Do you want to get in on the ground floor of the next series that will have you pacing anxiously awaiting the next installment to hit shelves? There’s still time. I promise.
Check out Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series. I finished the second book, The Mime Order, earlier this week and I’m now desperately awaiting the third. The only problem is Shannon is still writing it.
The series follows (at least so far) the world of London in the future. There are voyants, or those with spiritual powers, and they are being hunted by the normal humans in London. Paige Mahoney, the main character in the series, is involved with this community and on the run and then captured.
The Mime Order picks up immediately where the first book, The Bone Season, left off. After being rescued from a penal colony, Paige attempts to adjust to life back in I-4 as the mollisher for her mimelord, Jaxon Hall. When the underlord of the entire London voyant syndicate is killed and his second-in-command goes missing, Paige becomes a suspect and also determined to find out what or who was behind the deaths.
Jaxon and Paige prepare for the scrimmage to determine the next leader of the syndicate while Paige delves deeper into the mystery of the murders. She also reunites with her keeper (also friend and maybe lover) from the penal colony who escaped and is determined to help see Paige to her goal of destroying Nashira Sargas.
While the plot seems a bit lax in the middle, Mime Order really picks up in the last third of the book. The plot twists keep coming page after page after page, culminating with a last sentence cliffhanger that I can pretty much guarantee will leave your jaw on the floor and you begging for just a few more pages to devour.
Shannon was signed to write a 7-book series and she’s a young British woman, so comparisons to Harry Potter and JK Rowling were inevitable. And Shannon’s writing has not disappointed thus far.
Nearly the entirety of Mime Order gave me (and others I know who have read it) a nagging feeling that I was missing something or wasn’t totally seeing something. And the last two pages, particularly the last sentence, brought it all together.
Shannon’s series has received positive reviews thus far but has remained mostly under the radar. And it’s a shame. These books are masterfully written. The characters are developed in such a way that you really relate to them and want to see Paige succeed.
(One reason they may not be as popular yet is that the level of violence in them exceeds that in Harry Potter and likely takes them out of the realm of possible reading materials in schools.)
I hope the books become movies at some point. I think the visual effects and action could make them amazing to watch on the big screen.
The third installment is currently scheduled for release at some point in 2016, which feels like way too long to wait. I highly, highly recommend picking up these books and getting in on something good early.