The Mime Order de Samantha Shannon

de Samantha Shannon - Género: English
libro gratis The Mime Order


A stunning new edition of the second novel in the bestselling Bone Season series with gorgeous new cover artwork and updated text, by the bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree.

'A trailblazer for young talent' Independent
A fugitive who will not be silenced

It is a dark time for clairvoyants. Scion is in league with the Rephaim, an extraordinarily powerful, otherworldly race that intends to make humans its slaves.
In an unprecedented feat of bravery, Paige Mahoney has succeeded in leading a mass break-out from the brutal camp, Sheol I, where she and other clairvoyants were systematically imprisoned.
Paige is desperate to reach the safety of the London underworld, but the ruthless leader of the Rephaim, Nashira Sargas, is not likely to let her escape so easily...

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2019: Ta część była stanowczo słabsza od „Czasu Żniw”. Dodatkowo mam wrażenie była bardziej młodzieżowa, ale mimo wszystko była to bardzo przyjemna lektura.
2022: Nie wiem o co mi chodziło z tą młodzieżowością, ale już się nie zgadzam. Działo się równie dużo jak w I tomie, choć moje serce wciąż bije mocniej do Czasu Żniw.
5/5175 s Debby590 603

5 stars

It's important to note that I'm sitting down to write my review of The Mime Order roughly three weeks after finishing the book. The reason for this is quite simply that I was stunned, speechless, and didn't know how I could possibly convey in words just how amazing this book (and this series) is. How do you do epic perfection justice?? HOWW???? HELP ME, BENNYKINS.


In the interest of full disclosure, I have met Samantha Shannon and we are Twitter friends. Seriously, she's a super awesome, amazing, generous person, but I don't feel that should invalidate my opinion that I think she's a truly brilliant writer. I was already impressed with her skill in The Bone Season , but The Mime Order blew me away. From page one, I was sucked into the story, into this wonderfully vivid world that I just can't get enough of, and it never let me go. I don't know what it is, but something about her writing style just captivates me. I could easily lose track of time reading her books, because there's such beautiful subtleties that I could analyze forever. Plenty of post-its found their way into my ARC, and I already want to go back and reread to find even more beautiful passages that I probably undoubtedly missed. Can't get enough!

Quite possibly I literally showered my ARC with kisses. Ahem.

But a lot of my addiction stems from the beautiful, complex world building. I think one of the biggest weaknesses of the first book (or the only one I could find, really) was that the world was so complex that there were a lot of (necessary) infodumps. Now, with the world established, we can sit back and enjoy it. And woah. It's so richly detailed and immersive. I've seldom really had this feeling that an author has transported me to a completely different place, but The Mime Order did it. The settings are expertly detailed - it felt I was there. The criminal underworld was so interesting with its power dynamics and social conventions. More politics came into play as well, making it even more intriguing! And history played a role, pretty much making this into an brilliantly plotted alternate history! And, of course, there's the clairvoyance, the Rephaim, and the Netherworld, which I just want to know everything about. Seriously, I can't get enough of this world. It's so impressive.

The plot is a very slow build, and some readers may have issues with that. The world building sometimes seems to take dominance over the plot, but that's because that is Samantha Shannon's craftsmanship at work. And it is excellent. She sets up the pieces perfectly, illustrating how her society works and what the significance of the plot is, and then in the end she blows you away. Every single scene is purposeful. There's the obvious moments, with murder, mystery, and scheming, but even the quieter moments are important in the long run. And even if you think it's slow, it's worth it to get to the end - which definitely isn't.

But before that, I need to profess my undying love for these characters. Paige has absolutely stolen my heart. She completely sucks me into her point of view. I marvel at her bravery, I admire how carefully she plots against Jaxon, and I'm constantly impressed by how she balances what is morally right with what is accepted. She has her flaws, which make her even more endearing, because in the sense of "hero" stories, she has greatness thrust upon her. She's somewhat of a chosen one but a reluctant one. She gradually grows into that role, conquering her weaknesses and accepting responsibility for all the voyants. Seeing everyone else's inaction motivates her to be the catalyst for change and... I absolutely love that. It's not a given either that she's the strongest ever - though arguably her dreamwalker status makes her the strongest voyant, that power has its vulnerabilities as well, and she has to work on it just everyone else.

And then, of course, there's Warden. Oh Warden. He's wonderfully dark and mysterious, of course, but it's mostly that magical bond between him and Paige that just has me sitting on the edge of my seat any time he's mentioned. His presence makes me get all heart-eyed, and the chemistry between them is electric. I have no words, really. My ship is spectacular. Romance never takes dominance over the story, but it's such a wonderful addition and I just cannot get enough. I wish THAT ONE SCENE didn't fade to black, because vagueness in romance is my enemy, but, well, I could fill in the blanks in my mind - no problem.


The secondary characters, while clearly in secondary roles, really create a wonderful cast to support the story. I'm always intrigued by Jaxon Hall, although he can be SO GODDAMN FRUSTRATING at times. Paige and Jaxon clearly butt heads a couple times in The Mime Order, which creates an interesting relationship and power dynamic. I can ponder endlessly about his motivations though - he's such a complex character. Nick is also such a great friend for Paige, and I'm so happy that they are able to be so close in spite of Paige's old crush on him. Bonus points to Nick's ship - because not only are they adorable (and sometimes heartbreaking), but it makes me so happy to have an LGBT side-ship in a fantasy/sci-fi novel. Hell. Yes.

So. Finally. The ending was absolute stunning perfection. A lot of this book may be slow to some people, but it's building up to something completely amazing. You want an action-packed battle? The Mime Order delivers. And damn, it was thrilling and vivid, and it brilliantly incorporated physical and mental strength. Paige fights with everything she's got - and she's not completely invulnerable, so you best believe I was on the edge of my seat, scared for her. It was a roller-coaster ride, and I couldn't let go of the book anymore until I'd finally finished it.

But even when you think it's over, Samantha Shannon has one last twist up her sleeve. It's not exactly a cliffhanger, but it's the perfect kind of ending. One last reveal to send you reeling. I actually sat there, jaw dropped, just staring at the last sentences for a while. In the following days, I kept thinking about it - what a game changer it is and what it meant for the series. It gave me chills. I know Samantha had to rewrite that ending about 8 times, but I can say with full certainty that SHE FUCKING NAILED IT. The extra wait was worth it. Perfection. Absolute perfection. Can I have book 3 now please? asdfjkl;asdjfkl;asdjfkl;

Summing Up:

Samantha Shannon has done it again - and I would even say she's outdone herself, because I d The Mime Order even more than I already loved The Bone Season . She writes pure magic, and her world building and plotting show such careful, expert craftsmanship that I'm an addict and I need more. Paige and Warden are so freaking dear to my heart, with all their flaws, complexities, and that undeniable chemistry. I'm fully invested in this series, so the fact that there are still FIVE more books to come might even sound not enough to me, but okay. No matter what, I'm sure Samantha Shannon has a bright writing career ahead of her, and I'll be picking up ANYTHING she puts out. They may be extremely chunky books, with slow builds and long wait times in between, but so far I can say it is so worth it.

