BY THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE
A rebel will become a queen
The amazing third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination
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 stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.
Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…
The third entry in the epic Bone Season paranormal near-future series picks up where 2015's The Mime Order left off, with dreamwalker Paige Mahoney taking her place as the underqueen of London's clairvoyant community. With the totalitarian forces of Scion increasing their choke hold on their territories and seeking to expand their reach, Paige has to rally her people, taking the fight to Scion before it's too late. But first they have to destroy the Senshield, the enigmatic technology capable of exposing the voyants wherever they are. Paige's journey takes her across an increasingly dangerous Britain, where she's forced to rely on unlikely allies, and into the heart of Scion's strongholds, where she confronts an enemy that's able to predict her every move. Shannon's exploration of a futuristic, perilous Europe remains engaging and evocative, especially with the depiction of the so-called Unnatural Assembly and its tradition of catchy, almost folkloric nicknames. The narrative is fueled by a constant sense of tension, as well as both internal and external conflict, but some of the mythology related to the otherworldly Rephaim remains hard to grasp, somewhat diminishing the story's overall strength.