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Monday, January 27, 2014
Book Review : ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon
The heroine Paige Mahoney who is only 19, (the author’s age,
am guessing, she looks like Paige ) but she has her own ways to win us over. I had an odd sense of
Enid Blyton when I started the book; this probably had to do with the strange
walks, which Paige takes in London.
Paige, who lives in the middle of London, and purportedly works
an ‘ossista’ in an oxygen bar, but actually has a job with a crime syndicate,
and is part of the Seven Seals. The year is 2059. Paige’s speciality is walking in the aether and into people's minds, looking for information. Confusing?
Have some flavoured oxygen, perhaps instead of the illegal caffeine and
Well, that’s what it’s all about. The supernatural realm is
what we enter, when we open this book. Dreamwalkers, mediums, soothsayers, jumpers,
nercomancers are just a glimpse into what this book contains. As we follow
Paige’s adventures, we are caught up in the Scion regime, which is known for
the oppression of the unnatural.
So, Paige is arrested, and when she tries to escape, kills an
‘underguard’ in the process. She is sent away to Oxford, (an abandoned city,
when the Scion develops). And, we are introduced to the cruel Suzerain Nashira
led Rephaites, who’s food are the human clairvoyants and the Emim who just
prefer to be the flesh eating kind. Here, we see blood consort of Nashira, the
yellow eyed Warden Arcturus, who takes on Paige as his forced pupil.
How she takes to the alternate universe, makes friends and importantly
enemies, how she hatches the plan to get out of the ugly and morose world
Oxford form the rest of this morbid tale.
This fantasy fiction manages to draw you in, and you find it difficult
to get out of this land between sleepwalkers and overseers. Not at first go
though, but somewhere in the middle. Shannon puts you inside and says to the reader
to fend for himself, but she does not let you go that easily in the wrong direction.
Shannon has put in a lot of new words and meanings. The dictionary is an
excellent plan of hers.
She also used a lot of authors and real life in her plan.
Firstly, she seems quite influenced by Stephenie Meyer, and her vision of
vampires. Her use of Warden and Nick, a cross between Edward Cullen and Jacob Black,
and the various English Queens and their consorts seem like Nashira and Warden.
The rebel in Paige again is influenced by Bella from Twilight, not exactly
though but one can look for the similarities. Also, the manner in which she
fights for everything is a little like George from the Famous Five series.
Oh and one other point, I do not see ‘yesterday
night’ in page 271, fitting in. That just seems wrong!
Besides that, the book is brilliant for someone of her age. Of
course, there is the editor’s help, but talent of that standard cannot be
missed. Her grip of the language and the wish to see the book through are all
striking. I cannot imagine how she will see six more of these through, but I am
looking forward to them, for sure.
Author: Samantha Shannon Jacket Design: David Mann Genre: Fiction