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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prPaige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided....

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The Mime Order Reviews

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-03-17 14:01

    Rating: 4.5 starsSO MUCH ACTION! I loved how fast-paced this was, the stakes are raised and tension is high.

  • Debby
    2019-03-23 11:50

    5 starsIt's important to note that I'm sitting down to write my review of The Mime Order roughly three weeks after finishing the book. The reason for this is quite simply that I was stunned, speechless, and didn't know how I could possibly convey in words just how amazing this book (and this series) is. How do you do epic perfection justice?? HOWW???? HELP ME, BENNYKINS.OKAY THANK YOU.In the interest of full disclosure, I have met Samantha Shannon and we are Twitter friends. Seriously, she's a super awesome, amazing, generous person, but I don't feel like that should invalidate my opinion that I think she's a truly brilliant writer. I was already impressed with her skill in The Bone Season, but The Mime Order blew me away. From page one, I was sucked into the story, into this wonderfully vivid world that I just can't get enough of, and it never let me go. I don't know what it is, but something about her writing style just captivates me. I could easily lose track of time reading her books, because there's such beautiful subtleties that I could analyze forever. Plenty of post-its found their way into my ARC, and I already want to go back and reread to find even more beautiful passages that I probably undoubtedly missed. Can't get enough!Quite possibly I literally showered my ARC with kisses. Ahem.But a lot of my addiction stems from the beautiful, complex world building. I think one of the biggest weaknesses of the first book (or the only one I could find, really) was that the world was so complex that there were a lot of (necessary) infodumps. Now, with the world established, we can sit back and enjoy it. And woah. It's so richly detailed and immersive. I've seldom really had this feeling that an author has transported me to a completely different place, but The Mime Order did it. The settings are expertly detailed - it felt like I was there. The criminal underworld was so interesting with its power dynamics and social conventions. More politics came into play as well, making it even more intriguing! And history played a role, pretty much making this into an brilliantly plotted alternate history! And, of course, there's the clairvoyance, the Rephaim, and the Netherworld, which I just want to know everything about. Seriously, I can't get enough of this world. It's so impressive.The plot is a very slow build, and some readers may have issues with that. The world building sometimes seems to take dominance over the plot, but that's because that is Samantha Shannon's craftsmanship at work. And it is excellent. She sets up the pieces perfectly, illustrating how her society works and what the significance of the plot is, and then in the end she blows you away. Every single scene is purposeful. There's the obvious moments, with murder, mystery, and scheming, but even the quieter moments are important in the long run. And even if you think it's slow, it's worth it to get to the end - which definitely isn't.But before that, I need to profess my undying love for these characters. Paige has absolutely stolen my heart. She completely sucks me into her point of view. I marvel at her bravery, I admire how carefully she plots against Jaxon, and I'm constantly impressed by how she balances what is morally right with what is accepted. She has her flaws, which make her even more endearing, because in the sense of "hero" stories, she has greatness thrust upon her. She's somewhat of a chosen one but a reluctant one. She gradually grows into that role, conquering her weaknesses and accepting responsibility for all the voyants. Seeing everyone else's inaction motivates her to be the catalyst for change and... I absolutely love that. It's not a given either that she's the strongest ever - though arguably her dreamwalker status makes her the strongest voyant, that power has its vulnerabilities as well, and she has to work on it just like everyone else.And then, of course, there's Warden. Oh Warden. He's wonderfully dark and mysterious, of course, but it's mostly that magical bond between him and Paige that just has me sitting on the edge of my seat any time he's mentioned. His presence makes me get all heart-eyed, and the chemistry between them is electric. I have no words, really. My ship is spectacular. Romance never takes dominance over the story, but it's such a wonderful addition and I just cannot get enough. I wish THAT ONE SCENE didn't fade to black, because vagueness in romance is my enemy, but, well, I could fill in the blanks in my mind - no problem.OH, NO WORRIES, I DID.The secondary characters, while clearly in secondary roles, really create a wonderful cast to support the story. I'm always intrigued by Jaxon Hall, although he can be SO GODDAMN FRUSTRATING at times. Paige and Jaxon clearly butt heads a couple times in The Mime Order, which creates an interesting relationship and power dynamic. I can ponder endlessly about his motivations though - he's such a complex character. Nick is also such a great friend for Paige, and I'm so happy that they are able to be so close in spite of Paige's old crush on him. Bonus points to Nick's ship - because not only are they adorable (and sometimes heartbreaking), but it makes me so happy to have an LGBT side-ship in a fantasy/sci-fi novel. Hell. Yes.So. Finally. The ending was absolute stunning perfection. A lot of this book may be slow to some people, but it's building up to something completely amazing. You want an action-packed battle? The Mime Order delivers. And damn, it was thrilling and vivid, and it brilliantly incorporated physical and mental strength. Paige fights with everything she's got - and she's not completely invulnerable, so you best believe I was on the edge of my seat, scared for her. It was a roller-coaster ride, and I couldn't let go of the book anymore until I'd finally finished it.But even when you think it's over, Samantha Shannon has one last twist up her sleeve. It's not exactly a cliffhanger, but it's the perfect kind of ending. One last reveal to send you reeling. I actually sat there, jaw dropped, just staring at the last sentences for a while. In the following days, I kept thinking about it - what a game changer it is and what it meant for the series. It gave me chills. I know Samantha had to rewrite that ending about 8 times, but I can say with full certainty that SHE FUCKING NAILED IT. The extra wait was worth it. Perfection. Absolute perfection. Can I have book 3 now please? asdfjkl;asdjfkl;asdjfkl;Summing Up:Samantha Shannon has done it again - and I would even say she's outdone herself, because I liked The Mime Order even more than I already loved The Bone Season. She writes pure magic, and her world building and plotting show such careful, expert craftsmanship that I'm an addict and I need more. Paige and Warden are so freaking dear to my heart, with all their flaws, complexities, and that undeniable chemistry. I'm fully invested in this series, so the fact that there are still FIVE more books to come might even sound like not enough to me, but okay. No matter what, I'm sure Samantha Shannon has a bright writing career ahead of her, and I'll be picking up ANYTHING she puts out. They may be extremely chunky books, with slow builds and long wait times in between, but so far I can say it is so worth it.I hope I even somewhat did this book justice and have convinced you guys to definitely put it on your to-read lists. If you're a fan of complex world building, excellent characters that get you rooting for them, and wonderfully vivid writing, you won't regret it.GIF it to me straight!Dear Samantha,Recommended To:My mind says fans of Libba Bray, Laini Taylor, and/or any kind of complex, dark fantasy;my heart says EVERYONEEEEEEE.*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the contents of the review.

  • Maxwell
    2019-03-02 13:48

    First read: October 20-26, 2014Re-read: August 23-26, 2016First of all, thank you Bloomsbury for sending me an ARC of this book! It is my most highly anticipated book of 2015 (it was supposed to come out at the end of October but got pushed back. I was beyond thrilled to read this early, and all the thoughts in this review are mine. If you haven't read The Bone Season, the first book in this series, go do that now! This review won't have spoilers, but I just highly, highly recommend this series and want everyone to get started on it! This is only book two of either six or seven books! It's going to be an epic series, as evidenced by the large scale world of books one and two already.The Mime Order picks up immediately after the end of The Bone Season, literally. The action-packed pacing of the first book continues right into the start of this one, and then it slows down a bit from there. What I loved most about this book was the development of characters and Scion London that I was hoping to see more of in the first book. Now that Paige is back with the Seven Seals in London, we get more of a glimpse as to what she does for her mime-lord, Jaxon Hall, who is one of the most snarky, vile characters that I love to hate.Paige is such a great narrator for this series. She is tough but not invincible. She is smart, intuitive, but emotional and flawed. Her interactions with people are so genuine, and I really hope at some point we get even more insight into her childhood in Ireland.The only qualms I had with this book were that I wish we had more Nick & Paige conversations. I understand that this being the second book in a large series means this one had to do even more setting up for the series than the first one did, and it did a wonderful job at that!After that ending and everything that happened in this book, the third one is going to be insane!Overall, this series is proving to quickly become my favorite series ever. It is original, the voyant system is so unique, and I love the world that Samantha Shannon has built. It excites me to think of more and more books coming to develop this story more! Seriously, pick up this series ASAP.