I hope I even somewhat did this book justice and have convinced you guys to definitely put it on your to-read lists. If you're a fan of complex world building, excellent characters that get you rooting for them, and wonderfully vivid writing, you won't regret it.

GIF it to me straight!

Dear Samantha,

Recommended To:

My mind says fans of Libba Bray, Laini Taylor, and/or any kind of complex, dark fantasy;
my heart says EVERYONEEEEEEE.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the contents of the review.2014-reads best-characters best-world-building ...more129 s Caz (littlebookowl)303 39.8k

Rating: 4.5 stars
SO MUCH ACTION! I loved how fast-paced this was, the stakes are raised and tension is high. bloomsbury owned131 s jessica2,577 43.7k

you know that ‘second book slump’ that series sometimes get? this book is guilty of that. it wasnt necessarily bad, it was just too slow (it took about 250 pages before anything even happened). however, when it picked up, it really picked up. i still think the premise of these books is interesting, but i feel it hasnt captivated me as much as i wanted it to. the characters are able, the plot is unique, the world building is excellent, and the writing is fine - its just something, some ‘it factor,’ is missing to make me love this. i will most ly read the next book to see if my opinion of this series changes.

3.5 stars 112 s Charlotte May766 1,219

Reread 2022

Just as pulse pounding the second time around. Full of back stabbing and secrets, complex world building and wonderful characters. My only dis is the weird Stockholm syndrome relationship between Paige and Warden.


Original review

"Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair."

Yes! I loved this book just as much as book 1!
I was fully invested in Paige's story, having escaped from the Rephaim's Colony and returned to her home in Seven Dials.
Jaxon is glad to have Paige back, and he will not lose her again. When the current Underlord of the Syndicate is viciously murdered, everyone is under suspicion, including Paige.
Meanwhile the Rephaim are hovering around London. A group of rebels are trying to bring down Nashira and they require Paige's help.

"But I knew now that I lived in a facade, and that puppet masters dwelled in the shadows."

Full of action, twists, violence and drama - I was hooked.
I'm still not 100% sure about the romance, but there we are. I'm never comfortable with relationships where there is about a 100 year age gap. (Literally)
So Paige must work together with the Rephaim, to become Underqueen, become ruler of the Syndicate and in turn use that power against Nashira.
But there are secrets everywhere, and we soon learn that the Rephaim may have been in league with the Scion government, and no one can be trusted. Not the other Mime Queens or Mime Lords, not the Scion government, and sometimes not even those who you've known for years.

Be on your toes! No one is as they seem! 4 stars!

"And because our actions will speak loud and clear to Scion who would never listen to our words...ours will be the Mime Order." 500-page-plus epic-fantasy favourites ...more109 s Maxwell1,261 10.1k

Updated Review
Keeping my rating the same as the first two times I read this one. Definitely a great second installment in this series, though my one qualm is that it's a bit too long at times. I shouldn't really complain about that though because I spending time with these characters and seeing how she expands the world.

Original Review
First of all, thank you Bloomsbury for sending me an ARC of this book! It is my most highly anticipated book of 2015 (it was supposed to come out at the end of October but got pushed back. I was beyond thrilled to read this early, and all the thoughts in this review are mine.

If you haven't read The Bone Season, the first book in this series, go do that now! This review won't have spoilers, but I just highly, highly recommend this series and want everyone to get started on it! This is only book two of either six or seven books! It's going to be an epic series, as evidenced by the large scale world of books one and two already.

The Mime Order picks up immediately after the end of The Bone Season, literally. The action-packed pacing of the first book continues right into the start of this one, and then it slows down a bit from there. What I loved most about this book was the development of characters and Scion London that I was hoping to see more of in the first book. Now that Paige is back with the Seven Seals in London, we get more of a glimpse as to what she does for her mime-lord, Jaxon Hall, who is one of the most snarky, vile characters that I love to hate.

Paige is such a great narrator for this series. She is tough but not invincible. She is smart, intuitive, but emotional and flawed. Her interactions with people are so genuine, and I really hope at some point we get even more insight into her childhood in Ireland.

The only qualms I had with this book were that I wish we had more Nick & Paige conversations. I understand that this being the second book in a large series means this one had to do even more setting up for the series than the first one did, and it did a wonderful job at that!

After that ending and everything that happened in this book, the third one is going to be insane!

Overall, this series is proving to quickly become my favorite series ever. It is original, the voyant system is so unique, and I love the world that Samantha Shannon has built. It excites me to think of more and more books coming to develop this story more! Seriously, pick up this series ASAP.arc fantasy83 s Sean Barrs 1,122 46.7k

If you compare the opening of this to the absolute awful opening of the Bone Season you can see the author has improved, slightly. The awkward and overbearing information dumps are almost gone entirely. This allows us to try and piece the information together a little more; it gives the novel a more show than tell feel. That’s all well and good, but the novel is still very poor.

This is the last book in the series I’ll read

After reading the first book in the series I recognised that it was the author’s first novel, so I was willing to give her a second shot. I was hoping she would improve more than she did. I think the main problem with her style is that when writing a novel of this type the narrative needs to be concise. This, however, was elongated. If this material was in the hands of a more skilled writer it would have been much better, and considerably shorter with a tighter feel to it. Indeed, this novel waffles on and is unnecessarily packed out. I sincerely regret giving her a second chance because this book is awful, and so is the first one.

Moreover, the characters are flat and predictable. The romance route that is continued in this novel is just plain weak and quite appalling. It made me view the protagonist of this novel as quite docile and generally speaking just a doormat. Where is her fight? She lets herself become controlled again, and is blind to the manipulation of her Mimelord. One scene in particular emphasised the deplorability of her character; she request a meeting with head of crime in the city and when she meets them she literally stands there whilst they beat the crap out of her. Fair enough, she is overwhelmed and can’t fight back, but she doesn’t even mention the reason she requested the meeting in the first place. She just stands there, so it was a very frustrating momment.

Ridiculous slang

There is far too much jargon in here that it borders on the absurd. Many words feel out of place in their context and at times just come across as plain stupid. There is even a glossary in the back of the book to assist the reader. Who when reading a book wants to look up the meaning of words such as Rottie, Glossolalia and Boundling? It’s just plain nonsense. Every few pages there is a reference this, and not all of them are even explained it the glossary. I think a little bit of slang is ok, if used moderately. But, when too much is used it leaves you with a feeling of alienation with the novel. I mean, you’d never read words this again unless you picked up the next instalment in this terrible series.

Suffice to say, I hated this book. I can’t actually get over the fact that there is going to be seven books in this series. Who wants to read seven books of flat characters, ridiculous slang and plain poor plotting? Not me, that’s for sure.

