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The Song Rising (The Bone Season) Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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"This is an ebullient, gloriously complicated fantasy . . . Shannon unravels her tangled tale in galloping prose . . . Very satisfying." - Daily Telegraph
"Like treasures unearthed by mudlarks, Samantha Shannon’s alternative world is studded with fabulous language: mime queens and mime lords have their mollishers; gutterlings jostle with amaurotics in the meatspace; the country groans under the rule of the Scion Republic. With a sharp eye on the politics of identity, Shannon transports us into a world where the oppressed are pitted against one another in the struggle for survival." - Daily Mail
"Never less than captivating. A tantalizing, otherworldly adventure with imagination that burns like fire." - Kirkus Reviews
"Shannon's exploration of a futuristic, perilous Europe remains engaging and evocative . . . The narrative is fueled by a constant sense of tension, as well as both internal and external conflict." - Publishers Weekly
"Evocative, smart, and exciting . . . Shannon vividly and purposefully realizes each meticulously detailed setting, from London's underground to outposts in Scotland, while infusing her imaginative, passionate, and gripping saga with profound insights into humankind's long, bloody history of tyranny and the radiant ones who zealously fight for freedom and justice." - Booklist
"Fans will be rewarded with more character backstory, and new double agents on both sides of the insurgency . . . [The Song Rising] mirror[s] current debates on immigration, violence, and equality. It is within the descriptions of this clairvoyant world that Shannon’s writing shines." - Library Journal
"[Shannon] captures the city [of Edinburgh] with a particular kind of precision, especially the relationship between power and strength, and those who benefit from neither . . . This series of books [is] easily the most politically engaged of any of the contemporary dystopian fantasies." - Scotland on Sunday
"The third book sees feisty heroine Paige Mahoney take on the dangerous role of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population." - The Daily Express
"[Samantha Shannon's] brilliance is that she is not afraid of change, both for her characters and her setting . . . The 25-year-old remains a name to watch." - The Independent
About the Author
Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English language and literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first in a seven-book series, was a New York Times bestseller and the inaugural Today Book Club selection, and was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Film rights were acquired by the Imaginarium Studios and 20th Century Fox. The Mime Order, the second in the series, was also a New York Times bestseller. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
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Samantha has always said Book 3 was the end of one arc of Paige’s story and this book would set up the next story arc. This is completely true in that it sets up the next part of the series while also tying up certain aspects from the beginning. I also think having this end of one story arc is helpful in what will be a seven book series. It helps break up the epic story and give you some sense of conclusion even as the plot expands and you learn more about what they are up against.
One of the things I love about this series is how great Samantha Shannon is at getting you involved in the story and keeping you entertained from the start. The books have this constant action where you are on the edge of your seat waiting to see what Paige and Co. will get up to next. While we only get to see things from Paige’s perspective, her unique gift gives us more insight into many aspects of the world and those against Paige.
This book also features so many of the characters I have come to love but also gave us time to meet new characters and fall in love with them. I think the ending of this book was perfect in the sense it left me feeling optimistic and content with where things stood for our characters but it also left the door wide open for what is to come. So while this book was the end of one story arc, I still hate that I have to wait over a year now for the next installment. Hopefully Book 4 is in our hands sooner rather than later and we get to be back with Paige and Co. soon.
*Copy provided by Bloomsbury via NetGalley for review*
I love Warden and Nick and it was great seeing them again, however, I spent most of this book confused or waiting for something big to happen. That being said, I still enjoyed it. It was just lacking a bit.
I am still interested to see how the story unfolds and
<spoiler> how everyone will do separate from each other and if we will get a multiple point of view 4th book. </spoiler>
(75%) <spoiler> I am so sick of this i love you jk we cant jk i love you jk we cant. its driving me nuts! So she wanted to get trapped and sent to the archon does that mean warden is there to help her? Since he got stuck too? </spoiler>
oh and <spoiler> I totally feel you about zeke and nick. They talk about them so much I have a feeling something will happen. </spoiler>
finished (replying to buddy) <spoiler> yes something is definitely going on with jaxon. He seemed to know she wasn't going to die. "but Paige has gone from Public Enemy #1 to what's more than that?" you crack me up. The last few chapters really confused me, so she isn't queen anymore? and who is this person with the sponsor. "use the Emite blood to obscure their Auras in this book to beat Sensishield, but once that property was mentioned, no one mentioned it again." yes i totally forgot about that until it was mentioned again. and your right, once it was mentioned we hear nothing. And i neeed more love with warden and paige. </spoiler>
There were very few things that I didn't like, the first being that it started rather slow. As excited as I was to read it, it took me a long time to actually get into it. I also wish the Rephaite had featured a little more in this book. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad for the page space given to Warden, but I would have liked to read more about Alsafi and Terebell and even Nashira. The Rephaite fascinate me and I'm eager to know more about them. I also felt like the absence of Zeke and Nadine was told rather than felt. They felt a little like an afterthought. I don't particularly care about Nadine, but I want to know what happened to Zeke, for Nick's sake. Also, I wouldn't have complained if the book was longer...
I was really impressed with this one. I fell in love with the clairvoyant world when I read The Bone Season and it just keeps getting better. Paige and Warden are some of my favorite characters of all time. I would wholeheartedly suggest this series. Please, everyone read it so it can get the love and attention it deserves.
"'You have risen from the ashes before. The only way to survive,' he said, 'is to believe you always will.'" -The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon