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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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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

If you like Samantha Shannon you might also like to read books by Brandon Sanderson, Charlie Fletcher and Ben Aaronovitch.


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London. 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. The New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller also includes an exclusive excerpt of the sequel, The Mime Order.


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

About the Author

Samantha Shannon

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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9th February 2017


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