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The Dawn Chorus

(The Bone Season #3.5)

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An ebook exclusive which bridges the story between the previous and forthcoming instalments of Samantha Shannon's international phenomenon series The Bone Season

Paige Mahoney and Arcturus Mesarthim have arrived in the Scion Citadel of Paris. Exhausted by her efforts against Scion, Paige has no choice but to remain in hiding, away from the revolution she started, so she can
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ebook, 78 pages
Published July 9th 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Samantha Shannon
Jun 26, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, Goodreads:

I’m back with a new addition to the world of The Bone Season, which I hope will help break up the long wait for Book 4 – which I'm happy to say is now completely finished and ready for publication in early 2021. I can't wait for you to read it.

A quick FAQ:

1) What is The Dawn Chorus?



It’s an e-novella that bridges the events of The Song Rising and the upcoming fourth instalment of the main series, The Mask Falling, which comes out on 26 January 2021. 


2) Do I need to read thi
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Mary S. R.
Ahh, perfection; can I have more accurate representation of mental health and recovery—such as this—in books, please? If it’s not too much trouble, of course.

“I’m always afraid now. I’m afraid of the dark. I’m afraid of water.” My shoulders heaved. “I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fight again.”
“Fear does not extinguish courage.”

This novella is a love letter to pain and healing, trust and support, companionship and understanding. I’m so grateful that it did not brush past any of Paige’s PTSD
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
This novella hurt so much but for all the right reasons. It's raw, brutal in its depiction of trauma, but also peppered with enough lighter moments to perfect that balance between hardship and hope. I'm so glad this has been released between books 3 and 4, because it's so rare this kind of content is included in fantasy books. I adore this book wholeheartedly for simply acknowledging trauma exists, and know this has for sure strengthened any emotions I had towards these characters. I've been fol ...more
Alexandra Elend Wolf
“She was not a warrior or a leader or a queen – only a captive, bound at the wrists, unable to see or feel an escape.”


What a magnificent representation of healing after emotional and physical trauma and of PTSD.

The Dawn Chorus is a wonderfully honest and raw representation of healing that pulls your chest open and rips your heart open and bleeds you dry. It may just be 100 pages long - give or take - but it packs a heavy, mean punch.

“Trying to get a handle on your sanity, once
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Gavin
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
A great addition to the Bone Season series that has definitely helped somewhat in the wait for The Mask Falling, coming in 2021! I don't really want to say, well, anything about the plot really as it follows on directly from the end of The Song Rising. All I will say is that the character development in this is sublime and raw and honest, and I was living for character interactions between Paige and Warden. But that's all I'm gonna say! ...more
Seo
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
finally, some crumbs to eat while we wait for book 4

EDIT: time for the actual review
(this will contain spoilers!)

Sort of teetering between 3-4 stars here, merely because of its length and the fact this novella is supposed to "bridge" books 3 (The Song Rising) and 4 (The Mask Falling, due 2021). It's sort of the ultimate hurt/comfort trope that I always actively have sought out in fanfiction, and I suppose in general literature.

I liked the intensive, detailed-look at Paige's trauma and the afte
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Raquel Flockhart
0.5. The Pale Dreamer ★★★
1. The Bone Season ★★★
2. The Mime Order ★★★★
3. The Song Rising ★★★★★
3.5. The Dawn Chorus ★★★★

“Let the storm into you, Paige. Hold it inside. See yourself as a force of nature, vast enough to defeat a god, and carry that image for all of your days.”

The Dawn Chorus is a novella that bridges the gap between The Song Rising and The Mask Falling. Starting right after the ending of the third book and alternating between the present and some flashbacks

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Dannii Elle
Jun 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-tbr
"An ebook exclusive which bridges the story between the previous and forthcoming instalments of Samantha Shannon's international phenomenon series The Bone Season.

Paige Mahoney, how I've missed you and this world!
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Kori Sulewski (korireads)
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
UM okay, 1) I have missed Paige and Warden and this world SO MUCH. 2) I wish this was the WHOLE BOOK and not just a novella because I am impatient and need more and 3) OUCH wow this was written wonderfully but it’s very painful to read Paige’s PTSD. It’s raw and brutal, but the addition of some lighter moments I think was really well done.
Marifer Castillo
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Isabel
Me: I'm not going to cry

The Dawn Chorus: bitch, you thought

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It's remarkable how a novella of 78 pages can make me so much, though I shouldn't expect anything less from Samantha Shannon.

There is no doubt in my mind that The Bone Season is not only my all-time favourite fantasy series, but a MUST READ in the genre.

The Dawn Chorus is the bridge between The Song Rising and the upcoming The Mask Falling, where we see the aftermath of Paige's traumatic last few months. We see Paige as she goes into
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Bright Star
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dawn Chorus is a short novella that bridges the gap between The Song Rising and The Mask Falling and is set after the events of the third book. Switching between present and past moments, we see Paige dealing with her PTSD and internal scars. It felt so real, I almost cried for her. But she wasn't alone. Warden was there, and with his steady presence he helped her heal. The last scene was so beautiful I had tears in my eyes. The epilogue was sweet and kind of domestic and I wish it wasn't al ...more
Χρύσα Αναστασίου
Why are you doing this to me, Samantha? I crown you the most cruel writer to have walked the earth!

Oof that novella was a wild ride. I loved it so much. Every part of it just hit all the right places. I really needed to read those scenes and see the mark they left on Paige.

Again, Warden was there so...