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-03-11 14:51

    If you compare the opening of this to the absolute awful opening of the Bone Season you can see the author has improved, slightly. The awkward and overbearing information dumps are almost gone entirely. This allows us to try and piece the information together a little more; it gives the novel a more show than tell feel. That’s all well and good, but the novel is still very poor. This is the last book in the series I’ll readAfter reading the first book in the series I recognised that it was the author’s first novel, so I was willing to give her a second shot. I was hoping she would improve more than she did. I think the main problem with her style is that when writing a novel of this type the narrative needs to be concise. This, however, was elongated. If this material was in the hands of a more skilled writer it would have been much better, and considerably shorter with a tighter feel to it. Indeed, this novel waffles on and is unnecessarily packed out. I sincerely regret giving her a second chance because this book is awful, and so is the first one. Moreover, the characters are flat and predictable. The romance route that is continued in this novel is just plain weak and quite appalling. It made me view the protagonist of this novel as quite docile and generally speaking just a doormat. Where is her fight? She lets herself become controlled again, and is blind to the manipulation of her Mimelord. One scene in particular emphasised the deplorability of her character; she request a meeting with head of crime in the city and when she meets them she literally stands there whilst they beat the crap out of her. Fair enough, she is overwhelmed and can’t fight back, but she doesn’t even mention the reason she requested the meeting in the first place. She just stands there, so it was a very frustrating momment.Ridiculous slang There is far too much jargon in here that it borders on the absurd. Many words feel out of place in their context and at times just come across as plain stupid. There is even a glossary in the back of the book to assist the reader. Who when reading a book wants to look up the meaning of words such as Rottie, Glossolalia and Boundling? It’s just plain nonsense. Every few pages there is a reference like this, and not all of them are even explained it the glossary. I think a little bit of slang is ok, if used moderately. But, when too much is used it leaves you with a feeling of alienation with the novel. I mean, you’d never read words like this again unless you picked up the next instalment in this terrible series. Suffice to say, I hated this book. I can’t actually get over the fact that there is going to be seven books in this series. Who wants to read seven books of flat characters, ridiculous slang and plain poor plotting? Not me, that’s for sure. Thus, I gave this a deserved 1 star rating.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-22 14:03

    1.) The Bone Season ★★★ Would me writing "I hate Jaxon Hall" over and over again be an acceptable review? Because that's honestly how I'm feeling right about now. “A boy who begged for books and pens as often as he did for coin. A boy with arms torn to ribbons by fingernails, plotting his escape from poverty.”The Mime Order picks up right where the The Bone Season leaves off, and I mean exactly how it leaves off: our group is on the train, and their escape from Sheol I didn't go quite as planned. I was filled with so much excitement; I couldn't wait to see what would happen when Paige and the gang returned to London! Yet, to my remorseful surprise, after the action packed opener the book felt pretty stagnant for quite some time. My biggest issue with this book: Warden didn't show up until after 40% of the way through this book. Like, if a ton of exciting things were going on during that 40% to make up for Paige and Warden's amazing dynamic being missing than I would have been fine, but the story only started getting good, in my opinion, once Warden showed up. The first 40% was dull and uneventful. Yeah, later those dull and uneventful moments became something great, but it was still a little bit of work to force myself to read on. The best part of this book: The exploration of how this shady government group is deceiving everyone. They are spewing lies and hate, and making everyone afraid of each other, while trying to cover-up that they are working alongside an even worse evil. “Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.”The problems I had with information-dumping in The Bone Season subsided completely. These characters and this alternative London is starting to feel like home, and I really enjoyed that. As far as new characters and locations, I loved reading about Jacob's Island and the Jacobites. It felt just like Ketterdam from Six of Crows to me. I was so enthralled so fast, and I didn't nearly get enough of it. Please, give me more Wynn Jacob and more of this island in book three!I love the ragtag group that is known as The Seven Seals. Well, obviously I have issues with one of those Seals (and two others at the end), but I love their dynamic as a whole. The fourth scrimmage in the history of the London Syndicate gave me all the feels. Like, I reread that scene three times because I freaking loved it that much. The angst, the betrayal, the quick thinking, the cleaver mechanics, the waiting to see who chose what side, I loved it all! The ending, for as much as it brought me rage, was amazing. It made me so thankful I received an ARC of the The Song Rising, and it made me want to ignore all of my scheduled February reading and start it immediately. So, that is pretty impressive and quite the hype I'm putting on it. Hopefully, it doesn't let me down, because I have super high hopes for it and the Black Moth!“Words are everything. Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.”Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  • Jess
    2019-03-09 14:58

