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The Bone Season #3

The Song Rising

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On the eve of a new decade, after two hundred years of Scion rule, a revolution is beginning. Its unlikely cradle is the clairvoyant underworld in London, and even an old ally’s betrayal cannot stop it.

But an enemy from Paige Mahoney’s past is about to return – an enemy that could quench the flame of hope for good . . .

350 pages, Paperback

First published March 7, 2017

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Samantha Shannon

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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 languages. She lives in London.

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May 2, 2018
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Hi.

I’m Samantha Shannon, author of the Bone Season series, architect of all of Paige Mahoney’s suffering. I just thought I’d pop in to explain why you may be seeing two different covers for The Song Rising.

As you'll have worked out from the change in style, Bloomsbury recently decided to give the Bone Season series a new look. However, there will also be a special limited Collector's Edition of The Song Rising in hardback (same price, same release date), with a cover in line with the style of David Mann's originals. There will be a Collector’s Edition for all of the remaining books in the series. You can visit my blog for more information.

While I’m here, I’d also like to apologise in person for the long wait for The Song Rising, which I’ve explained in more detail here. Thank you so much for your patience. The extra time I’ve had to work on it has really paid off, and I’m thrilled with the final novel. I hope you enjoy Paige’s third adventure in March. I’m now off to work on the fourth one, which I fondly hope will shatter emotions you didn’t even know you had.

Samantha
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1,092 reviews7,954 followers
November 14, 2020
Updated Review
4 stars
I still think the second half of this book is way stronger than the first. But the ending makes me so excited for book 4 (and I’m screaming that I have an ARC of it to start right after this), so I have to bump my rating up to 4 stars. I love Paige and her character growth. I’m blown away by the world building done in 3 books. I can’t WAIT to see where this series goes.

Original Review
3.5 stars
I'm a huge fan of The Bone Season series and have been eagerly awaiting the release of book 3, The Song Rising, for the last couple of years. I recently re-read the first two books in the series, and I'm really glad I did because this one picks up right where book 2 leaves off.

I do think the second half of this book is much stronger than the first half. The latter half had me enthralled and eager to see what happens next, and of course none of that would've been as exciting if it hadn't been set up by the beginning events. But I still found myself disengaged and a bit bored by the first half of the story. Paige, though, is still a really great character that I root for. And I appreciate that everything she does is in character, even when it's a stupid decision. She's a well-developed character and I can't wait to see where she goes next.

Speaking of next, this book leaves me wanting so much more—in a good way! I am super excited about the world-building we saw in this installment, and it promises to grow even more in the next! I really think the next book is going to be amazing just seeing where the story leaves off in book 3.

Overall, not my favorite of the series so far, but a good continuation, and one that I might enjoy more on a re-read since it is a complex world with lots of moving parts, weird names and words, and crazy things happening. Bone Season fans will definitely find lots to enjoy in this one!

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ATTENTION: WE HAVE A TITLE. AND A RELEASE DATE. But it's a whole year away?! Raven Cycle fans thought they had it bad. But it will totally be worth the wait. AHHH! The Song Rising, November 2016 March 2017. My body is ready.

Update: I'm so happy there's a limited release collector's edition coming out with a cover that matches the old style! But I just noticed this book is only 384 pages?! Book 2 is 500+ pages. GAHH. Why so short?!
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April 12, 2017
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

1.) The Bone Season ★★★
2.) The Mime Order ★★★



First and foremost, this chart will save your life, especially if it has been a hot second since you've read The Bone Season and The Mime Order:



Next, it's confirmed that the wait for the next book is going to kill me. When I received an ARC of this book, I thought this was going to be a trilogy, little did I know it's actually going to be a seven book series and the wait for the fourth one is most likely going to kill me. I guess there are worse ways to go.

Parts of this book completely broke me. Samantha Shannon really knows how to make her words cut, and she doesn't pull back. I actually felt like everything Paige was losing, I was losing. It's a huge talent to be able to immerse readers the way she does, and for that alone I think it is worth giving this series a try.

AND THE ANGST! Oh, Lord, please, if the waiting for the next book doesn't kill me, the slow burn angst romance will. I am so emotionally invested in Paige and Warden that at this point I can't think of another fictional couple I'd rather have together. Please, just let these little babies have happiness with each other!

Speaking of broken hearts, Ivy and Róisín about ripped my heart out, too. Seriously, I'm unhealthily obsessed with these characters and I need to know everything about them, these precious little cinnamon rolls. Please, Samantha Shannon, please!

The Underground was such an amazing experience to read about! I said in my review of The Mime Order how much I loved Wrynn and the Jacobites, and in this book we get them and a whole other civilization we didn't even know about!

I will say that the first third of this book is a little slow. I was very fearful of what my rating would be until I hit about the 35% mark. Then, I was unable to put this book down, because it was so action packed, eventful, and just so damn good.

The Song Rising picks up right where The Mime Order left off: Paige is now the Underqueen and has so many new responsibilities that revolve not only around saving her people, but saving the world that is unaware of the monstrosities that are coming. Uniting the clairvoyants of London seems impossible, Paige can't even imagine uniting all of Europe, and the thought of uniting the entire world seems so impossible.

“Never allow yourself to believe you should be silent.”

Speaking of uniting countries, some of the themes and quotes of this book should be mandatory reading for all of the United States, right now. I promise, I try to keep my reviews nonpolitical, but I just can't help it lately. Governments lying to people and using scare tactics to only unite fear is VERY real in my world right now. Pieces of fiction like this give me hope.

“Some people believe that if they keep their heads down and stick to their safe routine and trust that nothing bad will befall them, then it won’t. They see things happening to others, but they think they’re different; they’re special; it could never happen to them.”

Also, it would be impossible to read this book and not make a million different comparisons to Paige and Katniss from The Hunger Games. Both are self sacrificing, both are very talented in fighting that doesn't involve strength, and both are the face of their world's uprising. Seriously, I could go on for days about their similarities, and once you notice it, it feels impossible to ignore.

But their similarities aren't a bad thing. Hell, I could read about strong female protagonists that are saving their worlds all day long. Being strong and defiant in the face of evil is a trend I'm looking forward to in 2017.



Another important thing to note is that Paige is traumatized, and is suffering with PTSD throughout this book. I know this series doesn't have a ton of diversity, but it does have some, and I really appreciated seeing Paige dealing with her disorder, and realistically struggling with her disorder. Paige hasn't had the easiest life in this series, and she has had to witness so many of her loved ones die. Traumatic events from her childhood are explored even more in this book, and seeing Paige exposed to more dangerous events is utterly heartbreaking, but sincerely appreciated.

With this third installment, I finally feel like the main story is finally starting to take off. Sort of like Harry Potter, I feel like the fourth books is going to be where we start our uphill climb to the big boss fight. Paige is essentially starting over, and we have so many different threads, in so many different locations. I truly believe this is the start of something beautiful, and the coming together of all these threads is going to be something unforgettable.

Even though I love Paige, this series' shining light is truly the side characters. Samantha Shannon has crafted some amazing characters that you can't help but love and root for. Nick, Maria, Eliza *sings name like in Hamilton*: all phenomenal, and I would preorder and devour any spin-off book starting any of them. As for the Rephaites: Terebell has got me shook and Warden has got me making heart eyes.

Yet, the villains are truly a tier above most YA villains, too. They are complex, and they are mysterious, and they are completely addicting. I have nothing but high hopes for this entire cast in the books that have yet to be released.

“Jaxon had been right about words. They could grant wings, or they could tear them away.”



The next book is going to be such a different reading experience. I can't say much without giving away spoilers, but ME AND MY SHIP, steered by Warden and Paige, ARE SO HERE FOR IT!



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372 reviews12.7k followers
January 7, 2022
Podtrzymuję, że ten tom podobał mi się najmniej, ale to są wciąż mocne 4 gwiazdki.
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August 29, 2022
Reread 2022

So glad I reread this before diving into The Mask Falling. So much that I had forgotten! Just as incredible the second time round though 😊

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Original review 2018

"You will understand that all of us are devils in the skins of men. You will become the monster that lives inside us all."

Man this series just keeps giving! Fast paced, action packed fantasy filled with twists and turns.
Paige and her Mime Order are forced into hiding when Scion start creating portable scanners - able to spot any Clairvoyant immediately, so they can be imprisoned or killed.
As Underqueen, Paige must find a way to defend her voyants from Nashira and her evil associates.

I enjoyed this one more as we don't just spend time in London. We go to Manchester and even Edinburgh and get to see what the voyant communities are like there. Plus all the wonderful characters are here, Nick, Eliza, Warden among others.

With all the magic of the aether, the fighting between different powers, as well as the underlying message that no one should be treated as less than human, this series has plenty of layers, and something for everyone!

I am very sad that the next book might not be until 2020, but this is a great series and if it keeps going this way, it is going to be truly awesome!

"The only way to survive is to believe you always will."

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THIS SERIES!!!!!! 😱😱😱
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February 17, 2015
2016 ?!?!?!!?
BUT HOW CAN I POSSIBLY WAIT UNTIL THEN AFTER THAT ENDING?! HOOOOOOOOOWWWWW



and there's not even a title or cover or synopsis or anything :'( :'( :'(

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333 reviews65 followers
August 9, 2017
“Jaxon had been right about words. They could grant wings, or they could tear them away.”


This has been one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. I absolutely loved the previous two books and “The Mime Order” left me begging for more from this world. However I did have some issues with the previous books, one of them being that these book are quite complicated and hard to read. And the third installment “The Song Rising” wasn’t an exception to this. Yet another world is added and there are so many new characters introduced. But it was so worth it to power through! Paige is just amazing, and she has developed so much from the first book. The world building is outstanding, the side characters are fantastic and the plot is surprising and daring!

The Bone Season: 4 stars
The Mime order: 4 stars

Contains spoilers for the whole “The Bone Season Series”!

“‘That is what humans do. We make. We remake. We build, and we rebuild. And yes, sometimes we paint with blood, and we tear down our own civilizations, and it might never stop. But if we’re ever to unlearn our darker instincts, we have to be free to learn better ones. Take away the chance for u to learn and I promise you we never will.’ I looked her in the eyes. ‘I’m willing to fight for that change.’”


Design (3,5 stars)
I’M JUST SO MAD ABOUT THESE COVER CHANGE!! If it wasn’t for the limited edition I would have gotten the ebook. The old designs where so pretty and the new once are just plain white covers, not an improvement! Lucky for me they also fabricated a limited edition, which does fit the old designs and is absolutely gorgeous! AND IT’S SIGNED! I also love how the maps are evolving with the books and are completely different from the other two books (however I did still miss a map about the districts in London because it’s still a bit vague who rules where and how many there are). And I missed the pedigree with The Seven Orders of Clairvoyance.
“If I can tell you one thing about Rephaim, it’s that there’s always more to it than they see fit to tell you.”

Start of the book (3,0 stars)
I was literally shocked by the revelation on the first pages, I don’t know if I forgot about this or that this was the first I heard about it but I was so stunned. If I think back on the other books, I could have known but yeah it just never crossed my mind that Jaxon… was the traitor off the Ranthen all those years ago.
Mannn… Shannons books are complicated! Book three and we get another world, another group of people and sooooo many new characters. I like this so much about Shannons books, she keeps it interesting and never falls back on the old systems or world building. But like her other books, the beginning is super complex and really hard to read, which makes it tough to get into the story. For her books you really need to sit down for and give the story time to evolve! ‘In the end everything will make sense just like the other books’ I told myself while the plot kept dwindling and I didn’t understand names or choices. The beginning had A LOT of new names, it was quite overwhelming since I read the other books a year ago and in Dutch. So I couldn’t remember all the characters from the previous books, but there were also soooo many new names! They could have used some more introduction. But, yeah, all my bickering aside I was so happy to continue with this series and to be back in Paige her head and this amazing world!

The writing style (5,0 stars)
I love the writing style in this book. It’s one off the stronger aspects about this whole series. And I can just see Shannon’s improvements with every book she puts out. Some quotes are just WOW! That about war (on page 7) was just so good. And though I didn’t agree with every decision she made about the plot or about Paige I do agree with every word in this book.
The only thing I want to mention real quick is that I think that this book would have been a 5 star read if it was told from multiple POV’s. Besides that Paige is starting to get on my nerves, I think the world would become so much more alive if multiple POV’s are introduced. There are several moments in this book that The Mime Order splits up and I was so disappointed that we didn’t get that side of the story or just quick summaries. We haven’t heard from The Beneath since Paige left for Manchester and that is such a shame! So I hope we get that in future books considering the end of this one and everyone splitting up all over Europe.

