The Season Sarah Maclean For Lisa, who believed For Eric, who reminds me that love is real even if boys don't brood. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. *Starred Review* “We are the minority the world does not The Bone Season: A Novel - Kindle edition by Samantha Shannon. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. PDF - The Bone Season. It is the year Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the.
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These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highlyas 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.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroinea young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. His skin was a dark honey gold, setting off two heavy-lidded yellow eyes. He was the tallest of the five males, with coarse brown hair, clothed in embroidered black.
Wrapped around him was a strange, soft aura, overshadowed by the others in the room. Shockingly, he picks Paige to be his Special Girl. She gets to be his servant! She's soooooooooooo special, because guess what? Arcturus, Warden of the Mesarthim. He has decided to be your keeper. You are very, very fortunate. Facepalming so hard. Their romance is forced and stretched. The "like,", the love, the gradual building up of the relationship never felt realistic, it never felt natural; when it finally came, it just left me utterly cold and disbelieving.
The writing is technically well-done, the action scenes are acceptable, but is entirely too dependent on the use of Deus ex Machina as a plot device. The plot is a mess.
It is peppered through with flashbacks that tried to give me insight into Paige's character, and while that worked somewhat, it just took too long to get to the point, and I felt the majority of the flashbacks Undoubtedly, this book has a lot of fans already, based on the huge numbers of glowing reviews. I, for one, remain highly skeptical.
If this is indeed to be a 7-book series, I'm not sure where it will lead, but I know will not follow. The ending is meant to leave us wanting more View all comments. May 06, Steph Sinclair rated it liked it Recommends it for: People looking for a more complex novel with intricate world building. Actual rating: As the first in a seven book series, it's already been optioned for a movie and did appear on the New York Times Bestsellers list its debut week.
But when I heard the magical words "the next J. Rowling" my interest, along with many, was instantly piqued due to my severe lack of will-power. But like any book surrounded by a massive amount of hype, the Actual rating: But like any book surrounded by a massive amount of hype, there's concern that it won't live up to it.
And, in my opinion, The Bone Season both did and did not, leaving me very conflicted at its conclusion. For every one thing I loved about it, the yin wasn't far behind. It's clear that The Bone Season 's strength lies with the world building. As frustrating as it is fascinating, London , under Scion rule, was one imaginative place that kept me in a state of awe over such creativity of all the intricate layers to Paige's world. In fact, it's so imaginative and complex that the first few chapters show the novel's biggest flaw: Though, this didn't bother me too much in my reading experience, I can see it being an issue for others who may have less patience.
My advice to anyone who struggles with the beginning is to power through because the ending does not disappoint.
Learning the workings of the underground crime syndicate, remembering the order of clairvoyance and their abilities, understanding what Paige herself can actually do as a dreamwalker, a rare type of clairvoyance, is a lot to take in, and doesn't really get easier as the novel goes on. That coupled with the novel's slang and the constant addition of other explanations, was enough to make my head spin.
But there is more, of course, when Paige is captured, adding another layer of complexity and another set of rules the reader has to learn Then, there's a chart of the order of clairvoyance, a map of London, a map of Oxford, a glossary for the slang, fancy words I don't use and bloody Roman Numerals!
Suffice to say, reading The Bone Season is not for the faint of heart and, at times, was a bit of a chore to keep up with. Do not get me wrong, this is not necessarily bad thing at all. Shannon's imagination was definitely working overtime with The Bone Season.
But unlike the aforementioned works, I'm not sure it possesses the same level of fines to tie it all together.
It holds enough intrigue to keep you reading and "your wheels a'turnin'," because even when I wasn't reading, I was thinking about the book and what would happen next and even after finishing it, I'm still thinking about the ending!
That's not something I can say for most books. One thing I did really love were the characters. Paige was the perfect kind of heroine for me, neither badass nor weak, leaving her with room to grow as a character, but not possessing a few of the more annoying traits of other main characters.