    How do you convey your feelings for a beautifully complex tale that brings ace character growth, world building, philosophical ideas and tinge of romance? Basically, you don’t. Not really.When you look at the brick that is The Mime Order, you’re bound to be intimidated. Intimidation festers into stress which then turns into my favourite pastime—feigning ignorance. AKA pretending that it doesn’t exists until the very last second, further perpetuating stress levels and ensuring bounteous hair loss (how I still have hair is beyond me. My babies fall out like I’m a shitzu and it’s shedding season come early.) Against all odds (or perhaps not, I’ve been known to look past info dumping), I adored The Bone Season to bits. The world was delectable, albeit fed in plentiful doses. The characters delightful tragic, dark and mysterious. The circumstances dismal and layered in political lies. But a girl doesn’t forget info dump, not such an unprecedented amount. And so when I saw the size of The Mime Order, I let it stew. I sat on that arc for months and months while others raved and took to the world wide web. But once I managed to hype myself up and sit down with the copy, making the tragically amateur mistake of reading at midnight, before work, I was hooked. Eye stinging aside, I devoured this book with no regrets. Fear not, for that world building has just paved way for a riveting fantasy world. I get it. Fantasies are always hard to crack into once you’ve waited a year or two, and the high of the previous book has died off. Oh, I get it. Couple that with a heinous attempt at memory retention and you have me. I am as bad as it gets. I’m stubborn and am constantly in a battle against time. I don’t do refreshers. I don’t reread. And when you think of The Bone Season, you’d think, Jess, you really dug a hole for yourself this time. Guess who wasn’t confused, at all. Far from it. By some miracle unheard of, everything just clicked. So you know what? For once in my goddamn life, I’m going to thank the previous instalment for it’s bounty of information because it seemed to have ingrained a thing or two in me. Like muscle memory (you get me, don’t you?) The world of Scion, the Netherworld, it is all so crisp, so detailed in my mind. Returning was blissful. Shannon has crafted a world so rich in detail. It is immersive. She’s taken her world and made it almost tangible. Scion, itself, is not a beautiful place. It is dark, desolate, desperate. It is so tightly choked by a leash, so indoctrinated by rules and lies fed by its governing body, its people oppressed and living content—complacent—purely out of fear. And thus, it is a feeding ground for corruption, for the power and allure of the dollar bill, for food that is greater than a grain of rice. Power is money. And for the Unnatural Assembly, that is all it takes to keep the resident clairvoyants, the oppressed from society, in line. The Mime Order brings a forth a plot that unfolds at its organic speed. You may think me deluded for a second. Organic? Has she lost her mind? Mind me not, I purely mean, The Mime Order and its events unfold at a speed that feels natural and authentic to its aim, its story, its tale—the tale of Paige, the lies, of the corruption, of the people living in fear of those orchestrating history. That being said, in normal terms, the plot builds slowly. It’s a speed that I mind not, but I can see it bothering a fair few of you. While I think it a necessity, it may be a factor hindering enjoyment for some. But keep in mind, every scene, every piece of dialogue, every description has a purpose. While it builds slowly, the plot remains delicious and multilayered. I admire the main character with my every fibre. What a tenacious, strong willed and intelligent lady. She knows a little thing or two about patience (something that I need to take notes on), and it’s captivating to see her bravery as she undergoes her journey for justice. Paige is not without her flaws, but it only makes her an even more multifaceted character. In the world dancing comfortably in the grey area, she understands her morals, her beliefs, far beyond any one else. She has tunnel vision and it’s aimed at justice. In The Bone Season, Paige had her bildungsroman. She woke up from smelling the flowers and realised that the world was caked in lies and money, greed and power. And she realised, maybe it’s not as cracked out as it used to be. While Jaxon and the rest of I-4 live happily under the allusion of yesterday, Paige lobbies, desperately, for justice. And she understands the risks she must take in order to achieve a voice, to ignite a flame. I also loved all the secondary characters. It’s a stark difference to a cast that you’d be used to. It’s because everybody has a price. We’re talking about a cast who a driven away from society, forced to be lured into the magnetism of the dollar bill.“You helped me.”“Do not labour under the illusion that I am a bastion of moral goodness, Paige. That would be a dangerous venture.” All her characters are dark. They have pasts. They are flawed. But that doesn’t mean that they’re unlikable, that we, the audience, would be repelled. It’s a different cast up for offer and it’s a brilliant one. Let’s talk romance for a second here. I know y’all. Let me ease that curiosity. While some were repelled by the romance in The Bone Season, I rather enjoyed it. Because it employed the whole antagonism to lust and lastly, to care (that’s right kiddos, I won’t say love. I didn’t think it was love by any means. Not the whole crazy let me throw myself in front of a train even though, hey ho, I lived millenniums without knowing you.) Warden is a mysterious figure. With semi questionable intentions, which were, I suppose, good at heart (hey now, I’m not justifying anything that he’s done). He’s not a good man. Far from it. He watched as his race kidnapped and enslaved humans. He was passive throughout, bidding his time. He didn’t agree with the methods, with the radicalism, but he wasn’t an active saviour. Warden sees the bigger picture. He wants liberation for all. He wants that unattainable greater good, the idealistic vision. And he’s not afraid to sacrifice a few lambs here and there on his way there. They’re a means to an end. But Paige kind of completes him. I won’t say change because she doesn’t, not really. But having Paige there has meant that Warden’s widened his horizons, learnt to see the glass both ways—half empty and full. And that’s all you can ask for, really. So the romance in The Mime Order? It had me oozing all over the place because it was vague, slow burning, an exploration of feelings that were so pumped with lust but also inclusive of care. There’s an attraction, an undeniable pull (which also puts them into a difficult position seeing as they’re from two races pitted against one another, and with a history of a slaver/slavee relationship) but also this need to understand the fact that this connection runs deeper. And it’s beautiful, seeing the two slowly explore that—seeing them cross barriers, learn a little about themselves. The thing is, the romance is never overwhelming. Ladies and gents, we do not, for a second, sacrifice plot for romance. As always, Shannon ends with a stunningly dramatic, and highly shocking cliffhanger. One that had me snap the book close, chuck it to the side and blank out for a moment. That’s what I want from a book. That’s how you take your plot places. Shannon is building a heck of an empire out of her story. It’s a slow crescendo, the journey to liberation always is, and Shannon is taking us on one heck of a ride. The Mime Order is stunning as a sequel. All the pieces slot into place. Sure, you may be in the dark, grasping for a familiar figure in the first few chapters or so. But once it clicks, oh boy, does it click. There’s no turning back with this series. It’s dark, deep and dangerously delectable. The Mime Order is mesmerising. Let loose, look for a bracket of time, and sit back and devour this series. Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All quotes used were obtained from uncorrected proof that is subject to change in the final publication._____________________________Bone Season had me apprehensive. Mime Order has me sold. That's right, willing, unwilling, I don't care. I just want more of this series. Review To Come Please excuse me while I go and nurse my betrayal, alright. That, up there, is legitimately me, for the past day or so. This world remains dense and rich in detail, multifaceted and brilliantly concocted with a series of characters who are dark and flawed and swayed by the powers of consumerism. Basically, everything I want in a book.

  • Andie
    2019-03-12 08:56

    4.5 stars Ahh that plot twist! This is slowly becoming a favorite series of mine. Took awhile longer than the first book to become fully immersed but once I hit that stride there was no stopping! The world building is insane and leaves much to still be explored. Paige is an awesome heroine and I can't wait to see her kick some more ass. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Warden, though, and a bit more romance ;) All in all a really solid sequel.

  • Nanna
    2019-03-10 10:46

    I can't even begin to express how badly I need the next book. I mean really! what am I to do?!*cries*join me! read this book and the first one! it's amazing and you will not regret it one bit!

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-11 08:57

    Read this review and more on my blogIn a nutshell: The Mime Order was quite a slow read that I struggled with at times, but for the most part it was an enjoyable and strong sequel.The Mime Order is set in the same epic world we were introduced to in The Bone Season, taking place immediately after the ending of the latter. While it is naturally reminiscent of the first book, the tone is quite different. She might have escaped Sheol I but Paige is still in danger and there's lots of sparks in the voyant world. The Mime Order is a story of action, magic, criminals and a rising revolution. The final pages make you wish book #3 wasn't so far away. Just as The Bone Season was the introduction, The Mime Order is the build-up. Only two books into a seven-book-long series, everything so far is alluding to something big.My favourite thing about this series by far is its world. The world is so rich and intricate, and it was a pleasure to return to it again. It is reminiscent of historical London with the author's own brilliant twist. When I'm reading, I'm transported to Scion through Samantha Shannon's words and I love that about these books.However, as much as I do like the world-building, I did struggle with the pacing of The Mime Order. This book is even longer than The Bone Season and while I do tend to love long books, sometimes I think this one could have potentially coped with 100 or so less pages. It was only really the final 100 pages or so that truly gripped me to the point where I literally could not put the book down until I'd finished. My reading experience for the first big chunk was different and a lot slower, which normally isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there were times towards the middle when I really struggled to motivate myself to keep reading. Once I powered through that, it was great and the last section left me breathless.The characters in this series are complex and well-written, though I noticed the most growth in the protagonist, Paige. A lot has happened to her since the start of the previous book and I admire her strength. I still don't feel like I properly know or understand her just yet, but as each book is released, I think I'm getting closer. I had similiar issues with the other characters. Warden remains a mystery and his role in The Mime Order was not necessarily a large one, which surprised me. I'm not really a fan of the romance but it's toned down. I wish that the minor characters could be developed more, though Nick remains my favourite - I loved his (few) scenes - and Jaxon is a character I love to hate. I'm not necessarily fond of him, but I do love the way he is written, especially his dialogue. Something I love about these books are their covers and general appearance. The covers are eye-catching and beautiful, and I have a thing for books with maps, lists, tables, etc. The butterfly theme is lovely. The glossary at the back is helpful too for all of the terms and slang specific to the world. (I did not actually need to refer to it while I was reading this one - maybe because I'd read the Recaptains post of the first book - but it helped a lot with The Bone Season.)Everything that made the first book an enjoyable read for me was reflected - and maybe even improved on - in The Mime Order. While I do have a few issues with these books, they're really enjoyable reads and I'm looking forward to returning to the world again in the future. I'd definitely recommend The Bone Season to fans of fantasy and sci-fi/dystopian novels, and if you enjoyed the first book then you really need to check out this sequel!Source: PublisherI received this book from Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for an honest reviewBefore Reading:EDIT: I have a physical copy too, thanks to Bloomsbury. It's so beautiful! I got approved for this on NetGalley! I really enjoyed reading The Bone Season and I'm so excited to read this.