The world building (4,0 stars)
I love the whole London Shannon created with this different layers and Scion as this dystopian aspect. The Unnatural Assembly, The Mime Order, The Underqueen… I loved all these terms so much and it so well put together. It just works! I enjoy it so much that with every book the world building changes and becomes even more layered and detailed. And we FINALLY get more from other country’s! I loved to know about the riot in Bulgaria, about what really happened in Ireland with Paige and about Sweden (although I still don’t fully understand what countries are under Scion’s spell and what are the free countries). And I loved that we finally got to experience how England looks outside of London! The world building of Edinburgh and Manchester reminded me so much of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. I learned about this in history and just experiencing it through this book was heartbreaking. People living on the streets in such poverty while working 18 hours a day, orphans missing fingers, people begging, having nothing but the clothes on their back, just the exploitation by the factories.. it made me so mad! Some scenes almost made me cry. Shannon did such an amazing job to sketch these people’s situation. There is such poverty in Scion England.. It made me so sad. I was so happy to experience other cities in London and to experience their clairvoyant community.
There are some scenes in this book that are so incredibly written, such that it feels like I’m there. That scene when Paige is trying to find the leader of the clairvoyants in Edinburgh when it was super dark and there was such a horrendous smell. I felt like I was there, that I couldn’t see and was in that situation. I almost started panicking.
But what was also done great was that the world doesn’t stand still when Paige wasn’t around. And that you can experience that the world doesn’t revolve around her but that things are happening when Paige leaves a city. For example when Catrin killed Roberta, that was such a shock for me! (was a shame is that we didn’t get to experience the battle) I really hope that we get more from the characters in the city’s in the next books.

I just want to say that before I dive in the things that didn’t work for me or that I missed that I did think the world building was amazing! And I wouldn’t give it 4 stars if it wasn’t. There are 4 more books in this series and I understand that we can’t have every secret spilled in book three, but I expected some more answers and more explanations about certain topics.
First of all I missed more Emim excitement. They are such cool creatures and though they get mentioned I still missed them appearing and causing a scene. I also missed more debt on the powers of the unnatural assembly. While I know what a oracle does, or a dreamwalker, I’m still left clueless on most of the other orders and there are just soo many! Since this book doesn’t contain the pedigree I was really doomed to the internet for looking up when one of the orders was mentioned and that was quite annoying.
The third thing that I really miss is; how does the rest of the world look? Okay we get some more inside about Bulgaria, Sweden and the leaders of two other countries are mentioned coming over to view senshield. But I’m still left clueless on most things. What is the deal with Australia or America or Asia? Who rules the other countries? Do they have clairvoyants? Do they have such poverty? I also can’t imagine that Scion can grow more bigger and other countries not doing anything. I mean for other countries Scion is a huge thread! And they just come to visit and see what senshield is all about? And while I understand because they also see clairvoyants as a thread, I can’t imagine that they would just give themselves over to Scion. It’s just not realistic that other countries just sit on the sideline and let Scion grow and enlarge till it reaches their country! But maybe we get a little more inside on this since they are now going to Bulgaria, Sweden and France.
A thing that is hard to grasp for me is; how in the hell did England take such a step back in such little time! Like I mentioned the world building reminded me of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. That was 300 years ago.. So you want me to believe that the progressive, rich England from now can go 300 years back in time in about 40 years??! No way! I get that this book is fiction and that we also have things like clairvoyants and ghosts but I think Shannon could have thought out more of the details about the year that the story takes place or she could have given us a little bit more detail about how this could have happened to England.
And now we are on the topic of history, how did the clairvoyants came to existence and how did Scion arise (although there was some inside given about some king it remains vague)? Another thing I still missed in this book was background on the Raphaim. This is the third book they have been mentioned and I don’t even know where they came from, why they are here or why they can’t touch this red flower. I have soooo many questions about these things, and I won’t bore you with all of them but I just want to make clear that the foundation that the world building rest upon and the past of Scion England is still really vague and not worked out like I wanted it to be in a third installment.

Main Character (4,0 stars)
“I wasn’t made to stay behind.”

I loved the Paige I saw here! She was so awesome and I loved how she handled her gift. I liked to see her grow and loved some of the choices she made regarding The Mime Order. She made such a character improvement from the first book and I really loved the new Paige. I loved how she could silence people by just raising her hand and how people finally treated her with some respect. I am on the other hand still a little underwhelmed by her dream walker powers. I mean come on this is book three, and though we have come a long way since book one and Paige has learned a lot, I still expect a main character to be able to protect her friends after three books. I get that there are four more books in this series so there is a lot off time to still see Paige her ability shine but I expected more in this one. I was really disappointed every time something failed and Paige just collapsed from exhaustion or when she complained about an headache especially in crucial situations. Later in the book this did get a lot better and I loved her in the factory.
I could not deal with her blaming herself and the paragraph’s about her hating herself or making other choices or have other outcomes where just annoying. Come on it already happened, and some things aren’t even your fault! I got so tired of Paige wanting to give up and giving away her title as Underqueen. I wanted her to be brave and to become more confident once the book continued. But now she just dwindled and though I loved the character improvement she got on my nerves sometimes.
Another thing I’m so annoyed about is her and Warden… And her choice making regarding a few things, but I’ll talk about this later.
But the last pages made me so in love with her again! For her not giving away the Mime Order was so brave!

Other characters (4,5 stars)
There are soooo many side characters in this book (so I won’t go into that much detail)! And then I mean so much that I lose track of them and don’t even remember if some had been already introduced earlier in the story. And though I think that this book needed to have a lot off new side characters, regarding that Paige visited a lot off other places and needed to meet people, they needed a little more introduction. I loved loved loved the friendship between Paige and Nick and the friendship that is formed between Paige, Elisa, Maria and Tom. This was seriously my favorite thing in this book! The most present side characters where so well developed! I think that every character in this book was displayed and put down perfectly. Some you felt sorry for, some you hated, some you loved. Shannon did this so incredibly good!

Romance (2,5 stars)
The romance in this book had me a bit annoyed. I still ship Paige and Warden even though I found them both annoying in this book. The first 100 pages of the book Paige ignores Warden because something Jaxon said to her. I got so frustrated with this because he was finally out her live but still had such a big grasp on Paige (although I loved how this tells us that) I hated that after three books they still couldn’t be together!! I hated the way Warden responded every time Paige wanted to talk about this. He was okay with staying together but also didn’t care if Paige broke it off. His responses where just so.. dry. I didn’t care for him in this book. Don’t get me wrong I understand that Paige broke it off, but I would have loved to see them together and to become this power couple (Though I’m certain this will happen eventually). Now it was just awkward.