I cannot wait for book 4. I just can't
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Ashleigh (ash_and_books)
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Cat
Did I stay up to read this as soon as it was released? Yes. 100% worth it.

Reading (and re-reading) this has only made me more desperate for The Mask Falling because now, amongst everything else, I also need to find out if Warden learns to cook something that has a taste.
Hannah
(7.6/10) - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Previous books:
The Bone Season: ★★★☆☆
The Mime Order: ★★★★☆
The Song Rising: ★★★★☆

This novella does something that not many other SFF books do, and that's acknowlede trauma. The main character Paige went through a lot in the third book, and yet I fully expected book 4 to pick up where so many others do - a few months after the fact, with a slightly frail but fully functioning MC. I'm very pleasantly surprised that this isn't the route Shannon took.

Since I (fortunately) never dealt w
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Alexa
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novella centers around Paige and Warden directly after the events in The Song Rising. After the stress and trauma of what happened to her, Paige is now thrashing her way through her recovery. These scenes (and flashbacks) add another dimension to Paige, Warden and their relationship, and I really appreciated that, especially as a transition to the next novel.
Ellie
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Honestly, I was a bit confused which goes to show how much I need to recap before the next book. I did think Paige's trauma was handled well, and I hope Warden plays a bigger part in the next book. ...more
Izzie
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, short-stories
Samantha Shannon's writing is just so so good. This novella also reminded me of how much I need to reread The Bone Season before the next book is out. ...more
Tamara
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Dawn Chorus is set mostly in the first week after the ending of The Song Rising, dealing with the aftermath of Paige's incarceration and trauma. Shannon does a great job of giving us insight into Paige's state of mind, mixing it with some Sheol I memories and sparkling it with Warden&Paige moments, which I hope the next book will be full of. I literally can't wait for Feb 26. ...more
Emma L.
*** There may be some potential spoilers, for the whole book series, in this review ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars).

I love Samantha Shannon, both as an author and as a person which means I will forever and always read anything and everything she puts out into this world. I have basically at least liked every one of her novels and novellas and I honestly can´t wait for the fourth bone season book to be released. So it was obviously a guarantee that I would read this the moment it came out (which I
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Sonia
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020

“Let the storm into you, Paige. Hold it inside. See yourself as a force of nature, vast enough to defeat a god, and carry that image for all of your days.”

— 4 ★

I didn’t think I would enjoy this novella as much as I did. Its portrayal of PTSD, drug withdrawal and torture were amazingly done, so realistic. The rawness of it made me feel uneasy sometimes. But it also showed the journey of recovery, the light at the end of the tunnel, the dawn chorus. I’m dying to read the fourth book in th
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Pris
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my darling Paige 🥺💔
kate
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swoon
Ah, yes, some crumbs to tide us over until The Mask Falling (it’s been 84 years…). This wonderful little interlude gives us enough Paige and Warden material to survive the winter, and I’ll be surviving on reading and rereading their adorable domestic moments (he taught her CHESS) for the next six months.

A couple things I loved:
- Paige and Warden banter back in Sheol I. It’s so fun to travel back with them to this place of uncertainty and transition in their relationship and explore Paige’s feel
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Emma Wallace
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really lovely little novella that stems a little bit of the wait for the continuation of the bone season saga. I really appreciate how Shannon uses her novellas to flesh out a sense of character, how they operate like little vignettes that give you small, selected insights into the lives of the characters in between instalments, as well as how they are never overfull with major plot points. Set in the immediate aftermath of The Song Rising as Paige and Warden undertake their month long convale ...more
Taschima
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“But I’m always afraid now. I’m afraid of the dark. I’m afraid of water.” My shoulders heaved. “I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fight again.” “Fear does not extinguish courage."

You know what, I am super happy it has taken Samantha Shannon this long to write The Mask Falling, and that she got to write The Priory in between--because she is a much stronger writer for it.

The Dawn Chorus handles PTSD in a very real and caring way, not shying away from the ugliness and not magically making our MC
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julia 🏳️‍🌈
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novella! I liked how it was almost entirely focused on Paige‘s healing process and her recovery from what happened to her in „The Song Rising“. Story wise is there of course not much development as this is just a way of „passing“ the time until the 4th installment of the Bone Season series - The Mask Falling - is released.

As I said, the novella deals a lot with Paige‘s trauma and her anxiety as well as her relationship with Warden. The descriptions of her internal thoughts
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Lu
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The dawn chorus is a novella set between the end of The song rising and the new installment, The mask falling.

Escaped to the Scion Citadel of Paris, Paige Mahoney and Arcturus Mesarthim are in hiding while they are forced to wait for instructions from the Domino Programme.
After being tortured Paige is scarred physically and emotionally, struggling with PTDS and nightmares, remembering her torture. Reconnecting with Warden, after being on different paths for so long, bring them to remember their
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Vee
In comparison to The Pale Dreamer novella, I feel like The Dawn Chorus is (probably) a vital read before The Mask Falling because it dives deep into the trauma that Paige is dealing with after the events of The Song Rising. There are some really important character moments in here for Paige (and Warden.) Unlike the first three books in the series, I think The Mask Falling is going to be the first one that does not begin immediately where the previous book left off, which makes this bridge novell ...more
catLin
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5
It's been some time since I last dived into this world. I have forgotten bits ad pieces but this novella reminded me of what I needed to remember.
It was a well done exploration of trauma, PTSD, and healing.
Also domestic Warden.
Cannot wait for the Mask Falling now because I just want more of them.
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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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Other books in the series

The Bone Season (7 books)
  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
  • The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)
  • 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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