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 Jordon on

5 of 5 stars


Review originally posted at Simply Adrift.

The Bone Season is a paranormal series set in future England. I loved this idea so much! It's based in a world where people have clairvoyant abilities, normal humans are terrified of those paranormal abilities and have put measures into place to discover and destroy them.

What I liked

- The Bone Season really surprised me. The summary doesn't interest me at all but a friend of mine convinced me to give it a try because she really likes this series. The beginning was a bit slow but once I pushed through it I fell in love with this world and these characters.

- The characters were gritty but really likeable. I wasn't sure how I felt about Paige but as I read, the more I liked her and understood her.  Her ability to walk in other peoples dreamscape's was really confusing to understand at first but it sounded like such a cool ability. Warden was a complex character and I loved discovering him more and more.

- This story has layers and so many things happening at once. I'm really excited to continue this series to see where it goes.

- Even after finishing this book I can't stop thinking about it, picking up the second book really excites me because being immersed in this world was amazing the first time around.

What I didn't like

- The only thing I didn't like about The Bone Season was that there were so many new words that I had no idea what they meant. Luckily there's a glossary at the end of the book so I was constantly turning to the glossary, but I felt like it was still really hard to wrap my head around everything. I also feel like the glossary should be at the beginning of the book.

- It looks like each book comes out every two years. WHY?! The fourth book is said to be published in 2018 so I hope that actually happens because waiting two years for each book will be TORTURE.

The Bone Season is a complex story that is worth reading. The characters are fun to fall in love with, the world is crazy and interesting, and there's more going on than you think. I loved this book and I can't wait to get into the next one!


This review was originally posted on Simply Adrift

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Reading updates

  • 1 July, 2017: Started reading
  • 14 July, 2017: Finished reading
  • 14 July, 2017: Reviewed