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The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon

festivefun's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

eimear_m's review against another edition

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4.0

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I have a mixed relationship with this book. I’m not usually into high fantasy, but this was described to me as the next Harry Potter, so I couldn’t turn it down. I had to force myself to read the first three quarters of the book, but once I hit the final hundred pages I couldn’t put it down.

You can’t really talk about The Bone Season without talking about Paige. She is a perfect protagonist for this book and a worthy addition to the strong female protagonist troupe. The Daily Telegraph is right ( quoted on the back of my book), Paige is ‘reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games’. In fact, maybe super reminiscent of Katniss, but I love Katniss so I’ve no problem with that. Paige is strong, brave and selfless, and the narrative wouldn’t make sense with any other character.

Paige is from the Emerald Isle, and as someone from the Isle itself I found the portrayal of Ireland in this book quite interesting and very amusing. Paige is from Clonmel in Tipperary,the dairy farming, cattle-rearing land nestled in the golden and green vales of the south of Ireland. Everything about the Ireland in this book is vaguely magical, free and untamable, which I always find kind of hilarious. The riots that take place in Dublin as Scion tries to take over are called ‘The Molly Riots’, probably because the rebels stand their ground beside the Molly Malone statue. Which is a terrible location, strategically speaking. While it was really nice and entertaining to have a shout out to the motherland in such a popular novel, I’m still waiting for the day that Ireland is portrayed as more than a hoshposh of magic, wistful red haired maidens and badly organised and under equipped rebels( to be fair we do have a reputation for being fairly shite at rebellions, so I might give her that one).

The Bone Season is definitely high fantasy, so I was pretty overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information thrown at me in the first few chapters. Shannon dives straight into her world building, and doesn’t leave much time for newbies like me to catch up. If you’re well seasoned in high fantasy you’ll probably be fine, but if you’re unfamiliar with the genre I’m not sure I would recommend this as the best place to start. I spent the whole book misunderstanding the whole clairvoyance thing, and I had absolutely no clue what the Emim and the Rephaim were supposed to be. My copy had a handy glossary of new terms which I referenced far more than is respectable, but had to in order to survive .I'm not even going to bother trying to explain it’s so complicated. I would also recommend reading it in one go. It’s fairly plot intensive, and when I came back to it after putting it down for a few weeks I hadn't a clue what was going on and had to retrace my steps.

Of course their is an inappropriate romantic relationship.Of course their is an inappropriately timed make-out session. But personally, I’d be pissed off if their wasn't, so I'm not complaining. Anyway It’s such a tiny part of the book, if it’s not your cup of tea you can just pretend it never happened.

It took me a while to get through but it was so worth it in the end. I’m definitely looking forward to starting The Mime Order sometime soon. When it comes out in paperback, because I’m poor….

Four Stars ****

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mijpearl's review against another edition

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4.0

I really wanted to give this book a full 5 stars. But the ending kind of ruined it for me. I knew that Warden and Paige would end up together, but I didn't expect them to separate again. I wonder now what Warden is going to do now that the clairvoyance all escaped. I guess Warden and Paige will meet again to meet each other in the second book, The Mime Order. Finally Paige found someone she can love.

katja_weinert's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

madisonsbooknook's review against another edition

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challenging dark tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

aphrael's review against another edition

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3.0

interesting plot and world, some cool original elements. different subplots move at very different paces which is interesting to see because the story doesn't really end on a cliffhanger but much is unresolved. I really like how in the middle of the book there's suddenly an in-universe explanation for the main character's flashbacks, clever.

only thing I really did not like is the relationship of two characters turning sexual at the end. the age gap and power difference just makes it seem kinda strange.

sophiareads_'s review

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adventurous tense slow-paced

3.5

readeraven's review against another edition

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4.0

this is one of those books that feels just soooo loooong, took me a long time to finish it but fortunately was enjoyable

hazellie's review against another edition

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3.0

The Bone Season has a great premise and is actually quite interesting. However, there was a LOT I didn't like about it, a LOT that didn't make sense to me, and that annoyed me no end.

I didn't like Paige at all. I didn't like that she was defiant just for the sake of being defiant. It's one thing to be brave and strong and tough, it's a whole other thing to be stubborn and stupid and spiteful. More than a few times, her defiance and rebellious behavior caused harm to other people, and if she was an actual person real life in a similar situation, she would not be the hero. She would be the person getting everyone else killed, and probably herself too, after making everyone else suffer for her stupid behavior.

However, I enjoyed the world building and the concept of the story. There were a lot of unanswered questions still, like what exactly are the Emim? And what is going to happen with Arcturus? But there are still six more books to go and I believe the questions will be answered gradually.

Right now I'm kinda on the fence about reading the rest of the series. I'll probably read the next one, just to see if it gets better, because while there were a lot of things I didn't like about the book and that didn't make sense to me, I still enjoyed reading it.

One thing about having to wait for the next book in a series though, if the book isn't that good in the first place, I sometimes lose interest in the whole story completely during the time it takes to wait. There are too many good books out there, and not enough time to spend on reading the not-so-good ones. We'll see.

isabeltavares's review against another edition

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5.0

Re-read #2 - 30/10/2018
Celine Dion still hasn't told my heart how to go on.

Book 1 for the #Boneathon is COMPLETE!

30/6/2018
Celine Dion needs to tell me how to make my heart go on