Author: Samantha Shannon.
Published: January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury
Sort: The bone season #2.
TBS #1. The bone season.
Source: I borrowed an ARC copy from sweet Debby. Thank you!
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still 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. 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. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
“Matters of the heart are quite beyond me. Hearts are frivolous things, good for nothing but pickling.” – Jaxon.
This was an exciting journey. Paige managed to escape from Sheol I with other fugitives, making them the most-wanted people in London. Scion is looking for them and to keep herself covered, Paige has to return to work for her old mime lord Jaxon. I like how Paige tried to stand-up for herself and the truth around the danger of the Rephraite. She wasn't ready to bow to Jaxon and I found it admirable. Her life becomes even more complicated when the Underlord and his gang are murdered; the battle for the new Underlord is about to begin.
What I love about the plot is the complexity, but how is refrains from becoming too dense. The political intrigue behind the Underlord and the brutal fight at the ending were exactly what I needed. That scene made my heart pound and Samantha doesn't spare her characters, so I had some frightened moments there. The twist at the end made my mouth drop (I was expecting it in the last couple of pages, but still, WELL DONE) and I wish the next book was already there, because it's going to be hard to wait.
I liked how we got more details about voyants and what happened; how the Rephraite came into the world and gained power. I think I'm going to have to re-read The bone season, because like I said in the introduction, the world-building overwhelmed me in the beginning. I felt there was a better balance in The mime order and I want to go back to explore it again.
Paige was a very strong character. She is realistic and intelligent, although sometimes a bit rash in her decisions. I warmed up for her and felt more connected to her than in The bone season. I had the same with Warden and their scenes together were great. Their romance is on the background and that gives a perfect vibe in the story. There is a tension between them and you are ready for it to explode. The secondary characters are also fleshed out, like Jaxon and his obsession with becoming the new Underlord for power and money.
There is only one thing left to say: I WANT MORE.