The Mime Order

Samantha Shannon

Published January 27th, 2015 by Bloomsbury

The Bone Season #2

17901125If you thought The Bone Season was a crazy read: well, buckle in my friends, because The Mime Order is absolute insanity.  I tried, I tried so hard to not read this book in one sitting, and I succeeded somewhat!  I read it in three sittings.  Go me!

Reading this series though, is borderline torture.  I just want to get to the end so badly, yet there are 5….FIVE books left to be published (including The Song Rising which is coming out in March 2017 THANK THE LORD). I feel so invested in this story and the characters already, and I can see this series being my next big obsession for the next decade.

What I love, and I find to be one of the more unique aspects of the Bone Season books, is that each new book picks up mere seconds after the last one ended.  There is no ‘six months later’ recap, there is only non-stop action.

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…

photo-oct-13-09-21-08As 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.

Let’s talk about Paige because she is a fantastic main character.  Her development in The Mime Order is so satisfying, and I love her even more than I did at the end of The Bone Season.  She is powerful, which is fantastic, but she also balances this humbleness and this cockiness that is just so attractive as a protagonist.  Paige has this extremely stubborn streak, which I am quite fond of even if it is problematic to the furthering of the plot.  She has these morals and values that I can get behind, which says something since it seems that she is a natural leader.

bone-season-so-farI think though, that my favorite part about Paige is that she doesn’t have that “special snowflake” mentality.  She is trying to save the world, if you will, not because she HAS to, but because she wants to.   It is always refreshing to come across characters that are original and different.

And speaking of different, Warden is quickly becoming one of my favorite male characters ever.  Samantha Shannon absolutely knows what she is doing with his and Paige’s relationship.  It is a torturous slow-burn relationship and I know that I crave every page he appears on, and I cannot be alone in this.

While I could go on and on about how damn irresistible EVERY character in this series yet, I suppose now would be a great time to move on and talk about the ploy and pacing.  Because holy moly guys; this book moves insanely fast.  I am a sucker for a good fight scene, and Shannon delivers in the Battle of the Rose Ring.  My heart was racing, my palms were sweaty, I may or may not have skipped ahead to see what happens so I could just enjoy the damn thing.  (Okay, I actually did do that.)

The overall story that is unfolding in these books is vast, far bigger than The Bone Season would have led us to believe.  I am so relieved and yet terrified that there is so much of this series is unpublished; anything can happen, and I have a feeling Shannon has no intentions of keeping all of my favorite characters around.  The Mime Order is 500 pages but I felt so anxious when I finished, like I needed more of the story immediately.  (Actually I went back and reread The Song Rising prologue and HOLY WOW.)

TBS was good; but TMO was fantastic.  It easily lands in my top five books of 2016, and if you haven’t read this yet, change that.  And what better time than now with book three coming out in 4 short months?!


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