The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
Even a dreamer can start a revolution.
Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London.
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…
Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.
This had been sat on my shelf for well over a year when I finally picked it up after seeing Samantha Shannon twice in two weeks – she is so lovely and I felt a little guilty that I hadn’t actually read the book when she signed it for me…so I jumped straight in on the train home from meeting number 2!
I’d heard such good things about this series, people really rave on bookstagram and booktube, and don’t get me wrong – the first half/two-thirds of the book was great, but I think it did tail off towards the end. I think Samantha Shannon tried to fit too much into the ending, and it ended up feeling a little rushed. The “romance” was totally unnecessary and I think it took something away from what was heading towards being a 5 star read. It happened so suddenly and felt kind of forced – not all books have to have a romance! Just give me one kick-ass female character who goes around saving the world but doesn’t need to justify herself with a relationship, is that too much to ask?!
This was what my spirit longed to do, to wander in strange lands. It couldn’t stand being trapped in one body all the time. It had wanderlust.
I’ve seen a few complaints about the language in The Bone Season. Yes, there are a lot of new terms to contend with, but I do think in order to enter a truly new fantasy world you have to accept that there will be some new things. The glossary at the end was perhaps a bit much, but I didn’t realise it was there, so made it through the book without it. Shannon’s writing is gorgeous though, it flows really well, and (for most of the book at least) Paige is a great narrator – witty, relatable and not magically awesome at her special skill, like so many YA heroes/heroines seem to be.
I found the Seven Orders of Clairvoyance fascinating, and would love to know more about the various types of voyant. I was totally sucked into the world of Scion and Sheol I, and even with the slightly disappointing ending I am looking forward to book 2 (The Mime Order) arriving so I can dive back in.
Because I don’t know whether honesty is better than happiness. Do we sacrifice honesty in order to be happy?
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Published 2013 by Bloomsbury
Read August 2018