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Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 2012 the Women of the Future Awards shortlisted her for The Young Star Award. The Bone Season is her first novel and has been sold in twenty-one countries.
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This gorgeously intense and fully fledged dystopian fantasy series continues in fine style with The Song Rising. Paige has risen through the ranks as she tries to combat the hell that precious few know about or even believe is forming, will the rest of the clairvoyants back or denounce her? I’m in awe at how incredibly rounded and complete this world is. The intricate layers not only ripple inwards to allow intimate access, they also begin to advance further afield, widening our viewpoint. Paige really is a role model for our times, willing to step forward for what she believes in, and although set in a reimagined England, comparisons can easily be made to the world around us. Told in the first person, I could feel Paige, rely on her, admire her, particularly when things went awry. I really didn’t want this third instalment to end, and I wait with baited breath for the next in the epic 'The Bone Season' series. The Song Rising was everything I have come to expect from Samantha Shannon, richly imagined, thrillingly exciting, and a humdinger of a read - highly recommended. ~ Liz Robinson
This is a fantastic book of our near future based on an alternative history where England was taken over by the Scion Government after the reign of Queen Victoria. Psychic power exists but is illegal and treasonous. That doesn’t stop the criminal underworld from profiting from it. There seems enough there to make an extremely satisfying novel, but no, Shannon has woven a world where scion with all its complexities is only a front and the real story concerns ethereal beings and a threat to all humankind. Fast, slick, disturbing, engaging, a really special book and I hope very much the start of a brilliant series. I am getting a little fed up with the plucky-girl-brings-down- dystopian-government plots that seem so popular these days, but this is really different, a world I can believe in and want to go back to. It has an extremely good thriller style and a marvellous first person to drag us into the story. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst Wow, just wow! This is the first in a seven book dystopian fantasy series, and what an absorbing cracker of a read it is. If you haven’t yet stepped foot inside the fantasy genre, please don’t turn away, as this touches reality, breathes a possible future, and is just so, so readable. Set in 2056 London, in a reimagined world where the Scion government has been in power since 1929, clairvoyance is a criminal offence and has been forced underground, into crime, in order to survive. Paige is a dreamwalker, she works for the underworld though her father is part of the Scion regime, suddenly arrested, she finds herself in a prison camp in Oxford, and everything she thought she knew, falls to pieces before her eyes. The orders of clairvoyance are beautifully explained in such a way, that I immediately felt at home and sank straight into the story. Samantha Shannon has created a fascinating, different, stand-out story, this is a new edition and also includes a prequel novella about Paige and her first foray into the clairvoyance underworld. An action packed humdinger of a story, I lived it, I loved it… The Bone Season is a truly fabulous start to what promises to be an epic series. ~ Liz Robinson
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
The stunning sequel to the amazing The Bone Season which I really recommend reading first. It starts exactly where the last book finished with the clairvoyant attempting to return to London from the penal colony of Steol I. So now a life of hiding, running, intrigue and power mongering awaits our brave narrator Paige as it seems the whole of London is after her. This is dystopian fiction with a real difference, an extremely rich world with real depth. Paige wants to overthrow the tyrannical rulers, of course, but that will be so much harder here than it often is for plucky heroines in this genre. There are so many layers to scion society, attacking the government won’t be enough. She needs to start a rebellion and probably a war. Complex, vivid and compelling, it really is the best of its kind and more so. ~ Sarah Broadhurst A must-read for me, beautifully fast-paced, and adventurous, The Mime Order is the second novel in the superb The Bone Season dystopian fantasy series, and continues immediately after the first finishes. Paige and the rest of the survivors find themselves heading back towards London, can Paige create order from the chaos? You really can’t just drop into the middle of this series, start at the beginning and experience the joy of discovery. As relationships develop we begin to see deeper into hearts, understand what makes people tick, what has made them who they are. Samantha Shannon has the most incredible imagination, this world is impressive, so fully realised and vividly clear. I felt as though I was side by side with Paige as danger threatens the very heart of everything she holds dear (in fact, to be honest, I wanted to be Paige!). Weaving, diving, and absolutely thrilling, The Mime Order continues a very special series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. ~ Liz Robinson
