On Mondays, I’m going to try to remember to make recommendations of books I have loved and this one seems the perfect fit for my first Monday Must-Read: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
This book is being compared to Harry Potter and it’s not hard to see why. It’s the first in a series of seven by an up-and-coming female British writer. The plot is a bit fantasy, a bit dystopian, a bit magical.
The first installment is a bit slow to get into and a bit confusing (as is any book with a glossary of important terms unique to the book/series), but once you’re in, you are most definitely in.
The book is set in 2059 in London, but it’s not London as you’ve ever read it before. Paige, the main character, is part of a underworld involving criminals and people with secret powers (voyants). When she’s captured and taken to another place, ordered to obey and be trained by a creature (a Rephaim) that isn’t entirely human and isn’t entirely not, she finds herself looking to rebel. But more importantly, she just needs to survive and get back to her life in London.
I loved Harry Potter and my standard was pretty high for a new series to draw me in, however, I’m finding it hard to wait until January for the second installment. (It was originally scheduled for release in October, but was pushed back.)
I already recommended this book to one friend, who is now as eager as I am to read the second installment, The Mime Order.
Shannon is definitely an author to keep an eye out for in the future!