Plot (3,5 stars)
The plot in the beginning was pretty slow and in my opinion quite boring. We just see Paige dealing with problem after problem. And I kind of missed the part about her starting the Mime Order; things like her choosing her commanders (since I had no idea who half these people where), setting up a whole other division in the districts where things that I missed and I felt like 20 or so pages could have been dedicated to that.
This book revolves around Senshield. And I…. I’m just not a fan. It became more like a quest then this rebellion that I was expecting to see. I just didn’t like it! It was also really vague throughout the whole book what senshield actually was and what this core was (though it does get clear in the end). I understand that the clairvoyants didn’t know so the reader is kept in the dark to make you keep on reading. But for me it was just not working. I wanted more Paige and Warden, more London, more of the unnatural assembly and especially more about the powers.
And then my real problems started with the trap from Scion. This was sooooo predictable and I can’t even believe Paige fall for this. I also couldn’t believe her not telling Terebell and Warden about this. They had this huge fight about something similar earlier and about trust and then Paige just goes rogue and takes some huge risks that I didn’t find necessary. I get that she is trying to prove herself but this was not the time! My other problem was with how the trap was designed by Scion. If you are going to catch the biggest criminal leader of the country who has supernatural abilities you send more than a woman on a television screen, a net that can be cut down by one bullet and 8 paratroopers? This was a little strange from their point because they are known to be ruthless. And the way this trap was designed and unmanned was just way to easy. And how did Paige resurface from being under the ice again? If you can walk over ice it needs to be at least 8 cm so that doesn’t break that easily if you’re under it and panicking. And didn’t Paige mention the current was dragging her? How the Hell was Warden able to get her out from under an 8 cm thick layer of ice when she was dragged by a strong tight and might already been dragged several feet from the hole. And I also found it extremely cliché that Warden just happened to end up there and save Paige.
From the point that they went underground it became interesting again. I really liked the new world building of this whole hidden city and I think it was really smart of Shannon to involve also the underground. What I didn’t like was that the whole unnatural assembly, besides four, got put on hold so Paige could do her thing.. I just didn’t like it, Paige finally had her army. I understand in this situation that it was best but I just hated it.
So next Paige goes on this quest for senshield, and like I mentioned before I didn’t like this. What I did like was that it brought back the action that the first halve of the book was really lacking. I liked the mission in the fabric although I was a little disappointed that Price got killed so fast! He felt like a villain I would love to hate. I loved meeting all the new clairvoyants and seeing the communities in other cities. This was just awesome to read about.
I was so so mad when Paige gave herself up to Scion, not knowing her plan. I had lost my faith in her and I was ready to close the book and not looking back on this series ever again. Luckily I didn’t do that because the last part of this book was soooo good.

The ending (4,5 stars)
So after Paige was arrested and I figured out her plan I was really impressed and I loved how everything unfolds. All the double agents, the secret notes, the codes, just the layers upon layers you unravel while reading those last few pages was truly amazing. The involvement of a play (that was written extraordinary good) was super clever, I loved the statement the dancer made (although I wished there was a little more time spend on it in this book). The amount of growth Paige has shown was breathtaking, I have so much respect for her, for not breaking at those hard conditions! Unfortunately we already knew Paige was going to survive, since there are four more books to come. That took away so much of the tension. Mostly when the main character is taken captive the writing goes really bland and the plot dies a bit. But here the plot bloomed, it shined! I was so impressed by Shannon to make this happen! Paige bends little by little but never breaks or gave up!
The only thing I didn’t really like was how this book ended. Paige is SHIPPED OFF to Paris! I was so mad at this! On the one hand I did really like that other countries get involved in the story (praying for multiple POV), but for me the story played in England and I want Paige to take Scion down from London! It feels so unfair because Paige destroyed the core for The Mime Order, and then she can’t even go back to them to tell them what she did? They are just supposed to believe she is still dead? And the other thing that made me infuriated was that she finally proved herself and then she gets an assignment from a really vague never before mentioned “ Domino Programme” and is ‘ordered’ to go to Paris for an assignment. After enduring this I think Paige deserves to make her own choices.

Okay despite my nagging on small things I still loved this series and I’m looking forward to the next installment! (not for the long wait though)

Thanks for reading my incredible long review!


“We are caught between being torn apart by monsters, or being ruled by them.”
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May 2, 2021
First Read: March 2017, Rating: 5/5 stars
Second Read: May 2021, Rating: 5/5 stars


Paige Mahoney thought the destruction and devastation to her world couldn’t get any worse. She thought the corruption couldn’t seep any further. She thought the debauched could be overcome. Paige Mahoney was wrong.

The immortal race of the Rephaim are playing puppets with those in authority and the flesh-eating emim have infiltrated London. Paige has won ownership of the underground clairvoyant society and now must make the segregated gangs work as one if they have any hopes of saving both themselves and the city they call home. But with their fearless leader now a wanted criminal and their former comrade now working with the corrupt government, how do they know who to trust? And what can any of them do when new technology surfaces, that seeks to eradicate those with their ethereal abilities? It is all too much for a nineteen-year-old to handle, yet destiny has chosen to place the fate of the world in Paige’s young hands.

The progression of Paige’s character from the first book to the third has been a joy to witness. As a reader, I shared in her triumphs and her setbacks. Now, three books later, my happiness whilst reading this was so entwined with the protagonist’s to what could be termed, an unhealthy degree. Her grief became my own and there was a lot of it in this book!

The sheer amount of emotion that this book conveyed displayed Shannon’s skill at creating characters that could become beloved, no matter how briefly they were mentioned. For it was not just Paige who sought my affinity. Side characters, both new and old, battled for dominion over the reader’s heart. And, in true Shannon style, it was those with the cruellest pasts and the bleakest of futures that won.

With the onslaught of emotion that this book brought, it also delivered on the action front. This book sees Paige and her motley crew (not to be confused with Motley Crue) traverse Britain in an attempt to thwart the construction of the new technology that could eliminate them. Scrapes, scuffles, and strife thwarted their quest, and each skirmish was as pulse-raising and breath-taking as the next.