  • Caitlin
    2019-03-08 07:45

    3.5 stars!The ending was really cool and I'm so excited for the next book!However, this book definitely suffered from second book syndrome for me. I was honestly starting to skim some sections due to boredom and then I ended up completely confused as to what was going on. I'm definitely way more confused than I was in book 1 and I found this book honestly not as good as I expected. I feel like this book was a lot of running around in the same circles and could have been shorter but hey that's just me. I also wish the chapters weren't so long because it really put me off reading it. Overall a good book but not what I had expected and it definitely dragged in parts

  • Chloe
    2019-03-22 07:39

    WHAT THE HECK. I'm so glad the third book is out because I need to continue this series!! That ending was so unexpected and this entire book took the great beginning of The Bone Season and amped everything up! The world-building and understanding of everything was expanded, and in this book we learn more about the politics of the crime world that Paige is a part of. I adored the plot and the way we see her developing and growing stronger. I love the Victorian influences that make their way into this book too, such as the inclusion of penny dreadfuls. This version of London is so interesting and easy for me to picture.I really enjoy every character in this series, even the awful ones, because they're well-written and feel realistic in the world. Nothing in this book bothered me? I am just really enjoying this series.

  • Alyssa
    2019-02-25 09:40

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***The Mime Order by Samantha ShannonBook Two of The Bone Season seriesPublisher: BloomsburyPublication Date: January 27, 2015Rating: 4 starsSource: eARC from NetGalleySummary (from Goodreads):Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.What I Liked:I really enjoyed The Bone Season. I put off reading the book for so long, because of all the hype surrounding the novel. It's immensely popular in the UK, as well as in the United States. But when I finally read it, I loved it! I was intrigued by the intricate and complicated world - I hadn't read too many novels like The Bone Season. Nevertheless, I think this sequel did the first book justice, and I'll definitely be impatiently waiting for book three.In this novel, Paige has escaped the penal colony, and returned to SciLo, to the syndicate, to her mime-Lord, Jaxon. He doesn't want her to spread word of the Rephaim's existence, but she wants the syndicate to know. Certain events are set in motion - the syndicate Underlord is murdered, and a new Underlord (or Underqueen) must take his place. Meanwhile, EVERYONE is looking for Paige - or The Pale Dreamer - or the human that consorted with a Rephaim. The streets are more and more dangerous for her, but she will stop at nothing to bring justice to the clairvoyants who were taken, and to warn the syndicate of the existence of the Rephain - with or without the Rephaim (in particular, Arcturus, who has yet to be found).This book definitely gets off to a slow start. The sampler that was available on NetGalley featured about 20% of the book, which is a solid chunk! I had read the sampler a few months ago, and wasn't all that satisfied or impressed. However, after certain events occurred, I was hooked. Once the Rephain came back into the picture (and I'm talking about Rephaim that aren't Arcturus, actually), things started to pick up.There was all kinds of high stakes and sneaking around and straight-up MESS, in this book. Paige was constantly going behind Jaxon's back, meeting with other Sheol I fugitives, or meeting with the Rephaim, or doing things that she didn't want Jaxon - or anyone - to know about. My heart was literally pounding every time she went sneaking about - Jaxon really didn't seem like a person to piss off. I mean, the state of affairs with the Rephaim is pretty important, but Paige needed Jaxon's protection. Which she quickly finds out.As with book one, the world-building in this book is intricate and impeccable. This book takes place completely in London, but you really get a feel for the futuristic city. Mention of the Americas is in this book, which I thought was nice - it put the setting of this book into perspective.There is very little of the Rephaim in this book, yet their presence is always known, like an undercurrent. Nashira isn't present in this book, and several key Rephaim do not appear until about midway through the book. As for Arcturus... don't worry, he's in this book. Check out my blog on Thursday (December 18th), if you want to see a fun scene between Arcturus and Paige.Okay, so, the romance. Honestly, I'm a huge fan of the romance. Arcturus (a.k.a. Warden, so no one gets confused) doesn't appear until more than halfway through the book. And even then, Paige and Warden kind of put a wall between themselves, because Warden is marked by the Rephaim, now that Nashira told everyone that he was "consorting with a human". BUT. The chemistry/physical/emotional connection between Paige and Arcturus is so obvious and burning and THERE, so, don't you worry about the romance. I love the progression of the romance, even if it feels like it isn't there.I like Paige. She's very tough, and not just physically. She makes some incredibly difficult decisions, like going behind Jaxon's back, about many things. Honestly, I'd probably be very docile and most likely hiding, if I had a choice. But she totally stands up to the Sargas family, to SciLo, to the syndicate.I'm quite pleased with this sequel. It was slow, but much happened in this book. A LOT happened, really, in small chunks, spread over a long book. The ending is kind of a slap in the face. No, a punch in the face. Holy guacamole. Book three book three book three!What I Did Not Like:Like I've been saying, this book starts off very slowly. I'd say the first thirty ish percent is pretty sluggish, though I can understand why. Shannon is setting the scene and tone for the rest of the book. But the book is really long to begin with, so it felt like things dragged. I feel like this will definitely be a deterrent to some, or possibly a reason for some to DNF, so I thought I'd mention it. Would I Recommend It:Well, if you read book one, there is no reason for you not to read book two! I liked this sequel a lot, and I would highly recommend reading the sequel. And, if you haven't read The Bone Season, and you're interested, then I think you should get it a try! Just be warned, the books are loooonngggg (they're adult novels, not YA). So, tuck in!Rating:4 stars. This book didn't end in a such a way that I felt anxious (like The Bone Season did), but some crazy truths were revealed at the end of the book, so I definitely want to keep reading. Book three, please!

