The Bone Season

The Bone Season

By Samantha Shannon

Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781620401392, 480pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2013


It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others' minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

"The Bone Season" introduces a compelling heroine a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

About the Author
Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne s College, Oxford. In 2013 she published The Bone Season, the first in a seven book series. The Bone Season was a New York Times, a Sunday Times and an Asian Age bestseller, was picked as a Book of the Year by the Daily Mail, Stylist and Huffington Post and was named one of Amazon s 2013 Best Books of the Year. It has been translated into twenty-eight languages and the film rights have been acquired by The Imaginarium Studios and 20th Century Fox. The Mime Order is her second novel.

Praise For The Bone Season


"Truly extraordinary and thrilling." - Andy Serkis"[The Bone Season] invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the bucolic mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkien." - USA Today"This book is definitely your new crack, full of juicy worldbuilding and heroic weirdness." - Io9.COM"Intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing enough to keep me up late to finish...There's a distinct Margaret Atwood wash to Shannon's dystopian universe, and echoes of Anthony Burgess's Clockwork Orange in the colorful lingo." -"A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. The Bone Season is a must-read." - Kami Garcia, coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series "[A] dazzingly 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 (starred review) "Rad" - Vanity Fair