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The Bone Season

Série : The Bone Season, Volume 1
Durée : 14 h et 53 min
4,3 out of 5 stars (4 notations)

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Editors Select, August 2013 - 21-year-old British author Samantha Shannon has been generating a lot of buzz for her debut novel The Bone Season, Book 1 in a projected seven book series. Not surprisingly, a lot of comparisons are already being drawn between Shannon and a certain other British author of a seven book series – J.K. Rowling. Shannon, however, deserves recognition in her own right for creating a fresh, unique world that is simultaneously fascinating and intimidating. The year is 2059, and Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant living in dystopian London. After unintentionally using her rare gift to commit murder, she is kidnapped by the Rephaim, an otherworldly race who have been secretly controlling the government for two centuries. Much like Paige, I found myself unable to escape the reality of the book – I simply could not put it down. Shannon’s epic debut – complete with suspense, paranormal gifts, rebellion, and even a little romance – already has me anxiously awaiting Book 2. In the meantime, I can’t wait to dive back into her world and experience The Bone Season in audio. —Katie, Audible Editor

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The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom, she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

©2013 Samantha Shannon-Jones (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Steph
  • 05/09/2013

Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter

This is a dark but good book. I'm impressed at Samantha Shannon's talent as a debut author. I have read reviews that state that this is the next Harry Potter and it is to be a 7 book series. I've also read reviews that say it is overhyped and for teenagers. I wasn't aware of the hype when I read it, but I will say that if I expected it to be the next Harry Potter I would have been disappointed for a couple of reasons. One it is not for children nor about children. The only similarity I see is that is takes place in an alternative London with a magic system and it will be a seven book series. I believe it is unfair to the book and to Samantha Shannon to set that expectation.

I mentioned this is not a children's book. This is about a 19 year old clarvoyant who works for a criminal underground syndicate. Clairvoyance is unnatural and those with the various abilities are hunted and arrested. There are many twists and turns as you find out why it is outlawed and hunted. It is not simply due to fear of the talent. This book is predominantly about what happens to our protagonist once she is caught.

You need to get through the first few chapters of set up before the story really unfolds. Alana Kerr gives a dry, detached performance that fits the character of the protagonist impeccably. This is one I would prefer to listen to rather than read but you do have to pay attention. Stick to mundane tasks so you can pay attention to the detail.

I found this to be a fresh, not a formulaic dystopian fiction novel, with a unique magic system. I'm excited for the next book and definitely recommend it.

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  • linda
  • 21/08/2013

Engaging, Room for Improvement


Much like the author, I am a card-carrying member of the Harry Potter generation.

I grew up between the pages of JK Rowling’s world of witchcraft and wizardry and eagerly awaited each consecutive installment with the kind of fervor usually reserved for drug addicts and starving men. Given this, it’s not surprising that the media campaign, which toted Ms. Shannon’s series as the new Harry Potter, caught my attention in a powerful way.

After listening to the Bone Season however, I’d have to say that the comparison is unfair to the reader and to the author (and honestly, to JK Rowling too – it seems like there should be a rule against bestowing her name on another writer while she’s still around to claim it).

While Shannon has a dazzling creativity, she hasn't developed the balanced hand that built Hogwarts – so after that initial letdown, I abandoned any preconceptions and considered the book's merits in the context of its own genre.

The novel centers on Paige Mahoney, a reserved young woman who is born into a persecuted class known as the voyants. Outwardly, it seems that the British government has been systematically executing these supernaturally gifted individuals – but as it often goes, not everything is as it appears. When Paige (exceptional even among a population known for its supernal talents) is finally captured, she is not tortured and hung as expected but sent to Oxford. There, a cruel, humanoid race known as the Raheim have enslaved her and her kind for their own purposes.

Ms. Shannon’s expansive world spills out across the pages of The Bone Season in straightforward, confident prose. She constructs an elaborate, dark fantasy through the eyes of a sympathetic and fierce protagonist.


When set against other young adult, dystopian fantasies, this book is a cut or two above the rest.

But, in the end, it lacked universal appeal.


Her characterization and style is occasionally formulaic and often romantic. She relies heavily on familiar archetypes: there’s tall-dark-and-handsome, beautiful-but-evil, rat-faced-schemer - just to name a few. Even her plucky protagonist falls prey to jumbled motives, arbitrary stubbornness, and (repeatedly) the clichéd scene of gravely injured but rescued by a conveniently placed, attractive man.

Fortunately, Shannon is a good story teller - even when relying on worn out tropes, and there are bright patches of a fresh and darkly captivating narrative which make it worthwhile.


Ultimately, would I recommend this book? Yes, whole-heartedly to fans of the genre. Shannon is articulate and intelligent. She possesses a rare and coherent creativity that will no doubt engender a legion of loyal fans.


Will I continue to read the series? I’m undecided.

