The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – A Spoiler Free Book Review

“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”
― Samantha Shannon, The Bone Season


Rating: 4/5 Stars


The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.


So, guys if you read my wrap-up on Tuesday then you know I finished reading The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. (If you haven’t seen that post go check it out here.) This is a book that I picked up on a whim from a haul. I had seen it on bookstagram and booktube previously so I figured I would give it a try. Well, that was years ago. Yep, that’s right. Years. Therefore, I thought it was about time I gave it a try. I am so glad I did.

Okay, so going into this novel I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know the premise and I have stopped reading synopses of books. (If you want me to do a post explaining why let me know below.) Thus, I had no idea of what I was going to find in this story. I am so happy that I didn’t have any preconceived notions or ideas. Because, if I would have known that this book dealt with clairvoyance and spirits/ghosts I doubt I would pick it up. That would be a shame.

This book was able to use a subject that I had previously written off in a way that made it feel fresh. A lot of the time I feel like ghost or spirit books can be very cheesy or over the top. Shannon instead uses this idea to create a fantastical dystopian novel rather than a horror book. That made all the difference. I viewed the clairvoyance as just another power and that made me really like the idea. Honestly, this book was like nothing I’ve read before.

Something else that I loved from Shannon’s writing was her development of the characters. Our main character, Paige, is strong yet not immortal. She has vulnerabilities that feel grounded in real life. Her interactions with others make sense. I know that seems like a weird thing to be impressed about. However, a lot of the time in YA fiction I have a hard time understanding a character’s motives and actions. But, in The Bone Season I was on the same page as Paige (ugh I know) the entire time.

The relationships in the novel were rooted in necessity which I think is true of life. We end up friends, enemies, acquaintances with individuals because of situations that we are in. That colors the relationship in a certain way. Likewise in this novel Paige’s relationships with other characters are created and influenced in the situation that brought them together. I really appreciated that. There was no immediate best friends. That being said I don’t know how I feel about the resulting romantic relationship in the novel because it moved very quickly. But, I would like to see more development in the second book.

This book is one that got me excited to read more. I never felt the need to rush through part of the book to get to another scene. I was able to enjoy every part of the novel for what it was. It was an easy and pleasant read. I would definitely recommend it. Since I just ordered The Mime Order (book 2) keep an eye out for that review soon. What can I say? I just can’t get enough.

Have you read The Bone Season? What were your thoughts?


11 thoughts on “The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – A Spoiler Free Book Review

  1. I read this so long ago but I loved it! Paige was such a cool character and I found the concept of future London to be really interesting. Glad you enjoyed it too!


  2. Wonderful review! The Bone Season is one of my favourite books and I agree that Samantha Shannon does something really interesting with a genre that I’d otherwise not really be interested in. I loved The Mime Order too, it further develops a lot of the relationships established in The Bone Season so I think you’ll enjoy it when you get to read it. I hope you do enjoy the sequel! 🙂


  3. Great review! This book sounds really interesting. I’ll have to look more into it. I also like the quote at the beginning of the post that you picked out.


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