Series: The Bone Season #2
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on January 27, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, 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 centre 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.
Seven orders of clairvoyance. A hidden world of magic in a corrupt alternate London. An alien race with opposing factions. Scion London split up into six districts, each ruled by a different Mime Lord/Queen with different clairvoyant powers. The Mime Order is a highly detailed, descriptive and imaginative world, featuring another glossary, three maps and a syndicate list.
The Mime Order builds upon the foundation set by the first book, opening up the world of Scion London, the competing agendas between Mime Lords/Queens, clairvoyant powers and the inner workings of the Syndicates. Once I scanned the Recaptains summary and Samantha Shannon’s Character Summary, I was ready to immerse myself into this world.
“Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.”
It picks up where The Bone Season left off, as Paige begrudgingly resumes her position as her Mime Lord’s mollisher (or heir). As Jaxon prepares to take the underworld for his own, issuing orders to Paige and his Seven Seals to investigate other gangs and compete errands, Paige also has an agenda of her own – to build her own influence within the clairvoyant underworld and aligning herself with Warden and the Rephaites.
This is a world with constant, competing priorities and struggles: unexplained gang murders, Paige on the Wanted list, opposing Rephaite alliances, magic, death, betrayal and a brewing revolution. It’s a completely immersive, dark and gritty world filled with hidden powers and competing agendas. As much as I loved how richly imagined and detailed the world was, there were times when the plot stalled in favour of the world building, making it a rather slow and ardous read.
Paige has undergone a fair amount of character development since the first book, which had me totally rooting for her in this one. With the escape from Sheol I under her belt, she’s on the tide of power and revolution, and she’ll stop at nothing to be the change in the corrupt world of Scion. I admire Paige for her drive to succeed, her influence, self belief and tenacity. This is a girl who leads with her head, knowing how to achieve what’s in her heart. Seeing someone like Paige being suppressed by the flamboyant, arrogant and cocky Jaxon Hall was a pain that needed to be endured, however temporary it was. I’m looking forward to Paige’s development in the next few books, as a force to be reckoned with.
‘Love didn’t come into this, and we both knew it. Arcturus Mesarthim was of the veil, not the world, and I was a daughter of the streets. If the Ranthen discovered anything between us, the fragile alliance we’d forged would be broken.’
I was hesitant to support the romance in the first book, as it was reminiscent of stockholm syndrome. However, seeing the irrefutable chemistry between Warden and Paige in this book, and how they just cared for and complemented each other so well, I’m convinced that the two would make a great pair. They’re both intelligent, purposeful and driven, both focused on a similar agenda – to make a better London. It’s a slow burning and tantalising romance, which never takes over the plot of the story.
The last quarter of the book moves at a frantic pace, as everything that is built upon in the early half of the book finally arises. It will all be worth it just for these pages, as the scale of the clairvoyant powers are revealed and demonstrated in the most epic psychic battle I’ve ever read. Dreamscapes, auras, reaching out with your mind will all come to play, making it an epic and thrilling experience.
The Mime Order is a stunning sequel, expanding the world of Scion London, showing us more of the seven orders of clairvoyance and laying out a gritty, corrupt and richly imaginative world run by Mime Lords and otherworldly Rephaites. Although it’s a bit slow at times, it features more world building, character development and a epic ending. Fantasy readers who love to immerse themselves into a richly built world would love this series.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Read my review for The Bone Season here.
Check out The Mime Order’s character biographies here.