The Bone Season #2
by Samantha Shannon
Published on January 27, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Paranormal
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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. 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.
I am so happy this book was better than The Bone Season. That first book really put me off the whole series but I’ve also learned that first books don’t always determine how good a series will be.
Thank goodness I read the sequel.
The Mime Order starts right after the end of the last book. Paige is back with Jaxon and the gang, Warden is off hunting his brethren, and Scion wants those escaped from Sheol I dead. Unfortunately for Paige, that puts her at the top of their most wanted list.
I think what worked the best in this book was that the foundation of the extensive world Shannon created had already been set in The Bone Season. This installment could focus more on moving the story forward. It started slow…again…and I didn’t feel the urgency to keep reading that I hoped for until about 100-150 pages in. From there, I devoured this book in one sitting, especially at the end when the plot surged forward at breakneck speed and a lot happened. Like damn.
But nothing I didn’t expect. That’s one thing I’ll say about this series, the plot twists never really come off as “twists.” Unfortunately, that meant that the big cliffhanger at the end wasn’t much of a cliffhanger for me but it’s there nonetheless and I look forward to seeing where the story leads next with that particular development.
I liked Paige more in The Mime Order too, on top of the plot. She started acting for herself and taking a stand, all that fight in her finally amounting to something. Giving her the chance to show herself really sold her character for me. And with Paige I can’t forget to mention Warden. The two had a thing in the last book and I wasn’t a fan and honestly, I’m not really sure if I still dislike it or not. The two are on fire together but at the same time, there’s always an element of “this is wrong” that’s thrown into their thoughts and therefore mine while reading.
Perhaps I’ll finally come around in The Song Rising. We shall see.
But the star of this book is honestly Jaxon. This is the big showdown with the White Binder. His Pale Dreamer has grown a spine and no longer serves quietly, meaning the two are at odds for quite a bit of the story. Jaxon’s one of those characters I love to hate. He’s not exactly a villain but he isn’t a good guy either.
This was definitely a much more enjoyable read than the previous book but I think there are still places that I struggled with and I’m honestly not sure how this is going to turn into a seven-book series. It doesn’t feel like it should go past three, to me. But I’ll be picking up the next book to see where Shannon goes next with Paige and her antics. If you disliked The Bone Season, I think you’ll find the writing improved in The Mime Order. It’s still a slow start but picks up and will keep you hooked by the end.