The Bone Season

The Bone Season

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The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 46mm | 835g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408836424
  • 9781408836422
  • 9,253

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Truly extraordinary and thrilling * Andy Serkis * A new breed of women authors are claiming fantasy for their own. Leading the charge is Samantha Shannon * Harper's Bazaar * A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. The Bone Season is a must read -- Kami Garcia, No. 1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series Samantha Shannon has a hugely inventive talent and an imagination with seven league boots. She's hit the ground running * Susan Hill * A richly dramatic and unadulterated pleasure, filled with horrors, wonders and charm -- Justina Robson, author of the Quantum Gravity series The book invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the bucolic mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkein * USA Today * A Hunger Games-esque debut * Irish Daily Mail * A rapid-fire wonder of a book, where clairvoyants and humans battle it out against scary monsters and super-creeps ... The Bone Season is our next Twilight * Marie Claire * The Bone Season is more like the novel that JK Rowling and William Gibson never teamed up to write * Wired * A Hunger Games vibe and a few Shades of Grey * Vanity Fair * The Bone Season plots out a criminal underworld in a future where clairvoyancy exists; part fantasy, part dystopia, all intrigue. It's a world of impressive scope, accompanied by Tolkienesque appendices, glossaries, maps and all * Vogue * It has conviction in spades ... The Bone Season has the kids vs dystopia kick of The Hunger Games, but while it's better written ... It's also got the star-crossed romance of Twilight * SFX Magazine * 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 * Marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented British writer set to challenge the worldwide bestseller list domination of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games * The British Fantasy Society * The Bone Season, set in 2059, stems from Shannon's interest in works such as The Handmaid's Tale and A Clockwork Orange, which have backdrops of repressive regimes, and in John Donne's poetry * Sunday Times * A complex and epic dystopia * Bookseller * Shannon writes so well that you stay interested, intrigued by the knife-edge motivation of character's with "six-seater lips" whose "high-collard dresses always made her think of the gallows". And although many of the paths walked by The Bone Season will already have been well travelled by fantasy readers, Shannon shows real skill in combining them so easily into an original and enjoyable escapist fictional world. Like so much recent young adult fiction, I suspect this series will appeal to the fearless teenager dwelling within many adults. The ending certainly gripped me to the marrow * Daily Telegraph * A dark, embattled, highly wrought fantasy ... Whatever the future holds, there is no doubt that Samantha is the real thing, her own sternest critic and a born storyteller * Observer * On the quite wonderful style and craft of words Samantha displays I really cannot heap enough praise - it is remarkably self-assured writing, most especially for a debut ... the most engrossing read I have had so far this year and frankly the most absorbing and compelling debut I've read since the superb Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Hugely recommended * Forbidden Planet International Blog * Shannon's world is meticulously detailed and has a strong internal logic ... Plenty of entertaining action ... The pace of The Bone Season seldom slacks off, and the strong and resourceful Paige is a memorable heroine. This is one buzz book that just might merit its hype * BookPage * A remarkably accomplished debut -- Jonathan Wright * SFX Magazine * Impressively realised -- Alison Flood * Sunday Times * The Bone Season is enough to transport even hardened sceptics of the fantasy genre into its imaginative realm -- Anita Sethi * Metro * Frightening and well-imagined ... fascinating ... The large talent on display here suggests just how good Shannon could get in the next six books of this promising series -- Elizabeth Word Gutting * Washington Post * Plenty for readers to get absorbed in ... With six novels to go, and an author clearly driven to go deeper and deeper into a unique world, many will surely follow her -- Tom Shippey * Wall Street Journal * Had me gripped as if in a vice ...

Samantha Shannon is a young writer with a future that looks anything but dystopian * Stylist * There's a great imagination at work here, and Shannon's just getting started -- Sue Corbett * People * Dynamic and direct ... There is an exciting breadth to Shannon's world * Evening Standard * With echoes of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy, this is an excellent debut that will keep the reader gripped all the way to the end - and leave them asking when book two will be released * Irish Examiner * Don't just suspend your disbelief - send it to the pictures and sink into this fabulous, epic fantasy thriller ... Lavish, ebullient, escapist ... Bring on the sequel * The Times * Fascinating ... It will be very interesting to see where Shannon goes with this -- Ned Denny * Daily Mail * Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season is my perfect cup of tea ... My inner teenager enjoyed every last word -- Sarah Vine, Books of the Year * Daily Mail *
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About Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. This is her fourth novel and her first outside of The Bone Season series. She lives in London. / @say_Shannon
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Rating details

71,722 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 29% (20,477)
4 37% (26,645)
3 23% (16,352)
2 8% (5,698)
1 4% (2,550)

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This is an ambitious yet magnificent debut novel. The story is dark, inventive, witty, and engrossing with an interesting heroine. What I liked the most about Paige is her courage to make the best of her situation. She learns how to maximize the little power, control, and upper hand she possesses with her clairvoyant ability as a slave. What made this novel stand out is the high demand backstory. Shannon creates a detailed new hierarchy in this society with new rules and even a new language. It’s utterly foreign to the reader at first. Though it works for the story in making it stand out in originality, it also makes the novel difficult to read at times. There’s information overload in the story, particularly at the beginning. I read this book over the course of a few days, realizing quickly that this was not a story that could be effectively read in small sections if I was going to have any chance at keeping everything in order. I definitely recommend reading this book in as large of chunks as possible. It’ll help immensely. As a reader, you have to be willing to push through the first twenty pages, completely lost in this world. It’ll be worth it, though. Just don’ get disheartened and stop. I really enjoyed most of the elements of the story, particularly the various dangerous training sessions that Warden places Paige in. The book is actioned packed and kept my heart racing as I rooted for Paige to survive and get back her freedom. The only part of the plot that I found unnecessary was the romance that came toward the end of the story. It didn’t really bring anything to the story, nor did it really make sense. There was certainly enough of a plot without it, but that’s just a personal option. I have a feeling that if I was to read this book a second time through—which I most certainly will be doing before the next one in the series of seven comes out—that I would get more out of the story, since I would already have an understanding about the language and world. I recommend this story for fans of high concept adventures. This novel wont’ disappoint. Check it out!show more
by Ryann Dannelly
The Bone Season was absolutely fantastic, I enjoyed it so much. From some reviews that I'd read, I expected to be blasted with info dumping at the start but I didn't find it to be like that. That doesn't mean it was all plain sailing though. I felt there was a lot of characters and at times I'd come across a name and wouldn't have a clue who that person was, even though it wouldn't have been their introduction. Also, there were a lot of different kinds of voyants, as they're called, that I wasn't always sure what a particular one could do. And there was the slang they used, which I worked out for the most part, and then discovered a detailed glossary when I came to the end of the book on my kindle. A bit silly putting it at the end, in my opinion. None of this though marred my enjoyment of the book. I loved the characters, especially Warden and Paige, but I also managed to find a soft spot for Nick. The romance, while I kind of expected it from the beginning, I was still thrilled to see it emerge. This world that Shannon created is remarkable and original. A great debut novel for this girl at such a young age. Apparently, there are to be seven books in this series and I'm really looking forward to them. I just hope the author can keep them original and more
by Suzanne Finnegan
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