The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

As a Bone Season Advocate, I’m one of the lucky few who got to read The Song Rising early. Here’s my spoiler-free review!

The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

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And we’re back! What feels like forever since The Mime Order was released, we’ve finally got our hands on The Song Rising. And it does not disappoint.

Paige, newly crowned Underqueen, has a court in chaos. Paige must strike a balance between sating her subjects’ bloodlust, and ruling with a fairness that no ruler of the clairvoyant had shown before. She’s trying to keep Nashira, the blood-sovereign, happy. She’s also fighting Scion, and the introduction of Senshield, a new technology that threatens the entire clairvoyant community. It seems like Paige is alone in a sea of enemies.

Paige is the British Mockingjay. She’s the face of the enemy, the rebels, as well as the leader. She takes risks, but she always attempts to do the right thing. She sacrifices her lover for her people. Whenever we’re faced with a YA series with our beloved protagonist rising to power, we forget that they’re usually so young, so green. Paige is a teenager, but she’s wise beyond her years, and she makes for an excellent main character, who appeals to both younger and older readers.

The Song Rising is a little slower than the previous two novels, but in a seven-book series, there’s bound to be slower moments. But the tense, nail-biting moments are still there too. Action-packed and exquisitely written, this is a strong addition to one of my favourite series.

The Song Rising is due out early March 2017! Read the prologue here.

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