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?
"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."