13 March, 2015

#BookReview :: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

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 for ever. 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.

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Paige Mahoney is a nineteen year old girl who works the criminal underworld of Scion London. You see, she has certain powers that allow her to read minds and interact with the spirit world. In her world, she is committing a crime by simply being in existence. But she is careful and has a cover story. But one incident changes her life forever. Later she is drugged, kidnapped and transported to a secret city – A city that is controlled by a powerful race. That is where Paige meets Warden as her trainer. Imprisoned, Paige bides her time to escape from a certain death… will she succeed? Well, that is the question.

Samantha Shannon has created an immensely huge world in her The Bone Season series. When I picked up the book, the two page chart of depicting the order of the clairvoyance, the two page map of the territory of Suzerain in the beginning of the book and the huge glossary at the end gave me a brief idea about the details of the new world awaiting inside. But what awaited me was a world well thought out and planned. It was an immense pleasure to discover new concepts, races and creatures throughout the novel. It is a mix of so many known things and so many new things at the same time that I really do not know how to categorize this book. Dystopian? Check. Paranormal? Check. Fantasy? Check. Mythology? Check! Yeah it might get a little overwhelming at times to keep track of everything and that is why I took my own sweet time with this book. Also, laying out the world took time and as such, the book has a slow start but if you can hang on, it is worth the wait.

The characters are well developed and well portrayed. Paige is a protagonist that everyone will love. She is street-smart with good gut instinct. She is seriously kick ass when she wants and even vulnerable at moments. She is perfectly balanced and grows well over the pages. The plot is compelling and complex. I hear it is going to be a seven book series and as such the plot needs to be complex to take time to untangle it all. But I doubt that we have all the information yet… The language and the narration style both are very inviting. 

Overall, this was an engrossing read and I cannot wait to start on the Mime Order.

Review Copy received from Bloomsbury India


  1. A story from future surely intrigues me! Thanks for the review!

  2. loe this book, i won fro the author..can't wait to read the next bok..
    good review by the way !! :)

  3. This sounds like something I'd enjoy reading, thank you for the review!

  4. i have this book to read in my language cant wait to start it, the second book i will probably have to read in english, im glad you enjoyed this book

  5. Well-written review, makes me want to read the book!