Thus, I gave this a deserved 1 star rating.
1-star-reads love-and-romance71 s1 comment Maryam Rz.220 3,183

4.5 STARS!

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1.) The Bone Season ★★★

Would me writing "I hate Jaxon Hall" over and over again be an acceptable review? Because that's honestly how I'm feeling right about now.

“A boy who begged for books and pens as often as he did for coin. A boy with arms torn to ribbons by fingernails, plotting his escape from poverty.”
The Mime Order picks up right where the The Bone Season leaves off, and I mean exactly how it leaves off: our group is on the train, and their escape from Sheol I didn't go quite as planned. I was filled with so much excitement; I couldn't wait to see what would happen when Paige and the gang returned to London! Yet, to my remorseful surprise, after the action packed opener the book felt pretty stagnant for quite some time.

My biggest issue with this book: Warden didn't show up until after 40% of the way through this book. , if a ton of exciting things were going on during that 40% to make up for Paige and Warden's amazing dynamic being missing than I would have been fine, but the story only started getting good, in my opinion, once Warden showed up. The first 40% was dull and uneventful. Yeah, later those dull and uneventful moments became something great, but it was still a little bit of work to force myself to read on.

The best part of this book: The exploration of how this shady government group is deceiving everyone. They are spewing lies and hate, and making everyone afraid of each other, while trying to cover-up that they are working alongside an even worse evil.

“Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.”
The problems I had with information-dumping in The Bone Season subsided completely. These characters and this alternative London is starting to feel home, and I really enjoyed that.

As far as new characters and locations, I loved reading about Jacob's Island and the Jacobites. It felt just Ketterdam from Six of Crows to me. I was so enthralled so fast, and I didn't nearly get enough of it. Please, give me more Wynn Jacob and more of this island in book three!

I love the ragtag group that is known as The Seven Seals. Well, obviously I have issues with one of those Seals (and two others at the end), but I love their dynamic as a whole. The fourth scrimmage in the history of the London Syndicate gave me all the feels. , I reread that scene three times because I freaking loved it that much. The angst, the betrayal, the quick thinking, the cleaver mechanics, the waiting to see who chose what side, I loved it all!

The ending, for as much as it brought me rage, was amazing. It made me so thankful I received an ARC of the The Song Rising, and it made me want to ignore all of my scheduled February reading and start it immediately. So, that is pretty impressive and quite the hype I'm putting on it. Hopefully, it doesn't let me down, because I have super high hopes for it and the Black Moth!

“Words are everything. Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.”
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4.5 stars

Ahh that plot twist!

This is slowly becoming a favorite series of mine. Took awhile longer than the first book to become fully immersed but once I hit that stride there was no stopping! The world building is insane and leaves much to still be explored. Paige is an awesome heroine and I can't wait to see her kick some more ass. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Warden, though, and a bit more romance ;) All in all a really solid sequel.advance-reader-copies dystopian fantasy-and-sci-fi ...more51 s Jess470 642

How do you convey your feelings for a beautifully complex tale that brings ace character growth, world building, philosophical ideas and tinge of romance? Basically, you don’t. Not really.

When you look at the brick that is The Mime Order, you’re bound to be intimidated. Intimidation festers into stress which then turns into my favourite pastime—feigning ignorance. AKA pretending that it doesn’t exists until the very last second, further perpetuating stress levels and ensuring bounteous hair loss (how I still have hair is beyond me. My babies fall out I’m a shitzu and it’s shedding season come early.) Against all odds (or perhaps not, I’ve been known to look past info dumping), I adored The Bone Season to bits. The world was delectable, albeit fed in plentiful doses. The characters delightful tragic, dark and mysterious. The circumstances dismal and layered in political lies. But a girl doesn’t forget info dump, not such an unprecedented amount. And so when I saw the size of The Mime Order, I let it stew. I sat on that arc for months and months while others raved and took to the world wide web. But once I managed to hype myself up and sit down with the copy, making the tragically amateur mistake of reading at midnight, before work, I was hooked. Eye stinging aside, I devoured this book with no regrets.

Fear not, for that world building has just paved way for a riveting fantasy world. I get it. Fantasies are always hard to crack into once you’ve waited a year or two, and the high of the previous book has died off. Oh, I get it. Couple that with a heinous attempt at memory retention and you have me. I am as bad as it gets. I’m stubborn and am constantly in a battle against time. I don’t do refreshers. I don’t reread. And when you think of The Bone Season, you’d think, Jess, you really dug a hole for yourself this time. Guess who wasn’t confused, at all. Far from it. By some miracle unheard of, everything just clicked. So you know what? For once in my goddamn life, I’m going to thank the previous instalment for it’s bounty of information because it seemed to have ingrained a thing or two in me. muscle memory (you get me, don’t you?) The world of Scion, the Netherworld, it is all so crisp, so detailed in my mind. Returning was blissful. Shannon has crafted a world so rich in detail. It is immersive. She’s taken her world and made it almost tangible. Scion, itself, is not a beautiful place. It is dark, desolate, desperate. It is so tightly choked by a leash, so indoctrinated by rules and lies fed by its governing body, its people oppressed and living content—complacent—purely out of fear. And thus, it is a feeding ground for corruption, for the power and allure of the dollar bill, for food that is greater than a grain of rice. Power is money. And for the Unnatural Assembly, that is all it takes to keep the resident clairvoyants, the oppressed from society, in line.

The Mime Order brings a forth a plot that unfolds at its organic speed. You may think me deluded for a second. Organic? Has she lost her mind? Mind me not, I purely mean, The Mime Order and its events unfold at a speed that feels natural and authentic to its aim, its story, its tale—the tale of Paige, the lies, of the corruption, of the people living in fear of those orchestrating history. That being said, in normal terms, the plot builds slowly. It’s a speed that I mind not, but I can see it bothering a fair few of you. While I think it a necessity, it may be a factor hindering enjoyment for some. But keep in mind, every scene, every piece of dialogue, every description has a purpose. While it builds slowly, the plot remains delicious and multilayered.

I admire the main character with my every fibre. What a tenacious, strong willed and intelligent lady. She knows a little thing or two about patience (something that I need to take notes on), and it’s captivating to see her bravery as she undergoes her journey for justice. Paige is not without her flaws, but it only makes her an even more multifaceted character. In the world dancing comfortably in the grey area, she understands her morals, her beliefs, far beyond any one else. She has tunnel vision and it’s aimed at justice. In The Bone Season, Paige had her bildungsroman. She woke up from smelling the flowers and realised that the world was caked in lies and money, greed and power. And she realised, maybe it’s not as cracked out as it used to be. While Jaxon and the rest of I-4 live happily under the allusion of yesterday, Paige lobbies, desperately, for justice. And she understands the risks she must take in order to achieve a voice, to ignite a flame.

I also loved all the secondary characters. It’s a stark difference to a cast that you’d be used to. It’s because everybody has a price. We’re talking about a cast who a driven away from society, forced to be lured into the magnetism of the dollar bill.

“You helped me.”
“Do not labour under the illusion that I am a bastion of moral goodness, Paige. That would be a dangerous venture.”