  • Christina
    2019-03-12 08:46

    Original Read: February 17th - February 24th, 2016Re-read: March 19th - April 7th, 2017I enjoyed this book just as much the second time around, and I'm glad that I did the re-read before starting The Song Rising.I have kept my original review below.****************************************************Original Review4 stars!***To anyone who happens to be reading this, this review will have some spoils from the first book in this series, The Bone Season***"Hope is the lifeblood of the revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us."Paige Mahoney has escaped the prison camp run by the Rephaim, called Sheol 1, but has no shortage of problems. Most of the survivors are missing and Paige's face is plastered all over Scion London. She has become the most wanted person around and everyone is on the lookout for her. Left with little options for protection, she returns to the Seven Seals, to being Jaxon Hall's mollisher. But she is determined that all of Scion London should know about the Rephaim and how they are still a danger to all the voyants. The plan she comes up with is to have the story of the Rephaim become the story in a penny dreadful (an illegal horror story, printed and sold by the Penny Post, Grub Street's mobile bookshop). Paige's hope is that, even if the voyants regard the story as purely fiction, at least they will be aware of what the Rephaim are and why they're here, should they ever become exposed."Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair."While this is going on, the Underlord of the London syndicate, Hector and his crew (all but his mollisher, Cutmouth) are found by Paige, brutally murdered and mutilated. Paige becomes the prime suspect in their deaths, despite the fact that Cutmouth has disappeared without a trace. When an Underlord (or Underqueen) dies, it is their mollisher that takes over their place as head of the syndicate. But with Cutmouth not coming forward to take her title, there is now to be a scrimmage to determine a new Underlord or Underqueen."November 1, 2059 : The clocks of London chimed eleven. Inside the interchange building to II-2, every light had been extinguished. But beneath the brick warehouse, in the secret labyrinth of the Camden Catacombs, the fourth scrimmage in the history of the London Syndicate was about to begin."Jaxon is planning to compete in the scrimmage in the hopes of becoming the next Underlord. But when Paige attempts to discuss the Rephaim with him and see what they could plan if he did succeed in winning, he basically turns a blind eye to the problem and expects her to do the same. With Jaxon as Underlord, she would still not have a voice, wouldn't have any more authority than she does currently to try to fight the Rephaim. So she decides to go against Jaxon in the scrimmage, unbeknownst to him. "I didn't know where I'd be the day after tomorrow. I could be on the streets, a pariah and a traitor. I could be Underqueen, ruling the syndicate. I could be in the aether."Competing is a great risk. She would need financial backing to help build herself an army, should she win. Enter the Rephaim who are against Nashira and the others, who are willing to help voyants, albeit grudgingly, survive. They call themselves the Ranthen. Earlier in the book, Paige discovered with the help of the golden cord connecting herself and Warden, that he was captured and imprisoned within the syndicate. She managed to get him out, but ended up with an even larger target on her back. But with him free and able to contact the other Ranthen, he helps to get Paige an audience with Terebell, their leader, to ask for financial backing and support should she win the scrimmage. She begins to train with with Warden to help prepare her clairvoyant powers. But their relationship dynamic is much different from how it was in The Bone Season."In the colony, our relationship had been about fear. My fear of his control. His fear of my betrayal. Now, I realized, it was about trying to understand each other. But fear and understanding were kindred things. Both involved the loss of the familiar and the terrible danger of knowledge. I didn't know if I understood him yet, but I wanted to. That in itself was a shock."It was really nice to see a "couple" that had no instalove, not even instalust really. Their relationship has come a long way. At the end of The Bone Season, they were close to a friendship, had mutual respect for one another and had one confusing moment of passion, but they're still trying to work out what they feel for one another. It's nice to see the feelings unravel."Warden cared if I laughed. He cared if I lived or died. He had seen me as I was, not as the world saw me. And that meant something."This book was action packed, but also had more of the politics of the syndicate. It picked up right where The Bone Season left off, right in the middle of the escape from Sheol 1, which was basically the cliffhanger for the first book. Luckily It was less confusing for me than The Bone Season was. It ended with a big cliffhanger, of course, that I definitely didn't see coming...so I can't wait to see how the next book in the series plays out. This is, so far, a great series and I'm excited to see what comes next.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-03-18 10:56

    Finally finished.... 3.5 Scorched Dreamscape Stars I liked this much better than The Bone Season. There seemed to be a clearer plot line and things move along at a little better pace. But it is still slightly slow in places to the point I almost started skimming and there is a ton of world building still happening that might have got a little bogged down with details.Paige is growing on me but the majority of the reason I don't totally love this book is her. She is young and growing but for some of this I think she is so naive and makes choices that I clearly see will get others killed later. However by the end of this book I was totally starting to really like her character a lot more and maybe she is actually learning from the mistakes she made.Warden is still my favorite character and I find him to possibly be the most interesting character in the book. I really want to know more about him and some of the dynamics of the Rathem. Jaxon is another mystery character that while I hate him, he does fill the page well and I'm not sure just how cruel he could be. The Ending was fantastic though and I loved the reveal at the end. I had my suspicions but it still had a nice punch to it when it all played out.Full Review to come. These are just my initial thoughts and I know it might seen like a full review but shhhh it isn't. I have many more words.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-03-19 12:44

    Sixteen hours of audio – sixteen long, agonizing hours filled with tension and often even fear – and still it wasn’t enough to satisfy my need for this series. Samantha Shannon may be young, but her talent is astonishing. The Mime Order picks up where The Bone Season left off, with Paige Mahoney once again in London with Jaxon Hall and the Seven Seals. But while everything seems to be exactly as she’d left it, Paige herself is irrevocably changed. Not only is she aware of the Rephaim’s existence, but she is, for the first time, strong enough to stand for what she believes in, even if it means going against the man who gave her life as she knows it.The majority of this book deals with the damage to Paige and Jaxon’s relationship. Jaxon, being his usual self-absorbed, power-hungry self, is unwilling to back Paige up in front of The Unnatural Assembly. Unlike her, he thinks that clairvoyants should remain blissfully unaware of the danger that successfully hides behind their government. The pacing is once again extremely slow, but I find that I have the patience needed to fully enjoy it. The allure of Paige’s world is in its intricacy, and as Shannon took the time to slowly reveal the chilling details, I was able to take my time and fully enjoy them. I had my doubts about the return from Sheol I to London, but the transition was done beautifully and seamlessly so that I never felt the loss – if anything, Paige’s world was expanded and built upon skillfully and with infinite care, giving us so much to learn, and even more to look forward to.Ah, but the slow dance between Paige and Warden is the highlight of this book. Their subtle moves towards each other are both terrifying and thrilling. There is so much mistrust to overcome, so much prejudice and fear, and yet the two are drawn to each other like magnets, until nothing matters but the pull between them. This is an agonizingly slow romance that will surely develop into something unforgettable in the five upcoming books. There is very little hope for them and they both know it, but we readers simply have to put our faith in Samantha Shannon and hope for the best. At this point, Alana Kerr with her soft Irish lilt seems like the only choice for narrating these books. There aren’t many audiobook narrators who could make 16 hours seem like no time at all. I would never even consider a different format for these books. Why would I, when Kerr has become Paige in my head, and hearing this gorgeous story directly from her seems like the only way to go.

  • Vivianne
    2019-02-28 12:03

    Shannon has improved her story telling and made an even more amazing original world building. The characters are still really awesome, my love for them has grown even more. This really is a series where I’m so emotionally invested in while reading that I’m almost screaming at the book; COME ON! STAND UP! YOU CAN DO THIS! KEEP GOING! O NO YOU DIDN’T! YOU STUPID **$%&! LEAVE HER ALONE! I just think this book isn’t a five star read because of the slow plot, the getting used to yet another world, and some unrealistic illogical scenes.Spoiler warning for the whole “The Bone Season” series!!In “The Bone Season” the book ends with Paige and the other survivors going back to London on a train after escaping Sheol I. This book starts where the previous book left of and I really liked that there wasn’t a time lapse between the first and the second book. It was fun to read about the escape and I liked seeing Paige save them in another dangerous situation. The tension is really high.“Are they going to make it? Where would the train stop?” But I do think that the events are a bit dull. It was a bit too easy just stepping on a train and riding to London. Why isn’t this train stopped by the Raphaim? There must be some sort of control system? Also the break into The Tower and escape from it had me like“No way, that’s way too easy!” Thought it was supposed to be the most feared and most guarded prison or something. And they just walked in?!But If you compare the exciting beginning from The Mime Order to the info dumbing beginning of The Bone Season you can see the improvement. It was action packed, exciting, clear and well written, although I still see some improvement points. After the escape from the train and then The Tower the whole story, unfortunately, collapses. Paige is the most wanted criminal in Scion and she needs to stay in hiding for a while. So she stays in motels and waits until Nick brings her food and goes over the happened events and what to do now. These pages where realistic but not necessary to be in this book. I hated reading Paige depressing thoughts and her going over previous scenes I already read. Then Paige makes up her mind and goes back to the Seven Dials, because it is her best shot for survival and she has run out of money. I didn’t like this. Jaxon treats every single person as dirt and Paige deserved something better after what she had been through. Also, didn’t there just a war happen? Aren’t there Raphaims making plans for a new Bone Season? Isn’t London still in danger? Paige just continues with her normal life in The Seven Seals and though that was interesting I found it a strange turn of events. And after the epic action filled first book it felt boring. I find it a strange order that in the first book we get thrown into a story about a girl we know nothing about and got to meet this crazy world (Sheol I) and we go through this strange rollercoaster action filled plot. And then in book two we got to ‘meet’ the main character and her world. Because of this the action and plot completely stopped, the tension slipped away and with that my attention. Ok in book one we figure out one of the two complicated systems/worlds, Sheol I. But with Paige being back in London I was doomed to learn the other one to. This one is even more complicated, with all the districts and gangs and mime-lords and mollers. I was annoyed after reading a first book in a series that I still needed to learn things about the world. I would have liked to have figured it out in book one and just relax and keep on reading without scrolling back and forth to the glossary, The Seven Orders of Clairvoyants and The Assembly of Unnatural. But once again after I got used to it, I loved the world building. It was super cleaver how Shannon came up with this structured but corrupt dark underworld of London. I LOVED to read about it, and to figure this crazy world out step by step!The writing style is also improved. I still like the way that it feels like Paige talked to me, like she is telling ME a story. Shannon writes really vivid and fluently, what makes it easy and fun to read. What I was a little scared about, because of the kiss in the first book, was that this would turn into some twisted spin of off Romeo and Juliette. And I kind of think that did happen. Though they don’t really love each other they have this complicated ‘something more than friends’ hang above their heads and I hated that. I would have liked them to stay master and apprentice and then grow closer and become equals. I was annoyed by all the feelings but also the feelings Paige didn’t have. I would be heartbroken if I would love Warden but I can’t be with him because I’m human. But Paige is like well that’s how life goes… I just didn’t like their talks and interactions as much as the first book. This love thing just doesn’t work in this story for me. Other than that tiny detail I LOVED PAIGE. She is such a badass. I love EVERY decision she makes, every ally she takes and every friendship she makes. I love the growth she makes from Jaxons moller to this badass black moth queen.I also loved the Seven Seals and to read about them, NOT IN A FLASHBACK! I liked that every Seal has his/her own personality, and that they made that work for years surprised me. Eliza is so cute and innocent, I love her. Same for Nick he is the rock Paige needs to lean on once in a while. I really liked to read how this trust builds and the friendship that grows stronger. Danice doesn’t appear as much in this book as I would have liked her to, but she is like this crazy scientist you just have to love (I loved that she choose Paige over Jaxon in the end that was unexpected for me). I really liked Zeke’s relationship with Nick although we don’t read much about it. I don’t know what to think of Zeke though… Nadine is this irritating annoying character, she follows Jaxon around and does everything he asks. She’s hypocritical and doesn’t have a backbone. And Jaxon… I still kind of love him, I understand his motives and his character. I’m so curious what he will do in the next book. (Paige should have killed him). Maybe going into the previous book blind wasn’t a bad thing, all the twists and turns came unexpected and that held the excitement high. But in this book I knew Paige was going to gather forces to go after the Sargas and that that would be a challenge. So I think nothing new happened and nothing that surprising. I missed the twists and turns from the previous book. The twist who Ivy really was, was cool and unexpected but there were not that many other great twists. The one with Jaxon and the other mime lords and queens I saw coming, furthermore there weren’t any. The plot was really slow, but not dying. There were some action filled scenes but they also didn’t live up to those in the previous book. And in between these scenes Paige just kind of lives her life while trying to find out who killed Hector and what the heck is going on. I found that boring. Also some events where just kind of random and strange… Things just happen out of nowhere and then I don’t even remember how or why because it is so bizarre. Like when this random guy appeared when Paige, Zeke, Elisa and Nick where talking in this forest, and they just let him open this portal so they all get almost killed by an Emim. Another random thing was Paige crawling to this tunnel and then just happen to come across these people that she can eavesdrop on and just happens to hear these big secrets. The events where enjoyable but why they happened was kind of strange. It needed a bigger and more excited preamble and sometimes more explanation.I feel like this whole book builds up to the mêlee, and wow that was action packed and vivid. The writing there is so beautiful it comes to life. Shannon can write action very well. I loved the battles between Paige and all the other contestants. I loved seeing Jaxon in action. I loved to see more from the other Mime lords and queens. I just loved this whole Mêlee! In my opinion the Mêlee scene could have been a little longer though! The only things I have to comment on is that it goes rather quick and easy for Paige and Jaxon to become the only two left alive. If there is a complot to kill Paige first, then why don’t they go after her before. Another thing I didn’t get was; Paige can kill someone by going into their minds and kill them within a matter of seconds. So why go to all the trouble, the blood and almost get killed a few times when with a single push of her ghost she can kill them? Yeah she wants to give them a spectacle to look at, but surviving is priority number one right?!The battle between Jaxon and Paige was AMAZING! I really enjoyed reading this. And I was really cheering her on! I loved how defeated Jaxon was at the end! I also really like it how the title comes back at the end of this book, because the whole book I was like what the heck is this Mime Order thing. And that’s how you end a book! DAMN!(Stupid cliffhanger)A book I was really REALLY excited about came out while I was reading this, so I put this book on hold for a few days. But I missed Paige and this world so much, while reading that other book! How can I survive a year waiting for the next book, The Song Rising! NEED IT NOW!!!(Still don’t know how Shannon is going to write another 5 books in this series though)

  • Nina
    2019-03-21 14:54

    I listened to the audiobook of "The Mime Order" and it was the first full audiobook I've listened to in a very long time. At first, I was really struggling to incorporate it into my everyday life but after a few days it just felt natural to listen to an audiobook while doing chores, shoveling snow away or driving somewhere. Furthermore, I think the fact that "The Mime Order" was an amazing book also really helped to turn listening to the audiobook into such an enjoyable experience.Back when I read "The Bone Season", my only criticism was that especially the ending of the book felt a lot like a mixture of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" plus some other popular YA fantasies but I said that I would definitely give the next book five stars if those similarities weren't as prominent anymore. Thankfully, this book was so good that I just had to up my rating to five stars. "The Mime Order" had such an interesting plot that immediately enthralled me and thus made me enjoy this book even more than the first part. One thing that hasn't changed though is that I still absolutely love the characters, Samantha Shannon's writing style and the fact that this series is still a little more complex than many popular YA fantasies that often just feel kinda flat and boring. So overall, I have to say that I really, really enjoyed this book and that it deserves a full five out of five stars. I've already ordered myself a copy of "The Song Rising" and can't wait to find out how Paige's story will continue!

  • Amelie
    2019-03-02 12:35

    Dann rezensieren wir dieses Schätzchen mal!Die Denkerfürsten hat mich aus einer Leseflaute geholt. Es sollte angemerkt werden, dass ich es als Hörbuch gehört habe, was mir richtig gut gefallen hat. Die Übersetzung ist übrigens einfach super, das merke ich besonders stark jetzt, wo ich den dritten Band auf Englisch angefangen habe. Mir gefallen die Begriffe auf Deutsch sogar besser als im Original und wann passiert so etwas schon?Vom ersten Band war ich nicht unbedingt begeistert, auch wenn ich das Buch durchaus mochte. Allerdings stellte sich der "Ich muss anderen dieses Buch empfehlen"- Faktor erst jetzt ein. Sicher liegt das daran, dass ich schneller in den Roman hereingekommen bin als in den ersten. Dadurch, dass es eine Fortsetzung war, gab es zu Beginn des Buches nicht so ein enormes Infodumping, aber mir hat auch gefallen, dass die Plotstruktur hier besser gewesen ist.

