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The Bone Season - The Bone Season (Paperback)

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Paperback 560 Pages
Published: 09/02/2017

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A dreamer who can start a revolution.

For the past two hundred years the Scion government has led an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London. Clairvoyance in all its forms has been decreed a criminal offence, and those who practise it viciously punished.

Forced underground, a clairvoyant underworld has developed, combating persecution and evading capture. Paige Mahoney, a powerful dreamwalker operating in the Seven Dials district of London, leads a double life, using her unnaturalness illegally while hiding her gift from her father, who works for the Scion regime...

This beautiful new edition includes the prequel novella, The Pale Dreamer

Samantha Shannon was still a student when she published the first of her 7-bone cycle The Bone Season set in a gothic vision of future London where humans with a capacity to contact the undead are persecuted for their abilities. This was then followed in the series by The Mime Order and The Song Rising

Read a Waterstones exclusive interview with Samantha Shannon where the author discusses world building, the challenges of fantasy love stories and what lies in store as the Bone Season series continues.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408882528
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Truly extraordinary and thrilling - Andy Serkis

A new breed of women authors are claiming fantasy for their own. Leading the charge is Samantha Shannon - Harper's Bazaar

A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. The Bone Season is a must read - Kami Garcia, No. 1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series

Samantha Shannon has a hugely inventive talent and an imagination with seven league boots. She's hit the ground running - Susan Hill

A richly dramatic and unadulterated pleasure, filled with horrors, wonders and charm - Justina Robson, author of the Quantum Gravity series

The book invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the bucolic mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkein - USA Today

A Hunger Games-esque debut - Irish Daily Mail

A rapid-fire wonder of a book, where clairvoyants and humans battle it out against scary monsters and super-creeps ... The Bone Season is our next Twilight - Marie Claire

The Bone Season is more like the novel that JK Rowling and William Gibson never teamed up to write - Wired

A Hunger Games vibe and a few Shades of Grey - Vanity Fair

The Bone Season plots out a criminal underworld in a future where clairvoyancy exists; part fantasy, part dystopia, all intrigue. It’s a world of impressive scope, accompanied by Tolkienesque appendices, glossaries, maps and all - Vogue

It has conviction in spades ... The Bone Season has the kids vs dystopia kick of The Hunger Games, but while it’s better written ... It’s also got the star-crossed romance of Twilight - SFX Magazine

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

Marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented British writer set to challenge the worldwide bestseller list domination of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games - The British Fantasy Society

The Bone Season, set in 2059, stems from Shannon's interest in works such as The Handmaid's Tale and A Clockwork Orange, which have backdrops of repressive regimes, and in John Donne's poetry - Sunday Times

A complex and epic dystopia - Bookseller

Shannon writes so well that you stay interested, intrigued by the knife-edge motivation of character’s with “six-seater lips” whose “high-collard dresses always made her think of the gallows”. And although many of the paths walked by The Bone Season will already have been well travelled by fantasy readers, Shannon shows real skill in combining them so easily into an original and enjoyable escapist fictional world. Like so much recent young adult fiction, I suspect this series will appeal to the fearless teenager dwelling within many adults. The ending certainly gripped me to the marrow - Daily Telegraph

A dark, embattled, highly wrought fantasy ... Whatever the future holds, there is no doubt that Samantha is the real thing, her own sternest critic and a born storyteller - Observer

On the quite wonderful style and craft of words Samantha displays I really cannot heap enough praise – it is remarkably self-assured writing, most especially for a debut ... the most engrossing read I have had so far this year and frankly the most absorbing and compelling debut I’ve read since the superb Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Hugely recommended - Forbidden Planet International Blog

Shannon’s world is meticulously detailed and has a strong internal logic ... Plenty of entertaining action ... The pace of The Bone Season seldom slacks off, and the strong and resourceful Paige is a memorable heroine. This is one buzz book that just might merit its hype - BookPage

A remarkably accomplished debut - Jonathan Wright, SFX Magazine

Impressively realised - Alison Flood, Sunday Times

The Bone Season is enough to transport even hardened sceptics of the fantasy genre into its imaginative realm - Anita Sethi, Metro

Frightening and well-imagined ... fascinating ... The large talent on display here suggests just how good Shannon could get in the next six books of this promising series - Elizabeth Word Gutting, Washington Post

Plenty for readers to get absorbed in ... With six novels to go, and an author clearly driven to go deeper and deeper into a unique world, many will surely follow her - Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal

Had me gripped as if in a vice ... Samantha Shannon is a young writer with a future that looks anything but dystopian - Stylist

There’s a great imagination at work here, and Shannon’s just getting started - Sue Corbett, People

Dynamic and direct ... There is an exciting breadth to Shannon’s world - Evening Standard

With echoes of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician trilogy, this is an excellent debut that will keep the reader gripped all the way to the end – and leave them asking when book two will be released - Irish Examiner

Don’t just suspend your disbelief – send it to the pictures and sink into this fabulous, epic fantasy thriller ... Lavish, ebullient, escapist ... Bring on the sequel - The Times

Fascinating … It will be very interesting to see where Shannon goes with this - Ned Denny, Daily Mail

Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season is my perfect cup of tea ... My inner teenager enjoyed every last word - Sarah Vine, Daily Mail Books of the Year

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Charlie Hay at Brentwood

“Genre Breaking”

The book starts with diagrams and the breakdown of clairvoyant powers, but trust me you can skip this. Samantha Shannon incorporates the complex history of an alternate reality seamlessly into the story, giving it a... More

Paperback edition
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“The Bone Season”

Any book set in a fictional future will have the challenge of how to include a reader into this new world. Sadly, I'm not entirely sure The Bone Season succeeds. The first part of the story becomes unnecessarily... More

Paperback edition
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Natalie Charlesworth

“Good, but potential to be brilliant...”

This one has been in my to read pile since October 2014, so I really had to bite the bullet and get it read. I was fairly sure I was going to like it as the blurb sounded right up my street and in many ways I did... More

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