I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #2
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on January 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Sci-Fi
Source: the Publisher
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.
I was a bit late to the party with The Bone Season. This had to do with the immense hype surrounding the book, I bought it, planning to wait a little while until everything had calmed down a bit, and then suddenly it was a year after publication and I still hadn’t read it. So I read it over the summer and I fell in love with the story and its characters. What a difference this time around. Ever since I finished The Bone Season, I have been anticipating its sequel.
The world-building was as intricate and beautiful as it was in The Bone Season. Which made it so easy to get wrapped up in the storyline. The story picks up right where The Bone Season left off. Paige has managed to escape Sheol I and we’re back in the alternate and futuristic London that we only got a few glimpses of at the beginning of book one. I love how we get to know more about the Seven Seals and the Criminal Syndicate. It was something I’ve wanted to know more about since I read the first book, The Mime Order really dove into the Criminal Syndicate, it became more clear how the criminal underbelly of London works, hierarchy wise, and it was so interesting to read about.
Paige is such a great protagonist. She’s tough, smart, and intuitive. And at the same time she has her flaws and limitations. Which is exactly what makes her such a great character. I love how The Mime Order the offers an insight to Paige’s inner struggles. We learn more about her relationship with her mime-lord and other characters and we get those little insights into her childhood in Ireland (and I hope to learn more about it in the next instalment). She’s tough, but sensitive at the same time. I just adore her character. View Spoiler »and lets not forget those stolen moments she has with Warden *sighs* « Hide Spoiler
Then the romance. What I love so much is that it’s not the main part of the story. It’s always there in the back of your mind, but it’s not the main focus of the story. I pleasantly surprised when Warden made an appearance in the story. And the interactions between Paige and Warden are everything I wanted and more. Great dialogue. Sexy tension. And I am so excited to see how their love story will develop. Even though their relationship will probably know many hardships. They are such strong personalities, and I hope that their romance will survive against all odds.
Plot-wise this story is absolutely fantastic. The revolution travels with Paige from Sheol I to the world of the voyants in London. There’s lots of things going on and you want to know exactly how they will unfold. The tension between Paige and Jaxon keeps building. View Spoiler »After what she discovered about Jaxon in The Bone Season, the last thing she wants is to be under her mime-lord’s thumb again. But without him she is powerless to do what she set out to do. « Hide Spoiler Their exchanges are extremely chilling, filled with power-plays and political undertones. It all builds up towards one point. All those emotions build to peak and believe me, that ending… MIND WILL BE BLOWN.
I loved The Mime Order so much. I wish there was more to read, because the thought of waiting another year for the next book is killing. Samantha Shannon did a wonderful job with this book. Beautiful world-building, a great protagonist, thrilling romance, and a fantastic plot. The Mime Order was everything I hoped it would be and more. I love this world and it’s beautiful characters. Now, can I have the sequel? Pretty please!