Book Review : The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

October 28, 2014 Book review 6

When a book is hyped to be the next Harry Potter, that catches my attention!  When a book debuts at number 7 on the New York Times bestseller list, that also catches my attention.  And makes it a high priority on my ridiculously long to-read list.  I was lucky enough to win a paperback edition on a twitter giveaway from Sam at Realm of Fiction.  And just in time for me to pack it into my holiday bag.  Great decision for me, not so good for my holiday companions as they were totally ignored while I read and read and read.

Book Review : The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 20 Aug 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Won

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

First Line of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon:

“I’d like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning.”

My Thoughts on The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon:

The Bone Season is a great introduction to this fantasy series. However being an introduction, do be prepared for a slow pace at times as so much has to be explained. I love the complexity of the world and even though there are lots of elements to remember, the flow of the book and character driven aspect made it easy to get to grips with.

I did find initially there was a large info dump which isn’t particularly exciting. BUT, it’s a book that needs to be given a chance. That details are necessary to build up the intricate world that Samantha Shannon has so creatively imagined and before long I was totally absorbed in it.

There is a great glossary at the end (the end! why?) of the book of all the terms used but I wish I had spotted it sooner. In addition there is a graph and a map at the beginning which helps place the various levels of clairvoyance that exist into place for you. I was fascinated by all the gifts that exist and I just want to know more and more about these. I know this first book has only tipped the surface and that excites me so much as I’m far from ready to leave this world.

The characters are interesting and well developed, especially our Pale Dreamwalker – Paige. I admire her intelligence, her kindness and above all her sheer guts. Paige always has an eye out for those who can’t defend themselves and that just warmed my feels for her right up. I also like her lack of confidence in her skills, it didn’t feel contrived as a way to make her feel more vulnerable as a character but it did achieve just that.

And there is just a tantalising taste of an epic romance. I can’t wait to see how this develops in the future. I don’t want to be spoilery so no names but when you read the book you’ll spot it coming a mile off. I’m a fan of both characters and hope it goes the way I want it to because I have FEELS and I’m shipping these two together! Also I’m intrigued by Paige’s relationship with her father, I feel there is more to be revealed there.

And I knew there were Irish elements to the book but I wasn’t expecting so much! The Irish rebellion in the book seems to mirror the actual Irish Rebellion of 1916 and I loved that angle. Plus the main character Paige was born in the same town as me. I got a childish thrill of excitement at seeing that!

Overall with an exciting world to explore, intriguing clairvoyance elements with a fascinating hierarchy structure, a main character that I immediately clicked with and hints of future goodness to come; I’m giving this a huge thumbs up.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon?

If you are looking for an intricate fantasy series to get your teeth stuck into, this first book has lead me to believe that this series will deliver just that.  Or if you want complex world building with gothic elements in a dystopian London; read this!

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6 Responses to “Book Review : The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon”

    • trish

      It was a really promising start and I love the originality of it. Looking forward to reading The Mime Order soon.

    • trish

      It is worth reading but no harm waiting it out to see what the follow up books in the series are like before committing.

  1. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    I have this book on my kindle but I’ve been put off from starting it due to its length and many ppl saying it was dull and a bit tedious. I’ve also heard it was excellent and worth all the detail SO glad to hear you loved it Trish! I’m putting this back on my TBR immediately.
    Awesome review!
    Btw I’m glad u had a good vacation! The few pics I saw were awe inspiring 😉
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…GRE Exam Aftemath!

    • trish

      YAY! And I can’t deny the info dumping is there but I feel it’s really setting this series up for something great. And I love the complexity of the world. Hope you enjoy whenever you get to it Dee.

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