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens. 'Epic' Guardian 'Majestic' Daily Mail 'Escapism at its finest - Shannon, we salute you' Stylist An enthralling, epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons - and the women who must lead the fight to save it. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
A dreamer who can start a revolution For the past two hundred years the Scion government has led an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London. Clairvoyance in all its forms has been decreed a criminal offence, and those who practise it viciously punished. Forced underground, a clairvoyant underworld has developed, combating persecution and evading capture. Paige Mahoney, a powerful dreamwalker operating in the Seven Dials district of London, leads a double life, using her unnaturalness illegally while hiding her gift from her father, who works for the Scion regime... This beautiful new edition includes the prequel novella, The Pale Dreamer
A fugitive who will not be silenced It is a dark time for clairvoyants. Scion is in league with the Rephaim, an extraordinarily powerful, otherworldly race that intends to make humans its slaves. In an unprecedented feat of bravery, Paige Mahoney has succeeded in leading a mass break-out from the brutal camp, Sheol I, where she and other clairvoyants were systematically imprisoned. Paige is desperate to reach the safety of the London underworld, but the ruthless leader of the Rephaim, Nashira Sargas, is not likely to let her escape so easily... This new edition contains an exciting preview of the sequel, The Song Rising
A dreamer is born the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series'Truly extraordinary and thrilling' Andy Serkis on The Bone SeasonIn the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals PRAISE FOR THE BONE SEASON: 'Truly extraordinary and thrilling' Andy Serkis'Gripping, edge-of-the-seat plotting' Daily Mail'A riveting page-turner' Mail on Sunday'Had me gripped as if in a vice' Stylist'Gripped me to the marrow' Daily Telegraph'A trailblazer for young talent' Independent'The Bone Season is our next Twilight' Marie Claire
A dreamer is born - the exhilarating prequel to the New York Times Bestselling Bone Season series.In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose - and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals...
Be aware, my good Reader, that this Pamphlet, no matter how controversial its content, must never fall into enemy Hands. The most important piece of clairvoyant literature written in the twenty-first century, On the Merits of Unnaturalness is a pamphlet first published anonymously in 2031 by Jaxon Hall, the voyant who would later become the mime-lord known as the White Binder. Hall was the first to index both known and supposed forms of Unnaturalness, resulting in the classification of the Seven Orders. This controversial piece of literature spread across the voyant underworld like a plague, revolutionising the syndicate but also creating discord in the form of brutal gang wars between the newly divided categories, the scars of which can still be seen today.Revelatory and subversive, On the Merits of Unnaturalness is a must-read for any reader with a desire to further immerse themselves in the incredible world of Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season.
Es ist Paiges einzige Chance: Wenn sie es schafft, die geheimen Gruppen der Denkerfursten im Londoner Untergrund zu vereinen, konnte die Rebellion gelingen und das diktatorische System von Scion gesturzt werden. Doch diese Gruppen sind zutiefst verfeindet und denken uberhaupt nicht an einen gemeinsamen Aufstand. Als plotzlich die Rephaim in London auftauchen, wird die Zeit knapp. Und wo ist eigentlich der Wachter? Seine Hilfe konnte Paige jetzt dringend gebrauchen. Denn die Jagd auf die Seherin hat begonnen ...
Sie ist stark, sie ist schnell, und sie kann etwas, was sonst niemand kann: die Gedanken anderer lesen. In einer Welt, in der Freiheit verachtet und Traume verboten sind, wachst die junge Paige zu einer Kampferin heran. Doch dann wird sie erwischt und in eine geheime Stadt verschleppt, in der ein fremdes Volk herrscht, die Rephaim. Und wo sie Warden trifft, den jungen Rephait mit den goldenen Augen. Er ist das schonste und unheimlichste Wesen, das sie je gesehen hat. Seine Gedanken sind ihr ein Ratsel. Und ausgerechnet ihm soll Paige von nun an als Sklavin dienen...