The most bone-chilling was saved for the finale, however. Former villains returned and some of them were de-masked to reveal something other than what they first appeared to be. One thing remained and that was that you can never rely on Shannon to deliver the expected!
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March 31, 2021
Samantha Shannon holds my heart in her cold, cold hands.
review to come...
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January 25, 2023
i picked this up a few weeks ago and after 2 pages immediately put it down and went nope, i just decided i'm not that invested anymore. but my apartment was in desperate need of cleaning so i splurged and picked up the audiobook... and the experience was only marginally better.

i just don't like the direction this series is going. the whole plot of this book focused on disabling a technology system that would put the clairvoyants in danger, but it just felt so slow and pointless in the grand scheme of the series. there was relationship drama that made sense but felt petty and predictable. and worst of all, the cast of characters in this was so big and random and i really didn't care about anyone other than the main character and the people she'd gotten closer to in book one.

it only took me a day to finish listening to this and honestly the narrator is great, but i just hate how this series is so dragged out. it's becoming a pretty complicated sci-fi series that you really can't understand unless you retain all the details of the world and the names of every side character. i just really don't care to put in that much effort for a book i know will only be 3-ish stars.
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139 reviews1,906 followers
January 2, 2022
Soooo nearly a 5 star!!! I may even up it later! Just in the middle I found it a little slow, felt we were doing the same thing a few times over! But I cried at the end which is very rare for me, so that's definitely something!!
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424 reviews310 followers
January 25, 2021
1. The Bone Season | ★★★
2. The Mime Order | ★★★★

“You don't go to war just for the thrill, but for the gain. The question is whether any gain, any outcome, can justify the way you play.”

The Song Rising is the third instalment in the The Bone Season series. It starts with a prelude right where The Mime Order left off, to jump to four weeks later in the first chapter. The clairvoyant community is in danger more than ever since Senshield, a powerful device able to detect the first three orders of clairvoyance, is now officially installed in the streets of London. The Mime Order and the Unnatural Assembly are changing the syndicate ways while deciding the next steps to take in order to protect the voyants.

I mentioned in my review of The Mime Order that the world-building got expanded in that second book, but it’s in The Song Rising where we get to explore other citadels of the Republic of Scion England, specifically Manchester and Edinburgh. I found it very interesting to see how different the voyant community and its hierarchy is in those two cities in contrast to London. There are also some glimpses of the Scion conquest of other European countries such as Sweden, Ireland and Bulgaria.

This is definitely the most action-packed book of the series so far. There are so many fast-paced scenes and non-stop moments to the point where I honestly couldn’t put this book down. This instalment is also the one that shows a deeper insight into Scion, especially regarding the military side of the government. The alliance between the syndicate and the Ranthen is another aspect that plays a key part in the plot and that deeply influences Paige’s decisions through the book.

“I seemed fated to flee from one set of strings to another, endlessly caught in a web of deceit.”

Paige is one of my favourite characters ever and I just love how far she has come from The Bone Season even though it has been less than a year since the events that started off this series. But everything that happened to her in the first two books has shaped her into the flame of the revolution she is today. It was hard to read the last part of this instalment because of everything that happens to her and I’m sure it’s going to be hard to read the aftermath of those final chapters. But I’m so ready to see how she keeps fighting for herself, her loved ones and the clairvoyant community.

Fortunately, not everything is death and destruction in this book. There are also some beautiful scenes between Paige and her friends. Her friendship with Nick is certainly one of my favourite aspects of the series, I just love how much they support each other no matter what. I also like how Eliza, Maria and Tom believe so much in her. And what to say about Warden, I absolutely love his relationship with Paige and can’t wait to see how it develops in the next instalments.

Summing up, The Song Rising is an action-packed third instalment full of twists and shocking moments. It focuses more on the military aspects of Scion and the alliance between the voyants and the Rephain. I had a blast re-reading it, especially because this time it was a buddy-read with Piki and it helped me to pick up on some details. Also, I’m extremely excited to read the fourth instalment because it will take place in another city, another country. And because I just love these characters and this world.

“Jaxon had been right about words. They could grant wings, or they could tear them away.”


P.S.: I’m not English, so I’m sorry if there are any spelling or grammar mistakes.

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1,049 reviews908 followers
Want to read
March 18, 2017
Good God, is this the final cover? No wonder people were talking about it on Twitter. Well at least I have the first book only..definitely not getting this since it doesn't match and well it's ugly.. :(
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186 reviews34 followers
January 26, 2021
1/26/2021 (Reread for The Mask Falling): I forgot how much the ending made me cry. This series just gets better with each reread and each new book.
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2.3.2015
I just finished The Mime-Order and I need this book now. THE. ENDING. It's made me incredibly impatient. I don't want to wait! *cries*

2.28.16
It's been over a year since I read the second book and I just found out that the third book isn't coming out until March 2017 now. Nooooooooooo D':! That's so long from now. *dies from the suspense of the second books ending*
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Thanks so much to Bloomsbury USA and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of The Bone Season. So, you can imagine, after over a two year wait, how thrilled I was to finally dive into the third installment. Now that I’ve turned the final page of the book I'm a bit speechless. I had some high expectations going into this after the whirlwind that was the first two books. Guess what? Samantha Shannon took those high expectations and blew the roof completely off of them! The Song Rising left me breathless and wanting more. It’s quite possible that I’ve already found my top read of 2017.

The Mime Order concluded with a jaw dropping, gasp worthy cliffhanger. Paige, who had just won the crown for Underqueen, finds out that her ex-mime-lord Jaxon Hall had a little secret up his sleeve. The first Ranthen rebellion that was quenched all those years ago by a human betrayal? That was Jaxon’s doing. The Song Rising begins on the tremulous notes of that shocking reveal and the consequences of Paige’s actions in the scrimmage as well as Jaxon’s betrayal make themselves obvious pretty quickly. Due to the fact that Paige turned against her mime-lord to win the title of Underqueen a lot of the syndicate, London’s voyant criminal underworld, don’t exactly accept her as their leader. Not to mention the fact that the Ranthen, the Rephaim who turned against Nashira, are questioning her loyalty and ability to lead because of her past connection with Jaxon. Paige’s reign as Underqueen is definitely off to a rocky start as she rebuilds the syndicate from the ground up to prepare them to take action against Scion by joining with the Ranthen. However, a threat lies fast approaching as Scion implements Senshield, a technology that can detect clairvoyance, forcing Paige to make the choice of putting her people into hiding to save them. Senshield is the one thing that could not only spell death for all voyants but ruin their revolution before it even begins so it has to be destroyed at any cost. The Song Rising starts with a bang as you dive head first into a story full of uncertainty, suspense, unexpected plot twists, and so much more as new allies are gained and new enemies rise up.

