The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

August 20th, 2013
Adult Fiction | Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Paige has just been captured and taken to Sheol I, a city ruled by Rephaites. Here, clairvoyants like Paige are used as entertainers, soldiers, and meals by powerful creatures who value humans as dispensable beings. When she was assigned to the Warden, the hatred Paige felt was instantaneous. On the surface, they are master and slave. But for some insane reason, Warden protected her from Nashira’s (the Rephaite’s evil queen and Warden’s betrothed) ire and avoided punishing her when she goes out of her way to tell him exactly how much she loathes his kind.

While Warden does his part in saving Paige, Paige repays him by saving his life at least three times. I guess you can already tell where this is going, right? You can already see that in the end, there will be some sort of kindred connection that will develop between the two. The question is, would they escape Sheol alive? Especially if the Warden is pretty much a creature hated by the voyants.

So here’s another book that have sat in my shelves for a long time. And another reason why audiobooks instantly became such a wonderful discovery for me. I’m able to go through my stacks behind the stacks and find books that I’ve been meaning to read forever. Granted, I’m collecting duplicate copies (in two versions) of those books. But heck, I’m feeling good about polishing off those stale copies.

Another good reason why I’m becoming a touter for audiobooks is that, little by little, my aversion to fantasy reads seems to be ebbing. This book in particular, features quite an intricate world; one that involves fallen angels, ghosts, poltergeists, allusion to vampires and some sort of giant wingless wasps that prey on..well, everything. And forgive me if I’m getting it wrong, but that’s that’s the only image I could conjure up in my head.

In my opinion, listening to audiobooks eliminates the boredom of what some have complained about this book: info dumping. This was not a problem for me at all.

This book is slathered in awesomesauce. It’s action, suspense and a dash of romance that will have you salivating and hoping that 2015 is just around the corner. A futuristic tale that doesn’t offer much of an explanation, nor does it apologize for the lack thereof. It plops the reader into a terrifying dystopian world where the rulers are uncannily the worst kind of evil angels. And the characters. Oh the characters. They held their own. Aside from the Warden and Paige, the Seven Seals, led by Jaxon Hall are an interesting mish-mash of powerful voyants that have barely seen the light of day. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing their individual stories.

I’m kicking myself for not reading this book sooner. But at the same time, I’m kind of glad. Because even with a whole year’s worth of procrastination, I still have another year until Mime Order comes out. Sweet, sweet, sadistic torture.

  • definitely listening to this one soon! I’m so happy you loved it!

  • YES!!! I am so so glad you enjoyed this book, J.! This was one of the best reads of the last year for me. Can’t wait for the next one, and I found the hint of romance particularly delicious πŸ™‚ Wonderful review! P.S. I switched to audio with my fantasy reads too – sooo much easier!

  • This is one that’s been languishing on my shelf too! I want to read it, but I think the size and promised complication make me shy away in favor of easier reads. I like the idea of getting an audiobook, though, and being able to digest it in little bits while not stopping reading other things. πŸ™‚ Great review, Joy! I hope that year for The Mime Order goes by quickly!

  • I’ve seen a lot of great reviews about this book but haven’t really paid attention much to the details until now. I love the sound of this series’ world, it’s very mystical-sounding to me coupled with some kick-ass qualities. Will definitely be on the lookout for this one, I hope I get it for a good deal coz I’m a cheapskate! LOL

  • My blog partner loved this book and lent it to me but I haven’t been able to get into yet – I obviously need to do the audiobook! I find that slow moving fantasy or really detail rich stories work better for me on audio too. So happy you enjoyed this!

  • I have been procrastinating this one too but I do intend on reading it and am pretty sure I will enjoy it. I am going to see if I can find it on audiobook and take that route! I’m glad it was a good one. Although, damn, another year until The Mime Order? πŸ™

  • I’ve been dying to get my hands on this one and but the sheer length of this one kind of intimidates me. Plus the audio boks seems so long! LOL I think i’ll just pick up the book since I don’t know when i’d find enough time to finish the book if i listen to it on audio!
    Glad you really enjoyed this one! Love the sound of the suspense and action!

  • Huh. I’m glad you loved this book Joy. <3 Though, hah, I DNFed it at page 150 :p Just couldn't get into it at all πŸ™ Sniffs. But I want to try again sometime. <3 if people enjoy the sequel πŸ™‚ Amazing review, as always. <3

  • I can understand why you’d dislike fantasy, especially when world building can be such a hit and miss for the entire book. Samantha Shannon seems to get everything right, and she’s such a young author as well! Really glad you enjoyed this one, I remember really liking it when I first read it – the characters were definitely what made it for me. So realistic! Wonderful review Joy x

  • Sabrinamk

    This has been on my shelf a whole year as well! I think I’ll have to do a Throwback Thursday feature of it soon! Thanks for reminding me with your lovely review, Joy!

  • This sounds amazing! Glad you really enjoyed it and I need to pick this up! And audiobooks sound great!

    Happy Reading!

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I am glad that you enjoyed this one! It was seriously an awesome read though I found it really hard to get into. It’s a shame that The Mime Order isn’t coming out till next year, the wait has truly been torturous.

    Lovely review! <33

  • Christy

    Oh man, that how I feel about The Passage trilogy, there’s 2 years between each book. TORTURE! I might tr this one. I’m always hesitant about starting a fantasy book, but I’ve had good luck with them lately.

  • I flew through this and can’t imagine have listened to it on audio though I’m glad to hear it was a lovely experience. Perhaps I need to try it upon re-read. Either way, I thought this was such a fantastic debut and I am so looking forward to finding out what happens next. The romance was spot-on and the world-building and growth was just stunning. Amazing review! πŸ™‚

  • I agree that she had a LOT of world-building to get in, but that didn’t bother me so much. I didn’t realize this wasn’t coming out until January 2015 – I got a sampler at BEA and I thought it was coming out in October!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Like you, I enjoyed this one on audio and boredom wasn’t an issue in the least. I didn’t mind the information. The world was slowly built right in front of my eyes and I was thrilled by the amount of detail. I thought the narrator was just excellent.

  • I’ve had this book for the longest time too, but I’ve been wary of picking it up because it’s so long and I am a bit worried about the info-dump. I’m glad to hear this was an awesome listen for you though. I wish I had time for audiobooks, but unfortunately I don’t with school and work. πŸ™
    Great review!

  • I definitely think if I try this one I will be listening to it as well. I have heard more than one person say it is the best way to go into it.
    Wonderful review!!

  • I’m glad you really liked the audiobook version! I’ve also heard of all the info dumping, and because of that I’ve been afraid to pick it up. Though I never listen to audiobooks, I might try this one some time in the future!

  • The action and suspense sounds great. This hasn’t been on my radar but glad you enjoyed

  • I know I should read this one as well, I heard so many great things about it and all my friends loved it, so if you had the same feeling, I know I need to just buy it. Great review!

  • Woah, this seems to contain everything I would enjoy in a book or so. Action + romance? Bring it. And fantasy is my favorite genre! πŸ˜€