Title: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format Read: Paperback, 528 pages
Publication Date: 27th January 2015 by Bloomsbury Australia
Synopsis: “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.”
The Mime Order is a brilliant sequel to one of my favourite reads of 2013. The Bone Season left us on a mild cliffhanger where Paige, some of the voyants and her seven seals have escaped from Sheol I. The book picks up from where it was left off in book one, and we jump right back into the midst of fear and trepidation as no one knows what’s awaiting them back in Scion London. Whereas the first book focused on Scion’s massive secret – Sheol I – The Mime Order sees Paige back in the midst of the syndicate as she tries to warn her fellow voyants about the Rephaites and their grip on the government. Without a voice within the syndicate however, Paige resumes her position as Jaxon Hall’s mollisher for safety and (limited) power as Nashira and Scion hunts for her.
The Mime Order was a wonderful sequel with a slow burning story. While the first book brought us the workings of clairvoyance, its sequel gives the reader a better understanding of the syndicate and how it works. I must say I was a lot more interested in the syndicate and how each mime lord and mime queen works together in a somewhat synergised way. These gangs are brutal and everyone has a secret to hide – Paige does not trust anyone, especially when she discovers Warden has been taken prisoner in one of the most infamous mime lords’ section. When the underlord is found brutally murdered, Paige decides the best way to rally the voyants together is to become the next underqueen of the syndicate. However, Jaxon Hall also wants that position and Paige struggles between her loyalty for the man that saved her from the streets, and the threat of Nashira.
The Mime Order is rich in details and Samantha Shannon delivers another brilliant book that is rich in history and action. I really enjoyed the story and getting to know the workings of the syndicate because it’s such a multifaceted organisation. Shannon does not skimp on anything, and the result is a very realistic world that can definitely stand on its own. All the characters – old and new – have a vital role within the book, and you as the reader work alongside Paige as she attempts to figure out who she can and cannot trust. There are so many layers to each character and alliances are made and broken left and right.
Shannon’s series has a very unique pacing that works well for the story. I can’t exactly describe it, but if you’ve read the books then I’m sure you’ll understand. While the pacing works well overall, I must say that for me personally it was a little slow. I guess I could say it lacked urgency for a story that aims to start a revolution. This is definitely a personal issue as I prefer fast paced plots over slower ones, so it would not affect anyone else’s enjoyment.
The ending was very satisfying, but evil as well! There is a HUGE twist on the final pages that make me want to grabby hands for the next book already. I’m seriously still in a mild shock from what happened and I have no idea how I’m going to wait a year for the next installment. WHY, Samantha, WHY?!
The Mime Order – great sequel, must read.
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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