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The Bone Season Hardcover – 20 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (20 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408836424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408836422
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Truly extraordinary and thrilling (Andy Serkis)

A new breed of women authors are claiming fantasy for their own. Leading the charge is Samantha Shannon (Harper's Bazaar)

A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. The Bone Season is a must read (Kami Garcia, No. 1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series)

Samantha Shannon has a hugely inventive talent and an imagination with seven league boots. She's hit the ground running (Susan Hill)

A richly dramatic and unadulterated pleasure, filled with horrors, wonders and charm (Justina Robson, author of the Quantum Gravity series)

The book invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the bucolic mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkein (USA Today)

A Hunger Games-esque debut (Irish Daily Mail)

A rapid-fire wonder of a book, where clairvoyants and humans battle it out against scary monsters and super-creeps ... The Bone Season is our next Twilight (Marie Claire)

The Bone Season is more like the novel that JK Rowling and William Gibson never teamed up to write (Wired)

A Hunger Games vibe and a few Shades of Grey (Vanity Fair)

The Bone Season plots out a criminal underworld in a future where clairvoyancy exists; part fantasy, part dystopia, all intrigue. It's a world of impressive scope, accompanied by Tolkienesque appendices, glossaries, maps and all (Vogue)

It has conviction in spades ... The Bone Season has the kids vs dystopia kick of The Hunger Games, but while it's better written ... It's also got the star-crossed romance of Twilight (SFX Magazine)

A dazzlingly brainy, witty and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love and the quest for freedom ... the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer (Booklist)

Marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented British writer set to challenge the worldwide bestseller list domination of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (The British Fantasy Society)

The Bone Season, set in 2059, stems from Shannon's interest in works such as The Handmaid's Tale and A Clockwork Orange, which have backdrops of repressive regimes, and in John Donne's poetry (Sunday Times)

A complex and epic dystopia (Bookseller)

Shannon writes so well that you stay interested, intrigued by the knife-edge motivation of character's with "six-seater lips" whose "high-collard dresses always made her think of the gallows". And although many of the paths walked by The Bone Season will already have been well travelled by fantasy readers, Shannon shows real skill in combining them so easily into an original and enjoyable escapist fictional world. Like so much recent young adult fiction, I suspect this series will appeal to the fearless teenager dwelling within many adults. The ending certainly gripped me to the marrow (Daily Telegraph)

A dark, embattled, highly wrought fantasy ... Whatever the future holds, there is no doubt that Samantha is the real thing, her own sternest critic and a born storyteller (Observer)

On the quite wonderful style and craft of words Samantha displays I really cannot heap enough praise - it is remarkably self-assured writing, most especially for a debut ... the most engrossing read I have had so far this year and frankly the most absorbing and compelling debut I've read since the superb Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Hugely recommended (Forbidden Planet International Blog)

Shannon's world is meticulously detailed and has a strong internal logic ... Plenty of entertaining action ... The pace of The Bone Season seldom slacks off, and the strong and resourceful Paige is a memorable heroine. This is one buzz book that just might merit its hype (BookPage)

A remarkably accomplished debut (Jonathan Wright SFX Magazine)

Impressively realised (Alison Flood Sunday Times)

The Bone Season is enough to transport even hardened sceptics of the fantasy genre into its imaginative realm (Anita Sethi Metro)

Frightening and well-imagined ... fascinating ... The large talent on display here suggests just how good Shannon could get in the next six books of this promising series (Elizabeth Word Gutting Washington Post)

Plenty for readers to get absorbed in ... With six novels to go, and an author clearly driven to go deeper and deeper into a unique world, many will surely follow her (Tom Shippey Wall Street Journal)

Had me gripped as if in a vice ...

Samantha Shannon is a young writer with a future that looks anything but dystopian

(Stylist)

There's a great imagination at work here, and Shannon's just getting started (Sue Corbett People)

Dynamic and direct ... There is an exciting breadth to Shannon's world (Evening Standard)

With echoes of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy, this is an excellent debut that will keep the reader gripped all the way to the end - and leave them asking when book two will be released (Irish Examiner)

Don't just suspend your disbelief - send it to the pictures and sink into this fabulous, epic fantasy thriller ... Lavish, ebullient, escapist ... Bring on the sequel (The Times)

Fascinating . It will be very interesting to see where Shannon goes with this (Ned Denny Daily Mail)

Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season is my perfect cup of tea ... My inner teenager enjoyed every last word (Sarah Vine, Books of the Year Daily Mail)

Review

'A dazzlingly brainy, witty and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love and the quest for freedom ... the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer.' (Booklist)

'A complex and epic dystopia.' (The Bookseller)

'A dark, embattled, highly wrought fantasy ... Whatever the future holds, there is no doubt that Samantha is the real thing, her own sternest critic and a born storyteller.' (The Observer)

'Shannon writes so well that you stay interested, intrigued by the knife-edge motivation of character's with "six-seater lips" whose "high-collard dresses always made her think of the gallows". And although many of the paths walked by The Bone Season will already have been well travelled by fantasy readers, Shannon shows real skill in combining them so easily into an original and enjoyable escapist fictional world. Like so much recent young adult fiction, I suspect this series will appeal to the fearless teenager dwelling within many adults. The ending certainly gripped me to the marrow.' (The Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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