The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
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Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Genre: urban fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
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The scope of the world in The Bone Season is breathtaking. It took me so long to even grasp it, which is a testament to Samantha Shannon’s imagination. I was confused by the terms the characters used, but the glossary in the back of the book did help me out! Plus I just let the terminology wash over me as I read and eventually I picked it up. The world (or, rather, underworld) of the clairvoyants was so interesting, especially seeing through Paige’s perspective.
Paige was awesome. She’s probably the toughest character I’ve read about. She’s defiant and stubborn, but also breakable and vulnerable, which is why I loved her. She’s kidnapped at the beginning of the book from her home in Scion London, then taken to a penal colony (Sheol I) via train and blindfold, and forced to work as a slave in this new society of the Rephaim. She belongs to the Warden. He is the blood-consort to Nashira, who is a leader hell-bent on acquiring rare clairvoyants in order to absorb their gifts.
In Nashira’s brutal, secret society, Paige must survive, which she didn’t do very well. She seemed to get patched up a lot; the world was so unforgiving. Pain and strength and ghosts, that’s what Sheol I was all about. And it was gripping to learn everything about Scion and Sheol I.
Honestly I really enjoyed this book, but more so towards half way. My heart broke for Paige, I fell in love with her gang (especially Nick), and I become invested in the Warden when I didn’t believe I would. He was so cold at the beginning, but he grew so much. This was such a slow-burn, but I’d definitely recommend it if you’re into urban fantasy!! That said, it wasn’t young adult, this is definitely older. But don’t let that deter you!
Also, there was an interesting flavour of mythology that was touched upon near the end, which I’m hoping will be explored further in subsequent books!
Overall this was such an intriguing amalgamation of ghosts and powers and I’m really looking forward to reading book two, The Mime Order! Now that this world has opened up, and I understand how it works with the gangs and clairvoyance, I cannot wait to see what struggles Paige will fight next.
4 / 5 stars