Saturday, 31 January 2015

Review - The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) by Samantha Shannon

Title: The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Pages: 528
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: 27th January 2015

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley*

4.5/5 stars

Paige has escaped Sheol-I and is back in London but Nashira, the blood-heir of the Rephaim, will do everything in her power to get Paige back in her clutches, including making her the most wanted person in London.
Paige is determined to stop Nashira and her plans to create more penal colonies like Sheol-I in other countries, but how can she get the mime-lords and mime-queens to work together?

I thoroughly enjoyed The Mime Order.
The pacing was better than The Bone Season and there were a lot of twists and turns, many that I didn't see coming (especially that ending!).
Paige has got to be one of my favourite protagonists ever - she's strong and determined but she's not perfect (who is?). It was interesting to see how she coped in the various situations she was thrown into and I enjoyed reading as she grew as a person and learned more about her powers.
One of my favourite things about this series is that the romance isn't thrust into the forefront - Paige doesn't try to examine her feelings for Warden all the time and I like how it's written quite subtly. It's a sweet, quiet romance and I really like seeing Paige and Warden interact.
I loved getting to see Paige as her role as mollisher to her mime-lord Jaxon Hall and reading as she worked with the other Seven Seals.
The Scion London that Samantha Shannon has created is very well thought out and I loved finding out more about the other cohorts.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend.