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Recap of ‘The Bone Season’ Read-along

Just over 10 years ago, Samantha Shannon published her supernatural dystopian fantasy debut The Bone Season, sparking a fantastical series that is yet to end. To mark the anniversary of publication, Bloomsbury have created a stunning fully updated 10th anniversary edition with new material.

To celebrate, Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books teamed up to host a read-along. Now, with the Jonathan Ball and Exclusive Books read-along of The Bone Season officially wrapped up, we’ve put together a recap of the reviews of Shannon’s dazzling debut.

Reviewer: @galaxy_o_honey (Instagram)

“We are clairvoyants, Dr Nygård. We are the keepers of truth, the guardians of the future; the bridge between the living and the dead, the mundane and the divine.”

“The Bone Season” is set in London, the year 2059. It follows Paige Mahoney, not only is she high ranking in the criminal underworld but she is also a rare clairvoyant – might I mention that both of these are treasonous under Scion Law! She is then arrested for murder and held captive in Oxford where she has to decide if she should trust her enemy in order to escape…

“If your hope is alive, so are you.”

This book has a bit of everything! The rebellion and revolution of a dystopian novel, supernatural creatures from another world, and a magical deep dive into the different kinds of clairvoyancy.

The characters were unique and I loved that there was a focus on character development so that we could learn new things alongside Paige. Let’s not forget the mysterious nature of Arcturus in the beginning!!! I knew there was more to him!

Shannon’s world-building was detailed and intriguing. One of my favourite things about this book was that there was a constant flow of information – never a slow moment! Even though I fell behind on our readalong, I could catch up quickly because I got lost within the pages. If you remember my story, I was so into the book that I read the last page not knowing I finished the book! My surprise when the next page was the glossary 🤣

“I want to remind them that if you leave one spark aglow, it can still burn everything down.”

This was my FIRST book by @say_shannon and I think I just found another favourite author! Now I need to get the rest of the books in the series!

Thank you @jonathanballpublishers and @exclusivebooks for hosting this epic readalong.

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Reviewer: @rozanne_visagie (Instagram)

Rating: 4/5

“For the dreamers.”

This book’s dedication is one of my favorites. I should have taken it as a clue, as @say_shannon lets us fall into a dream world where everything is new and where familiar no longer exists. This is the first time I’ve read a book by this author, and I was captured by the level of creativity. This is a dystopian urban fantasy set in 2059, and the moment I opened the book, I was transported to that time. I feel this book gives Divergent vibes but with magic.

I read the 10th anniversary special edition as part of a readalong hosted by Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books. The special edition has revised material, and I think fans of this series must get a copy of the revised edition. The descriptions are vivid and Paige Mahoney’s character comes to life.

‘Run,’ he said. ‘Run, little dreamer.’

There is magic, betrayal, romance, and friendships formed in unlikely places. I’m not diving into the synopsis, but the story is unpredictable. While it took me some time to understand the world, once I got it, I could easily see the scenes playing out before me like a movie. There was one specific scene where I felt I couldn’t read fast enough. There is some action where the reader is thrown a curve ball and left wondering which direction the story will go. I particularly found ‘The Seven Orders of Clairvoyance’ interesting, and it made the story feel much more real. For some reason, I can picture myself sitting in a dark library studying this section.

I have tabbed quite a few quotes and scenes in the book and can’t wait to continue reading the series. I feel it’s a series that can be reread over and over again, and every time, you will discover something new.

Many thanks to @jonathanballpublishers and @exclusivebooks for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Reviewer: @wickedly.bookish (Instagram)

Rating: 4/5

“𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘷𝘰𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘵, 𝘋𝘳 𝘕𝘺𝘨𝘢̊𝘳𝘥. 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘦.”

This was my first read by this author and I’ve got to say I was super intimidated as I’ve been seeing this book all over my socials for many years. However, I will say I was pleasantly surprised by this read, especially as it’s a genre I would not normally gravitate towards. I found that I needed to focus solely on this read as the plot is quite heavy with information dumping – but I loved that this 10th Anniversary edition had both a ‘Glossary’ and ‘People of Interest’ at the back which really helped when I was feeling slightly overwhelmed with information or if I had forgotten something it was great to turn to it and remind myself once again.

This was a beautifully atmospheric read which held my attention in particular at the beginning and ending of this book. The action, high stakes and slow burn romance were unforgettable and I find myself thinking about it all still to this day. The author has done an incredible job creating such a unique intricate magical system and with such a diverse set of characters.

Read if you enjoy:

  • Dystopian fantasy
  • Found family
  • Oxford and London
  • Forbidden romance
  • Slow burn romance
  • Political intrigue

”𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘗𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳, 𝘪𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘪𝘵?” “𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘺. 𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴. 𝘖𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘵, 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘪𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶.”

Thank you so much to @jonathanballpublishers and @exclusivebooks for the #gifted copy of this stunning book!

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Reviewer: @tanith_justanotherchapter (Instagram)

The Bone Season was on my TBR for years. I was intimated – but I shouldn’t have been. You get thrown into the action from the start which helps Shannon grip you from page one. The writing flowed so seamlessly for the first few chapters and I thoroughly enjoyed the way Shannon started to build her world and characters.

TBS left me intrigued and filled with questions. I want to know more and where the rest of the story leads. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a new fantasy series where things feel familiar to what you’ve read before but still different enough to feel new.

I found myself invested in all the possibilities and where the story would go.

Samantha Shannon has created such an intricate magic system as well as a vast cast of characters. At first this didn’t feel too overwhelming but as I read on, I found myself referring to the glossary far too often to keep track of everything and everyone. I think the glossary was an amazing addition but I don’t like that I had to use it so often.

The strong points for the book in my opinion were the beginning and the end. They were filled with action and high stakes and as a result, I found the middle felt extremely slow in comparison. I understand why but at times it felt more dragged out and less moving the plot forward.

Paige as an FMC appeared to be smart and strong headed; thinking on her feet but at the same time she’s been thrown into a world where she doesn’t know anything or anyone so she becomes less convincing. Her relationship with Arcturus was painfully slow and I can definitely see this developing into him being a mentor to her – I just wasn’t convinced that they had enough chemistry for any romantic relationship.

Jaxon and Nick were by far my favourite characters. I know they’re only in for a small percentage of this book but any time they were mentioned or on page, I paid extra close attention and couldn’t tear my eyes away. I desperately need to know more about those two.

Thank you to @jonathanballpublishers & @exclusivebooks

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Reviewer: @sandikive (Instagram)

It’s been a busy few weeks since our little read along of The Bone Season with @jonathanballpublishers and @exclusivebooks ended and it’s finally time for a little review!

The Bone Season is the first in a super epic fantasy dystopian series where Paige Mahoney, a clairvoyant, navigates a dystopian London controlled by a supernatural alien race. It’s a story filled with intrigue and packed with action from the onset. The stakes kept rising throughout the story as the antagonists became clearer and more visibly dangerous.

I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between Paige and Warden as it grew from tentative to protective to a teensy bit more.

There were definitely sections that felt longer than they had to be and quite a bit of bloating in some parts that slowed me down – and maybe that’s just on my side because you know I don’t like reading tomes. But overall, getting through this read feels like a feat, and I’m glad to have taken part and experienced one of Samantha Shannon’s immersive worlds.

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