All her characters are dark. They have pasts. They are flawed. But that doesn’t mean that they’re unlikable, that we, the audience, would be repelled. It’s a different cast up for offer and it’s a brilliant one.

Let’s talk romance for a second here. I know y’all. Let me ease that curiosity. While some were repelled by the romance in The Bone Season, I rather enjoyed it. Because it employed the whole antagonism to lust and lastly, to care (that’s right kiddos, I won’t say love. I didn’t think it was love by any means. Not the whole crazy let me throw myself in front of a train even though, hey ho, I lived millenniums without knowing you.) Warden is a mysterious figure. With semi questionable intentions, which were, I suppose, good at heart (hey now, I’m not justifying anything that he’s done). He’s not a good man. Far from it. He watched as his race kidnapped and enslaved humans. He was passive throughout, bidding his time. He didn’t agree with the methods, with the radicalism, but he wasn’t an active saviour. Warden sees the bigger picture. He wants liberation for all. He wants that unattainable greater good, the idealistic vision. And he’s not afraid to sacrifice a few lambs here and there on his way there. They’re a means to an end. But Paige kind of completes him. I won’t say change because she doesn’t, not really. But having Paige there has meant that Warden’s widened his horizons, learnt to see the glass both ways—half empty and full. And that’s all you can ask for, really. So the romance in The Mime Order? It had me oozing all over the place because it was vague, slow burning, an exploration of feelings that were so pumped with lust but also inclusive of care. There’s an attraction, an undeniable pull (which also puts them into a difficult position seeing as they’re from two races pitted against one another, and with a history of a slaver/slavee relationship) but also this need to understand the fact that this connection runs deeper. And it’s beautiful, seeing the two slowly explore that—seeing them cross barriers, learn a little about themselves. The thing is, the romance is never overwhelming. Ladies and gents, we do not, for a second, sacrifice plot for romance.

As always, Shannon ends with a stunningly dramatic, and highly shocking cliffhanger. One that had me snap the book close, chuck it to the side and blank out for a moment. That’s what I want from a book. That’s how you take your plot places. Shannon is building a heck of an empire out of her story. It’s a slow crescendo, the journey to liberation always is, and Shannon is taking us on one heck of a ride.

The Mime Order is stunning as a sequel. All the pieces slot into place. Sure, you may be in the dark, grasping for a familiar figure in the first few chapters or so. But once it clicks, oh boy, does it click. There’s no turning back with this series. It’s dark, deep and dangerously delectable. The Mime Order is mesmerising. Let loose, look for a bracket of time, and sit back and devour this series.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All quotes used were obtained from uncorrected proof that is subject to change in the final publication.
Bone Season had me apprehensive. Mime Order has me sold. That's right, willing, unwilling, I don't care. I just want more of this series. Review To Come

Please excuse me while I go and nurse my betrayal, alright. That, up there, is legitimately me, for the past day or so. This world remains dense and rich in detail, multifaceted and brilliantly concocted with a series of characters who are dark and flawed and swayed by the powers of consumerism. Basically, everything I want in a book. gimme-2015-k i-d-give-you-the-stars readathon-day-201542 s Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)485 8,439

Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction

*This was a reread for me*

WARNING: If you read this book, make sure you have the next book to hand because WHAT A CLIFFHANGER GOOD GRIEF . I had to wait two years for the next!

So, this book picks up right where The Bone Season left off. Which is mighty handy, because I personally hate it when you get to the next book and oh – there’s a summary of what happened in the last 6 months we just skipped because surely they’re not important?

And let me tell you, there’s so much going on in this book. Not in the ridiculously overwhelming way. More in the way that there’s always a problem or two to be dealt with. There’s dangers at every turn. You don’t know who to trust. You don’t know whether answers are true or a set up. And you have no idea where the story will go.

It means this book feels a much shorter read than it is. For a book that’s over 500 pages long, it didn’t take me long to read at all, especially once you get hooked in all the goings-on. And I can’t get over how INTENSE it is. Especially towards the end. When I finished this book, I literally slammed it shut and took a deep breath, because I swear I hardly dared breathe for the last 100 pages or so.

As for the characters, I can’t get over how much I love them all. Not so much as people, but they do make GREAT characters to read about. But our protagonist, Paige…oh I adore her. She’s so strong, but you see her doubt herself, you see her fear, you see her trying to make the best out of any situation. She adapts so well, and I can’t help but admire her courage.

I also want to quickly mention that this book has some diversity, but in the way that it’s just a normal thing. I’ll be going into it more in my review for the next book – The Song Rising – as I think it’s a more prominent thing there from rumours I’ve heard. But in regards to characters sexuality, there’s mentions of characters being bisexual and gay, but without it being a big deal. It’s just the norm here, it’s not a “coming out” story.

But really, I just can’t deal with the end. I know I keep going on about it. But there was a moment where my heart actually stopped. I couldn’t believe it. And it’s SUCH a good ending to a book…I do just implore you all to read it. Though of course, read the first book first.

I know this review is in a shambles. I’m really bad at reviewing sequels, ok?

NOTE: Possible trigger warning for self-harm.physically-own reread40 s Nanna261 135

I can't even begin to express how badly I need the next book.

I mean really!

what am I to do?!


join me! read this book and the first one! it's amazing and you will not regret it one bit!40 s Dannii Elle2,121 1,706

First Read: March 2017, Rating: 5/5 stars
Second Read: January 2021, Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the second instalment in the incredible Bone Season series and was every bit as brilliant and complex as the first one.

Paige Mahoney escaped her imprisonment in the Sheol prison camp, under cruel Rephaim leadership, only to return to her former cage, under the guise of protection, of her mime-lord Jaxon Hill. When the underlord of the underground clairvoyant community is brutally murdered, a new mime-lord must reign in his stead. All eyes turn to Jaxon Hill and his renowned mollisher, Paige. But Paige has other ideas. And these don't involve being ruled by anyone, anymore.

As with the first book, the complexity of this tale was just astounding. Shannon brilliantly imagined our futuristic world, with an intricate hierarchy of humanity that satired our history of the governing patriarchal wish for unity and its intense dis for anything that threatened the human standardisation. The clairvoyant individuals of the tale are treated as lesser humans, which ensures they are feared, shunned and loathed by the rest of society. Their death is treated as media gold and used for light entertainment.

The underground community that has sprung in the wake of this repression thrives on their own sense of order, further oppressing some of their own kin's abilities. Paige highlights this injustice and brings a call for change that equalises all individuals.

Her morality is what made Paige such a fascinating protagonist. She may be young, impetuous, and volatile but she is also fierce, noble, and brave.

And this nebulous individual was also mirrored in the setting. I adored the wonderfully evocative descriptions conjured of this futuristic London. Shadows of our contemporary city remained, so as to give a basis for this imaginary depiction, but it has also been evocatively re-imagined. Remnants of the old world battled in the shadows, against the startling and uniform architecture of the future.