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    2019-03-14 13:42

    An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.The beginning felt like a huge waiting game. I was literally waiting for a certain male to appear on the pages..But that didn't happen until way further into the book. Samantha Shannon knows what she's doing when she makes him appear. The first half is really all about Paige preparing for The Rose Ring, a battle (to the death) where one is crowned the leader of the land. The Rephiam do make an appearance, but I'm not going to divulge anything more than that.So much more of the Seven Seals are revealed and explored and I found the history of The Rephiam to be wholly fantastic. I wanted more answers and I did get a brief look. The one thing that is really hard with this series, is that there are so many terms and definitions, you're overwhelmed and quite lost. I don't know if there's a glossary in the finished copy, but I really hope there is because it would help a lot. The ending was the most intense and made up for all the slow building in the middle. I literally had my heart in my hands because I didn't know who was going to live or die, and I was also trying to understand what was going on. Battling in the Bone Season series is quite hard since they use spirits and use the reality of the dream landscape to battle.I really had trouble starting this, it dragged on a lot with nothing really happening, at least to my knowledge. Everything clicks together at the end, so it all works out and you realize, ohh this is why she sets it up like that. GOT IT!Overall, another fantastic edition to the series, and can't wait for more!RATING 4/5QUOTES"Literature is our most powerful tool.""I understand what it is to be fearful of your own body's power.""Words give wings even to those that have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.""There's a difference between wanting to kill someone and killing someone.""Writing didn't carry the same risks as speaking. You couldn't be shouted down or stared at.""Revolution isn't quite as easy as treason.""Truth is different in every lens, history was made by liars.""Life, for all its wonders, is rather flimsy in the end.""Money. The dark obsession of the human race.""Material possessions cannot last, yet they fight over them like cultures. Disgusting greed.""But fear and understanding were kindred things. Both involved the loss of the familiar and the terrible danger of knowledge.""Possession is only dishonourable if you do deliberate harm to the host—assuming the host does not richly deserve the harm, of course.""You belong to yourself, not to the fear.""It is not that I do not want you. Only that I might want you too much. And for too long.""The æther takes us all. No matter what we've done.""We have to take charge of it ourselves, before it crumbles.""London is what matter. London and her people.""In the end, loyalty will outweigh greed.""Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.""We already existed on a level of hell. And we would have to walk right through hell to leave it."

  • Tess Burton
    2019-03-22 08:48

    The second book in The Bone Season series, probably the most highly anticipated read of 2015 for me and, to be frank, only a three-star book in my eyes. The ending, however, was so damn exciting it earned a star all on its own. Sadly the rest of the novel didn’t quite live up to my expectations.Samantha Shannon has said many times that each installment in this seven book series is going to have a very different feel to it, so that the reader has a different experience with each book. Book #1 was an introduction; survivalist and fantastic, dystopian and almost YA but not really. It was fabulous and everything I wanted in a novel. The Mime Order follows protagonist Paige Mahoney on the run in Scion London, and has much more of a murder mystery feel to it. It’s futuristic but has a Victorian London twist, which was highly enjoyable. Just a shame the plot wasn’t.I had a similar problem with book #1; Shannon’s plots just don’t really do it for me. They’re not bad, but I can not only see the flaws, but I can feel them, and they kinda grate. But what made The Bone Season so enjoyable for me was the high focus on the world-building. Because it was so strong (and so completely my cuppa tea), it strengthened the plot along with it. The Mime Order does not have the same effect. There’s much less of a focus on clairvoyance in this installment, not a lot of new information about the Rephaim, emim, ghosts or how clairvoyance really works or came to be. This book is all about the Scion citadel of London and the politics that exist within. And as great it is to have a well thought-out world with many different aspects to it, I just wasn’t that interested.I lived for Jaxon’s moments on the page. I might have enjoyed the story more if I cared more for Paige, or if I shipped her and Warden. Oh well, it just wasn’t for me this one, not as much as the first one in any case. It was still rather enjoyable, and the ending was awesome, but I’m just hoping book #3 turns out to be a little bit more to my taste.

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-03-12 08:56

    This is the second instalment in the incredible Bone Season series and was every bit as brilliant and complex as the first one.Paige Mahoney escaped her imprisonment in the Sheol prison camp, under cruel Rephaim leadership, only to return to her former cage, under the guise of protection, of her mime-lord Jaxon Hill. When the underlord of the underground clairvoyant community is brutally murdered, a new mime-lord must reign in his stead. All eyes turn to Jaxon Hill and his renowned mollisher, Paige. But Paige has other ideas. And these don't involve being ruled by anyone, anymore.As with the first book, the complexity of this tale was just astounding. Shannon brilliantly imagined our futuristic world, with an intricate hierarchy of humanity that satired our history of the governing patriarchal wish for unity and its intense dislike for anything that threatened the human standardisation. The clairvoyant individuals of the tale are treated as lesser humans, and feared, shunned and loathed by the rest of society. Their death is treated as media gold and used for light entertainment.The underground community that has sprung in the wake of this repression thrives on their own sense of order, further oppressing some of their own kin's abilities. Paige highlights this injustice and brings a call for change that equalises all individuals. Her morality is what made Paige such a fascinating protagonist. She may be young, impetuous, and volatile but she is also fierce, noble, and brave.And this nebulous individual was also mirrored in the setting. I adored the wonderfully evocative descriptions conjured of this futuristic London. Shadows of our contemporary city remained, so as to give a basis for this imaginary depiction, but it has also been evocatively re-imagined. Remnants of the old world battled in the shadows, against the startling and uniform architecture of the future.This unique and compelling tale has all the facets of a first-rate series and Shannon's sublime writing does the story justice. A faultless parable with faultless prose!

  • Kristen
    2019-03-09 12:43

    5 big-fat-fucking stars!!!!! RTC. ---------------------------------------------------------------------Now that i've had time to process, I have written a simply stunning review for your enjoyment.5/5 StarsI’m sorry, is that gif annoying you? TOO BAD.The Skinny:Paige is once again facing a terrible threat, but this time it is not just the Rephaites and Emim. This time the threat is both larger and much more formidable. Paige, torn between her loyalty to her crew and the need to do what is right, must decide how far she is willing to go to fight against those threatening clairvoyants. The Review:This review is going to be pretty vague because I feel that if I’m not, that I may give too much away.I’m not quite sure what it is about this book. I read The Bone Season and really liked it, but I liked this one on a whole different level. I felt invested in what was happening; I felt terrified for the events taking place, and worried over the fates of my beloved characters (especially Warden <3, duh). The part of this book (and the first book) that I liked the most is the world-building. While in the first book the world-building had a very “info-dump” feel to it, this book did not. I think that this was because the essential world-building had already been established. This book sends you right back into Paige’s world with not a lot of reiteration of previous details. It was also kind of cool because in this book we saw and learned about the underworld of London, as opposed to primarily the world of Sheol I.I also really, REALLY shipped the relationships that were a-brewing. One of the relationships was in its fledgling stages in the first book, and was pursued (a little) further in this book (view spoiler)[ Warden and Paige played the whole ‘we can’t be together thing’ throughout most of the book, but then sorta-kinda threw that out the window towards the end. That being said, I wanted WAY MORE Warden and Paige(hide spoiler)]. There was also another relationship that was touched on that really hit me in the feels (view spoiler)[ Zeke and Nick, especially when Zeke gets injured and also when Zeke LEAVES with Jaxon and Nadine towards the end.(hide spoiler)]. Sorry peeps, but I don’t want to give too much away. Lastly, the ‘mysteries’ embedded throughout the plot were pretty fantastic. Honestly, there were several twists that I did not anticipate, one that I sort of did, and one that is still unresolved: who the hell is the rag and bone man?!?!?! Btw, the rag and bone man was prettttty creepy! The twists lent a really interesting element to the novel. They made me want to read more quickly and want the next book more BADLY. I think there is a lot more that I want to say about this book, but I just can’t gather my thoughts in a productive manner at the moment. I may be updating this review further at a later date.Overall:Guys, I normally reserve this particular gif for Sanderson reads (because he is frigging awesome), but I loved this book THAT much. P.S. I’m NOT comparing this book to any of Sanderson’s (I knew someone would probably try to make that leap).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Keertana
    2019-03-13 08:48

