The Pale Dreamer: A Bone Season Novella by Samantha Shannon




6 December 2016 | Bloomsbury | EBook | £1.99


A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series


‘Truly extraordinary and thrilling’ Andy Serkis

‘Gripping, edge-of-the-seat plotting’ Daily Mail

‘A riveting page-turner’ Mail on Sunday

‘Had me gripped as if in a vice’ Stylist

‘Gripped me to the marrow’ Daily Telegraph

‘A trailblazer for young talent’ Independent

The Bone Season is our next TwilightMarie Claire

‘Wherever she does go, I will follow’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Samantha is the real thing … A born storyteller’ Observer

‘Fabulous, epic fantasy thriller … Lavish, ebullient, escapist … Bring on the sequel’ The Times

‘A new breed of women authors are claiming fantasy for their own. Leading the charge is Samantha Shannon’ Harper’s Bazaar

‘A richly dramatic and unadulterated pleasure’ Justina Robson, author of the Quantum Gravity series

‘A hugely inventive talent and an imagination with seven league boots. She’s hit the ground running’ Susan Hill

‘A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. The Bone Season is a must read’

Kami Garcia, No. 1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series

‘The novel that J. K. Rowling and William Gibson never teamed up to write’ Wired

‘Hugely imaginative … Part Hunger Games dystopia, part urban fantasy’ Independent on Sunday

‘Enough to transport even hardened sceptics of the fantasy genre into its imaginative realm’ Metro

‘A Hunger Games vibe and a few Shades of Grey Vanity Fair

‘It’s a world of impressive scope, accompanied by Tolkienesque appendices, glossaries, maps and all … Part fantasy, part dystopia, all intrigue’ Vogue

‘A remarkably accomplished debut’ SFX Magazine

‘Marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented British writer set to challenge the worldwide bestseller list domination of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger GamesThe British Fantasy Society

‘The most absorbing and compelling debut I’ve read since the superb Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Forbidden Planet

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…


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 Mime Order followed in 2015. Both were international bestsellers and have been translated into twenty-six languages. The film rights have been optioned by the Imaginarium Studios and 20th Century Fox. In 2014, Samantha Shannon was included on the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 list. The Song Rising is her third novel and will be published in March 2017.

@say_shannon | | @theboneseason

Samantha Shannon’s third novel in The Bone Season series, The Song Rising, will be published in March 2017. Samantha is available for festivals, events, panels and chairing. For more information, please contact Philippa Cotton. | 020 7631 5718 | @philippacotton


The Pale Dreamer will be published on the 6th of December, and is available to pre-order now!


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