The Bone Season

Woah. Every tiny detail regarding the world was so cleverly though out, I just have no idea how Samantha Shannon thought of this mind-bogglingly brilliant idea. The Bone Season is fantasy at its finest: meticulously plotted and brimming with energy.

Author: Samantha Shannon | Publisher: Bloomsbury | Release date: August 20th 2013 | Source: for review

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.

MY THOUGHTS: Samantha Shannon is an undoubtedly amazing writer; her descriptions throughout this novel conjured up vivid imagery, and her creativity is just mind-blowing. The way the book was structured, with most chapters ending on small cliffhangers, made me devour this novel within three days... which, because of exams, other books, and the shear length of this tale, is a marking of how addictive this read really was. I had a couple of minor problems with the beginning (my memory failed me there, and it was a tad confusing) but after about 30 pages, it really picked up and I began to LOVE this read.

Paige, as a protagonist, was all I could ask for from a leading character and I can't wait to see her grow and develop across the  rest of the series. As for Warden... well, I totally underestimated him! I'll stop talking about the characters now, because, knowing me, I'll spoil something, but let me just say: they were complex and flawed but a heck of a lot of fun. Really, although there were a lot to remember, each of them was interesting in their own way, and the beautiful thing about this being a series, is that we'll get to know each of them a lot more throughout.

Now, let me speak about the world. I'll repeat what I said at the beginning: woah. I did admittedly cheat whilst reading this (by flipping back the pages to look at The Seven Orders of Clairvoyance) but the creativity of this novel was astounding. An element which interested me in particular was the idea of Dreamscapes, but, to be honest, I was fascinated by all of Samantha Shannon's quirky ideas! Believe me when I say, Scion is a fictional world I adore.

Basically, this book was incredibly well-written and the world building was immaculate. Although I got confused at parts, I still thoroughly enjoyed the opening to this truly promising series. Oh, and a HUGE thanks to whoever invented glossaries, as I really benefited from all the definitions and extra info neatly packed onto the last few pages of the copy. So anyway, I already know that the Scion series is a series I'll be following from start to finish, but the question is: will you?

Favourite Quotations:    
"Not all of know what we are. Some of us die without ever knowing. Some of us know, and we never get caught. But we're out there. Trust me."

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Why? 
I'm not exaggerating when I say that every single detail about this world has been thought out. All the different systems used, the concept of Dreamscapes and "Cassie's cant" only go to show how truly intricate this novel is. And believe me, the intricacy of this debut makes it an astounding, a stunning and a pleasurable read for most (if not all).


20 comments:

  1. I think I requested an ARC for this book, but didn't get approved. This was a great review, and now I really want to read it! :)

    My latest post:

    http://anendlessstreamofwords.blogspot.com/2013/06/booking-through-thursday-2.html

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    1. I left a comment! And fingers crossed you get a copy when it's released! :D

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  2. This books sounds so good! I think I found it in a WoW post yesterday.. But anyways, the Seven Orders of Clairvoyance sounds so good :) Great review, Ruby!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. Yeah, the Seven Orders of Clairvoyance are awesome! :D

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  3. I really enjoyed this as well! The amount of creativity and imagination that went into it was mind blowing! Paige was definitely an awesome mc, and Warden was an interesting character, too. Lovely review!

    PS. Love your layout!

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    1. Aw thank you, I'm glad you like the review/layout! :) And I certainly agree about the creativity of the whole book, way TOO awesome hehe!

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  4. I really want to read this! Samantha is so nice, and an inspiration! Can't wait to read it, and I might just request an ARC...

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    1. I know; she's an extremely friendly and approachable author! (:

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  5. This sounds really great! I'm definitely ordering it - your review is superb as well, I love how passionate and honest you are :)

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    1. Wow, thanks, I always try to be honest in my reviews so I'm glad that has paid off! :)

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  6. I really want to read this! It sounds like something I'd really enjoy and I do love a well-written and well-thought-out fantasy. Thanks for the review, Ruby!

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    1. Yep, this is a book I think you'd LOVE! :D

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  7. This seems so creative and unique! Paige seems like a lovely MC, and I LOVE it when characters turn out to be more than you initially expected, like Warden. :D I really need to pick up this series! Glad you liked it, Ruby. :) Thanks for the wonderful review, as always. <3 x

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the review, and it's definitely unique! :) I can't wait to see more of Warden in the upcoming books. :D Thanks for commenting!

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  8. this book sounds amazing, i've heard nothing but praise for it!

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    1. Yeah, it has had tonnes of 5-star and 4-star reviews! But Samantha Shannon is so lovely and the book is so brilliant, all the raves are well deserved. :)

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  9. Wow that sounds flipping great! Glad that it has another kick ass protagonist as well :D so many female MCs seem to be quite meh at the moment. Definitely checking it out!
    Fab review, Ruby!

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    1. Thank you! "Flipping great" is certainly one way of describing it. ;)

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  10. This sounds amazing! I love the book trailer, too.
    I'm really looking forward to reading this and am so glad you liked it, Ruby! :)

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    1. Ooooh yessss the book trailer is brilliant! I hope you get your hands on it soon! :)

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