Another short book from the beginning of the year! I was determined I was going to catch up on The Bone Season series and this was the next step after reading The Song Rising at the end of 2020. I ended up reading all 90 pages in one day and I absolutely adored getting to see more into the world that Samantha Shannon has built.
This prequel follows a 16 year old Paige (who is 19 at the start of the main series) who has recently started working for Jaxon Hall, one of the most notorious mime-lords. She wants to prove her worth to him as the newest member and the latest event in the underworld is the perfect chance for her to do so, but of course this won’t go as smoothly as she’d like.
This is a fantastic novella, it provides another dimension to the relationship between Paige and the others within the underworld, both working with Jaxon and against him. It makes Paige’s reasoning for her decisions in The Bone Season much more understandable and explains the connection and the debt she feels towards Jaxon. It also gives us some more insight into the relationship between Paige and Nick, and also Paige and Eliza. These details feed throughout the entire series, and I’ve noticed threads of them in even the most recent book so it’s wonderful to see them here!
All in all this is a lovely little novella that I really wouldn’t miss out on if you’re a fan of The Bone Season. It adds dimension to the world that isn’t necessarily needed but is wonderful to have and it really deepens your connection to Paige and the others. So of course I rated this 5*!
This is the second book in the amazing The Bone Season series, if you want to read my review of the first book check it out here! It took me around a year to get to this book, and if I’m being honest I was worried that it wasn’t going to be as amazing as the first. I had nothing to worry about! I started this book close to when I was traveling back down south on a long train journey after Christmas/Winter break and ended up having this as my train read, it’s around 500 pages long and I read this relatively slowly for me with many breaks etc. meaning that I finished it lying in bed after a long day. I gave this book 5*, I loved it, it messed with my head in the best way!
Now for bits that will SPOIL The Bone Season if you haven’t read it yet, so go pick it up from your library or buy it or borrow it from a really cool friend, read it and then come back and read the rest of my review! (NO spoilers for The Mime Order ahead, just book #1)
We start the book following Paige after her escape from Sheol 1, as she returns to Jaxon and seems to be going back to the life she had in London pre-prison camp. But now Paige isn’t oblivious, now she knows, and she sees Rephaim crawling out from the shadows and into the city. She needs to save them all whilst they’re still in denial, and whilst on the run as a fugitive.
This book is insane, with so many twists and turns and different maneuvers, the ending, which I won’t spoil, screwed with my head and was written absolutely amazingly. I loved it so much! I wish that I had The Song Rising here with me at uni so I could get into the rest of the story already!! Samantha Shannon’s writing is gorgeous and encapsulating for the emotions you experience from the events she subjects you to. I sincerely recommend you read from her if you have not already.
Let me know if you’ve read this book, or The Song Rising, and tell me what you thought of it!