Summary (from Goodreads)
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 for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred 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.
Nothing’s worse than a story without an end.
Hmm. I really really wanted to like this book. The truth is I didn’t like the first half but enjoyed the second, and that makes it quite hard to review. When reading the first half, I struggled to pick the book up, but, for the second half of the book I struggled to put it down.
What didn’t I like about the first half? There was too much information about the world the story was set it, and that made it clunky to read and slow going. At times I felt like I was wading through detail, description and definitions to get to the story.
What did I like about the second half? I’m not sure that the second half of book was any easier to read or any lighter on detail, but the storyline did pick up and that helped both the flow of the plot and its pace. The characters really came into their own (I especially liked Nick, Liss and Julian), there was a lot of action, and the ending was good and worth the effort of working through the slower passages.
If the world-building information had been lighter and perhaps more subtly incorporated into the story, I think this book would have been fantastic. I understand that as the first book set in this world enough information has to be offered to the reader so they can understand what is going on but it felt unnecessarily complicated.
There is, however, no arguing with the fact that the author possesses a great imagination. The parts I enjoyed, I really enjoyed.
Will I read the second book in the series, The Mime Order? Yes, I think I would.
There is a lot to get to grips with in The Bone Season; the cast of characters is vast and there is a lot of terminology that is used throughout (there is a glossary to accompany the story). If you like to become completely immersed in a fantasy / future world, then you will enjoy the level of detail in this book.
As for the rating, I would have given the first half no more than 2 /5, and the second half 4/5, so 3/5 seems like a pretty fair score.