This unique and compelling tale has all the facets of a first-rate series and Shannon's sublime writing does the story justice. A faultless parable with faultless prose!2024-tbr adult-books-read fantastic-fabrications ...more36 s Piera40 2,836

Well shit. This series still isn't my usual cup of tea but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed these books. The Mime Order had half the amount of info-dumping as The Bone Season which I really appreciated. The cast of characters grew on me, as did Paige and the authors writing style. I still struggled with the language and the setting, but I was able to keep some sort of hold on the storyline which kept me invested! A very well written, well thought out series and I'm excited for the next book!37 s Whitney Atkinson987 12.9k

this is the first audiobook i've listened to in a while and i really enjoyed it! will i forget every detail of this book in 3 business days? most ly. but the narrator is great and even in the places where this book probably would have lagged if i'd read it physically, it was easy to follow.

there's definitely more action in this than book one, which i appreciated. the moments of tension are done really well and keep you rooting for the main character. the one hurdle i still can't quite get over is that this book is good but not absolutely amazing, partly because i wish we had more description. the author goes so deep into the world building but not so much in actually putting you there, and even after two books my grasp of certain things is shaky.

usually romance is the life vest that keeps me going through a hefty series, and these books do have a sprinkling of that, but i'm really torn on how i feel about it. the forbidden romance aspects of it are interesting but i can't get over the inevitable mortal x immortal foreshadowing to be able to fully commit. one of my character flaws is i can forgive a book with stockholm syndrome but this one feels kinda a stretch and sometimes they don't have much chemistry other than the have the same goals. but we'll see how the rest of it unfolds.

there's 2 more installments and i'm definitely going to continue after a brief pause to read holiday themed books.audiobook from-library read-in-202235 s Caitlin339 682

3.5 stars!

The ending was really cool and I'm so excited for the next book!

However, this book definitely suffered from second book syndrome for me. I was honestly starting to skim some sections due to boredom and then I ended up completely confused as to what was going on. I'm definitely way more confused than I was in book 1 and I found this book honestly not as good as I expected.

I feel this book was a lot of running around in the same circles and could have been shorter but hey that's just me. I also wish the chapters weren't so long because it really put me off reading it.

Overall a good book but not what I had expected and it definitely dragged in parts2017-read 3-stars32 s Robin (Bridge Four)1,739 1,566

Finally finished.... 3.5 Scorched Dreamscape Stars

I d this much better than The Bone Season. There seemed to be a clearer plot line and things move along at a little better pace. But it is still slightly slow in places to the point I almost started skimming and there is a ton of world building still happening that might have got a little bogged down with details.

Paige is growing on me but the majority of the reason I don't totally love this book is her. She is young and growing but for some of this I think she is so naive and makes choices that I clearly see will get others killed later. However by the end of this book I was totally starting to really her character a lot more and maybe she is actually learning from the mistakes she made.

Warden is still my favorite character and I find him to possibly be the most interesting character in the book. I really want to know more about him and some of the dynamics of the Rathem. Jaxon is another mystery character that while I hate him, he does fill the page well and I'm not sure just how cruel he could be.

The Ending was fantastic though and I loved the reveal at the end. I had my suspicions but it still had a nice punch to it when it all played out.

Full Review to come. These are just my initial thoughts and I know it might seen a full review but shhhh it isn't. I have many more words.31 s Lau (semi-hiatus) ♡436 450

Set in a futuristic London and full of action, The Mime Order is the second book in the Bone Season series. While the first book felt too fast, full of original twists but also loads of information about the magic system -which I found very cool when I finally managed to remember the terms-, The Mime Order is the complete opposite. The magic system was already established, so it was an easy read, but I finished it feeling little had happened.

I had two main problems:

1. It was action packed but felt slow, especially the first part. The characters spent a lot of time running in circles and solving subplot problems. Even Paige (h) kept thinking they should be attacking, instead of losing time with mime lord acts.

2. For being immortal creatures, the Rephain are not very interesting. And I’m still searching for the spark between Paige and her love interest, despite them being in a Romeo-and-Juliet situation.

Overall, it was a quick, action-packed read with a great magic system, but I expected more: plot twist, character development, magic tricks, more important actions from the beginning.
fantasy science-fiction32 s Alyssa1,069 853

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Book Two of The Bone Season series
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, 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 center 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. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

What I d:

I really enjoyed The Bone Season. I put off reading the book for so long, because of all the hype surrounding the novel. It's immensely popular in the UK, as well as in the United States. But when I finally read it, I loved it! I was intrigued by the intricate and complicated world - I hadn't read too many novels The Bone Season. Nevertheless, I think this sequel did the first book justice, and I'll definitely be impatiently waiting for book three.

In this novel, Paige has escaped the penal colony, and returned to SciLo, to the syndicate, to her mime-Lord, Jaxon. He doesn't want her to spread word of the Rephaim's existence, but she wants the syndicate to know. Certain events are set in motion - the syndicate Underlord is murdered, and a new Underlord (or Underqueen) must take his place. Meanwhile, EVERYONE is looking for Paige - or The Pale Dreamer - or the human that consorted with a Rephaim. The streets are more and more dangerous for her, but she will stop at nothing to bring justice to the clairvoyants who were taken, and to warn the syndicate of the existence of the Rephain - with or without the Rephaim (in particular, Arcturus, who has yet to be found).

This book definitely gets off to a slow start. The sampler that was available on NetGalley featured about 20% of the book, which is a solid chunk! I had read the sampler a few months ago, and wasn't all that satisfied or impressed. However, after certain events occurred, I was hooked. Once the Rephain came back into the picture (and I'm talking about Rephaim that aren't Arcturus, actually), things started to pick up.

There was all kinds of high stakes and sneaking around and straight-up MESS, in this book. Paige was constantly going behind Jaxon's back, meeting with other Sheol I fugitives, or meeting with the Rephaim, or doing things that she didn't want Jaxon - or anyone - to know about. My heart was literally pounding every time she went sneaking about - Jaxon really didn't seem a person to piss off. I mean, the state of affairs with the Rephaim is pretty important, but Paige needed Jaxon's protection. Which she quickly finds out.

As with book one, the world-building in this book is intricate and impeccable. This book takes place completely in London, but you really get a feel for the futuristic city. Mention of the Americas is in this book, which I thought was nice - it put the setting of this book into perspective.

There is very little of the Rephaim in this book, yet their presence is always known, an undercurrent. Nashira isn't present in this book, and several key Rephaim do not appear until about midway through the book. As for Arcturus... don't worry, he's in this book. Check out my blog on Thursday (December 18th), if you want to see a fun scene between Arcturus and Paige.

Okay, so, the romance. Honestly, I'm a huge fan of the romance. Arcturus (a.k.a. Warden, so no one gets confused) doesn't appear until more than halfway through the book. And even then, Paige and Warden kind of put a wall between themselves, because Warden is marked by the Rephaim, now that Nashira told everyone that he was "consorting with a human". BUT. The chemistry/physical/emotional connection between Paige and Arcturus is so obvious and burning and THERE, so, don't you worry about the romance. I love the progression of the romance, even if it feels it isn't there.

