The Song RisingWritten by Samantha Shannon
(Bloomsbury USA - 3/7/2017)Series: The Bone Season #3
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC (384 pages)
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 stabilizing 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 . . .
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You’d think, after The Mime Order, I would have expected the intensity with which this book opens, but—hah. Twas a bit of a punch in the gut, and I say that as a good thing! There is no such thing as *anything* going smoothly or easily in Paige’s world and this book has finally made that message sink in for me. D-A-M-N.
There’s a lot going on in The Song Rising, and much of it was painful for SOMEONE. While the urgency and danger didn’t initially come from the sources I had expected, the pace and the demands of this plot do not let up for more than half a breath at any given time. You’ve got to respect characters like Paige and her cohorts for dealing with so much crazy shit all the time. Am I even writing a review here, or does it seem like I’m still just trying to recover? The point is that you will want to keep turning those pages, my friends.
This book definitely had a different feel from the previous two (aside from the intense anxiety, haha), which was a fun change that introduced us to new characters and new ideas. I love that the deeper we get into this series, the more we get to know the different types of voyant skills and possibilities. I think once this whole series is complete, I’m going to do a full read-through, and it’s going to feel amazingly rich and deep and satisfying!
I’d love to say more about my favorite parts of The Song Rising, but I’m keeping my mouth shut due to spoilers. Suffice it to say that this book just strengthened my investment in the series, and the end left me wondering just WHISKEY-TANGO-FOXTROT she’s got planned for the rest of this series, because HOLY SHIT, DUDE. (Have I convinced you to read it yet? I dunno, I may still be slightly incoherent thanks to this book hangover.)