Hands down, one of my favorite things about The Bone Season so far has been the characters. They've become so memorable for me. Samantha Shannon has created these characters with so much depth, they’re not one-dimensional they're complex and flawed. I mean most of the voyants are criminals turned revolutionaries after all (some reluctantly so). And then aside from the voyants there’s the Rephaim who are still shrouded in so much mystery, but that’s what makes them interesting. Both have characters that are working for Scion and Nashira while both also have characters that are working against them. I won’t go into a lot of detail about all of the characters but that’s mainly because certain things are revealed that I don’t want to spoil. I will say that we do learn a bit about both Nick's past as well as Warden's.

From The Bone Season to The Song Rising, Paige has gone through a lot of changes. Seriously, her character development has been on point! One thing I’ve loved is seeing her step out of that role of reluctant leader and into embracing it and how much she wants to change the world she lives in. She’s someone who is headstrong, stubborn, ambitious, and just cares so much for her fellow voyants. She’s willing to sacrifice anything to make sure that there is a day where they don’t have to worry about whether their clairvoyance will lead them to their deaths. Is she perfect? Absolutely not. In fact, Paige can be a bit impulsive at times which almost always turns out bad. But at heart, everything she does is fueled by good intentions. Going into The Song Rising she has a lot of doubt about who she can trust because of Jaxon’s betrayal, which is something she has to overcome. There’s also so much revealed about her past that I won’t even go into. All I’m going to say is that this book has cemented the fact that Paige is my top favorite female character.

Beyond the familiar faces from previous books, The Song Rising brings with it a full introduction to so many other great characters. One of them, Maria, who we see briefly in The Mime Order has quickly become a favorite of mine. I love her.

And don’t even get me started on the romance! I’ve said this in previous reviews so I’m probably becoming repetitive but I love how Samantha Shannon has crafted this incredible, slow burn romance and not made it the main focal point of the books. Warden and Paige, I love them. There’s just something so unique about their connection and with each book I love them more and more. I can’t even really explain it but I can’t get enough of the two of them. The Song Rising definitely played with my emotions where they are concerned. Yes, I'm being purposely vague.

Something else I would like to point out as notable is the fact that almost every single character in power or in a leadership position is female. From the good guys to the enemies it’s the women running the show. The Song Rising, in particular, is rocking some serious girl power! I loved it.

Also, once again, Samantha Shannon has blown me away with her writing and world building! Each book has delved more and more into this horrific and shocking world while peeling away layers that I never saw coming. The Song Rising goes more into the internal workings of Scion, we get to see more of London and other voyant communities outside of London, and there’s so much heartbreaking character backstory revealed. Plus, there is a plot twist that I’m still picking my jaw up off of the floor over.

This book was engaging, suspenseful, and just when I thought I knew what was going to happen the rug was ripped right out from under me. Be prepared to shed some tears and be left on the edge of your seat breathlessly anticipating the fourth book. I for one need said book in my hands right now.

Overall, The Song Rising was not only everything I hoped for but also exactly what I’ve come to expect from this author. It was completely worth the two year wait!
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260 reviews224 followers
April 12, 2017
5 stars!

"War has often been called a game, with good reason. Both have combatants. Both have sides. Both carry the risk of losing.
There is just one difference.
Every game is a gamble. Certainty is the last thing you want when you begin. If you are guaranteed to win, there is no game at all.
In war, however, we crave certainty. No fool ever went to war without the cast-iron belief that they could win, that they would win; or at least, that the likelihood of losing was so small as to make the bloody price of every move worthwhile. You don't go to war just for the thrill, but for the gain.
The question is whether any gain, any outcome, can justify the way you play."


***There will be spoils for this series' previous books***

Following the battle in the Rose Ring at the end of The Mime Order, Paige Mahoney has risen to the position of Underqueen of London's criminal syndicate. But she turned her back on Jaxon Hall to do so, which leaves her with some dangerous enemies who don't see her as the rightful ruler of the syndicate. On top of that, Senshield is being introduced in London, which is a new technology that can sense the first 3 orders of clairvoyance. With Senshield scanners all over London, it's getting more and more dangerous for the voyant community to be out and about...but it also strengthens Paige's resolve that something must be done to bring down Scion and the Rephaim that controls Scion.

"When you dream of change, it shines bright, like fire, and burns away all the rot that came before it. It's swift and inexorable. You cry for justice and justice is done. The world stands with you in your fight. But if there was one thing I had learned in these last few weeks, it was that chnge had never been that simple. That kind of revolution existed only in daydreams."

Paige undertakes a journey to try to discover what and where this technology that powers Senshield is and to try to destroy it. She has many new enemies but also new alliances as well.

Her relationship with Warden continues to grow. I love the way Shannon has handled their relationship thus far. They've come a long way and are having to hide what they feel for the other, but you can tell by their actions that they hold each other in the front of their thoughts and I really like that this romance has been a slow burning one so far.

War is also on the horizon, and you get a fleeting glimpse into what that would mean for this world, what it has meant in the past. You don't find out all the details of the reasoning behind the war until close to the end, but then once you do, it all makes such perfect sense that I'm surprised that I didn't fit together the pieces of the puzzle sooner. I'm sure that in the books to come, there will be much more warfare than what was in this one.

"Sometimes, the best way to honor the dead is to simply keep living. In war, it is the only way."

This book is the third in the series, and it took a direction that I didn't see coming. Paige remains one of my favorite MCs. I like her decision making and the way she views herself. Even though she is in the highest order of clairvoyance and is now in a position of power, she doesn't abuse that power, nor does she put herself in higher regard than she does others.

The ending was phenomenal and unexpected...not quite a cliffhanger, but obviously leading to some big changes and a whole new chapter of this series, which has become one of my favorite series. I am so, so excited for book 4 to come out, even though I have a long wait for it.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone, but especially fans of fantasy. Just be prepared, because it will give you a swift kick in the feels....often.

