The Song Rising is the hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination by Samantha Shannon. Released on March 7th 2017, The Song Rising picks up several weeks after the conclusion of the events of The Mime Order – the scrimmage and Jaxon’s betrayal. You can find my reviews for The Bone Season and The Mime Order here.
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population. But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . . (Chapters.Indigo.ca)
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This blog post (inevitably) contains spoilers for The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. If you have not read the first book in this series, I highly recommend doing so before going any further. My review for the Bone Season can be found here.
As soon as I finished The Bone Season, I could hardly wait to pick up its sequel and get started. In fact, I was back at the book store the very next day! I did take my time with this book though; not because I didn’t enjoy it (I did), but because it was the book I brought along on our European adventure, and I wanted to make it last. Needless to say, it did not last the entire trip, and I ended up making an emergency trip to Waterstones before our flight home to pick up a read for the excruciatingly long flight over the Atlantic.
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . . As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.
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This book is simply outstanding. I enjoy most books, but The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon was something else entirely. Right from the get-go Shannon drew readers into a dark, mysterious world, which only became more mysterious and more convoluted as the pages turned. For every question answered, two more cropped up. This thrilling, fantastical read was anything but boring, and it soared past my expectations.
Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime, dictated by the powerful government know as Scion. Paige serves the Syndicate, an underground crime force of clairvoyants, among which she is a legend. Until she is snatched away to a secret prison, where she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious, and he’s not nearly as monstrous as Paige wants him to be. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.
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Shockingly, I actually read almost everything on my July Reading List, despite working full-time and being enrolled in a couple courses! Despite this, I’ll be keeping my August TBR short, as I will be going to Europe (eek!) for half the month, and likely won’t have a ton of time to read while adventuring!
The books at the top of my To Be Read list this month are:
- Ink and Bone: The Great Library by Rachel Caine
- Paper and Fire: The Great Library by Rachel Caine
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rolwing
- The Falconer by Elizabeth May
And let’s not forget that The Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir will finally be released (in Canada) on August 30th! I doubt I’ll be able to finish it in one day though, so I suppose I’ll save that one (officially) for my September TBR!
If you’re looking for more reading inspiration, please check out my other recent Book Lists, which all feature both new releases and some of my all-time (although maybe not as recent) favourite reads!
Happy Reading Bookworms!