The Bone Season: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 20, 2013 - Fiction - 466 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - Bodagirl - LibraryThing

While the ideas behind this clairvoyant-laden world are intriguing, the execution of describing the ins and outs leaves a lot to be desired. Shannon vacillates between defining her world's jargon and ... Read full review

THE BONE SEASON

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A futuristic novel that presents an alternative universe of seers, soothsayers and even such esoterica as rhabdomancers—and their enemies.The year is 2059—using the Scion calendar, that is—and the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
20
Section 3
33
Section 4
48
Section 5
60
Section 6
80
Section 7
97
Section 8
108
Section 17
231
Section 18
246
Section 19
265
Section 20
278
Section 21
291
Section 22
315
Section 23
327
Section 24
342

Section 9
114
Section 10
129
Section 11
154
Section 12
168
Section 13
180
Section 14
192
Section 15
206
Section 16
220
Section 25
354
Section 26
371
Section 27
388
Section 28
404
Section 29
430
Section 30
455
Section 31
465
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About the author (2013)

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: www.samanthashannon.co.uk

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