"This building we stand in, was designed by human minds and created by human hands. Through nothing but our ambition, and the freedom to create, we can turn a thought into a masterwork. We can make the intangible real.
That's what humans do. We make. We remake. We build, and we rebuild. And yes, sometimes we paint with blood, and we tear down our own civilizations, and it might never stop. But if we're ever to unlearn our darker instincts, we have to be free to learn better ones. Take away the chance for us to change, and I promise you, we never will.
I'm willing to fight for that chance."
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339 reviews706 followers
August 22, 2017
This book was so short and yet it took me 5 days to read it. This was purely because I was bored and confused for soooooo much of it. I really want to like these books and I do enjoy the characters but god it's hard to keep up with this story sometimes. I definitely do like it enough to continue but reading this series is definitely a challenge.

I'm not going to lie, I skimmed this book a bit at the end which definitely made me more confused. However, this book simply would not end!! It was dragging on and on and I wanted to stab myself
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328 reviews30 followers
January 24, 2022
Świetne. W końcu udało mi się wkręcić w ten świat, poprzednie części nie do końca mnie przekonały.
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542 reviews408 followers
May 10, 2017
Initial reaction: My favourite book of the year so far. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.

REVIEW:
This review is SPOILER FREE 😊

This book. THIS BOOK. It was worth the two year wait and more, because it was absolutely bloody brilliant. Fantastic, amazing, exquisite. It left me in a mess of feelings and emotions that I'm still trying to process. It was the kind of book that I wanted to reread the second I finished it. Not only to reread it, but the entire series that it is part of (and this is saying something, since I just finished rereading the first two books a couple of months ago). It was an adventure that I am so glad to have been part of.

The Song Rising continues the story of Paige Mahoney, now Underqueen of the London Syndicate, who is trying to jumpstart a revolution and overthrow Scion. But with the looming introduction of Senshield, a new and improved way of detecting voyants, things escalate a lot faster than Paige had anticipated.

I've spoken time and time again about my utmost love for this series. The Bone Season felt like a fresh air back when I first read it and now, three books later, it's still as original to me as it was back then. Although people have pointed out problematic aspects in the first book (you can read some reviews that highlight those here and here), I feel like the next two books, The Mime Order and The Song Rising, highlight such a strong progression in the story. To put it simply, The Bone Season as a whole is the story about the birth of a revolution, which starts blossoming with The Song Rising. The scene is set, the players identified, and now the dance begins. Its message of revolution, rebellion, striving to protect what is yours, what is dear to your heart, protect the community and your sense of self - it permeates the pages. I honestly cannot express well enough the impact that this book had on me. I was hooked from the very first page - it felt like coming home.

Samantha has matured as a writer and it shows. The prose flows, it enraptures the reader and I was holding my breath for 90% of the time, because everything that was happening was so intense. I was worried at first because, compared to the second book, this one was much shorter, but having finished it, I realise it was exactly how it was supposed to be. The only downside is that I finished it way too fast and I need the next book this second. 😂 My heart broke several times throughout reading, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

The characters made the journey even more worthwhile. Paige is a force to be reckoned with and she's definitely part of my all time favourite female characters. Maria and Tom are SO dear to my heart, I can't even. Warden is bae, so are Nick and Eliza. The only thing is that I wish we had seen more of Nashira and Jaxon, especially, but I have a feeling they'll be back with a vengeance in the next books. Also, I love how Samantha chooses to have so many female antagonists - smart, ruthless, devious women that make your blood chill.

I also have to mention something else, and this way, say a huge thank you to the author: she made Romania, my country, a part of this story. Not many people know about it, fewer people care about it, but to see it present in a series that is so dear to my heart means so incredibly much. So thank you ❤️

What I'm trying to say is that more people need to be reading this series. It's so, so good and I cannot recommend it enough. It has a compelling story, amazing characters, beautiful writing and I absolutely adore it.

Favourite quotes:

“When you dream of change, it shines bright, like fire, and burns away all the rot that came before it. It's swift and inexorable. You cry for justice, and justice is done. The world stands with you in your fight. But if there was one thing I had learned in these last few weeks, it was that change had never been that simple. That kind of revolution existed only in daydreams.”

"As centuries passed in you world, I learned everything about the human race. I learned that humans have a mechanism inside them: a mechanism called hatred, which can be activated with the lightest pull of a string. I saw war and cruelty. I saw slaughter and slavery. I learned how humans control one another. When we arrived in your realm, I used the stores of knowledge I had saved from the observatory - specifically knowledge of how intensely humans can hate. It was easy to turn the tide of public odium towards "unnaturals", and to promise control. That was how Scion was born. An empire founded on human hatred. "


Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything 🙂
Profile Image for Ashley Daviau.
1,729 reviews740 followers
July 23, 2018
This series just blows my mind more and more with each book. I think I see what’s coming and then suddenly there’s a twist and I’m left feeling floored. And I absolutely loved every second of it! I love being taken on a wild ride and that is absolutely what this series and this book does. Some parts made me cry, some parts made me want to pull my hair out, some parts made me want to laugh and cheer, some parts made me want to scream. All very good things when reading! (I’m a sadist, I know!) There’s characters I’m totally head over heels for and would hand over my heart on a platter for them and then there’s the ones that I just love to hate. This series has everything I love to see when reading and I really could go on and on about how much I adore it!
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202 reviews260 followers
December 13, 2016
Holy shit.
This book.
Be prepared for all of the feels, my friends, because this book will kill you.
I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was, just omg. I need it to be released so I have people to cry to.

Review on my blog:
https://thechroniclesofdanielle.wordp...
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439 reviews844 followers
April 15, 2021
“We like to think we’re brave, but in the end, we’re only human.”

reread #1: this book is pain, just pain

1) The bone season ★★★★☆
2) The mime order ★★★★★

This series has taken my heart and I don't even want it back.
I've been marathoning The bone season for two weeks and now I'm trying not to think about having to wait for two years to hold the fourth book in my hands and that's all it took for me to fall in love with these world, these characters and that otp.

This third book was the best one for me.
The song rising was action from start to finish and I had a blast reading it. I also had my heart broken. That ending was hopeful but brutal at the same time.

These books are also perfect for people who are getting a bit tired of reading about mindless sixteen years old who must save the world and fall in love. The bone season is adult fantasy but very approchable for who isn't used to it.
I don't even know what else to say, just wish more people would read these books because they're so much better than many other series that receive endless praise.
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642 reviews84 followers
October 4, 2021
Never allow yourself to believe you should be silent.

i was expecting this book to be a little more longer then the first two with so much happening in the second book and i was disappointed because i just want more.


