Series: The Bone Season #3
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on March 7, 2017
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The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.
But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.
Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…
If you thought The Bone Season had too many new terms and The Mime Order was too slow, then you’re in for a treat with The Song Rising. With most of the world building out of the way about clairvoyance and the other worldly Rephaim, there’s nothing stopping Paige Mahoney as she begins her search for the Senshield that could end the world as they know it.
Compared to the other books in the series, The Song Rising was quite fast paced in comparison, as we see Paige travel from her beloved London, to the hidden underground and other places in wider England. As the ruling Underqueen of The Mime Order, she has come a long way from the numbered slave and doting mollisher (or second in command) that we’ve all seen. Despite her title, it’s not in her nature to sit back and let others take over her quests.
Paige struggles to shift between the role of ruler and operator, wanting to be a part of the action but also understanding the high stakes of putting herself in danger. As someone who has always been part of the action, it was refreshing having that role occasionally reprised from her. I liked how she made mistakes, and how she thrust herself into making tough decisions, even with potentially severe consequences. Paige isn’t perfect, but there’s nothing that she won’t do to minimise the threats to the Mime Order.
Without Jaxon’s rule, the Mime Order are also split apart, with many unsure of Paige’s leadership ability. She learns to put her trust into the people by her side, and delegating authority where it was needed. She is also pushed to gainfully build the trust of her syndicate, as her rule is on shaky grounds after the events of The Mime Order. I loved seeing the loyalty of the people by her side, including Nick, Eliza, Glym and newcomer Maria.
One day you will have to choose between your own desires, your own darkest impulses, and what you know to be right…and it will harden you. You will understand that all of us are devils in the skins of men. You will become the monster that lives inside us all.
Things have never been easy for Paige and Warden, particularly where one of them is a Rephaim and the other, a dreamwalker. But the plot thickens now that she’s an Underqueen, with responsibilities that can’t cross over into romance. They obviously care for one another, and they do have a few stolen moments during their time together. However, with Paige still unsure on Warden’s stance, and Warden needing to remain neutral to his fellow Rephaim, they definitely have a lot to work through before this ship sails. I love a good complex forbidden romance, particularly ones as slow burning as this one.
Central to the plot is the exciting heist story as the Mime Order searches for the Senshield, avoiding threats from Scion London and proving loyalty to Nashira and the Rephaim. I love how this series covers character and plot development which evolves naturally throughout the pages, along with the deep and complex world building of hidden clairvoyants.
But in the end, she must make her own choices, even when they hurt her. I am not her keeper.
The Song Rising was a thrilling, fast-paced heist adventure set in the world of Rephaims, Scion London and the Mime Order. With so many moving parts and deep, complex world-building and character development, I found myself completely engrossed in this world again with a strong, realistic heroine at it’s centre. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thanks Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a review copy!
The Song Rising is out now in Australian bookstores for $24.99 RRP.
Giveaway – Australians only, ends 31 March 2017
Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia, we’re giving away a copy of the new Bone Season cover! Good luck to all entrants, the winner will be contacted by email. Verified entries only – we check!