The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

by Samantha Shannon

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.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and 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.

Reviewed by Stephanie on

4 of 5 stars

D U D E. This was wicked cool. I wish that I had more time this week to read and gobble it up faster. Next one, please!

A note: the first 30 or so pages are rough to get through. There is a ton of info dumping and slang that I didn't understand but the glossary provided is full of spoiler-y type things (so really, only viable after you read the book or slightly halfway through.) But if you can muster through those first bits, the rest of the book is totally worth the initial frustration and confusion.

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