Hi, long time no see!
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I saw this on Polandbananasbooks’ channel and I wanted to read it ever since. I’m so surprised it’s not new out though, it completely slipped under my radar, which is a shame because it’s a great book!
For those of you who don’t know anything about the book I’ll add the blurb just below 🙂 ! It’s labelled as a dystopia but I would call it more fantasy. The world changed 200 years ago or so in the 1800s with clairvoyants becoming this huge (and terrible) thing. It has more of a sci-fi / fantasy vibe I think. I’m pushing this because I’ve still read too much dystopia from like five years ago.
‘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.’
It’s a trilogy I think and I’m gonna hunt the next book down from my library when I get the chance.
Why I thought The Bone Season was awesome:
- I never read much about clairvoyants and this was a really refreshing and different spin on those powers. They had so many different types. (Also I never read about these kind of powers because they’re usually just lumped in with witches and they’re just not my thing.)
- Scion. I loved the ‘new London’ and it was definitely not a place I would ever want to live I got this great feel of it all from the descriptions.
- The crime syndicate and their workings although I only got to see glimpses of it but I think there will be much more in book 2 by the sounds of it. It reminded of Six of Crows in that respect.
- The characters are all really well written, especially those in the crime syndicate and Liss. I did guess the love interest though, but that’s mostly because it fit in with YA pattern ( I am not going to say who ;D ).
- She didn’t shy away from the dark topics. I’ve only really begun to appreciate this more now as a writer myself. I feel so terrible when particular topics come up because I might not do them justice, or I keep imagining someone I know reading them and judging me horribly. So I now think it’s so brave when a writer writes about certain topics and does them well.
- Did I mention the clairvoyants are awesome? I’m going to post the hierarchy of them below.
I don’t think it’s the clearest of things but wordpress has width restrictions for pictures! Maybe if you all squint a little…. I tried. You all can google it for better quality if you’re that interested! I do recommend picking this book up though 🙂