Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Posted December 13, 2014 by Lori in Books / 2 Comments Tags: , , ,

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA on 2013-08-20
Genres: fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback
Source: the Publisher
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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.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

When The Bone Season came out last year, I saw a lot of talk about it. But I wasn’t ever sure if it was one I’d pick up and read. Then, luckily, it showed up on my door! I was so excited. The publisher also told me about a read-a-long that was going to be happening on Goodreads. How could I pass that up? I put it on my calendar and was super excited.

When I started The Bone Season I was a little taken aback. The book jumps right into this entirely different world than we know with its own language and special abilities and government and I had no idea what any of it was. So many of the words meant nothing to me. Luckily, there was a glossary in the back of the book and in the first 50 pages I probably referred to it at least 25 times. But once the story really started up and I got a better feeling of the world and how it was set up, I didn’t need it nearly as much. I still flipped back to it every so often throughout the book and without it at all I probably would have given up on the book because it was so confusing in the beginning, but once the story gets going and I saw how things worked rather than just being told, I felt more settled in the world.

And then once the action started happening, I really couldn’t put the book down. I’m giving this book four stars because I want to know more about everything that has to do with this book rather than because I truly loved it. There is so much left that I still don’t know but I really want to! I want to know more about Warden and his story and I want to know more about Jaxon and why he is the way he is and more about the Rephaim and the Emim and everything. Not to mention see how the relationship between Warden and Paige continues to develop. Because I know there has to be more. I’m not even sure if you asked me to sit down and explain the book to you that I could do that. There is so much going on in this book it was really hard for me to keep it all straight. Usually that drives me crazy and makes me hate a book. But the writing in this book and its characters and relationships really kept me from throwing the book away. I really want to know more about why this world is the way it is and I’m hoping more will be seen in The Mime Order.

If you’re looking for a fantasy book with a completely engrossing world and characters that are much more complicated than they first seem, I recommend giving The Bone Season a try. Regardless of whether you usually read YA or Adult fantasy, this one fits right in the middle and would appeal to both. But if you’re looking for a quick fantasy read with lots of action or romance, this book is not for you. It was slow and difficult at times but in the end was completely worth it. I’m very much looking forward to The Mime Order and to see where this story goes from here. And if you do read this book, don’t forget about the glossary!

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