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The Bone Season: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Shannon
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (708 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a †œdreamwalker,†? in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, 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. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

The e-book of the New York Times bestseller now includes an exclusive sneak peek at the second book in the series, The Mime Order.

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*Starred Review* “We are the minority the world does not accept,” Paige Mahoney tells us, referring to the struggles of clairvoyants, from soothsayers and mediums to her own high standing as a dreamwalker. In Shannon’s galvanic debut, the first in a series of seven novels, she brings us to Scion, a totalitarian state in England circa 2059, where “voyants” are designated “unnatural” and clairvoyance is outlawed. Torn from her beloved home in Ireland as a misfit girl, Paige, whose exceptional psychic powers are matched by nearly superhero physical prowess, found sanctuary in London’s criminal underworld, working for Jaxon Hall, a gang leader in the clairvoyant syndicate, until her arrest. Now she’s imprisoned in a penal colony, Sheol I, formerly the city of Oxford, a netherworld ruled by ectoplasmic beings called the Rephaim. Will Arcturus, Paige’s Rephaite keeper, prove to be as diabolical a tyrant as she fears? Not only has Shannon dynamically and shrewdly imagined every element of this spooky yet earthy world-at-war, from its unforgiving hierarchy to vile if essential herbal concoctions, encounters with monstrous predatory creatures, and the terror of “spirit combat,” she has also tapped into the timeless wellsprings of fear and prejudice, repression and resistance. The result is a dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: An energetic, multifaceted print and online campaign, including viral teaser trailers, will launch this exciting debut, the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer. --Donna Seaman


A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. THE BONE SEASON is a must-read. -- Kami Garcia, coauthor of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series

[A] dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom...the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer. -- Booklist (starred review)

What a ride! Imagination on that scale is exhilarating. I didn't just like this book, I loved it. -- Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books, Toronto

This book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex. -- Kirkus Reviews

Shannon offers up a richly imagined debut...The internal mythology is complex and intriguing, the emotional struggle is captivating, and the pace rarely falters as Paige unravels the mysteries and dangers of her new home. -- Publishers Weekly

It's the Harry Potter/Hunger Games fix you've been craving. --

Product Details

  • File Size: 2358 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B73NYDO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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232 of 248 people found the following review helpful
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It's difficult to know where to start with The Bone Season. On one hand, publisher Bloomsbury has set a massive marketing campaign in motion, promoting the book as the best thing since Gone with the Wind, or at least The Hunger Games, and young author Samantha Shannon as the most talented and precocious young writer since Sylvia Plath or maybe David Foster Wallace. This makes any criticism of the book seem like a mean-spirited attack on a genius and her masterpiece. On the other hand, there's the book itself, which, although not bad for a first novel, is much better suited to a teen audience looking forward to early adulthood than to the older adult audience Bloomsbury is apparently seeking.

If you're reading this, you probably know that the book centers on 19-year-old Paige, a girl with supernatural powers who lives in an authoritarian future London where "voyants" like her are hunted, imprisoned, and executed. Most of the story takes place after Paige unintentionally kills two police, is captured, and is shipped off to a secret "penal colony" called "Sheol." Sheol is run by inhuman creatures from another dimension who make slaves and servants of the voyants sent to them by "Scion," the corporate regime that rules London. Like her fellow prisoners, Paige is given to a "Raphaite" master, and she must watch as her fellow prisoners are tortured, starved, killed, or, worse, turned into loyal proteges of the brutal Rephaites.
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sadly, this is an over-hyped mess August 30, 2013
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This book made me so frustrated that I had to write a review and I apologize ahead of time for venting and spoiling (so be aware). First of all, I love to read like all of you who care about books. I spend many happy hours involved in other worlds this way. It's hard to put them down when they are so engrossing and well done. To say that I was disappointed in this first book from Samantha Shannon is not enough. I was excited about the possibilities and they did not deliver. Many other reviewers have done a great job explaining the plot. I can just go into how I felt about just a few of the issues I had.

Frankly, I am surprised this got the greenlight for publication. It needed a lot more time and development to really bring out this future world. I actually feel bad for this author and think it's not fair to compare her to the Potter series. This does not even come close to it, in my opinion.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the whole system of clairvoyants is long and such a chore to keep straight. It's no fun at all. I would give this book a lower rating just for that reason alone. But, the disappointments kept adding up. There are many weird mistakes like doing or saying one thing and the next sentence will not support what was said. She kept interrupting my imagination with sentences that made no sense or took you too far ahead of what should be explained. You feel like you must have read it wrong or missed something, but you find out you didn't. It's her writing 'style'. There are great authors who take you somewhere special and do not bog you down with overwrought language. She didn't seem to be able to decide what kind of author she wanted to be.
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130 of 146 people found the following review helpful
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See more of my reviews on Birth of a New Witch!

This may be one of the most hyped-up books of the year and until I got it, I honestly thought it was a YA novel. If only that were a joke. Only upon getting it did I learn better, but that's okay because of the strong crossover appeal The Bone Season has going for it. It's best to leave behind any thoughts of her being the next JK Rowling at the door because if you come in expecting that, you're gonna have a bad time. If you come in as blind as you possible can in the midst of all the hype, you'll find a pretty fun book after you get through the worst bits.

The first chapter might lose you due to the massive amounts of inelegant infodump about the world Paige lives in. So much gets thrown at us not just in the first chapter but throughout the novel that some information fails to stick. If the levels of clairvoyance and what gifts certain levels/certain types of clairvoyants have were clearly explained at some point, I can't remember half of it. It would have helped to have some chart at the beginning of the book to explain them in addition to the maps of Scion London.

Shannon's style could also use some work. Her prose is a little simplistic, there are some rookie mistakes like having Paige list off her appearance while looking at her ID card, and "I" is what starts a sentence so often that the lack of sentence variety is noticeable when I normally don't notice such things. It happened so often that I've got bookmarks of entire paragraphs where every sentence or almost every sentence starts with that one word. Despite the novel being in first-person, it can be hard to get into her head and really understand her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great debut, might be overhyped but still a great read.
Published 3 days ago by John Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars The complex plot is inventive and will be addictive – no matter what...
The year is 2059 and nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, employed to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sally Ann Melia
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and imaginatve
You will use the glossary and charts to follow this creative world of clairvoyants and normals, but it's worth the effort. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sherry L. Sackfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating enough to enjoy working out!!
This book was really good. I usually am not a reader of too many fantasy/sci-fi books, but this one captivated me. Read more
Published 14 days ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars An utter delight!
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I look forward to reading the sequel. I think Shannon has some really interesting world building and she makes a lot of choices that wouldn't... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Becky
2.0 out of 5 stars The writing isn't at all bad, but the story didn't grab me and I ...
I read the first few chapters and couldn't get into this book. The writing isn't at all bad, but the story didn't grab me and I didn't find myself at all interested in the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Virginia
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical Fantasy!!
Great book... excellent story!! Kept me interested from page 1!! Some of the vocabulary is confusing, but that's the slightest critique.
Published 16 days ago by Lesa Vasquez
1.0 out of 5 stars To see Rowling mentioned in the blurbs is bad enough, but to see...
To see Rowling mentioned in the blurbs is bad enough, but to see Orwell and Tolkien mentioned is patently blasphemous. Read more
Published 16 days ago by rfw
4.0 out of 5 stars An awesome world that drew me in.
I enjoyed this book. I read recreationally and Shannon created a world that drew me in. I struggled some with the language - and the maps and charts in the Kindle version that... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Trixienell
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I enjoyed reading this book as it was different from what I usually read.
can't wait for the next one.thanks
Published 19 days ago by Nana
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