All told, the Bone Season is a promising start to a career. Shannon is a gifted writer and I have no doubt that the rough edges of her work will smooth out as she grows into her own.

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  • Michael
  • 21/08/2013

A Delicious Future-Fantasy Dystopian Rush!

Lately there have been a menage of literary genre crossovers, such as vampire-heroes, steampunk-aliens, and fantasy detectives. Tragically, many of them are shallow, at best, and frankly are Audible credit wasters. The initial concept may have validation, but either the overall delivery is tepid, or the author gets lost in the created genre, and writes a confusing, three hundred page diatribe explaining the new genre, and the work loses its audience. Hence, many are epic failures.

Not so in "The Bone Season," I'm glad to write.

Here you have a future, fantasy and dystopian mix that never falls short, that sweeps you along, and one audio listen that I heartily recommend.

Okay, I'll quote Audible's description, because if I DON'T, I'm definitely going to give away some very important plot lines that you deserve to discover in the listening of this fantastic audiobook. Here goes, and I quote:

"The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing."

"It is raining the day her life changes forever."

I don't dare add to this - It's that good. This is one time when I WANT to do so. It's a delicious, juicy dystopian rush and romp you won't soon forget, and not want to put down. The heroine is complex and a joy to experience, the characters add wonderfully to the storylines' dynamic, the world created is rich and textured, and the storyline is both unusual and engaging. Overall, a wonderful listen.

This is a rare Audible listener's treat - It's Shannon's first work, and you can say you were there when it happened. In fact, I highly recommend that you listen to this wonderful first book in the series twice.

That's right. TWICE.

You'll better appreciate the author's rich world-building future-fantasy, and love it even more.

It's almost inconceivable that the 21-year-old Shannon wrote "The Bone Season" between classes at Oxford while an undergraduate at the respected university. But, remember, a number of authors have received inspiration from its hallowed halls and quasi-fantasy architecture. Authors such as Ballard, Pullman, and other well known authors have hailed from there, as well. C.S. Lewis and other famed authors have taught there. And that's just touching on the "fantasy" authors. So, she was educated in a hotbed of writing potential, and it obviously rubbed off quite well.

So well that she has a contract for seven books in the Bone series. Well done.

The one drawback to this triumph of a first novel is the narrator. Kerr's good at times, but a bit too lilting occasionally, and the accents tend to mix a bit. However, she doesn't cause a major distraction. Let's hope she improves over time.

This first effort by Shannon has "best-seller" written all over it. My sincere hope is that the seven books in the series fare as well.

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  • Anita St George
  • 15/08/2015

A lot of potential, but ultimately fails

The concept of this book is very interesting - it looks into the future to 2059, and rewrites history back to 1859 when some sort of alien race arrived on Earth. The characters are interesting, and the plot is solid.

HOWEVER. The first 2/3 of the book are essentially ruined by Paige's self-destructive tendencies. "I was starving, but I wouldn't eat because I hated him so much." "I was in incredible pain, but I would refuse the medicine because I hated him so much." "I was thirsty, but I would refuse water because I hated him so much." So, she hated her prison guard because he was her prison guard, and as a result she would basically cut off her nose to spite her face? Her stubbornness and self-destructive inclinations really detracted from what could have been a great story.

And, the narration is just not very good. Perhaps I've been spoiled by recent books I've read with great narration, but Alana Kerr's performance is not very good. Paige constantly sounds weary and downtrodden - fine, but after a while it makes the book weary to listen to.

Because the story itself is so interesting, I understand why a lot of people love this book. But the combination of poor narration and getting beaten over the head by the main character undeserving hatred for her prison guard made this book an overall disappointment for me.

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  • ashlee
  • 17/12/2013

I couldn't put it down!

What made the experience of listening to The Bone Season the most enjoyable?

The story was incredibly gripping and something completely different to anything I've ever read before, and the narration was fantastic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Warden of course, closely followed by Liss

Which character – as performed by Alana Kerr – was your favorite?

Alana Kerr was fantastic with every character (although it did take me a little while to adjust to the Irish accent after listening to the Divergent trilogy). Nashira was by no means my favourite character, but Alana captured her brilliantly.

Any additional comments?

Before listening to this book I had heard a lot of comparisons between Samantha Shannon and JK Rowling which are completely unfair, they are completely different authors with different styles and different stories, though both are incredibly talented.

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  • A. Charlton
  • 05/09/2013

Be patient because its worth it.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bone Season to be better than the print version?

Alana Kerr adds so much to the book with her beautiful accent. Although at times I felt a bit lost by her command of the verbiage, very much alien to me, it added to the feeling of being taken to a new place; a foreign place.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

In the first chapters of the book it moves very fast and I felt I should have a dictionary and perhaps take a few notes - the next thing I know I am no longer a mere voyeur but I
have been captured and I am no longer listening I am in the throws of flux.

