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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.

If you like Samantha Shannon you might also like to read books by Daniel H. Wilson, Ben Aaronovitch and Daniel O'Malley.

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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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30th November 1999


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