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.
What price are you willing to pay to break free from injustice?
Captured at a place that is erased from the map a long time ago, Paige finds herself facing other-worldly creatures who either crave for her energy or want her suffer in the most miserable way. Can she find a way to escape from this horrible place?
I like the world created by Shannon. It’s mysterious and dangerous – the atmosphere is thick with a mixture of fear, tension and frustration. Each person has their own agenda and there is no easy way to tell who can be trusted. The Rephaim is certainly up to something – we just don’t know to what extent this other-worldly race is going to drastically change the world where Paige and other humans reside. So, I’m eager to find out more after finishing this installment.
While I welcome the details about the types of voyants, I have to read the information a few times before I feel comfortable to continue reading the story. Paige has a rare gift. As a dreamwalker, she can do things that average voyants can’t do and that makes her a top target to be arrested and captured. Do I like Paige? Well, yes. I do. I especially like that she has this uncompromising attitude of wanting to make things right. I admire her resilience. I also feel sad for her as she’s been through quite a number of disappointments in her young life. Her keeper, Warden, is an interesting character. I find him enigmatic and even after re-reading a number of chapters a few times, I still can’t quite figure out where his loyalty lies. I guess I could speculate but I won’t know for certain until I could get my hands on the sequels.
Overall, this is an enjoyable read for me and I look forward to reading more of Shannon’s work as it becomes available.