By Lisette Prendé
The only thing to do is keep your head down and work hard. And that’s what 19 year old Paige has in mind. She works very hard indeed for Jaxon Hall, her boss and Mimelord of I-4 Cohort. What does a skilled Clairvoyant do for dollar? Paige is a dreamwalker known as The Pale Dreamer, who retrieves information by breaking into people’s minds, a treasured and valuable skill that keeps her well paid and protected by her crew of fellow voyants. But with the increasing surveillance on Scion streets how much longer can Paige evade capture?
Samantha Shannon writes with the skill and detail of someone much older than her 23 years. The world she has created in The Bone Season is rich and detailed. You can smell the smells, see the people and feel the fear, for in the Orwellian city of Sci-Lo, fear is rife. As it is in the penal colony where the captured voyants have been taken for hundreds of years, to serve those responsible for the current militant state of Scion.
With a clever mix of strong female characters and intriguing mystical subject matter, Shannon has managed to bring the fantasy genre into the fiction mainstream in her page turning debut novel. Themes of feminism ring through the storyline, as female characters appear as both heroine and villain. There is no danger of the girls being left to play the nice harmless roles; Paige can fight and get dirty with the best of them any day.
I could not put this book down. I fell in love with the world, the characters and their fantastic clairvoyant abilities. It’s the kind of book that’s so clever you wish you’d thought of writing it yourself.
The story continues in the second book in the series The Mime Order, which delves further into the inner workings of the voyant underworld, the individual cohorts of Sci-Lo and the Mime-lords who rule them. But what happens when the pyramid starts to crumble? Who will fight for the power over the voyant syndicates and what will they do with their power? Will they choose to change Sci-Lo for the better or for the worse?
Join a world of darkness and magic, a world where auras glow in colour and clairvoyance is a way of life. Move over Katniss Everdeen, make way for Paige Mahoney: The Pale dreamer.