The Song Rising
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…
This is the third book in a planned seven book series and it’s certainly reads like a middle book as well. It’s very, very much a book that’s going to set up the last half of the series and that’s okay! Considering the breadth and reach that Samantha Shannon seems to want to reach with this series, there needs to be a book of setting things up, moving things into place and making sure everything is ready to go for a final four books.
It had been awhile since I’d read book two so it took me a few pages to settle back in with these characters and the world. This is a book about clairvoyants, the unnaturals of Scion London who just want to be allowed to live their lives but due to their abilities, find that hard. The regular folks want them eliminated, taken out and killed or sent to penal colonies away from them.
Paige Mahoney is the Underqueen, the leader of all the unnaturals and a greatly sympathetic character. The girl takes a beating and gets up to keep going. She is mentally and physically pushed to her limits and she’s still standing by the book’s end. I think that were Paige a less well written character, the books would suffer because a lot of the story relies on her. She’s very flawed, makes mistakes, and does all of this while she’s only nineteen! I need to rethink some of my life choices.
My only minor quibble with this book and this series is the romance between Paige and Warden. It’s so off and on that I’ve gotten bored with the will they/won’t they. I know the point is to create tension but I’ve become far more interested in Paige separately and Warden separately than when they come together. Hopefully the author decides what to do with them in the next book or I fear this will get worse.