You guys must be thinking, “She’s recommending The Bone Season again?” Yes, yes I am. I can’t stop thinking about the most recent release and just want all my fellow fantasy/dystopian lovers to read the series because it deserves all the praise (though, of course, I’m extremely biased at this point since I already love it so much).
Another reason I wanted to make this post is because I’ve been working on a little Paige and Warden playlist that I want to share with everyone. It’s still a work in progress but what better way to share what I have so far than by recommending the books, right?
I think it’s safe to say I’m still in book hangover mode nearly three months post The Song Rising and feeling all the Paige and Warden feels.
So, why should you read The Bone Season?
- For starters, the world building. Think a world where some have clairvoyant powers but to have said powers means to have a death sentence looming over your head because the government considers it treason. A corrupt government that actually just might be puppets on a string, controlled by mysterious creatures from another world. A world that has a clairvoyant criminal underworld that operates under the noses of said government and uses their powers every day. A world full of spirits and secrets. The Bone Season is all of that and so much more! The world building is complex, beautiful, and dark and continues to blow me away with each book released.
- Two words, girl power. From the characters who are considered the heroes to the ones who are considered the villains, it’s the women running the show in this book. I’ve noticed that almost every character who is in a leadership position is female. So, if you’re looking for a series full of girl power then look no further!
- Diversity. The Bone Season has POC characters, LGBTQ+ characters, and if I remember correctly there have been a few disabled characters. Samantha Shannon created a book world that while having a corrupt government that wants to kill all voyants is also very accepting. She actually goes into some detail about this as far as her LGBTQ+ characters go here. (even though she’s talking about something from the third book there are no spoilers for any of the books in the post I linked)
- A slow burn romance to end all slow burn romances. The Bone Season is my perfect example of how romance should be handled in fantasy. It shouldn’t be a defining aspect or stunt the character development but rather a bonus that gives readers this tiny thing to fangirl and feel all the feels about. Let me tell you, I have never seen slow-burn done as well as it’s done in this series.
- Flawed characters and a dismantling of the chosen one trope. The Bone Season is full of characters who are incredibly flawed, none of them are perfect. I mean they live in a world where it’s either become a criminal or risk being killed for what they are. Plus, whereas most fantasy can fall into the chosen one trap this one doesn’t. The main protagonist, Paige, is someone who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time that ultimately led to her making the choice for herself. It’s stated time and time again that it could have been anyone but she was the one who ended up stepping up.
Because I’m still feeling all the feels – My Paige and Warden playlist.
It’s short and definitely still a work in progress. Also, I have to give credit where credit is due because I discovered The Whisperer, Prelude for Piano and Malaria, and Apocalypse through Samantha Shannon and her TBS playlists, which I highly recommend checking out.
And Rise by Katy Perry is more of a song that makes me think of Paige rather than Paige and Warden. Mainly due to events within the series and this quote –
“You have risin from the ashes before. The only way to survive,” he said, “is to believe you always will.”
-Samantha Shannon, The Song Rising
Have you read The Bone Season? What did you think? If not, do you want to read it?