Review and Giveaway: The Song Rising, Samantha Shannon

March 6, 2017 Giveaways, Reviews 6 ★★★★

Review and Giveaway: The Song Rising, Samantha ShannonThe Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #3
Published by Bloomsbury on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Dystopia
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

Finally, the long wait is over for the third book in Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series, The Song Rising.

Here’s a brief run-down of The Bone Season: In the near future, Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant, working for a criminal underworld in London. The city is controlled by the sinister Scion, who find voyants like her ‘unnatural’. One day, she finds herself captured and sent to the penal colony of Sheol I, in the city once known as Oxford. There, she meets the Rephaim, a strange race of beings with ethereal power, intent on controlling the human population of earth.

To avoid spoilers for the first two books, read my full review of The Bone Season or book two, The Mime Order.

And to enter to win a copy of The Bone Season, read on!


 

Giveaway

Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia, I am happy to give away two copies of book one in the series, The Bone Season, to Australian residents!

Yes, they will be the pretty new cover!

You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below, and the prize will be sent out directly from the Bloomsbury offices.

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The Song Rising review

Paige is now the Underqueen of Scion London, working to bring the Mime-Lords of the city under control. Scion’s Senshield technology, is being improved to detect more kinds of voyants, and Paige and her allies must find a way to disable it. If they can’t, they risk losing their newly-formed Mime Order and the alliance with the Ranthen – the group of rebels among the Rephaim.

If it’s been a while since you read The Mime Order, I’d recommend a re-read or at least a flick through

the last few chapters. I didn’t get a chance to do that, and because the story picks up almost immediately after the scrimmage that raised Paige to the leadership, I was confused as to what was going on for a while.

Once I had picked up the threads though, I remembered just how detailed this world is. We get to see a little outside of central London this time, including Manchester and Edinburgh, and although those are action-packed scenes, we do get a little of the feel of the cities while there. The cold in this winter is also keenly felt whenever they are outside, like ‘knives to the chest’ or chattering teeth while walking. Samantha Shannon has a descriptive writing style that puts you right there with the characters.

Paige is still conflicted by her feelings for Warden. The two of them must keep their relationship a secret to maintain the alliances between their people, but realise that they need to put the whole thing aside to concentrate on their plans for rebellion. Their story is sad, but ultimately it makes for a better war story if the romance takes a back seat for a while.

I really enjoyed this third part of the series. Happily, book four is due out in March 2018 so there’s not as long to wait. Oh, who am I kidding – it’s going to be a long wait!

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

6 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: The Song Rising, Samantha Shannon”

  1. Angie

    I keep seeing this series everywhere (mostly on Instagram, tbh). I’m not sure how I haven’t already read them? But now I’m definitely going to have to. Maybe if I spread them out through 2017 it won’t feel like a wait for book 4 😀

  2. Emma

    I had to skip most of this post to avoid spoilers because I haven’t read books 1 or 2 but this series sounds eeeeepic!! Crossing my fingers I’m lucky in the giveaway!

    • Anni

      Argh, thanks Emma – I didn’t think of that. I’ll move the giveaway up above the review 😉
      Good luck!

  3. Susan

    These look amazing – I haven’t read any of them but they look interesting!!

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