Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
Source: ARC review
Add to Goodreads shelf | Buy from Waterstones | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Wordery
The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination
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…
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon is the third book in The Bone Season series. This specific instalment took a little longer than expected to hit shelves, but those
torturous two years were absolutely worth the wait.
Despite being shorter than the first two books, which was a bit of a surprise at first, the story was just as full of adventure. From the very first chapter – scratch that, the first page/prologue, I was flipping out. First off, if you’ve read the prologue that was released exclusively by The Bone Season advocates (*clears throat* here!), then you know shit hits the fan immediately.
The entire series is based on rebellion, however, The Song Rising has the most political themes out of the three books currently published. This is the book where we see Paige actually take on her new role as Underqueen and attempt to put her plans into action to tackle the Rephaim problem. However, Scion – with some help from a certain someone – begin to up their game, creating Senshield which can detect clairvoyance to an extent that the city has never before seen. The criminal population of London is already hostile towards their new Underqueen, and we see Paige attempt to lead an entire city of criminals, most of whom clearly do not respect her authority. Surprisingly, we see zero Nashira in this book. Of course, she’s mentioned a few times, but we are introduced to new antagonists that Paige has to deal with.
The characters were as complex and intriguing as ever. As always, Jaxon Hall was my favourite (after Warden, of course). We saw a little bit less of him in this book which wasn’t at all surprising considering the ending of The Mime Order. But the scenes he was in were fantastic, as always. I don’t know what it is about Jax, but I just find him super interesting to read about.
In The Song Rising, we see Paige visit more countries under Scion rule – Scotland and Manchester – which was really exciting because I recall Samantha Shannon bringing it up in the past at one of her events. And I’m pretty sure that we will see some of Paris in the next book, and if you know me you know my love for Paris.
Gah. I have a feeling book 4 will be my favourite, and from Samantha’s tweets, the most painful. Overall, The Song Rising was more than worth the wait. I was a little wary about it being quite a bit shorter than the rest but it was an exciting and adventurous instalment to the series, with timely themes given the current political climate.
Favourite quote: “Never allow yourself to believe you should be silent.”