The Bone Season: A Novel (Hardcover)

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I have met
many a first-time author in my days as a bookseller, but few as
interesting and enjoyable as Samantha. She grew up in West London,
studies English Literature at Oxford, and is fascinated by Americans. The
Bone Season
is (amazingly) her first book – the first in a series of
seven books. It has been sold in eighteen countries and the film rights
have been picked up by Andy Serkis's (the actor who plays Golum) film
The Bone Season is set in alternative
history London in the year 2059. London, as well as other major cities of
the world, is controlled by Scion, a security force in place to keep the
“normal” citizens safe from clairvoyants – soothsayers, mediums,
augurs, furies, and others....
The world-building in this book is
astonishing, the characters genuine, the action breathless. The story
unfolds with a surprise around every corner, and I truly couldn't put it
down." ~Heather D.
The full review is Between the Covers

— Heather is our Director of Marketing at Tattered Cover

September 2013 Indie Next List

“Samantha Shannon has created a world that will set your imagination on fire and lure you in so absolutely you will forget your surroundings. You will also be elated to learn this is the first in a 7-book series. Fictional London in the year 2059 is the world of Paige Mahoney, a dreamwalker. Scion is the ruling government. They absolutely reject any type of clairvoyant abilities. If they find you have those skills, you disappear. Paige discovers this is true, but the disappearance is not what she has been led to believe. Mind-bendingly intense, rife with fascinating characters and an all-encompassing plot, The Bone Season will take you on one wild ride. -- Lynn Riggs Books & Company”
— Lynn Riggs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI


The New York Times bestselling first novel in the Bone Season series, an epic fantasy about a young woman fighting to use her powers and stay alive in an England entirely different from our own.

In 2059, Scion has taken over most of the world's cities, promising safety for all the citizens it deems worthy and wiping out clairvoyants wherever it can find them.

Paige Mahoney, though, is a clairvoyant--and a criminal just for existing. Paige is determined to fight Scion's power, and as part of the Seven Seals, Paige has found a use for her powers: she scouts for information by breaking into others' minds as they dream.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

About the Author

Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and graduated from St. Anne's College, Oxford with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2013. The Bone Season is her first novel and has been sold in twenty-one countries. It is being developed for film by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish at Imaginarium Studios.

Follow Samantha Shannon on Twitter @say_shannon and on her blog:

Praise For…

“Truly extraordinary and thrilling.” —Andy Serkis

“[The Bone Season] invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the bucolic mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkien.” —USA Today

“This book is definitely your new crack, full of juicy worldbuilding and heroic weirdness.” —Io9.COM

“Intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing enough to keep me up late to finish...There's a distinct Margaret Atwood wash to Shannon's dystopian universe, and echoes of Anthony Burgess's Clockwork Orange in the colorful lingo.” —

“A dark and exquisitely rendered fantasy unlike anything out there. The Bone Season is a must-read.” —Kami Garcia, coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series

“[A] dazzingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom...the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Rad” —Vanity Fair

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620401392
ISBN-10: 1620401398
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: August 20th, 2013
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: The Bone Season