What does Alana Kerr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kerr gives you the dialect that makes the words alive rather than flat. I have a wonderful imagination but her voice is so perfect for this book I'm glad I heard it first.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was not brought to tears by this book nor did I ache from laughter. I was able to lose myself, my world vanished completely, and I ended it sitting in my car feeling like I had just returned from a vacation.

Any additional comments?

This is not young adult literature. Don't stress over the first few chapters. Enjoy them.

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  • Marjorie
  • 30/08/2013

Whoa.

What did you love best about The Bone Season?

The concept. Eerie.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

Any Warden moment. He was a tough one to figure out. But I enjoyed trying!

What does Alana Kerr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Actually it would have been all 5's if not for her. I really liked her and she had a detachment in her voice that left me kind of cold. It was incredibly appropriate. HOWEVER, she failed miserably in different voices. Not enough distinction, often I wasn't sure which character was speaking. I wish the director would have given her a note about that.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was heavy. No, not in one sitting. Heavy stuff. Also, I had to go back to the beginning a few times just to get a better understanding of what was going on. When it all clicked, it was great. But in order to appreciate this novel, you have to have an excellent understanding of clairvoyance, how the hierarchy works, and the Rephaites in general. But at the end of the day, SO well worth it. I am anxiously waiting for the second book!

Any additional comments?

This needs to be made into a movie!

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  • Maoberb
  • 03/09/2013

Grabs you towards the end

As far as dystopian novels go, this one is very futuristic and very interesting. It takes a good while to get into the story. The character development isn't great in the beginning, but once the action starts to kick it, the book is hard to put away. Unfortunately, for me, that didn't happen until around chapter 14. You really have to pay attention to character names and personas in this book or it will leave you utterly confused. Chapter 25 had me in tears of empathy for the main character, Paige. Chapter 27 and 28 had me reeling. It's like Samantha Shannon turned a corner in the novel from background development and a sort of slow character development to full on fabulous story telling. I would recommend it, but you need to get through the first few slow chapters to get to the good stuff. It's coming! The narrator, though a tad "bland" is perfect for the part of Paige.

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  • Melvin
  • 08/02/2014

Great imagination...oh so depressing!

I loved the imagination of the author. She build the characters well. But, if a book is a picture into the author's soul...oh is there some darkness there. I had to slog through the pages of depression but it was worth it. Take a look. There are more books coming in this series.

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  • Ron
  • 22/08/2013

Just the beginning

This isn't bad for a debut attempt by a young writer. Samantha Shannon has a seven book deal to continue this series so there will be plenty more books to come. The Bone Season's film rights were bought by The Imaginarium film studios so we will soon see this book brought to the big screen.

There is a lot of hype surrounding this book with people proclaiming that Shannon is the next J.K. Rowling. I don't think that is fair to set the bar so high for this young author, proclaiming that this is going to be as big as J.K. and Harry Potter. I do see potential here but she reminds me more of the young Christopher Paolini and his The Inheritance Cycle series.

I will keep an eye out for her next book in the series because I am interested to see how she develops as a writer and how this world she has created will expand.

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  • querbeet
  • 03/02/2014

Sehr komplex und zu monoton gesprochen

Der wuchtige, komplexe Auftakt zu einer 7-teiligen Buchreihe, die uns in eine prächtige andere Welt entführt. Die Geschichte um die übersinnlich begabte Paige, die als 'Sklavin' in die Dienste des Rephait Warden gerät, wird viele Jugendliche und auch Erwachsene begeistern. Dieser erste Teil gerät dabei etwas zu komplex, zu handlungsarm, zu dialoglastig und ist nur mit Nachschlagen, Zurückblättern und dem Erlernen neuer 'Fachterminologie' zu bewältigen. Alles kein Problem - wenn man THE BONE SEASON als gedrucktes Buch in die Hand nimmt, und nicht in dieser englischen Hörbuchversion. Ohne Glossar geht es nicht gut. 'Nebenher hören' ist keine gute Idee, und eine monotone Sprecherin macht es in diesem Fall auch nicht besser. Vielleicht ist die deutsche Hörbuchversion , gesprochen von Laura Maire, ja geeigneter? Die Hörprobe klingt sehr lebendig, und da gibt es dann auch eine PDF dazu.

Ich rate jedenfalls zu voller Konzentration und einer blätter-fähigen Version von THE BONE SEASON. Oder einer anderen Hörversion mit 'Extras' zum Konsultieren. Dann wird das eher was.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Amelie
  • 26/02/2015

Schlecht gelesener Schrott

Der Inhalt an sich ist schon wohl nur für ausgewiesene fantasyfans erträglich, die monotone Stimme von Alana Kerr , die ohne jegliche Unterschiede in Stimmlage, Tempo und Betonung Sentenz runterleiert, gibt dem
Ganzen den Rest.