I Paige. She's very tough, and not just physically. She makes some incredibly difficult decisions, going behind Jaxon's back, about many things. Honestly, I'd probably be very docile and most ly hiding, if I had a choice. But she totally stands up to the Sargas family, to SciLo, to the syndicate.

I'm quite pleased with this sequel. It was slow, but much happened in this book. A LOT happened, really, in small chunks, spread over a long book. The ending is kind of a slap in the face. No, a punch in the face. Holy guacamole. Book three book three book three!

What I Did Not :

I've been saying, this book starts off very slowly. I'd say the first thirty ish percent is pretty sluggish, though I can understand why. Shannon is setting the scene and tone for the rest of the book. But the book is really long to begin with, so it felt things dragged. I feel this will definitely be a deterrent to some, or possibly a reason for some to DNF, so I thought I'd mention it.

Would I Recommend It:

Well, if you read book one, there is no reason for you not to read book two! I d this sequel a lot, and I would highly recommend reading the sequel. And, if you haven't read The Bone Season, and you're interested, then I think you should get it a try! Just be warned, the books are loooonngggg (they're adult novels, not YA). So, tuck in!


4 stars. This book didn't end in a such a way that I felt anxious ( The Bone Season did), but some crazy truths were revealed at the end of the book, so I definitely want to keep reading. Book three, please!2015-releases30 s Christina256 269

Original Read: February 17th - February 24th, 2016
Re-read: March 19th - April 7th, 2017

I enjoyed this book just as much the second time around, and I'm glad that I did the re-read before starting The Song Rising.

I have kept my original review below.


Original Review

4 stars!

***To anyone who happens to be reading this, this review will have some spoils from the first book in this series, The Bone Season***

"Hope is the lifeblood of the revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us."

Paige Mahoney has escaped the prison camp run by the Rephaim, called Sheol 1, but has no shortage of problems. Most of the survivors are missing and Paige's face is plastered all over Scion London. She has become the most wanted person around and everyone is on the lookout for her. Left with little options for protection, she returns to the Seven Seals, to being Jaxon Hall's mollisher. But she is determined that all of Scion London should know about the Rephaim and how they are still a danger to all the voyants.
The plan she comes up with is to have the story of the Rephaim become the story in a penny dreadful (an illegal horror story, printed and sold by the Penny Post, Grub Street's mobile bookshop). Paige's hope is that, even if the voyants regard the story as purely fiction, at least they will be aware of what the Rephaim are and why they're here, should they ever become exposed.

"Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair."

While this is going on, the Underlord of the London syndicate, Hector and his crew (all but his mollisher, Cutmouth) are found by Paige, brutally murdered and mutilated. Paige becomes the prime suspect in their deaths, despite the fact that Cutmouth has disappeared without a trace. When an Underlord (or Underqueen) dies, it is their mollisher that takes over their place as head of the syndicate. But with Cutmouth not coming forward to take her title, there is now to be a scrimmage to determine a new Underlord or Underqueen.

"November 1, 2059 : The clocks of London chimed eleven. Inside the interchange building to II-2, every light had been extinguished. But beneath the brick warehouse, in the secret labyrinth of the Camden Catacombs, the fourth scrimmage in the history of the London Syndicate was about to begin."

Jaxon is planning to compete in the scrimmage in the hopes of becoming the next Underlord. But when Paige attempts to discuss the Rephaim with him and see what they could plan if he did succeed in winning, he basically turns a blind eye to the problem and expects her to do the same. With Jaxon as Underlord, she would still not have a voice, wouldn't have any more authority than she does currently to try to fight the Rephaim. So she decides to go against Jaxon in the scrimmage, unbeknownst to him.

"I didn't know where I'd be the day after tomorrow. I could be on the streets, a pariah and a traitor. I could be Underqueen, ruling the syndicate. I could be in the aether."

Competing is a great risk. She would need financial backing to help build herself an army, should she win. Enter the Rephaim who are against Nashira and the others, who are willing to help voyants, albeit grudgingly, survive. They call themselves the Ranthen. Earlier in the book, Paige discovered with the help of the golden cord connecting herself and Warden, that he was captured and imprisoned within the syndicate. She managed to get him out, but ended up with an even larger target on her back. But with him free and able to contact the other Ranthen, he helps to get Paige an audience with Terebell, their leader, to ask for financial backing and support should she win the scrimmage. She begins to train with with Warden to help prepare her clairvoyant powers. But their relationship dynamic is much different from how it was in The Bone Season.

"In the colony, our relationship had been about fear. My fear of his control. His fear of my betrayal. Now, I realized, it was about trying to understand each other. But fear and understanding were kindred things. Both involved the loss of the familiar and the terrible danger of knowledge. I didn't know if I understood him yet, but I wanted to. That in itself was a shock."

It was really nice to see a "couple" that had no instalove, not even instalust really. Their relationship has come a long way. At the end of The Bone Season, they were close to a friendship, had mutual respect for one another and had one confusing moment of passion, but they're still trying to work out what they feel for one another. It's nice to see the feelings unravel.

"Warden cared if I laughed. He cared if I lived or died. He had seen me as I was, not as the world saw me. And that meant something."

This book was action packed, but also had more of the politics of the syndicate. It picked up right where The Bone Season left off, right in the middle of the escape from Sheol 1, which was basically the cliffhanger for the first book. Luckily It was less confusing for me than The Bone Season was. It ended with a big cliffhanger, of course, that I definitely didn't see coming...so I can't wait to see how the next book in the series plays out. This is, so far, a great series and I'm excited to see what comes next.28 s Mary Books and Cookies600 404

I'm sorry but the last 25% of this book is pure genius ahsfdkasgdlg

Initial review:

It's not 2016 yet and this is a problem, because I need the next book. NOW.

What do I need to do to make everyone read this series? Sacrifices? Buy you all drinks on me? Howl at the moon? Because I’ll do it. In a heartbeat. This series is so good. IT’S SO GOOD, YOU GUYS. It’s become my favourite series of the year so far and I am so excited for the next book to come out in 2016. Because I need it. I need it now. I need it with a passion.

The Mime Order picks up right where The Bone Season left off and it’s even better than its predecessor. Samantha Shannon has come into her own as a writer and it tells, because the writing is absolutely fantastic. It courses effortlessly, it’s poetic, melodic and it made me not want to put this book down. With the reader being comfortable in this world, knowing all the nooks and crannies, Samantha can instead focus on the characters, on extending the plot and the world she has built. And oh gosh, do things get intense! I literally held my breath every page in the final quarter of the book. It’s fast paced, it’s action-packed and energetic.

The originality of the series, what makes it stand out, is there in every page: we get to understand more about clairvoyants and their powers. But at the same time, we’re introduced to a very cunning and powerful game of politics. This adds a second layer to the fantasy element and it’s fascinating to read about it. I love books that have political elements in them and that have you guessing throughout reading the story. Combine this with amazing characters and you have the recipe that drew me so much into this story.

