Review: The Bone Season by @say_shannon Samantha Shannon

I have been SO excited to finish this book and write a review for it. I was lucky to get an ARC of The Bone Season at BEA, and immediately fell in love with this book on the plane ride home. The Bone Season is scheduled for release in August. When I say pre-order it, I mean pre-order it. You’re not going to want to miss this book, and when it comes out, it’s going to be HUGE.

About The Book

A major event-the first book in a seven-part series of dizzying imagination. Welcome to Scion: No Safer Place. It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the 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 led 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 begins with a world in the not-so-distant future, where Paige, a Voyant with the power to push her body into other people’s dreamscapes (like psychic auras), works for a syndicate in SCION London. After accidentally murdering someone, she is captured and eventually brought to SHEOL I, a commune in Oxford run by an alien race called the  Rephaim who feed on aura.

Paige is an excellent herione. She’s tough and independent, but she still carries an inner will to help those around her at whatever cost. Through her journey in SHEOL I, she embarks on a strange relationship with her keeper, Warden and blood-consort Arcturus, and we also see flashes of her past from her childhood in Ireland, to the Molly Riots, to her eventual move to SCION London, and her life in the syndicate.

The story is rich, with a full and interesting world, and characters who all have something monumental at stake. We move through the free world, to the dystopian SCION, to the prison of the Rephaim, all seamlessly, and all making the reader clamor for more.

Most importantly, Samantha Shannon’s writing is brilliant. For such a young author, she has managed to capture a world of distrust and cold war within the journey of Paige, and tied an action-packed thriller with deep psychic hierarchies as well as political change and rebellion.

This book is a must-read, and I’m so excited for it to come out so everyone can read it and love it! Movies are already planned, and from what I’ve read, this series is going to be the next big thing (you heard it here, ladies and gentlemen).

About the Author

Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She’s currently pursuing her degree in English literature at the University of Oxford. The Bone Season is her first published work of fiction-the first in a seven-book series. It has been sold in eighteen countries and film rights have been optioned by The Imaginarium Studios, a film company led by Andy Serkis The Lord of the Rings ; The Hobbit) and Jonathan Cavendish (producer of Bridget Jones’s Diary). Follow Samantha on Twitter: @say_shannon; and on her blog:

P.S. Samantha Shannon, I love you and hate you for being so young and so awesome.

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