Review: The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon

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I recently finished The Mime Order, the second book in the Bone Season series. So far, two books have been released (of a planned seven), with The Song Rising due to come out in November this year. I first encountered The Bone Season last year and was also lucky enough to meet Samantha at Edge-Lit in Derby. When I met her, I was only about halfway through the book, but already knew I loved the series. I remember being really impressed by Samantha’s dedication to her work – she told the audience in her Q&A that she writes for eight hours a day. I left feeling really inspired and motivated to work on my own projects.

Anyway, onto the books. The Bone Season is set in a futuristic version of London that hides a community of voyants: people with supernatural abilities. The story follows Paige, a clairvoyant who works in the criminal underworld and is captured by a race of otherworldly creature known as the Rephaim. The Bone Season gripped me from the get go. It has everything I love in a novel: supernatural elements, a Victorian-esque setting, an amazing cast of characters, a dystopian feel and a refreshing romance (without a love triangle, I might add!) I loved Paige and Warden’s relationship – it was something that developed organically and realistically. There was no insta-love, something which I’m really tired of seeing in literature.

The Mime Order was just as exceptional. It took me a while to get through because I was bogged down with essays and my dissertation; I only had short bursts of time to read. I found myself getting agitated that I couldn’t sit down for an entire day to power through it. If you have the time, I recommend setting aside several hours – or a day – for the novel. The world is really expanded upon in The Mime Order. There’s a lot going on, and it’s worth taking the time to appreciate. I’d really like to re-read it after I graduate later in the year.

This series is incredible. As a writer aiming for publication, it motivates me to aim higher and to build better, more intricate worlds. Most of all, though, it’s a series I can come back to whenever I need to feel inspired, because the story really has blown me away. I can’t wait to read the next instalment.

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