Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway - The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Release Date: 8/20/13
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Provided By: Publisher at Book Expo America 2013
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She recently finished her degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism.

In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with 'The Bone Season'. Film rights to the novel were optioned by Andy Serkis's London-based production company, The Imaginarium Studios, in November 2012.

First off, The Bone Season takes commitment. Go ahead and block some time out in your schedule right now to devour this novel. Please don't go in thinking you can just breeze through, skim, speed-read, or any other techniques you might use to quickly finish a book. The Bone Season has maps, glossaries and appendices, people!
In all honesty, I started The Bone Season a couple of times, testing the water (if you will) before I dove right in. I had flashbacks to Mr. George R.R. Martin and a little series you might have heard of called A Song of Ice and Fire. With the memories of my near-obsession still fresh, I knew The Bone Season was destined to be just the same: a book where I would have to pay attention, and think, and learn new things and one that would invade my dreams.
As with A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1), The Bone Season is the first book of an intended series (a seven book series, actually) and as such, has the unique problem of having to familiarize the reader with the world, the characters and the situation quickly. Some may call this an info-dump, but there's really no way around it.
So, we are thrown into the world of Scion, voyants, mime-lords, and dreamwalkers with an alarming alacrity. But, don't let that put you off, Steph's Stackers, you have to put your head down, use your glossary (you'll thank me for that tip later) and go with the flow. Trust is key here, all will be explained and revealed, just go with it.
So, our heroine, Paige, is a dreamwalker, a type of voyant that can reach out into other people's mind over fairly long distances. Her talent (and those of many others) is forbidden by law and it's lights out for her if she is busted using it. Will this stop our plucky heroine? Um, no - what would the fun be in that?
Paige, at the start of the novel is working for an underground mob-like organization that uses her talent (and the various skills of others like her) to make friends and influence people in nefarious ways. She and her cohorts are like a gang of Mafioso Mind Control X-Men led by an unscrupulous Charles Xavier.
Mini-spoiler alert! This dysfunctional and magical home away from home doesn't last forever (you knew it wouldn't, right?) and through a slip-up, Paige is shanghaied to a different world that is considerably more dangerous than her previous one.
So, just when you had been studying the map and glossary and you were, like: "Cool, I've totally got this whole thing down." Um, no you don't. The party just starting, friends! We are introduced to a new cast of complex characters (Rephaim and Emin and more, oh my!) and Paige's very life (and the lives of her friends) is at stake at every turn. Drama? Danger? Intrigue? Yep. Yep. Yep. 
It is in Paige's time at Oxford (yes, that Oxford, but...not really) that the pace of The Bone Season cranks up from an 7 out of 10 to an 11. Why has she been conscripted to this voyant army? Who is really the enemy? Is she a jerk just for participating? She hates her master on principle, but he seems pretty cool, but that makes her a jerk again, right? Is this all like M. Night Shyamalan's crazy movie, The Village, and the Emin are really just people with sticks making noises in the night?
At this point, the payoff for all of your earlier head-scratching comes in. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn more about Paige's previous life and more about the origin of her abilities. It is here that you can see the promise of the future installments. Many story threads are delicately teased out making you wanting to know more.
I don't want to ruin it for you, but let me just say that plots are hatched, friendships are betrayed, alliances are made and broken, battles (small and large) are fought, kisses are kissed and lessons are the most amazing way.
The Bone Season has all of the hallmarks of the start to a great series and will be buzzed about for many years to come.
Pretty great, right?!
Ready to get your hands on your very own copy? Well, you're in luck, friend! Bloomsbury has graciously provided Steph's Stacks with a copy of The Bone Season just for you!
Enter below for your chance to win!!
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  1. Thank you for this giveaway! I am so excited about "The Bone Season" as a fan of fantasy fiction, and so it is top on my must-read list at the moment.

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by again! The Bone Season was great. You are going to love it! Good luck!


  3. Sending you some blog love! Wonderful review. I loved the book too! I'm also taking part in the blog tour. I'll be up on Monday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hit up your tour stop and I love your blog!

  4. Great review, Steph!
    I actually have the e-ARC of this that I almost started before a friend of mine warned me it's a read you really have to devote time to. So I'm waiting until next week when I can devote more time and energy into it.
    Your review did show me a little more f what to expect and also makes me super excited to start it! >.< I didn't realize it had maps, a glossary, etc! That's awesome. I'll def keep in mind to use the glossary ;)

    Btw I'm a new follower :)
    Come say hi sometime
    Dee @ Dee's Reads

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am a new follower of yours as well. I think you'll really like The Bone Season. Can't wait to hear what you think about it.

  5. I keep hearing great things about this and I've been on the fence, but your review changed my mind! Adding it to my TBR pile and yay, looking forward to it! :D

    1. I'm so glad I could change your mind :) You're going to love it!

  6. Fingers crossed!!! I want this book so bad!! Thanks!



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