She's smart, but still makes a few careless mistakes, giving her a more realistic feel. She's someone I could sympathize with and understand. I also think the members of the Seven Seals, Paige's gang, were very well-developed. Though, they don't have larger roles in the novel until the end, through Paige's dreams we learn about each of their personalities and whims.
Throughout most of the novel, Paige attempts to figure out Warden's secrets and plans, but even at the conclusion, I don't feel like a have a firm grasp on his motives. The plot was slowly paced and may frustrate some readers, but I found it worked well in this situation and helped build the anticipation for the growing rebellion at the ending. My only qualm is that the book reads long at pages, with smaller print and long pages, I guess that explains it. And with so many things happening and so many new things being thrown at the reader constantly, you really have to pay attention to everything.
This may seem like a lot of work to read a book, but it does suck you in fairly quickly and is so very addictive. I didn't like being away from this book for long and was always hungry for the next chapter. It was also never boring despite the slower pace, and by the end, it's pretty much non-stop action. The amount of detail and care that went into arranging everything was evident and impressed me.
And the ending. It was pretty damn brilliant and the best part of the novel. When Shannon hit her stride, things definitely came together nicely.
I do have three personal issues, which I'll hide in spoiler brackets are below, but just know that it never really detracted from my reading experience. This book already had a lot going on that I feel it was unnecessary. Not to mention, its believability. It was apparent that this was supposed to be building, but I never really got a good sense of that, especially since one of the characters' personality consisted of him being devoid of emotion. So much time was spent on explaining the world and the rebellion plans and not on the couple's growing feelings, that it didn't feel organic.
Instead, it felt as if it just manifested to add an extra layer of complexity, something that this novel did not require. Why in the world did Nashira keep the Scarred Ones alive after the first rebellion? What was the purpose in that?
And more importantly, why give one of them the important role of Blood-Consort? I really hope this is addressed in the next novel because it bothered me to no end. Or perhaps this was explained and I simply missed it.
O hide spoiler ] 3. I don't know why this bothered me, but I really wanted to buy the girl sweater. I hope she finds one in book 2. If you've been searching for book with more complex world building and plot, this may be it. I can see this being enjoyed by YA lovers and Adult readers alike with its strong paranormal-fantasy-dystopian roots.
Despite my reservations, I can safely say I'll be checking out the next book because this has the potential to be one serious kickass series. And with the high stakes ending The Bone Season had, I look forward to seeing where Shannon will take this story over the course of the next six books.
ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review. Thank you! I have also met this author and think she's a lovely person. I promise her loveliness did not sway my thoughts in this review. Pinky swear! More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. View all 85 comments. Jan 02, Carmen rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No One. My skin was crawling with revulsion while I read it. The first part - the first three chapters - were already upsetting me.
It's an alternate reality England. It's unclear whether this was triggered by something or if it was something that always existed, hidden from the sight of amaurotics her word for non-clairvoyants. Paige is a clairvoyant, and clairvoyants are hunted, tortured and killed.
Your only hope of surviving legally in society is to give yourself to the government, who uses you to hunt and kill other clairvoyants. Paige is a 'criminal clairvoyant' who works the seedy underground of London or whatever made-up British city this is. It's like a Dickens setting.
The whole book has this kind of "faux-Victorian yet we're in the year " vibe. People call each other stuff like, "dollymop" and tons of Victorian slang is used. Street urchins, tons of other stuff from Dickens novels, etc. Shannon has created a whole slew of new words to describe her new world. There is an extensive glossary in the back.
Reading this book is a slog. Unless you want to be flipping back to the glossary every 8th word, you will have to grin and bear it and hope it starts making more sense as the book goes on. So, I'm already not liking the book we're only talking about the first three chapters here because Paige and her 'kind' are in hiding and hunted mercilessly a la X-Men because they have supernatural powers.
