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The Mime Order

(The Bone Season #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  17,385 ratings  ·  2,349 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, 517 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, arc
First read: October 20-26, 2014
Re-read: August 23-26, 2016

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 of October but got pushed back. I was beyond thrilled to read this early, and all the thoughts in this review are mine.

If you haven't read The Bone Season, the first book in this series, go do that now! This review won't have spoilers, but I just highly, highly recommend this series
Charlotte May
"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 returned to her home in Seven Dials.
Jaxon is glad to have Paige back, and he will not lose her again. When the current Underlord of the Syndicate is viciously murdered, everyone is under suspicion, including Paige.
Meanwhile the Rephaim are hovering around London. A group
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Mary S. R.
4.5 STARS!

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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.
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 quite as pla
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 lo
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Read this review and more on my blog

In a nutshell: The Mime Order was quite a slow read that I struggled with at times, but for the most part it was an enjoyable and strong sequel.

The Mime Order is set in the same epic world we were introduced to in The Bone Season, taking place immediately after the ending of the latter. While it is naturally reminiscent of the first book, the tone is quite different. She might have escaped Sheol I but Paige is still in danger and there's lots of sparks in the
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 revolution
Robin (Bridge Four)
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
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
Dannii Elle
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-lord must reign in his stead. All eyes turn to Jaxon Hill and his renowned mollisher, Pa
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: z-4-stars, a-owned
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 ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
4.5 stars

”Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.”

This was a definite step-up from The Bone Season.

I really loved the way Shannon took the foundation that she laid for this world and grew it in a way that didn't feel like walking into a completely different thing. It was different, of course, it was, but it didn't feel alien or wrong at any point.

It was an organic transition.

The change of setting helped it a lot and really pushe
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
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
Ashley Daviau
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was prepared to be let down by this book because I loved the first so much and I honestly didn’t see how it could get better in this one. Never have I been so glad to be proven wrong because this book is bloody phenomenal! It was a bit of a slow burn at first but it was all worth it when I realized what it was setting us up for. Which was a brutal, bloody and brilliant second half to the book that actually gave me shivers at certain points! It got to the point where I was sitting with bated br ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 big-fat-fucking stars!!!!! RTC.
Now that i've had time to process, I have written a simply stunning review for your enjoyment.

5/5 Stars

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I’m sorry, is that gif annoying you? TOO BAD.

The Skinny:

Paige is once again facing a terrible threat, but this time it is not just the Rephaites and Emim. This time the threat is both larger and much more formidable. Paige, torn between her loyalty to her crew and the need to do what is right
theravengirl (salmaagroudy)
Oh lord.

If i had to describe this book in one word, it would be intense. Too. Intense. How, exactly, does one write a proper review after reading that last line?

The Mime Order is a portal into the world Shannon brilliantly built; it helps us understand more and more about the book's clairvoyants, their powers and limitations, and it gives us a deeper insight into the world. The plot twists are beyond imagination, the ups and downs of the characters make us understand them more, and equally, lov
DNF at 41% (page 210)

Well, I tried. It's a pity because I absolutely LOVED The Bone Season and this one can't hold my attention for more than 5 minutes (I've been reading this book for almost a month and I'm not even half-way through).

Hopefully I'll pick this up again in the future.
Beatrice in Bookland
“Madness is a matter of perspective, little dreamer.”

1) The bone season ★★★★☆


This series keeps getting better and I keep falling more and more in love with Warden
This second book is completely different from the first one. 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 Jaxon as a character (villain ???). They are secondary characters but they have so much depth.

Paige and Warden are still amazing and otp material. I shi
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 need it with a passion.

The Mime Order picks up right where The Bone Season left off
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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

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The Bone Season (7 books)
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  • The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3)
  • Untitled (The Bone Season, #4)
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