I don’t want to get too much into the plot, because I want people who haven’t gotten into the series yet to be able to read this review and maybe consider picking these books up. Because I want to see more people blogging about them and talking about them. They have a compelling plot and a mixture of fantasy and dystopian elements that proves extraordinary. READ THEM. And then come cry and fangirl with me that there are 5 more books planned and we have none of them in our hands right now.

Favourite quotes:

“Words are everything. Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.”

“You can never want too much. That’s how they silence us,” I said. “They told us we were lucky to be in the penal colony instead of the æther. Lucky to be murdered with NiteKind, not the noose. Lucky to be alive, even if we weren’t free. They told us to stop wanting more than what they gave us, because what they gave us was more than we deserved.” I picked up my jacket. “You’re not a prisoner any more, Arcturus.” Warden looked at me in silence. I left him in that ruined hall with the music echoing above him.”

“Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.”


To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)favorites28 s Mads Browse158 1,894

4.5 again, really hoping one of these cracks into 5 star territory!! The second half of this was, but the first bit not quite202128 s sarah405 269

"Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair."

I loved this so much! The Mime Order is the second instalment in 'The Bone Season' series, and wow. It definitely did not suffer from second book syndrome. I enjoyed this so much more than the first book- and I anticipate my love will escalate each successive book from here!

The only thing that held me back from giving this a full five stars was the first part of the book, before Warden showed up. After that though, it was perfection! The ending was breathtaking, all the little threads that Samantha Shannon skilfully wove through the novel ended up converging in such an unexpected way.

The new elements introduced into this book were so intriguing! I loved learning more about Jacob's Island, the more shady areas of London, and just how deeply rooted Scion's corruption is.

I can't wait to read 'Song Rising' and the next book to be released in 2020!

“Some revolutions change the world in a day. Others take decades or centuries or more, and others still never come to fruition. Mine began with a moment and a choice. Mine began with the blooming of a flower in a secret city on the border between worlds.”my- read-201929 s bright.books150 253

3.75⭐️ :///

Strasznie wymęczył mnie ten tom, i tak naprawdę z 200-250 stron mnie trochę wynudziło, natomiast Nadal uważam, że pomysł i historia jest genialna
Od 22 rozdziału w końcu miałem takie Yasss❤️

Zakończenie było SICK26 s Tess BurtonAuthor 1 book97

The second book in The Bone Season series, probably the most highly anticipated read of 2015 for me and, to be frank, only a three-star book in my eyes. The ending, however, was so damn exciting it earned a star all on its own. Sadly the rest of the novel didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Samantha Shannon has said many times that each installment in this seven book series is going to have a very different feel to it, so that the reader has a different experience with each book. Book #1 was an introduction; survivalist and fantastic, dystopian and almost YA but not really. It was fabulous and everything I wanted in a novel. The Mime Order follows protagonist Paige Mahoney on the run in Scion London, and has much more of a murder mystery feel to it. It’s futuristic but has a Victorian London twist, which was highly enjoyable. Just a shame the plot wasn’t.

I had a similar problem with book #1; Shannon’s plots just don’t really do it for me. They’re not bad, but I can not only see the flaws, but I can feel them, and they kinda grate. But what made The Bone Season so enjoyable for me was the high focus on the world-building. Because it was so strong (and so completely my cuppa tea), it strengthened the plot along with it. The Mime Order does not have the same effect. There’s much less of a focus on clairvoyance in this installment, not a lot of new information about the Rephaim, emim, ghosts or how clairvoyance really works or came to be. This book is all about the Scion citadel of London and the politics that exist within. And as great it is to have a well thought-out world with many different aspects to it, I just wasn’t that interested.

I lived for Jaxon’s moments on the page. I might have enjoyed the story more if I cared more for Paige, or if I shipped her and Warden. Oh well, it just wasn’t for me this one, not as much as the first one in any case. It was still rather enjoyable, and the ending was awesome, but I’m just hoping book #3 turns out to be a little bit more to my taste.2015-favourites all-time-faves bloody-amazing-hero ...more23 s AmelieAuthor 10 books563

Dann rezensieren wir dieses Schätzchen mal!

Die Denkerfürsten hat mich aus einer Leseflaute geholt. Es sollte angemerkt werden, dass ich es als Hörbuch gehört habe, was mir richtig gut gefallen hat. Die Übersetzung ist übrigens einfach super, das merke ich besonders stark jetzt, wo ich den dritten Band auf Englisch angefangen habe. Mir gefallen die Begriffe auf Deutsch sogar besser als im Original und wann passiert so etwas schon?

Vom ersten Band war ich nicht unbedingt begeistert, auch wenn ich das Buch durchaus mochte. Allerdings stellte sich der "Ich muss anderen dieses Buch empfehlen"- Faktor erst jetzt ein. Sicher liegt das daran, dass ich schneller in den Roman hereingekommen bin als in den ersten. Dadurch, dass es eine Fortsetzung war, gab es zu Beginn des Buches nicht so ein enormes Infodumping, aber mir hat auch gefallen, dass die Plotstruktur hier besser gewesen ist. 24 s Vivianne387 67

Shannon has improved her story telling and made an even more amazing original world building. The characters are still really awesome, my love for them has grown even more. This really is a series where I’m so emotionally invested in while reading that I’m almost screaming at the book; COME ON! STAND UP! YOU CAN DO THIS! KEEP GOING! O NO YOU DIDN’T! YOU STUPID **$%&! LEAVE HER ALONE! I just think this book isn’t a five star read because of the slow plot, the getting used to yet another world, and some unrealistic illogical scenes.

Spoiler warning for the whole “The Bone Season” series!!
In “The Bone Season” the book ends with Paige and the other survivors going back to London on a train after escaping Sheol I. This book starts where the previous book left of and I really d that there wasn’t a time lapse between the first and the second book. It was fun to read about the escape and I d seeing Paige save them in another dangerous situation. The tension is really high. “Are they going to make it? Where would the train stop?” But I do think that the events are a bit dull. It was a bit too easy just stepping on a train and riding to London. Why isn’t this train stopped by the Raphaim? There must be some sort of control system? Also the break into The Tower and escape from it had me “No way, that’s way too easy!” Thought it was supposed to be the most feared and most guarded prison or something. And they just walked in?! But If you compare the exciting beginning from The Mime Order to the info dumbing beginning of The Bone Season you can see the improvement. It was action packed, exciting, clear and well written, although I still see some improvement points.

