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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)
'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.
Top customer reviews
To break down some of the elements I liked and others that quite frankly irritated the hell out of me.
The main character became very irritating to me during the latter stages of the novel; I felt that the author had succumbed to letting the character make choices that didn't quite "fit" with the personality to move the story on. She became petulant and almost illogical at one stage making the most childish irrational decisions in order to bring about a 'bit of drama.' Whereas previously, she had been shown to be thoughtful, aware of peoples motivations and adaptable to her changing circumstances.
The love interest - whilst you could see it coming a mile off was a nice slow burn and I think that this was down to how he was depicted. I've always been one for the silent type so his "showing rather than telling" depiction was really appreciated. He also has so far to develop / show that I think he would become one of my favourite fictional characters in the future.
One thing which drove me to distraction - was the authors need to try and impress with her vocabulary - sometimes it just seemed so leaden and entirely obtuse - lending nothing to the prose other than an "Oh, I'm so clever.... look at me" which I found ripped me from the story. There were also other occasions when I wasn't certain if it was a case of kindle dictation not hearing a word correctly. "Lattened" against a wall - well did the author mean that they were 'flattened' as I noticed a missing "f" a few sentences on - or did she really mean that they were pressed against the wall as thin as metal sheets? If so - what the hell was wrong with flattened?
I'm not sure if I will read the next book in the series - primarily because if a book grabs me it does not take me 5 days to finish it. I'm disappointed because I feel that this could have been so much more - if for perhaps a stronger editor and less 'self aware' tone.
The first few pages where confusing. The author was busy building the fantasy world and in my opinion was not character building. I spent the first 61 pages hoping that things would improve enough, that I'd make a connection with Paige but I didn't. So now I'm left not wanting to read on.
From what I've read about the author she is straight out of her degree. Throughout the 61 pages I've managed to read, she is focused on giving you all the information about this world even at the cost of readers not knowing what the heck is going on. The characters fail to come through all this as there aren't many to start with. I didn't manage to understand who Paige was as a person because there was no time for that.
I haven't not finished a book for years but I feel this will have to be the first. Normally, by the first few chapters I feel a connection of some kind. Whether it be with the characters or the subject. I have been reading this as if it were a chore and it has been heavy going. I would not recommend this book.
It has the quality of an unedited rambling self published work, in fact many self published works are much better than this.
Many people will buy this book as it has received a lot of publicity and many great reviews but in my view these are undeserved.
I look forward to reading The Mime Order
Well I tried, I stuck to it through thick and very thin. What a confused plot. A plot that could have been brilliant but lacked extreme logic. Maybe it's me but I had difficulty understanding the sense of this book but this book is left hanging on the cliff with the main characters on a train back to London into uncertainty. So do I read the next one or not?
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