Book Review: The Song Rising

Posted March 8, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment

Book Review: The Song RisingThe Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #3
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on March 7th, 2017
Genres: new adult, adult, science fiction, dystopia, fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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…

It’s really hard to review middle books of a series so I’m going to keep it short and simple. If you aren’t already reading this series, what do I need to do to convince you to pick it up? I know a seven book series is a lot, but the author has already published three of those seven books so you know she’s committed, and hey, Harry Potter was a seven book series, and this series is almost that good, in my opinion. It’s completely different, of course, and the only thing it has in common with HP is the seven book length.

What this series has that I think readers may be interested in:

~ An angsty, forbidden lovers, secret romance. It’s never the most prominent thing about the book though. The romance was barely there in book two, but it’s back fairly strong in The Song Rising with quite a bit of added angst. Paige is human and Warden is a Rephaite, and the idea of a Rephaite touching a human is highly frowned upon among humans and found to be disgusting among the Rephaite. They have to keep their relationship secret from all, and in this installment, some people are starting to catch on, which adds an interesting element to the romance.

~ Excellent world building. No, this goes beyond excellent. It’s something from another realm, no pun intended. Though I do sort of like the pun. It’s a well thought out blend of science fiction, dystopia, and fantasy. The author has made some interesting changes to ghosts and the spirit realm, or what humans guess about them anyway. Cold spots are completely different. Ghosts are a completely different thing altogether. The way clairvoyants can spool and control ghosts is interesting to me. Then you have the Republic of Scion, Scion London, and the feud between voyants and the controlling government. We get to see different Scion Citadels in The Song Rising, and from the way the book ends, we will get to see even more in the next book.

~Characters. It’s amazing to me how many different characters are in this book. Some are in all three, and some we only see every so often, but they are almost all memorable, and thankfully the author writes book recaps on her website so you can give yourself a refresher before you start reading again. This was incredibly helpful as this one was immediately confusing when I started it and thankfully I had that recap to remind me of what I couldn’t remember. Look, obviously, I like Paige the best, but I really enjoyed Maria and Tom in this novel as well. It’s amazing how you can get attached to characters in books.

What didn’t work for me:

Not that much, actually. It was a little tough for me to get back into the world and it was a bit slow at the beginning, and honestly, a little boring. But that’s just me. Once it got going though and View Spoiler » I was interested.

I guess I expected a little more from the ending, considering how book two ended. And I’m not talking about the fact it ended on a cliffhanger, but the twist. This one did have a twist and I liked it a lot, but I had an inkling that something like that was coming, so it wasn’t as much of a twist for me. I guess it just didn’t live up to the same level as The Mime Order. That said, it was still a really solid, well-written novel and I love this series. It will be a looooonnng wait for the next one.


One response to “Book Review: The Song Rising

  1. I am so excited for The Song Rising! I was going to do a Bone Season re-read to prepare myself, but time was not on my side. 🙂 Glad to know things are getting good.

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