Publish date- 2013
(A Brief) Synopsis:
In an unrecognisable London, Clairvoyant Paige Mahoney is pulled from the life she knew, a life of secrecy and friends that feel like family, of learning more about her talents and dodging the authorities, into an equally unrecognisable world. Oxford. Ruled by creatures that use their powers as a weapon.
What I thought:
The Bone Season was beautiful.
I admit, despite buying a copy after reading two gorgeous reviews last year, I was a bit hesitant. When the initial buzz for it took over many reviewers hearts, I didn't take a whole lot of notice. I wasn't, apparently, particularly... interested. Fast forward a couple of years and I was at the stage where I was about to (finally) start reading.
It isn't a massive book, so I wasn't daunted. But the font in my edition was tiny, so I absolutely was.
The initial question I had, that stayed with me for 20, 30 pages perhaps, was something along the lines of When will I comprehend, because Sicon London isn't like any form of London I have ever seen, read, or envisioned. There were terms I didn't understand (many) and the roles of the characters in Paige's group took a little getting used to, but then... my brief moments of confusion didn't matter.
I was in.
To put it poetically, the gates of this novel, gates that hid secrets and truths and utter majesty in writing, they opened up wide and let me in, and it was completely different after that.
Less poetically, the book had finally won me over. I was captivated. I was interested. And I was continually surprised.
Surprise and interest are, I think, actually two of this book's greatest assets. It is so well developed a story and gives the reader time to start computing this new, slightly despotic and slightly fantasy-angled (and also throughly fantastic) world you are reading about before the plot takes over, which was so wonderful. I felt like I already knew Paige before everything started turning upside down, and that meant I cared about her.
Paige was a fairly likable character, and when she is pulled out of London and taken with a load of other clairvoyants by creatures that look like humans but are far more ethereal. She didn' give up. I don't think she stopped fighting once. Sometimes this caused trouble for the people she formed bonds with, and the way she didn't think about the danger her every action could cause others did frustrate me at times, but she was also very caring and invested in her own freedom and the freedom of everyone else, and for that I liked her.
This is a well, throughly crafted novel, and I was completely taken in by the world and the characters (there's a lovely, subtle romance involving an interested side party, who then becomes... a friend. It's lovely. I liked it so much) and I actually plan on reading the sequel in time for the next book. I enjoyed it so much.