Plot: A little slow start for me and it took me awhile to get myself back into this world with not much happening story wise in the beginning. Paige Mahoney is now under queen of the London syndicate after defeating Jaxon Hall in the previous book and i am so happy to see Paige take on this new role because it's something that is a huge struggle for her. Paige and her friends are now off on a journey to stop the Rephaim but things prove to be a struggle with things not going the way Paige had hoped for and this made for some good reading.

You can really see Paige's struggles in this book because she is now the under queen and she is not having the easiest time with it, the people of the London Syndicate think she's not best suited for the job and make it known to her a lot. But for me i think Paige is doing the best job she can possibly do with all that is going on and this character is definitely flawed and it shines through this book.


You have risen from the ashes before. The only way to survive, " he said, "is to believe you always will.


Characters:


Paige Mahoney: I really love Paige as the main protagonist because she is one of the few characters that i've read that is really struggling with the power she is given and all of her flaws are being laid out for every single person to see. However Paige has stayed true to herself and has tried to do the best she can for not only herself but every person around her even when she doesn't make the right choices. This character's growth from the first book up until this third book has been extraordinary because with every new book she grows and finds new strengths within herself to see her through.


Warden: Warden is still very mysterious to me and i still cant quiet work him out but i feel like i'm starting to because i feel like he truly cares for Paige but he is very limited on how much he can truly show her. However i did enjoy the more interactions between Paige and himself because they just work so well with each other and the chemistry between the two is there, it will be interesting to see what happens with these two next.


Nick: I have a soft spot for Nick and this book cemented that because we get a glimpse into the life he lead before, and the scene were we see the death of his sister is what really made me feel for the bloke. The events that happened in book two really changed Nick and you can really tell from learning what Jaxon did and him leaving the seven seals to side with Paige because that's the life Nick has only known since coming to Britain. Unfortunately i don't think we will be seeing Nick much in book four since he has been posted back to sweden but i do hope he makes an appearance at some point in book four.


Ognena Maria: Maria is fast becoming one of my favourite characters in this series, she's kick ass and knows what she wants and does exactly that. She helps Paige a lot in this book and i'm glad Paige has someone like Maria around to help her with being the under queen as Paige has no experience with it. At first i didn't like Maria when she appeared in the second book but this book really changed it for me because went out of her way to help Paige when not many people would and that to me was very brave of her to do.


War has often been called a game, with good reason. Both have combatants. Both have sides. Both carry the risk of losing.


Once again a very slow start to the book but Samantha makes up for it in the middle and right till the end, Everyone is now separated and off to do their own missions with everything on the line i hope Paige and her friends make the change that is needed moving forward.


I'm bummed that i have to wait an entire year before i see these characters again but i have a feeling Samantha will make the waiting and come back with a very good fourth book to add to this phenomenal series!
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425 reviews165 followers
Shelved as 'wishlist'
June 11, 2016
Wut. This cover looks like Divergent and A Clash of Kings had a baby.
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293 reviews22 followers
May 3, 2017
Dear everyone,

Please stop rating books before they come out. The ARC's haven't even been bound.

Thanks a million.

xoxo etc,

Holly
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1,380 reviews2,241 followers
April 6, 2017
„Pieśń jutra” to świetnie dopracowana, wciągająca kontynuacja intrygującej młodzieżowej serii, w której fikcja literacka opiera się na historii sprzed lat. Samantha Shannon wykreowała zupełnie nowatorski świat, o autorytarnych założeniach, z elementem kosmicznym i eterycznym, w którym podziemia nie stanowi odmienna klasa społeczna, a raczej odmienne postrzeganie świata rzeczywistego. I trzyma się jego podstawowych założeń. Opowieść Paige trwa, by ewoluować z przypowieści o upodlaniu, zniewalaniu i odbieraniu tożsamości w epicką historię walki i buntu rozszerzoną o całą stworzoną rzeczywistość.

Kto poznał już poprzednie tomy serii Czasu Żniw, ten w „Pieśni Jutra” odnajdzie godną kontynuację, którą Samantha Shannon jedynie udowadnia, że to dopiero początek.
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Author 2 books192 followers
January 14, 2020


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The Song Rising is the much anticipated sequel to  The Bone Season and  The Mime Order (click the links to see my reviews for each book) to be released March 7, 2017. Samantha Shannon, the author, has said that each book in the series will be very different, and so far this has proven to be very true. Unfortunately this means that each novel in the series is going to be received differently every time, and in the case of The Song Rising, it means I didn't like it quite as much as I loved the first two.


Let me sum up the series (mild spoilers): 
The Bone Season takes place in a very isolated colony on the outskirts of London and is largely focused on how and why clairvoyants are being "harvested" to live in this strange place.

The Mime Order broadens the scale a bit and takes place in London, examining the underground clairvoyant life while simultaneously trying to undercover the mystery of who murdered the head-hauncho of the clairvoyants.

The Song Rising again scales back a bit. We're moving out of London and exploring other parts of England. Our main characters are also largely involved with several high-stake heists as they try to undermine Scion London, the oppressive, anti-clairvoyant, government system.



Explosions, treasonous activity, underground living.

What I liked (there will be spoilers from The Mime Order):

I loved moving out of London and exploring other parts of England. I have a suspicion that the subsequent books will be moving further and further beyond the epicenter of the story. It's so much fun seeing how other cities manage their underground clairvoyant societies.
Paige is Underqueen/Mime Queen (whatever you want to call her) is not the smoothest experience, and it feels very real reading about her struggles. Shannon did a good job avoiding making her transition to Underqueen cliche.
We get to meet some new, very cool characters! Some of these characters are a part of Paige's Mime Order and others are individuals we're interacting with along the way. I am eager to see how they continue to develop in future books.
The second half of the book moves very quickly as there are a lot of high-stakes scenes! People who enjoy action/heists are going to love this book.


Bottom Line:
This one wasn't my favorite, because I like social/cultural details more than violence/action/heists. I think a lot of people are going to love this one (especially those of you who are action junkies)! Get excited!
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2,095 reviews10.9k followers
November 26, 2020
4.75 stars, rounded up. I can't believe that I finally read this book! It feels like it has been so long, and yet, every single step of this novel felt so well-executed. I enjoyed seeing the expansion of Paige's world, and the continuation of her story and once again, I was thoroughly immersed in this story.
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