Oh, and it's a really rough, brutal world. She is working for some guy who is obviously using her ruthlessly for her super-special super-rare power, - he cares nothing for her personally, but she's so valuable to him. Paige, for some cockamamie reason, can't see this - she likes her boss and is very, very loyal to him.
Then, in Chapter 4, view spoiler [she is captured by the police and taken to a secret place Oxford where it turns out aliens - well, sort of aliens - have taken over Earth and that's why clairvoyance exists. Clairvoyants are hunted down by human police in order to be recruited as the slaves of these aliens, known as Rephaim. Paige - because she is pretty and also super-rare and special - is signaled out by the tallest, most handsome of all the Rephaim.
And I was like, "Fuck no. NOT that she's sold into sexual slavery - that's not what I mean at all. Disgusting and putrid, I agree.
Let's see: Physically, with an iron. Her master drinks her blood. You know how I feel about blood-drinking - it's disgusting. Oh, yeah. Hate this trope. Let me think. Tons of stuff. Tons of bad stuff happens to her. And after this - after ALL THIS - she ends up having sexy thoughts and explorations with the 'tall, handsome' alien master who has violated her in so many ways since she got here.
Because she "loves" him. Because he's "different than the rest of them. This doesn't happen 'til very near the end of the novel, but I could see it coming a mile away and the dread was building and solidifying in me with every conversation they had with one another.
And she's supposed to be so strong. So brave! So smart! So cheeky! It's filth.
It's fucking insulting to me as a woman. You know who else loves to pull this shit? Maria V. She's always having view spoiler [women 'fall in love' with the man who raped them, kidnapped them, or owned them as slaves. I hate reading fictional accounts of slavery and human trafficking. It disgusts me. I can read BBCMundo if I want to read about the slavery and trafficking of human beings - it's reality, and it happens every day.
It's not what I want in my fiction. But even that is made so much worse by adding the insult of view spoiler [ making Paige - a supposedly strong, fiery 'take-on-the-world' person - fall in 'love' with her master. There is nothing I can say to recommend this. This is a type of book I despise. Even if you stripped away the aspect I was discussing in the spoilers, it still has the problems of being a. Mary-Sue main character. Brutal and utterly depressing world full of pain, death, torture, slavery, degradation, etc.
Tons of weird slang that makes no sense. A completely made-up, very complex system - actually more than one system - of supernatural stuff that is described in made-up nonsense words and you need a glossary to even get an inkling of what's going on.
There's tons of characters - I can't can't keep them straight much less bring myself to care about any of them. Terrible no matter which way you cut it, I'd say. View all 74 comments. Once you know something, you can't get rid of it. You have to carry it. This one is a bit tough to rate and review. It was a great book BUT it definitely had its "huh???
Holy crap. I cannot put a finger on this worldbuilding. It's like I get it, but I don't. It's really a lot to take in. One look at the reference page in the beginning of the book and you can already see how much of a pain it would be to piece together the worldbuilding and how things worked. Worldbuilding aside, the concepts in this book are also super confusing and hard to grasp. I have NO idea what a dreamscape is.
I don't even really understand what Paige is or does. Along with everybody else's abilities. But I'm like, okay. I'll go with it. I'm just hoping that things would make more sense or explained better in the the second book. Although I was??? The pacing, overall, is pretty slow. Even at the end when shit starts to go down, I wasn't fully invested in what was going on or blown away sitting at the edge of my seat.
The story moves slow but it's actually surprisingly interesting. Usually the slow pacing plus confusing worldbuilding would kill the whole thing for me and I'll end up DNFing but the storyline really saved this book. I don't really have much to say about the book mostly because I'm still reeling and wondering what the heck I just read, and what EVEN was this worldbuilding. But overall, this was a pretty good start to what potentially could be one of my all-time favorite series.
I could tell that Samantha Shannon has a lot more up her sleeve for her readers. And considering how this is a seven book series, I'm really curious as to how this story can span that many books.
