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Review: The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

Prequel to The Bone Season, this e-novella is a perfect introduction to the series if you haven’t experienced it yet. It’s a future world in which clairvoyants of various sorts are hunted and terminated by the government, spirits are used in combat, and mysterious forces from another world intervene at will. It’s a fabulous series, and The Pale Dreamer is a fabulous bite-sized chunk to stick your teeth into over a cuppa tea. It follows protagonist Paige Mahoney as she first learns to use her clairvoyant powers and seek out a poltergeist to impress her boss, Mime Lord Jaxon Hall. There’s enough to keep you intrigued; there’s a good introduction to the characters, the fiendishly political underworld and the fabulous supernatural world within the series. It’s exactly what I want out of a Bone Season book, a heavy focus on the supernatural with just enough character world, world-building and political tension to mix it up a bit. If you haven’t joined the fandom yet, start today by downloading The Pale Dreamer!

Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The highly-anticipated third instalment in The Bone Season series, The Song Rising is ultimately my least favourite so far. Personally I haven’t had the best ride with this series; the first book had me proclaiming it was my favourite series since Harry Potter, the second disappointed but left me optimistic for the third, and now … honestly, I’m a bit worried. The Bone Season gave us original, fantasy/dystopian magic. It was wonderful and everything I never knew I wanted. The Mime Order was a Victorian murder mystery jaunt around London and, though I could appreciate it, it wasn’t to my taste. And now The Song Rising, which just felt like Mission: Impossible in a slightly more futuristic London and everything fell just a little bit flat. It picks up where the second left off, with Paige having won the crown of Underqueen and discovered the terrible truth about Jaxon. And then … we just flounder for a few hundred pages. Paige becoming Underqueen was not a story choice I really got on board with, mainly …

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from “The Song Rising” by Samantha Shannon

I am absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as a Bone Season Advocate to help promote Samantha Shannon’s glorious fantasy series. My social media followers will know that I’m a huge fan of the books and am eagerly awaiting the third installment in the series: The Song Rising out on March 7th 2017! Today I have an exciting sneak peek at the new book in the form of the prologue for The Song Rising. Spoiler warning: It’s probably not a good idea to read the prologue if you haven’t read The Bone Season or The Mime Order.