as the right-hand woman of Jaxon Hall, one of London’s Mime Lords. That is until she is attacked, abducted, and taken to the prison city of Oxford, kept hidden from the world for 200 years. Let the fun (and the emotional torture) begin!

Here are a few reasons why I adore The Bone Season series.

1. Each book (so far) is almost a love letter to a city. The Bone Season = Ode to Oxford. The Mime Order = Ode to London. The Song Rising = Ode to Edinburgh (with a side of Manchester thrown in). The Mask Falling = Ode to Paris.

2. World building. Following on from the fact this series explores different cities and locations, the general world building is so vast. So, so vast. We have orders of clairvoyance along with innumerable types of clairvoyant, we have the entire history of the Scion regime, we have the history of an entire different species, we have transport systems, have recreational activities and entertainment, it goes on and on and it’s insane.

3. Etymology. The genius of the words and the names. Honestly if you want a deep dive into etymology go straight to Samantha Shannon’s Twitter.

4. Jaxon Hall. He’s a sassy, brilliant, sly, pain in the ass. Please read this series he is such a great character.

5. Slightly shallow but, look how pretty 😍 Who wouldn’t want these on their shelves?!

6. It’s going to be a 7 book series! The first 3 have already been published, book 4 is on its way in January 2020 and then there will be 3 more to look forward to!! Samantha Shannon is also known to write chonky ass books so think of how much book fun is still to be had!

7. These books are a musical education. Trust me. Oh, and Samantha Shannon has created some rather helpful Spotify playlists to accompany the books.

8. Girl power! Women run the show in this series. Including the antagonists.

9. Representation and inclusivity. This series contains a multitude of characters from different backgrounds and life situations. This includes POC characters and LGBTQIA+ characters.

10. SLOW. BURN. ROMANCE. Enough said.

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This week:

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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