Title: The Song Rising
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #3
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
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 stabilizing 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 . . .
I first read The Bone Season precisely three years ago. I waited half an year before buying it because I wanted to get the hardcover. However, I was so impatient that one day I just caved in and bought the large paperback version (not to be confused with the mass market paperback edition). I just couldn’t wait any longer, I was that hyped. Despite the rocky start I had with it, by the end it turned into one of my favourite novels. Then came The Mime Order which was even better. It was so spectacular, I read it three times – and I never reread books, unless they’ve completely blown me away. To this day I completely swear to this series and cannot recommend it enough. And let me tell you, if you thought nothing could peak over The Mime Order – think again.
The Song Rising is the highly-anticipated third book in The Bone Season series. Paige’s story continues exactly where we left it – when she and, consequently the audience, learns of a terrible truth and a shocking betrayal. But Paige has no time to recover from that revelation as she’s now Underqueen – and her reign is already collapsing before it has even had the chance to begin. Paige and her trusted allies must keep the people of the London criminal syndicate together all while simultaneously looking for a way to destroy Scion’s newest weapon that may just be the end of clairvoyance as they know it. Embarking on a dangerous mission, Paige will have to go to near impossible lengths if she wants to keep her people safe
This book is quite easily number one in my most anticipated 2017 books list. I’ve been waiting for so long that at one point it felt like the song will never rise *hehe* but here we are and, boy, did it RISE. Honestly, after getting blown away by The Mime Order, I was positive that now I’ll be ready for anything Samantha Shannon throws my way. I was wrong. So very, very wrong. The Song Rising not only surpassed The Mime Order, but it’s the paranormal sci-fi book to end all paranormal and sci-fi books. Or just books in general. Trust me when I say you definitely NEED this book, like yesterday.
Shannon’s writing in the first book is a little unsteady, but it’s understandable since it was her first book. Not only that but the whole universe she’s created is one huge bite to swallow. Nevertheless, the writing gets better page after page, book after book. The Mime Order is a testament to how much a writer can improve in such a short while. And The Song Rising is proof that a writer can really kick the ball out of the park so hard, the ball sets itself on fire and explodes. I still can’t believe what an eye for detail Ms. Shannon has. You can tell that there’s been a lot of thought put into literally everything in The Bone Season universe and all its characters. I can’t help but applaud Samantha for the absolutely brilliant job she did with her previous books and topping that with this one.
I can’t say much about the story itself without spoiling The Song Rising and/or the previous two books, but I will say that it’s absolutely amazing. There’s never a dull moment throughout the whole novel and by the time you finish, you’re left feeling breathless and exhausted – but in the very best way. The Song Rising is such an emotional rollercoaster, packed with so much action and intrigue and angst and politics and it’s so, so beautiful. Every page is a masterpiece.
Listen, if you didn’t love Paige Mahoney before 1) how dare you? and 2) you’re about to ADORE her after this book. She’s one of the most strong-willed, determined characters I’ve ever read about and her resilience in this book left me gaping with awe. I love her even more now, which I didn’t was possible but here we are. Don’t get me wrong, every character was amazingly fleshed out and brilliant in their own way, but this book was purely Paige. I’ve seen reviews saying how she makes some questionable, not very good choices in this book that had me really worried before I read The Song Rising. Now I really want to fight those people, no exaggerations. All the decisions Paige makes are incredibly hard, but, I felt, necessary. All of them were made in order to protect her people and the voyant population as a whole. There was nothing “questionable” about them. They just proved how good of a ruler Paige is – she always put her people first, even if they didn’t want to acknowledge that. If it wasn’t clear before, I love Paige Mahoney and will fight anyone and everyone who disagrees. (Also, Samantha, please give her a break. Poor girl’s been through enough. Write some happiness in for her. I’m not above begging, bribing and/or selling vital organs.)
An honorable mention goes out to my home girl, Ognena Maria. After years and years of seeing Bulgarians being constantly painted as savage, primitive, crude bad guys, it was so refreshing to see a Bulgarian character written as an actual human being. (This is not technically a spoiler, but I gotta mention it – a moment of pride because the small Bulgarian phrase I helped Samantha out with on twitter a while ago actually made it into the story! Not gonna lie, I screamed.)
I feel like this review is just me raving on and on about how amazing The Song Rising is, but I can’t get myself to feel any regrets about that. The Song Rising really was amazing. More than amazing. It was *Lady Gaga voice* talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique. Thank you, Samantha Shannon, for all the blood, sweat, and tears that you’ve poured into this book. Thank you for giving us your all. (But definitely not thanking you for that ending because what even was that? You don’t end a book like that!) Still, it was worth waiting so long for this third installment. So, so worth it. I can’t wait to see where the tides will take Paige next. (Hopefully somewhere where there’s a warm bed for a well-earned rest. Just a suggestion.)