Review: ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon

Review: ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Published by Bloomsbury on August 20th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
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.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It 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.

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Paige is an unnatural who works for one of the mimelords in the future where London is plagued with people who can hear, speak and converse with spirits. She is different from the rest and having that ability makes her valuable enough to be kidnapped. Her captors take her to a place where she didn’t know existed and there she will find a world that she never knew existed.


I don’t even know how I was going to write this review, but alas it was easier than I thought it would be. I found it refreshing there was a mix mash of creatures from a mix of paranormal genres, even throwing in angels, vampires and even some mythological references. It might have been a complicated and disorganized world, but I enjoyed it all at the same time.


This world is so unique and so very vast. So many words and key phrases to keep up your head spinning. Vast complex but wonderfully woven world filled with spirits, creatures with vampire-like tendencies, angels, and mere mortals, this future put me on a mind bending journey all set in a future dystopian society. I find it incredibly disturbing voyants grab spirits in a bundle (a spool) and use them as their own power shot. The book tries to be all genres at once and it’s completely confusing. But at the same time, it’s refreshing because I enjoyed it all. I didn’t enjoy the disjointed back and forth of her present life and her past dreams. It didn’t make any sense until the ending and I wish it was fully structured more. The characters were just as colourful and had very distinct personalities even though it wasn’t wholly original with its “Chosen One” storyline. Though, I have to admit Warden was a great love interest, I found him to be completely compelling and their relationship was a slow and intense build which I loved to see.


Overall, a series that I’m sure will get anyone addicted to its pages.

reading progress



He was the single most beautiful and terrible thing I’d ever laid eyes on. (52)
If you must know, I despise her. Every breath she takes is repulsive to me. (321)
I wished to know you. I did not wish to treat you as a mere human—lower, unworthy. (348)
Do we sacrifice honesty in order to be happy? (362)




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