Title: The Song Rising
Author: Samantha Shannon
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…
The Song Rising is the highly anticipated third book in The Bone Season series. If you haven’t read any of these books, look away now! I have read all three of the books currently out in this series this year so I am feeling pretty happy with myself as I usually start a series and then don’t end up finishing it for ages. The first two books have been pretty chunky books, so I was surprised when I received my copy of TSR as it weighs in at 348 pages which is comparatively less.
I did enjoy this book however I had to stop half way through it as I had my busiest month of University coming up with a few assignments and exams. This pause was about a month and a half to two months long which I think affected my experience of the book as I liked it but didn’t love it.
This book really ramped up with the action and I felt that as it was shorter, it had a better flow and the momentum was kept up by this. It was set in various locations in the Mime Order’s goal to track down a certain tool that might threaten the existence of voyants everywhere. There were some distressing scenes towards the end involving a form of torture that I feel was necessary to include as it didn’t skirt around it and really showed the book to be realistic. It relates to the real world and doesn’t leave anything out, making it a realistic novel. I think this made the book feel slightly more authentic. It also demonstrated more of the rise of the Rephaim in Scion London and Scion England as a whole. The use of Paige’s experiences and past were also utilised in this book, showing how this book almost comes a full circle a bit in some respects.
We have a lot of the same characters in this book with not many news ones. Some characters that we’ve had a glimpse of in the previous books have come to the forefront in The Song Rising. For example, we still have Nick and Eliza out of many other characters. We also see the return of a certain character in this book who was not present much for the majority of it which I think really added to the story, especially towards the ending as it made it a little more interesting. There are two characters however that were in the previous two books that were mentioned but not actually in The Song Rising so I’m really intrigued to know where they are hiding out. Hopefully the next book will answer this.
Warden and Paige’s relationship is a complicated one, as they are both different species and there are certain restrictions or opinions on relationships that Rephaim hold with humans. I feel like their relationship does change and grow in this book, but its still held back by both of their responsibilities. I hope that in one of the future books, they do end up together as they seem to go together well.
The ending in this book was not what I was expecting at all and came as a shock to me. I have developed a theory for possible answers to questions that came up from the ending and I’m really interested to see this series expand and where it will lead too.
One of the things that I always comment on with Samantha Shannon’s books are the long chapters. I am not a fan of long chapters in books and I felt like in this book, they were extra long. I feel like there’s a lot of information to take in with these books and so the long chapters don’t exactly help for me, especially when I want or need to put the book down as I prefer to finish a chapter rather than stopping in the middle of the book. I’m looking forward to the next book but I would not say it’s in my Top 5 anticipated reads for 2018 just yet.
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