After the escape from the train and then The Tower the whole story, unfortunately, collapses. Paige is the most wanted criminal in Scion and she needs to stay in hiding for a while. So she stays in motels and waits until Nick brings her food and goes over the happened events and what to do now. These pages where realistic but not necessary to be in this book. I hated reading Paige depressing thoughts and her going over previous scenes I already read. Then Paige makes up her mind and goes back to the Seven Dials, because it is her best shot for survival and she has run out of money. I didn’t this. Jaxon treats every single person as dirt and Paige deserved something better after what she had been through. Also, didn’t there just a war happen? Aren’t there Raphaims making plans for a new Bone Season? Isn’t London still in danger? Paige just continues with her normal life in The Seven Seals and though that was interesting I found it a strange turn of events. And after the epic action filled first book it felt boring. I find it a strange order that in the first book we get thrown into a story about a girl we know nothing about and got to meet this crazy world (Sheol I) and we go through this strange rollercoaster action filled plot. And then in book two we got to ‘meet’ the main character and her world. Because of this the action and plot completely stopped, the tension slipped away and with that my attention.

Ok in book one we figure out one of the two complicated systems/worlds, Sheol I. But with Paige being back in London I was doomed to learn the other one to. This one is even more complicated, with all the districts and gangs and mime-lords and mollers. I was annoyed after reading a first book in a series that I still needed to learn things about the world. I would have d to have figured it out in book one and just relax and keep on reading without scrolling back and forth to the glossary, The Seven Orders of Clairvoyants and The Assembly of Unnatural. But once again after I got used to it, I loved the world building. It was super cleaver how Shannon came up with this structured but corrupt dark underworld of London. I LOVED to read about it, and to figure this crazy world out step by step!

The writing style is also improved. I still the way that it feels Paige talked to me, she is telling ME a story. Shannon writes really vivid and fluently, what makes it easy and fun to read.

What I was a little scared about, because of the kiss in the first book, was that this would turn into some twisted spin of off Romeo and Juliette. And I kind of think that did happen. Though they don’t really love each other they have this complicated ‘something more than friends’ hang above their heads and I hated that. I would have d them to stay master and apprentice and then grow closer and become equals. I was annoyed by all the feelings but also the feelings Paige didn’t have. I would be heartbroken if I would love Warden but I can’t be with him because I’m human. But Paige is well that’s how life goes… I just didn’t their talks and interactions as much as the first book. This love thing just doesn’t work in this story for me.

Other than that tiny detail I LOVED PAIGE. She is such a badass. I love EVERY decision she makes, every ally she takes and every friendship she makes. I love the growth she makes from Jaxons moller to this badass black moth queen.
I also loved the Seven Seals and to read about them, NOT IN A FLASHBACK! I d that every Seal has his/her own personality, and that they made that work for years surprised me. Eliza is so cute and innocent, I love her. Same for Nick he is the rock Paige needs to lean on once in a while. I really d to read how this trust builds and the friendship that grows stronger. Danice doesn’t appear as much in this book as I would have d her to, but she is this crazy scientist you just have to love (I loved that she choose Paige over Jaxon in the end that was unexpected for me). I really d Zeke’s relationship with Nick although we don’t read much about it. I don’t know what to think of Zeke though… Nadine is this irritating annoying character, she follows Jaxon around and does everything he asks. She’s hypocritical and doesn’t have a backbone. And Jaxon… I still kind of love him, I understand his motives and his character. I’m so curious what he will do in the next book. (Paige should have killed him).

Maybe going into the previous book blind wasn’t a bad thing, all the twists and turns came unexpected and that held the excitement high. But in this book I knew Paige was going to gather forces to go after the Sargas and that that would be a challenge. So I think nothing new happened and nothing that surprising. I missed the twists and turns from the previous book. The twist who Ivy really was, was cool and unexpected but there were not that many other great twists. The one with Jaxon and the other mime lords and queens I saw coming, furthermore there weren’t any. The plot was really slow, but not dying. There were some action filled scenes but they also didn’t live up to those in the previous book. And in between these scenes Paige just kind of lives her life while trying to find out who killed Hector and what the heck is going on. I found that boring. Also some events where just kind of random and strange… Things just happen out of nowhere and then I don’t even remember how or why because it is so bizarre. when this random guy appeared when Paige, Zeke, Elisa and Nick where talking in this forest, and they just let him open this portal so they all get almost killed by an Emim. Another random thing was Paige crawling to this tunnel and then just happen to come across these people that she can eavesdrop on and just happens to hear these big secrets. The events where enjoyable but why they happened was kind of strange. It needed a bigger and more excited preamble and sometimes more explanation.

I feel this whole book builds up to the mêlee, and wow that was action packed and vivid. The writing there is so beautiful it comes to life. Shannon can write action very well. I loved the battles between Paige and all the other contestants. I loved seeing Jaxon in action. I loved to see more from the other Mime lords and queens. I just loved this whole Mêlee!

In my opinion the Mêlee scene could have been a little longer though!
The only things I have to comment on is that it goes rather quick and easy for Paige and Jaxon to become the only two left alive. If there is a complot to kill Paige first, then why don’t they go after her before. Another thing I didn’t get was; Paige can kill someone by going into their minds and kill them within a matter of seconds. So why go to all the trouble, the blood and almost get killed a few times when with a single push of her ghost she can kill them? Yeah she wants to give them a spectacle to look at, but surviving is priority number one right?!

The battle between Jaxon and Paige was AMAZING! I really enjoyed reading this. And I was really cheering her on! I loved how defeated Jaxon was at the end! I also really it how the title comes back at the end of this book, because the whole book I was what the heck is this Mime Order thing.

And that’s how you end a book! DAMN! (Stupid cliffhanger)

A book I was really REALLY excited about came out while I was reading this, so I put this book on hold for a few days. But I missed Paige and this world so much, while reading that other book! How can I survive a year waiting for the next book, The Song Rising! NEED IT NOW!!!

(Still don’t know how Shannon is going to write another 5 books in this series though)4-stars24 s Lyra (Cardan's tail's version)337 598

—4 stars—

“Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.”

————about the book————

Age: YA/NA
Genres: Paranormal, Dystopian,
Cliffhanger: yep!
Writing: 8/10
Quotes: 7/10
World building: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Romance: 7/10
My rating: 8/10

‼️spoilers below‼️

———my feelings———

Paige Mahoney escaped the deadly prison camp of Oxford, and returned to working in the criminal underground of London.
But when the other survivors begin to go missing, a spree of murders break out, and she becomes the most wanted person in London, Paige will have to decide who she trusts...

I devoured this nom nom nom (NOT LITERALLY) but honestly, I was so engrossed and reading so fast! It kept me guessing all the way through, with so many twists and betrayals! I’m normally able to see through some twists, but these all caught me by surprise!
This being my third Samatha Shannon book, I’m beginning to understand how she writes—fast moving, lots of plot lines and action, and a little romance sprinkled in (to keep us addicts happy).
It was especially prominent in this book, as it delved much more into the criminal/gangs side of this world, which was completely different to the last book’s exploration of the magic system and the prison camp.
With how many plot lines going on at once, it makes perfect sense that the romance/love story part is very much a side plot—which I think suits this book, and style of writing very well!—but the little snippets (and they are little) always leave me wanting more! Especially when Warden calls her “little dreamer” (I’m so obsessed with “little something” nicknames
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