The Bone Season: A Novel

· Bloomsbury Publishing USA
182 reviews

About this ebook

From the author of The Priory of the Orange Tree, the New York Times bestselling first novel in the Bone Season series, an epic fantasy about a young woman fighting to use her powers and stay alive in an England entirely different from our own.

In 2059, Scion has taken over most of the world's cities, promising safety for all the citizens it deems worthy and wiping out clairvoyants wherever it can find them.

Paige Mahoney, though, is a clairvoyant--and a criminal just for existing. Paige is determined to fight Scion's power, and as part of the Seven Seals, Paige has found a use for her powers: she scouts for information by breaking into others' minds as they dream.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city, 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.
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Wyatt Jensen
August 26, 2013
This was a great book! It was hard for me to put it down. I'm excited and looking forward to the rest if the series!
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Jeremy Jongsma
September 28, 2013
Jesus, the characters. Nobody has any coherent motivation, the plot is just one random event after another. It feels like something I wrote as a high school freshman. I guess this book is for a much younger audience than I thought. Don't bother with this wreck of a story if you're over thirteen. There is no crossover potential here.
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Mar Elkram
February 21, 2014
The plot doesn't hang together well. The author starts things and doesn't quite finish them. The main character has little or no personality giving her an unfinished feel that leaves us with an unlikely anti-hero who lacks depth. Additionally the conflict in the story is never entirely addressed and the "bad guy" never entirely determined. Interesting ideas but it's altogether sloppy even for a first publication but especially for someone being hailed as the next J.K. Rowling.
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About the author

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. Her fourth novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, was her first outside of The Bone Season series and was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in London. / @say_shannon

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