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The Bone Seasonby Samantha Shannon
Synopses & Reviews
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city — Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly — as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine — a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.
"Shannon offers up a richly imagined debut, opening a projected seven-book series about clairvoyants used as catspaws in the year 2059, two centuries after mysterious events changed the world. Paige Mahoney possesses the illegal and extremely rare power of dreamwalking, using it to serve a criminal syndicate in a London controlled by the organization known as Scion. She's captured and sent to Sheol I, a hidden penal colony established in Oxford and maintained by the extradimensional Rephaim. Claimed by the enigmatic Warden Arcturus, she's trained to be a weapon, all the while dreaming of rebellion and escape. When Paige is drawn into schemes both political and far-reaching, she must fight for her life. The internal mythology is complex and intriguing, the emotional struggle is captivating, and the pace rarely falters as Paige unravels the mysteries and dangers of her new home. This extremely strong beginning will have readers eager to see whether Shannon can maintain her stride for a lengthy series. Agent: David Godwin, David Godwin Associates. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"[A] galvanic debut...dynamically and shrewdly imagined...a dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom...the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer." Booklist (starred review)
"A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. The Bone Season is a must-read." Kami Garcia, coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series
"What a ride! Imagination on that scale is exhilarating. I didn't just like this book, I loved it." Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books Toronto
"This book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical, and complex." Kirkus Reviews
A major event — the first book a seven-part series of dizzying imagination. Welcome to Scion: No Safer Place.
About the Author
Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She's currently pursuing her degree in English literature at the University of Oxford. The Bone Season is her first published work of fiction — the first in a seven-book series. It has been sold in eighteen countries and film rights have been optioned by The Imaginarium Studios, a film company led by Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit) and Jonathan Cavendish (producer of Bridget Joness Diary).
Follow Samantha on Twitter: @say_shannon; and on her blog: www.samantha-shannon.blogspot.com
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