The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) Review – Samantha Shannon
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. 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.(less)
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury
The Mime Order is the second book in the Bone Season series about a dystopian London where the world is full of people who have special abilities, clairvoyance. Paige Mahoney (AKA The Pale Dreamer) is our main character who is a member of The Seven Seals, a gang of clairvoyant under the mime-lord Jaxon Hall (AKA The White Binder). In this book she is back in London and is the most wanted criminal in the city.
The book starts off right where it leaves off in The Bone Season, on the train escaping from Sheol I.
Her journey in The Mime Order is figuring out how to deal with life now that she knows the truth behind Scion and it’s corruption. She seeks help of the Unnatural Assembly, other mime-lords and mime-queens, for help but things start getting CRAZY! People are dying and she’s getting blamed for it.
She also has to decide who she trusts. Does she trust Jaxon who has saved her life many times, given her a job, money and support? Or does she trust the Rephaim rebels who want to overthrow the Rephaim who are behind the evil in the city? Or does she trust in herself?
This book is set completely in London this time. Because of that we get to know the Seven Seals better. They were only somewhat introduced in The Bone Season but their characters are given much more time in this book.
Paige’s growth: Paige’s life changed when she spent six months in the Sheol I as a slave and it has grown her perspective on life. She can never go back to how things were before.
The Rephaites Rebels:
The Mime Order also gives more light to the group of Rephaim that are not loyal to Nashira Sargas. It’s also a treat to learn more about the Rephaim and where they come from.
Is Warden in the story???? You’ll just have to read and find out.
The story is great, full of complex mystery and lots of adventure. As true to Samantha’s writing, there are lots of newly integrated vocabulary words within the book. A glossary is available in the back of the book for reference if needed.
The Bottom Line:
This book is definitely worth the read. It’s long but she masterfully weaves the story together. The ending of this book was soooo soooo good! And I know I will be itching to read book 3 next year.
I gave this book a 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. From 2010 to 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism.
In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season. Film rights to the novel were optioned by Andy Serkis’s London-based production company The Imaginarium Studios in 2012, and acquired by Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Studios in October 2013. The Bone Season has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Its first sequel, The Mime Order, will hit shelves on 27 January 2015.