I felt like doing a little recommendation/mini-review for this. 💕
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Paranormal
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.
It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
“There was no normal. There never had been. “Normal” and “natural” were the biggest lies we’d ever created.”
Told in sort of alternating perspective of the past and present The Bone Season is about a girl named Paige who lives in a world where clairvoyance not only exists (in various forms) but is also against the law. Anyone who is seen using their clairvoyance or is suspected of being clairvoyant is captured by the government (Scion) and taken away to either be experimented on or locked away.
Paige is a part of an underground criminal world where clairvoyants (also known as voyants) use their powers to serve one of the various leaders of that world for protection and money – kind of like the mafia. What they do every day is something that could ultimately lead to their capture if caught.
One day while Paige is on her way home to see her dad the train is stopped by the Undergaurds (clairvoyants working for Scion) and a fight breaks out that leads to Paige being captured the next day. Unbeknownst to Scion’s criminal underworld there is something far worse that Scion is doing with the clairvoyants they’re capturing. They are pretty much being sold into slavery for a group of creatures called the Rephaite.
Paige is forcefully whisked away into a world full of these creatures, the monster that haunt them, and the many clairvoyants in their possession.
However, not all things in this world are as they seem. Her “master” Warden seems to have a plan up his sleeves that involves Paige and her clairvoyance. Paige is a dreamwalker which means that she can break into other people’s minds and see their thoughts or dreams and possibly control their bodies. What’s that plan? And what does it have to do with Paige’s goal of getting away from the Rephaite and back to Seven Dials? You’ll have to read to find out.
The world that Samantha Shannon so masterfully created in this book is both terrifying and exciting. You have a future London with a government that is not only bent on getting rid of clairvoyance but wants to spread their way all over the world. You also see the introduction to a set of creatures that seem to have their hand in controlling that outcome via fear. But you also learn that there is a reason why they have their hand in things that has a connection to clairvoyance and their own world.
The main character Paige is by far one of my top favorite female characters ever. Paige is the type of character who takes names and asks questions later. She is stubborn, caring, ambitious, and strong. She is the epitome of a kickass main female protagonist.
There is also a set of incredible secondary characters who are each unforgettable in their own ways. They all play a huge part to the story even though it is in Paige’s point of view. They introduce to you so many different clairvoyant powers and aspects of the world.
And there are very subtle hints of a romance. It’s never overpowering and never an actual romance but rather a possibility of future romance. One of my favorite things about this book (and series) is that that is there but isn’t a focus at all. I’ve always felt that is a great way to go about romance in a fantasy novel and makes me enjoy it even more.
The Bone Season is an exciting, action-packed, introduction to the world of Scion in all of its horrific glory.
As it is one of my all time favorite series I recommend it to all of those out there who I know love fantasy as much as I do. Read it. You won’t regret it!
Also, if you have read The Bone Season but haven’t read The Mime Order yet then be sure to do so before the March 2017 release of The Song Rising. The Mime Order delves even more into the criminal underworld of Scion and its many secrets. 😊
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Have you read The Bone Season? What did you think of it? If not, do you want to read it?