Rating: 4 / 5
I have heard so many fantastic reviews of THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon and I really enjoyed reading the author’s PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE, so I was eager to pick this one up. Being the first book in a series, I thought it worked well for my reading prompt related to beginnings. Kylee was just happy because she got some new bones to chew to go with the bone titled book!
THE BONE SEASON begins in a somewhat familiar world. The setting is a futuristic London, though the aesthetics have a Victorian style twist. This is a world strictly controlled where clairvoyance (magic) is against the law. As a result, those with abilities fly under the radar, gathering in gangs with their own political systems in the shady world of the underground The story centers on Paige and very early on in the book she is caught and taken by those in power.
Paige getting caught occurs very early in the book and from there things take a very big shift that would be a complete spoiler to talk about, so I’ll leave the description there. Though I have heard a lot about this series, I was surprisingly unspoiled for where it was heading!
This book has a lot to take in initially, so it can feel a bit info-dump-ey, but I found the text to be very easy to settle into even so. I took the advice of a few people who suggested reading THE PALE DREAMER first. This is a prequel novella written later than the initial books, but since it occurs earlier than THE BONE SEASON it doesn’t have any spoilers. It does allow you to feel invested in some of the central characters and their world a bit more before diving into the first full length novel.
I was only halfway through this book before I went ahead and ordered the next couple in the series to read over the next couple months. I have heard that the books continue to get better and I really can’t wait to continue reading!
#AroundTheYearIn52Books – a book related to “In the Beginning…”