Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Published August 20th, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA.
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 dream walker, 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.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and 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. (Goodreads)
There was no normal. There never had been. “Normal” and “natural” were the biggest lies we’d ever created.
This was one of the most dynamic stories I have read this year. Several things factor into that and I am here to share them with you. For starters, I rarely read fantasy but I heard great things about this book and it’s been sitting on my TBR collecting dust for far too long. I finally dusted it off and gave it a go and wow I am so happy I did. Shannon created such an interesting world that I was able to become immersed in. In fantasy, world-building is so important and I truly believe Shannon did her world justice. Not only was the underworld of Scion London, Seven Dials, and Oxford engaging but the characters were as well.
As with fantasy there is so much to understand and so much going on that a reader can be lost in the details and honestly, there were times I noticed myself just reading the words rather than absorbing what was actually happening but as with most fantasy novels, or at least the good ones this in no way dissuaded me from continuing in the journey. Keep in mind it can be complicated, detailed and intense. Regardless it’s well thought out and engrossing. The Bone Season is mysterious and nonstop the entire time. Every ten years there is a new bone season. Paige is kidnapped from the criminal underground of London and sent to Oxford, the hidden and secret city where clairvoyants are trained and enslaved by a race with unknown origins. But everything is not as it seems. Paige must learn to trust her instincts and maybe even trust her enemy.
SIDENOTE: The Bone Season made me realize that sometimes not every single detail must be understood. It’s the work as a whole rather than its individual parts.
My favorite characters were Jaxon Hall and the Warden. Opposing characters for sure but both are well written and important people to Paige in different ways. I found myself wanting to know more about each of them. Hopefully, as the series continues I will get more. We shall see. Also to note is the fact that this was Shannon’s debut which blows me away! With a story this amazing, I just know she is going to knock my socks off with each book she writes. I am so happy this story continues with Mime Order and in March 2017, The Song Rising.