REVIEW: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

the bone season books keep me saneTitle: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Genre: YA Paranormal/ Dystopia

Release Date: August 20th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Paperback or Kindle)



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.


I am not much a reader of the paranormal genre but I must say The Bone Season is one of my favorites in this genre.

“There was no normal. There never had been. “Normal” and “natural” were the biggest lies we’d ever created.”

The story of The Bone Season is set in the future– the year 2059. Paige is a dreamwalker, she has the ability to enter people’s mind. In Scion clairvoyants like her are considered criminals and when she was arrested she thought she was going into the Scion prison. But what she discovered was worse than what she imagined. Paige was taken to Oxford, the prison of the voyants. And Oxford was ruled by the Rephaim. Paige was to be the ward of Warden. Warden has never taken a human ward before, what could this mean for Paige? Is this a good thing for her or a bad thing?

“They’d branded me like some kind of animal.
Lower than an animal.
A number.”

I like Paige and Warden’s master-captive relationship. It is only natural for Paige to hate Warden and she expects him to be cruel. But Warden isn’t quite what Paige thinks he is. Right from the start Warden has this mysterious aura towards him. He doesn’t exactly dot on Paige but he isn’t as cruel as a Raphite should be to his ward. They’re relationship is very interesting and intriguing. There is this undeniable chemistry between them and I find myself praying that something romantic will happen between them.

But he couldn’t change his life for me. And I couldn’t sacrifice my life to be with him”

There are other interesting characters too like Jaxon and Nick. Jaxon is the “mad genius” of the story and he is Paige’s boss. I like the way he talks and he thinks. He’s a risk taker, he likes to go all in every time. Nick, on the other hand is the all-around nice guy. He’s the sort of person you know you can always depend on. There is a big reveal to his character in this book which I totally didn’t see coming and I was like, “Whoa?! Really?” I am not sure if it will make you love or hate his character but I think that big reveal adds a little quirk to him.

The book has great world-building. I like how vividly Shannon describes to world Paige lives in. The only little thing that I didn’t like was that I was bombarded with tidbits about the world of voyants right from the first few chapters. It was a total information overload. It would have been better if Shannon eased the reader into the story one chapter at a time.

This is just a minor glitch though and I still think that The Bone Season is a great book. I’ve seen mixed reviews of this book– some like it while some others don’t but personally, I think it’s a fantastic novel fit for the lover of the paranormal genre.


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