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.

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