Review: ‘The Mime Order’ by Samantha Shannon

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Mime Order’ by Samantha ShannonThe Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #2
Published by Bloomsbury on January 27th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Angels, Dystopian, Paranormal, Supernatural
Pages: 528
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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 the dreamwalker, 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 centre 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. But where is Warden? 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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The beginning felt like a huge waiting game. I was literally waiting for a certain male to appear on the pages..But that didn’t happen until way further into the book. Samantha Shannon knows what she’s doing when she makes him appear. The first half is really all about Paige preparing for The Rose Ring, a battle (to the death) where one is crowned the leader of the land. The Rephiam do make an appearance, but I’m not going to divulge anything more than that.

So much more of the Seven Seals are revealed and explored and I found the history of The Rephiam to be wholly fantastic. I wanted more answers and I did get a brief look. The one thing that is really hard with this series, is that there are so many terms and definitions, you’re overwhelmed and quite lost. I don’t know if there’s a glossary in the finished copy, but I really hope there is because it would help a lot.

The ending was the most intense and made up for all the slow building in the middle. I literally had my heart in my hands because I didn’t know who was going to live or die, and I was also trying to understand what was going on. Battling in the Bone Season series is quite hard since they use spirits and use the reality of the dream landscape to battle.

I really had trouble starting this, it dragged on a lot with nothing really happening, at least to my knowledge. Everything clicks together at the end, so it all works out and you realize, ohh this is why she sets it up like that. GOT IT!

Overall, another fantastic edition to the series, and can’t wait for more!


Literature is our most powerful tool.
I understand what it is to be fearful of your own body’s power.
Words give wings even to those that have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.
There’s a difference between wanting to kill someone and killing someone.
Writing didn’t carry the same risks as speaking. You couldn’t be shouted down or stared at.
Revolution isn’t quite as easy as treason.
Truth is different in every lens, history was made by liars.
Life, for all its wonders, is rather flimsy in the end.
Money. The dark obsession of the human race.
Material possessions cannot last, yet they fight over them like cultures. Disgusting greed.
But fear and understanding were kindred things. Both involved the loss of the familiar and the terrible danger of knowledge.
Possession is only dishonorable if you do deliberate harm to the host—assuming the host does not richly deserve the harm, of course.
You belong to yourself, not to the fear.
It is not that I do not want you. Only that I might want you too much. And for too long.
The æther takes us all. No matter what we’ve done.
We have to take charge of it ourselves, before it crumbles.
London is what matter. London and her people.
In the end, loyalty will outweigh greed.
Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.
We already existed on a level of hell. And we would have to walk right through hell to leave it.

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1 Comment

  1. Meredith

    February 26, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of the novels that include a bunch of made up terms, because I cannot keep track of all the new terminology for the life of me! Great review!

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