The Song Rising

by Samantha Shannon

Part of the The Bone Season Series

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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

Liz Robinson

The Song Rising Synopsis

A rebel who becomes a queen The amazing third book in the bestselling Bone Season series - a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population. But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it...

The Song Rising Press Reviews

An ebullient, gloriously complicated fantasy ... The characters feel grippingly real. Shannon unravels her tangled tale in galloping prose. Daily Telegraph 

Like treasures unearthed by mudlarks, Samantha Shannon's alternative world is studded with fabulous language ...With a sharp eye on the politics of identity, Shannon transports us into a world where the oppressed are pitted against one another in the struggle for survival ... Explosive. Daily Mail 

Easily the most politically engaged of any of the contemporary dystopian fantasies ... Ever since HG Wells The War Of The Worlds there has been a slight aversion to looking at the global consequences of such dystopias and Shannon seems to be taking that wider view  ... There is so much intrigue and escapade, character development and imagination here ... We have four books to go. I am more than willing to wait.  Scotland on Sunday. 

A whopper of a denouement ... Shannon's brilliance is that she is not afraid of change, both for her characters and her setting ... The 25-year-old remains a name to watch. Independent 

The third book sees feisty heroine Paige Mahoney take on the dangerous role of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population. Daily Express 

My recent shore-side reads have included Samantha Shannon's The Song Rising. Red 

PRAISE FOR THE MIME ORDER: A riveting page-turner ... She creates a convincing world defined by its own invented logic.  Mail on Sunday

It goes hell-for-leather, all poltergeists and grisly murders and pitched battles in the catacombs of Camden. Sunday Times 

Thrusting readers back into the world of Paige and a more detailed journey through future London. The novels are hugely imaginative ... Part Hunger Games dystopia, part urban fantasy. Independent on Sunday 

Shannon has continued to build on this imagined world with intricacy, and Paige's voice comes through to deliver a suspenseful story.  Washington Post 


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ISBN: 9781408877838
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408877838
Publication date: 8th March 2018
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Fantasy, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fantasy,

About 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.   Click here to read our 'Ask the Author' feature on Samantha Shannon.

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