Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon [Review]

The Bone Season5 out of 5 Robots!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: August 20, 2013
Hardcover: 466 Pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It 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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
The Bone Season is probably one of the most complex, intricate, dense, and interesting books I have ever read.  Samantha Shannon is a master world builder.  The care she put into creating this world is obvious.  But there is also a lot of it.  It is very well done and well woven into the story, but at times it can make the book seem impenetrable.  But sticking with the book was a good idea because by the time I got settled in, I was all in. 

Paige is a great MC.  She is fierce, stubborn, loyal and kind of force to be reckoned with.  But she is also scared and at times quite vulnerable.  I loved seeing such a well rounded heroine.  Warden is decidedly more of a cipher, partly because of his Rephaite personality and partly because Paige spends much of the time distrusting him.  But Paige finds things are much more complicated than she originally thought and starts to work with Warden instead of against him.  I liked the tension between Paige and Warden.  I never quite knew what to expect from them.

There are definitely some unanswered questions, but as a first in a projected series of seven books, I don't expect the answers to come quick and easy.  But I did think there was a satisfying ending even if all my questions weren't fully answered.  I don't think this book will please everyone, especially those who like a lot of action and a lot of explanation.  Some will be deterred by the vocabulary or lack of straight storytelling.  But for those who like books with strong world building and a story that slowly unfolds and envelop the reader, this book will delight.  I can't wait to see what Samantha Shannon has up her sleeve in the sequel.


  1. I've been hearing a lot of different views on this book but I love strong world building in my stories, especially one that seems so intricate as The Bone Season is. I'm really excited for this, I definitely think (and hope) I will love it!

  2. I've heard so many awesome things about the world building in this book! I can't wait to check it out...probably next year...when I might have time....depressing thoughts...haha



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