Series: The Bone Season #1
Publication Date: 20th August 2013
Book Source: Bloomsbury & NetGalley
Synopsis: The Season Is Here.
The year is 2059. Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, as part of a secret cell. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and under the law of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
When the authorities catch up with her, Paige is transported to Oxford, now a prison city that has been kept secret, ruled by an otherworldly race. These people, the Rephaim, want to control the clairvoyants for their own purposes. Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper named Warden. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to get close to him, to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The first of a seven book series, The Bone Season was a completely absorbing read in a complex and fantastical dystopian world. Set in Scion ruled London in 2059 society is divided into Clairvoyant and Amaurotics. Clairvoyance is prohibited, criminal voyants imprisoned in Sheol I, a penal city controlled by the Rephaim race.
There's a lot to digest and quite a bit of info-dumping but don't panic, it's not incapacitating, you're saved from overwhelming confusion and head implosion by a riveting and well paced delivery. Rather than trying to explain it and create more confusion let me just say there's bucket loads of intrigue and a complexity that has you almost frothing at the mouth for more, it's original and all the minutiae makes perfect sense ... in the end.
19 year old Paige Mahoney is a dreamwalker, one of the rarest kinds of voyants, part of an 'underground' syndicate called the Seven Seals until she's captured and imprisoned in Sheol I. Her Rephaim keeper is Warden, an enigmatic character that had me intrigued from the start. Paige and Warden's interaction is a highlight and as the story unfolds, I found my loyalties shifting and re-aligning.
The Bone Season is dark, intense and complex, it definitely has cross over appeal for YA and Adult readers alike. There's much to love, I'm certainly invested now and after such a compelling start there's so much to look forward to in future installments.
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