Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Age: Young Adult/ Adult
Series: The Bone Season #1
Interest: Book buzz/ Interesting plot/ Pretty cover
Source: NetGalley

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. (Summary from

I received an early review copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way swayed my opinion!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is a good book. It is a long book. I had seen a few reviews, from bloggers I trust before reading, mentioning the length being a bit challenging. I took their advice and read almost the entire 480 pages in one sitting. (Yeah, my butt and back still hurt.)

The Bone Season has an incredible world structure. It is so finely detailed. The only word which comes to mind in describing it is "saga-like." I appreciate how much work Shannon put into crafting such a massive class structure and unique terminology. I cannot imagine how she keeps it all organized in her mind! I was extremely thankful for the glossary at the end of the book. A map might have been helpful too! The only downside to such rich world building was the time used to describe it. The knowledge of the system paid off, but it was a little tedious to go over.

Shannon crafted her characters as solidly as her superb world building. All of them were splendidly diverse, in more than just their personality or looks. Their beliefs differed, their morals, everything. Instead of causing a disconnect, it made the characters all the more human. I loved seeing all the ethnic backgrounds coming together. None of the characters were wasted. I loved that Shannon utilized every single character, not letting any fall to the side. It would be too easy to lose track of a character in such a large world.

My only issues with the novel were, again, the tremendous length and in spite of this, still not giving me enough information. I wondered about the Rephaite world, mythology and creation. I wanted more information on the seven seals and their adventures in mime-crime. To be honest, I would have been content with a series just about that! So much was explored in those 480 pages yet it wasn't enough for me. I'm both looking forward to and dreading the next six installments. (Yay for more story! Boo for having to read like 500 pages each time to get it.)

I would recommend The Bone Season for anyone interested in a richly developed world with great characters, who doesn't mind a slow build up. The world is so huge, easy to get lost in and wonderfully crafted. I simply cannot get over the sheer scope of this novel. It's something special. I wouldn't go as far as to laud it as the next Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, *insert other best selling saga title here.* However, The Bone Season does leave a unique and exciting mark on the world of fantasy. I'm excited and ready for more!

Teaser Lines: " Maybe I should do it. This was my chance to get rid of him. I'd killed before. I could do it again.

I had three options. I could sit here and watch him die. I could kill him. Or I could try and stop it. I'd rather watch him die, but I sensed it might be better to save him."

Happy Reading,

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