This month I participated in the Instagram #CountdownToPriory event to do a big group read of The Mime Order, sequel to Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season.
I read The Bone Season (and The Pale Dreamer) earlier this year and I had a hard time staying in the story because of the confusion I felt in regards to the voyant classifications as well as how the passage of time worked. However, despite it not being my new favourite book in the universe, I figured I liked it enough to give the second book a chance, and oh boy was it a ride.
The Mime Order takes place immediately after the previous book and throws us right back into the madness as the gangs are in upheaval in Scion. Between Paige being constantly on the run because of the rebellion against the Rephaim and all the violence itching to begin between the gangs after a suspicious murder Paige is framed for, this book felt a lot more like a crime thriller than a sci-fi series and I was definitely here for it.
The pacing was significantly better in this book, and the tension had me openly shouting at every passing chapter. I enjoyed the few new characters they introduced and although there was a strong lack of Warden for my tastes, the moments where he was present had me starting to swoon. But what got me the most in the book was Jaxon freaking Hall. If you know me, you know I almost always fall madly in love with characters that are 100% dick on the outside with just a hint of warm and gooey on the inside, so I thought from book one that Jax was going to be my bias in this book. I was so wrong. I hope that Samantha Shannon knows just how killer her writing is in regard to Jax as I have never so deeply hated a character and than love him the next page over. Truly a work of art.
The fight scenes were something to be in awe of from a writing stand point as well and though I won’t spoil the ending, it’s the first book in a while that made me shout profanity when it happened. I can’t wait to get into book three and continue the fun leading up to Samantha’s new book The Priory of the Orange Tree.
Author: Samantha Shannon
Published: January 27, 2015
Synopsis: 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 Paige, 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 center 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. 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.