I mean, I'll almost be 30 by the time this series will be over lol! The Bone Season is a bit slow here and there, and the worldbuilding can be a pain to follow but I think many people will really enjoy this series. Although sometimes the story moves slowly, there was no dull or boring moment.
I highly recommend sticking through the tedious, info dumpy first book because I can already see this series greatly improving with the later books! View all 12 comments. I can't even begin to explain the stuff in this book. You will have to read it or read some other review. But, I freaking loved it! I don't know, I'm weird that way. There is a glossary in the back to help with the book. I should probably have studied it but it's all good! Paige gets taken by these people things and is turned into a slave.
She gets the better person thing as her master. His name is Arcturus but he's called Warden. I liked him. Yeah, he was a slave owner but Um. Yeah, he was a slave owner but he was something else too. Things are not always what they seem. You know, I say that a lot in books. This must be happening in a lot of books I read. It's also because I don't want to let slip a spoiler! Anyhoo, these people that are being captured to be slaves have powers.
They are dreamwalkers and all kinds of things. I can't even explain how many there are and what all the different powers are that they have. They can kill you with their minds or something. I was just along for the ride! Oh, and there are these things that will eat you if you go into the forest or sometimes they come into the towns or whatever at night and a siren goes off to warn you to get inside. It's crazy peeps. I forgot what they are called but they are like some nasty skinned person thingamabob!
View all 31 comments. The narrative is choppy and bounces constantly between different subjects without transition. The author is young and it shows: I didn't complain in the beginning, because I was interested in knowing more about the world.
When it went on during the whole book, though? I can't endure that, especially because it wasn't well incorporated into the story. Also, I ceased to care. I said it. Granted, the magical system is complex and interesting, but it's barely exploited! We have all these different kinds of clairvoyants and for what?? Do their powers count in the end? Only Paige's counts, because come on, she's the heroine, duh. I used to think that reading in a language that isn't mine made dealing with slang more difficult.
Actually, I realised that it might be the opposite. See, coming across a word that I don't instantly understand doesn't bother me as much as it would if I read in French. Context is generally enough, and if not there's always Google. The awkward way Paige constantly justifies her actions felt as if the author was writing out of a textbook to not piss the reader off: I know I'm not supposed to trust him!
So tiring. LOADS of lectures. Every time the author needs us to know something. Hence it doesn't flow and for me it's the mark of a bad writing, sorry, especially in the action scenes - There's this huge danger lurking and the characters are so Some parts drag so badly and then others are so rushed that we struggle to understand what is going on?!
Oh, look at this official wallpaper!!! It was just so LONG to get there! None of her "emotions" touched me because everything felt so fake and so damn FLAT. Watch me forgetting her. Starting NOW. I held hope for Warden! And the bastard crushed it!
Actually, bastard is not the right word. He's just Another teacher in the making. Really, what is it with these characters and their dispassionate lectures? What is IT? I don't care about any of them. Why should I, really? I don't know them. And I might be a bitch, but I wondered why Paige was helping them from the get-go. They don't show any kind of connection so why?!
I'll tell you why: We can't have that. Except Mare. Too bad it isn't. More like nothing happens, there's not an ounce of chemistry, and suddenly they can't take their hands off each others.
Where the fuck does that come from??? She's branded, marked, and she develops romantic feelings? And again, he's years old. Also, the slavers are all POC. What's up with that? Does nobody find weird and offensive that alllll the bad guys would be POC?
For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 21 comments. It couldn't stand being trapped in one body all the time. It had wanderlust. This was more of a 4. As a result, clairvoyants who haven't sold their souls to the government must live in hiding, committing crimes to make it by.
Paige is one such clairvoyant - a particularly rare one called a dreamwalker - and life is hard enough before she is abducted and taken far away, to live as a slave for a race of immortals called the Rephaim, who have orchestrated the entire war on voyants.
Can Paige escape in time to save herself? She develops a lot during the book, and by the end, she has come to this realization that a lot of her pre-Rephaim life was not what she thought it to be no spoilers, don't worry. She did bug me a couple of times with her relentless sarcasm and cynicism, but it was nothing worth writing home about. I joked with some friends that I was worried I was temporarily trading in my feminist card for how much I loved his character, despite his being portrayed as her "captor".
I won't spoil the ending, but there's a lot more than meets the eye with this big teddy bear. There are also a handful of really delightful side characters, like Julian, Liss, and Michael, all of which I just wanted to squeeze and hug and keep safe forever.
It wasn't anything extraordinary, but it definitely did the job for me. She uses a lot of words that are not ones you would find in everyday speech, but the physical book has a glossary in the back with definitions.
I didn't find that I needed it more than three or four times, honestly. The world itself is built pretty efficiently, and since it's a magical realism book, there isn't much to tell that isn't already the reader's basic knowledge like locations, etc.
I enjoyed how in-depth the world of voyants went, with references to a multitude of different varieties dreamwalkers, soothsayers, oracles, etc. Fun fact on the topic: I enjoyed that comparison! If you absolutely hate the "master-turned-lover" trope, you may not be able to delve into this one much, but then again, this is a slightly atypical variation on that theme.
There are definitely some cliche moments throughout it, but altogether, I found this a delightful read that kept me up late and craving more, and I will definitely be continuing the series! You can find this review and more at my blog! View all 10 comments. Oct 30, Kiki rated it did not like it Shelves: This book was an absolute nightmare.
I nearly died trying to get through this. Even marking it as 'read' is a push, since I hardcore skimmed the last hundred pages. It was a chore: It was slow, painful, filled with depthless characters.
But it falls into exactly the same trap as Truthwitch , which is to deliver the most bewildering world building with little to no explanation. Like, I can't believe that when I w This book was an absolute nightmare. Like, I can't believe that when I was querying I had so many agents tell me that my world building was too complicated, and then this shit is flying off the shelves, when it makes about as much sense as the gravity equation from Interstellar. And, like that gravity equation, the mystery of this book's plot and world building will take like a hundred years and a trip into a black hole to solve.
It was just impossible. The Scion, Seven Dials, I-4, dreamwalker thing, whatever it was, whatever, was confusing enough, but then you bung in the whole Sheol I setting with a race of creatures that Look, I don't even know, dude.
I can't make head nor tail of it. I like layered reads, and I love complex stories, and please give me more really deep and thoughtful world building, but just because I want to read a book that makes me think doesn't mean I want to come home from a night on the phones in a stuffy office and sit down to a book that makes my brain hurt. I want to come home and read something that grabs me.
Something that cuts me with its hooks. This thing did cut me, but not in a good way. The only character I was even marginally interested in was Warden, but even then he's the same old turgid hot immortal dude who trains a rookie heroine and falls hopelessly in love with her.
Actually, this whole book reeked of Divergent , from the controlled building of an army to the character of Warden to the character of Nashira, who was basically Jeanine. Did it bother anyone else that most of the evil characters had Arabic names? What was that all about? It all felt like smoke and mirrors, to be honest. It felt really silly, too, especially since every time the Netherworld was mentioned all I could think of was Minecraft, and how disjointed the whole thing seemed from the Scion in London groan, more fucking London.
Can we set UK books elsewhere please? Always bloody London, over and over again. Especially since the Rephaim thing totally negated the Scion threat. It made the Scion seem not only weak but also really stupid and pointless. And why are the Emim only concentrated around Oxford?
Are they only going after the Rephaim? What is the Netherworld like? Why are the Rephaim training weak humans to combat this threat? The fantasy aspect of this book was lost on me. I really did not get it. What if I already pre-ordered a copy of The Song Rising?
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When will you start sending out the pre-order items? Pre-order items will start shipping after February 13, and will ship through March, We cannot guarantee any arrival dates. Download now from Bloomsbury. In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose — and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.
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