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The Mime Order

(The Bone Season #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  25,640 ratings  ·  3,329 reviews
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 pr
Hardcover, 510 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury
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Sheryl_at_Ubookquitous According to Shannon's site, she is hoping to have the third book out sometime in 2016, although she was not more specific.
According to Shannon's site, she is hoping to have the third book out sometime in 2016, although she was not more specific.

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Caz (littlebookowl)
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, bloomsbury
Rating: 4.5 stars
SO MUCH ACTION! I loved how fast-paced this was, the stakes are raised and tension is high.
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 s
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 like it hasnt captivated me as much as i wanted it to. the characters are likeable, the plot is unique, the world building is excellent, and the writing is fine - its just something, some ‘ ...more
Charlotte May
Reread 2022

Just as pulse pounding the second time around. Full of back stabbing and secrets, complex world building and wonderful characters. My only dislike 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
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 like 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
Maryam Rz.
4.5 STARS!

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Sean Barrs
Jun 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 a
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 quit
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.
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
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
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 te
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dannii Elle
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-lor
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 17, 2022 rated it liked it
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
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, 3-stars
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 like this book was a lot of running around in the same circles and could have been shorter but hey that's ju
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Finally finished.... 3.5 Scorched Dreamscape Stars

I liked 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
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 revolu
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, read-2019
"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
Maddie Browse
Dec 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, owned-tbr, 2021
4.5 again, really hoping one of these cracks into 5 star territory!! The second half of this was, but the first bit not quite
Tess Burton
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
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
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, an ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Sixteen hours of audio – sixteen long, agonizing hours filled with tension and often even fear – and still it wasn’t enough to satisfy my need for this series. Samantha Shannon may be young, but her talent is astonishing.

The Mime Order picks up where The Bone Season left off, with Paige Mahoney once again in London with Jaxon Hall and the Seven Seals. But while everything seems to be exactly as she’d left it, Paige herself is irrevocably changed. Not only is she aware of the Rephaim’s existence
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

So much of the thrill within a fantasy novel lies in the sequestered magic, so firmly hidden, yet present. Whether it be Narnia or Hogwarts, these mythical realms are out of sight of typical human sight and all the more magical as a result. As readers, we don't want to read about the Pevensie siblings in London, going about their day-to-day lives and reminiscing about their time in Narnia. We don't want to think of Harry, sitting in 4 Privet Drive during the long, sticky summer
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook of "The Mime Order" and it was the first full audiobook I've listened to in a very long time. At first, I was really struggling to incorporate it into my everyday life but after a few days it just felt natural to listen to an audiobook while doing chores, shoveling snow away or driving somewhere. Furthermore, I think the fact that "The Mime Order" was an amazing book also really helped to turn listening to the audiobook into such an enjoyable experience.

Back when I re
Beatrice in Bookland
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“Madness is a matter of perspective, little dreamer.”

reread #1: the scrimmage scene will always be one of the best written fights ever. I can still feel the adrenaline, fuck

1) The bone season ★★★★☆

This second book is completely different from the first one and it's superior bu far. Here, we're back in London and we get to know the Seven Dials better. I love Nick and Eliza, and I can't help but admire how good Jaxon's character is written. They are secondary characters but they have so much depth
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

The beginning felt like a huge waiting game. I was literally waiting for a certain male to appear on the pages..But that didn't happen until way further into the book. Samantha Shannon knows what she's doing when she makes him appear. The first half is really all about Paige preparing for The Rose Ring, a battle (to the death) where one is cr
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Again, a 4.5/5 stars
This is such a great series! There's so much room to grow and for things to happen, yet I have no idea what will happen! Excited for it continue on even though I have to wait SO LONG.
I love Paige still. Such a great heroine.
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Samantha Shannon studied English Language and Literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first in a seven-book series, was a New York Times bestseller and the inaugural Today Book Club selection.

Her next novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, was published in February 2019 and became a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. Her work has been translated into twenty-six lang

Other books in the series

The Bone Season (7 books)
  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
  • The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3)
  • The Mask Falling (The Bone Season, #4)
  • Untitled (The Bone Season, #5)
  • Untitled (The Bone Season, #6)
  • Untitled (The Bone Season, #7)

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