The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon ARC Review: Richly intricate world of clairvoyants

August 18, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon ARC Review: Richly intricate world of clairvoyantsThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on August 20, 2013
Source: Publisher, Won
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
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It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It 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.

In her debut, Samantha Shannon blew me away with the highly imaginative setting of The Bone Season, where clairvoyants are hidden away within the city of Scion London and the alien race of the Rephaim holds the government in its evil clutches.

In the riveting world of The Bone Season, there are seven classes of clairvoyants, from necromancers to seers to dreamwalkers and mediums who will immediately be captured by the government should they hint at their magical powers. Paige Mahoney, employed by the Seven Seals in Scion’s criminal underworld, has a unique power of being a dreamwalker. She can leave her body and invade other people’s dreamscapes – where people’s memories are stored – possess them and cause massive spiritual damage to the victim.

What I liked about The Bone Season

  • Handles magic and clairvoyants in such a fascinating, unique manner. I’ve never read a book like this and I completely lapped it up in The Bone Season.
  • The world building is astounding, highly complex and intricate on the details. From the way clairvoyants are classified, to how Nashira maintains order within the human ranks with the robes they wear, and how Jaxon Hall has built up the Seven Seals, to the historical aspects of how the Rephaim maintained control, I’m truly impressed at the scope of the world that Samantha Shannon has created here. I wanted to know everything about it.
  • Learning about the city of Sheoul I, where Paige is held captive. I didn’t realise there would be aliens here, and the way they are written into the story is completely and utterly believable. Here we learn about the evil Rephaim ruler’s way of controlling her human ‘slaves’, and The Bone Seasons and why they were created.
  • The complex protagonist within The Bone Season. Paige is tough, brave, stubborn, honourable and has great leadership qualities, but I feel like she still has some layers of secrets that we will find out more about as the story wears on.
  • How this is going to be a long series. I want to know everything about Paige, the clairvoyants, Scion and Jaxon’s Seven Seals!

Criticisms about The Bone Season

  • How the book lingered on a particular area, where Paige is held captive in the city called Sheoul I by The Warden. With such a fascinating, unique premise about magic and clairvoyants, that’s what I wanted to focus on!
  • Other people may have criticised the novel for info dumping with its complex plot, but I personally enjoyed learning more about this fantastical, unique, futuristic world that has been created.
  • The hint of romance in the book caught me by surprise, as the whole time, I was imagining The Warden as this alien being, even though it said that they assumed human forms.

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Overall thoughts

The Bone Season is one to watch with its richly detailed, fantastical world of clairvoyants and Rephaims. I highly recommend it to readers who are looking for a unique read that blends magic, dystopia and fantasy. I’m really glad to hear that there are seven more after this because no doubt it will be amazing!

I received The Bone Season from Bloomsbury Australia from winning the Goodreads First Read competition.

The Bone Season will be released worldwide on August 20, 2013. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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16 responses to “The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon ARC Review: Richly intricate world of clairvoyants

  1. The relationship has me intrigued and yes I would have liked more focus on the abilities. Like you I thought the world-building was wonderfully done.. I could easily see this world and the details were amazing.

  2. This sounds so interesting, but the series is so long. I know I'll be dying of impatience for the next 6 books to come out if I start this one right now. I'm guessing we'll have to 7 years for the whole thing to come out.

    You're making me rethink my decision though. I love the sound of the characters and the world it's set in.

    I don't mind a lot of information in my books, so I should be fine with that.

    Lovely review, Jeann! 🙂
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    • I know, but I can't wait 7 years for the series to come out before I start it! I guess I'm impatient that way. At least there wasn't a major cliffhanger on this one 🙂 thanks for stopping by Nick!

  3. Whoopee, it makes me so happy to hear that people are finding my reviews helpful! I'm glad you are willing to pick this one up, cos I have no doubt that it will sweep the world by storm. Thanks for your comment!

  4. I know, I'm so lucky I won a copy of this book on Goodreads because I was sooo stoked on reading it! I saw that event, I totally would have gone if I was in Sydney. Hope you get to read it soon!

  5. I've never paid attention to this book before. I've been seeing the cover around lately, and I've been meaning to check out a description or a review, but this is the first time I've actually learned of what this book is about and what happens in it. So I've gotten my first impression of the book through what you have said about it.

    I'm incredibly interested in this now. I absolutely love an an interesting and well built world, and I often times don't mind the "info dumping" that so many people complain about in books. This one definitely sounds unique and I would love to try it sometime.

    Great review!

  6. The world building sounds fantastic, and I love originality in books. Since everything seems repetitive in literature now, it's great to find a unique story. The main character also sounds great. I am not a fan of the info dumping thing because I don't have a lot of patience but I'll try to with this one!
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    • Yeah, when someone starts a trend everyone wants to get onboard the train like with Hunger Games starting off dystopians and now new adult books. It's great to read something original, I hope you enjoy this one like I did!

    • Oooh, Final Fantasy comparison is good! The world building and the characters was always what made the games awesome. When you think about it, that's sort of what makes this one awesome too! I actually won this on GR which I was very excited about 😀 felt sooo lucky!