Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Source: Bought – Hardcover and Kindle
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. 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.
This review follows on from my review the other week of The Bone Season which you can read here.
After kind of flying through The Bone Season, next up was The Mime Order. This book is a beast in comparison to the newly released The Song Rising. With 500 pages, it is quite large however it is quite the action packed book. Presuming you have read this book, I may include a few spoilers in this review, however if you don’t mind that, by all means, read on!
So the story starts immediately where The Bone Season left off, with Paige and the others still escaping the clutches of Sheol I. They’re in London now, but getting to safety is where we find ourselves at first. It’s an intense scene to open to which is great as it sets the tone for the rest of the book. As I previously mentioned, this book is totally action packed. I feel like from the first page of the book to the last, there’s always something going on, which is good considering the size of this book.
This book was a bit more of an insight into Scion London, as in The Bone Season, we didn’t get to see that much of London so this was a welcome experience. And boy, did we get to see a lot more of it! We visited all sorts of the places in this book. We were also introduced to the underground network of Voyants in its full form, as well as the Ranthen, the rebellious Rephaim. For a decent amount of this book, we didn’t see Warden however he eventually turned up which was fab but somebody needs to sort what is going on between him and Paige because if this was real life, I would be shoving them into each other because it just needs to happen already. There’s so much angst there.
So the plot. The plot was good and I love that it carried on exactly where the first book left on (and having read a bit of the third book, I can confirm that it leads on exactly where The Mime Order ends, thank goodness). Spoilers now! In this book, Paige’s aim is to try and notify the Unnatural Assembly and the other voyants of the Rephaite threat and what they have been doing in Sheol I, except it’s not quite as easy as that. Jaxon wants to hear nothing about it and the Underlord dies, which Paige kind of gets framed for, but not really. So amongst Paige trying to alert everyone about the Rephaim, she also has to lie low due to the Underlord’s death. As well as this, she also prepares to run for Underqueen, however it’s a secret to virtually everybody. It’s a complicated situation, but it comes together in the story well. Also, there’s a pamphlet/comic thing in this book that I can’t remember the name of and if this series needs anymore swag to giveaway for pre-order purchases in the future, I would like to request that we get one of these. We have On the Merits of Unnaturalness so I think we should get this pamphlet. Just someone, design it please!
The ending was kind of predictable although there was still the element of surprise. There was a part where although it was a surprise, I almost wasn’t shocked. As in, I kind of expected what happened at the end. Thinking about it now, I’m kind of disappointed that I wasn’t in shock from it more, but then I also kind of expect nothing less from a certain person, which is why I wasn’t surprised!
In all honesty, I liked this book but it was super long so I think I kind of ended up taking a bit longer to read it than I normally would have done as I was a bit intimidated by the size of it, however the last 150 pages were truly wonderful and I’m glad I decided to just power through it. Now, I must move onto The Song Rising. Stay tuned, as I’m sure you’ll find another Samantha Shannon book review to follow this one in a few weeks!
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