    Rating: 3.5 StarsSo much of the thrill within a fantasy novel lies in the sequestered magic, so firmly hidden, yet present. Whether it be Narnia or Hogwarts, these mythical realms are out of sight of typical human sight and all the more magical as a result. As readers, we don't want to read about the Pevensie siblings in London, going about their day-to-day lives and reminiscing about their time in Narnia. We don't want to think of Harry, sitting in 4 Privet Drive during the long, sticky summer and dreaming of Hogwarts. I know I, for one, don't want to be subject to the inner monologue of, say, Lucy Pevensie, as she debates spilling the truth about Narnia despite knowing no one will believe her.It seems Samantha Shannon hasn't quite got this memo, though.The Mime Order begins with an extremely tedious start. For the first half of the novel, Paige struggles to mend the broken bridges with her mime lord, Jaxon, all while debating how best to reveal the truth about the Rephaim to other voyants in such a way that they will not only believe her, but they will also share her passion for action. It's slow. It's boring. It's unexciting. The Bone Season sets up a fascinating realm all while throwing its protagonist, and subsequently the reader, into the midst of the action. Now, in The Mime Order, we are forced to take a step back.Typically, I'm all for the contemplative moments within a novel or series. I love the slower, more reflective parts. But not when it's written like The Mime Order. To me, the first half of Shannon's sophomore novel reads like an extended version of what is meant to be a brief look into Paige's inner struggles. We, as readers, should be given a lens into the world Paige left--and is now returning to--and, in better understanding where she has come from perhaps we can better understand her as well. Yet, my understanding of the relationships Paige sustains with those around her is minimal in this first-half and everything, from the long dialogues with side characters I wasn't invested in to the multiple ideas Paige considered and rejected and considered and rejected were simply exhausting. I wanted a brief run-down of the important events and then I wanted to get to the real meat of the story. Perhaps, if this series wasn't a seven-book deal already, we wouldn't have been subjected to such a disappointing start to The Mime Order.Thankfully, the novel picks up--considerably--during its second half as the tensions outlined in the first half finally come to a head and Paige is finally acting instead of merely thinking all the time. Though its disastrous first half ensures that The Mime Order is a far cry from the brilliance of The Bone Season, the excellence of its second half nearly makes up for it. Nearly.One of the best aspects to The Mime Order is also a part of the novel I've been complaining about--its set-up. The Mime Order begins to take the revolution within Oxford in The Bone Season to the wider world of voyants in London. As such, it is very much a set-up novel but, by the end, you're left wanting to know how the events outlined will unfurl and play out. The relationship at the core of this novel is, I feel, that between Paige and Jaxon. In The Bone Season, Paige discovers that Jaxon is cruel and willing to go to great lengths in wielding his power. The last thing Paige wants, after returning to London, is to fall prisoner to Jaxon. But Paige has no power unless she is Jaxon's dreamwalker. It puts her in a precarious situation and their exchanges are all very cat-and-mouse, full of underlying political undertones that are chilling, to say the least.The manner in which their relationship progresses, changes, and comes to a head by the end of The Mime Order is fascinating. Another absolutely thrilling aspect to this sequel is the introduction of yet another villain--one who aims to cause chaos amongst the voyants. Since he features more prominently during the second-half, I will refrain from saying much more but will depart with these few words: prepare to be terrified. I really love how The Mime Order builds up the sense of fear, tension, and danger over the course of the novel. The last few chapters are the most intriguing, by far, so to see all those emotions finally reach a peak is rewarding (though, mark my words, it's also frustrating since we have to wait another YEAR to see what Paige does next).What I didn't expect to find much of within The Mime Order was romance. After all, this is a seven-book series; we can't conclude the romantic arc that quickly. Yet, Warden makes his appearance sooner than you'd think and his interactions with Paige are as fraught with sexual tension and wanting as you'd dream of. I loved their dialogue, the backstory Warden provided to build upon Shannon's intricate world-building, and am even more excited than before to see how their love story develops over the course of the series. Granted, there are plenty of hurdles that lie before this couple and the romance lies very much in the back-burner of this series. But, that being said, it's a huge component to why I adore these books. Warden and Paige are a perfect match; they challenge each other without putting one another down. They're both strong personalities and, coming from different races with a difficult history, their road to romance is paved with distrust but, if I had to put my money on any couple combating those odds, it's them.Despite the fact that The Mime Order picks up considerably and puts this series in an absolutely fascinating position by the end, I remain a disappointed fan of this novel. It wasn't an easy or enjoyable read in the least and though it is necessary for the arc of the series, I almost wish there was a condensed summary I could have read instead. Nevertheless, here's to hoping fans of The Bone Season find this far more intriguing than I do and that its sequel, whenever it may release, recaptures the magic the first novel in this series possessed.

  • theravengirl (salmaagroudy)
    2019-03-08 15:49

    Oh lord. If i had to describe this book in one word, it would be intense. Too. Intense. How, exactly, does one write a proper review after reading that last line?The Mime Order is a portal into the world Shannon brilliantly built; it helps us understand more and more about the book's clairvoyants, their powers and limitations, and it gives us a deeper insight into the world. The plot twists are beyond imagination, the ups and downs of the characters make us understand them more, and equally, love them. The Bone Season fascinated me beyond my words, but it's safe to say that The Mime Order did not at all disappoint me.

  • Mary
    2019-02-23 11:49

    It's not 2016 yet and this is a problem, because I need the next book. NOW.What do I need to do to make everyone read this series? Sacrifices? Buy you all drinks on me? Howl at the moon? Because I’ll do it. In a heartbeat. This series is so good. IT’S SO GOOD, YOU GUYS. It’s become my favourite series of the year so far and I am so excited for the next book to come out in 2016. Because I need it. I need it now. I need it with a passion.The Mime Order picks up right where The Bone Season left off and it’s even better than its predecessor. Samantha Shannon has come into her own as a writer and it tells, because the writing is absolutely fantastic. It courses effortlessly, it’s poetic, melodic and it made me not want to put this book down. With the reader being comfortable in this world, knowing all the nooks and crannies, Samantha can instead focus on the characters, on extending the plot and the world she has built. And oh gosh, do things get intense! I literally held my breath every page in the final quarter of the book. It’s fast paced, it’s action-packed and energetic. The originality of the series, what makes it stand out, is there in every page: we get to understand more about clairvoyants and their powers. But at the same time, we’re introduced to a very cunning and powerful game of politics. This adds a second layer to the fantasy element and it’s fascinating to read about it. I love books that have political elements in them and that have you guessing throughout reading the story. Combine this with amazing characters and you have the recipe that drew me so much into this story.I don’t want to get too much into the plot, because I want people who haven’t gotten into the series yet to be able to read this review and maybe consider picking these books up. Because I want to see more people blogging about them and talking about them. They have a compelling plot and a mixture of fantasy and dystopian elements that proves extraordinary. READ THEM. And then come cry and fangirl with me that there are 5 more books planned and we have none of them in our hands right now.Favourite quotes:“Words are everything. Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.” “You can never want too much. That’s how they silence us,” I said. “They told us we were lucky to be in the penal colony instead of the æther. Lucky to be murdered with NiteKind, not the noose. Lucky to be alive, even if we weren’t free. They told us to stop wanting more than what they gave us, because what they gave us was more than we deserved.” I picked up my jacket. “You’re not a prisoner any more, Arcturus.” Warden looked at me in silence. I left him in that ruined hall with the music echoing above him.” “Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.” ★★★★★ To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)

  • Carolina
    2019-03-21 15:47

    DNF at 41% (page 210)Well, I tried. It's a pity because I absolutely LOVED The Bone Season and this one can't hold my attention for more than 5 minutes (I've been reading this book for almost a month and I'm not even half-way through). Hopefully I'll pick this up again in the future.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-22 16:02

    Okay, okay I need the next book NOW!!! THAT LAST PAGE. THAT LAST LINE. I AM NO OKAY RIGHT NOW! That plot twist though. Samantha Shannon is an evil genius.

  • Danny
    2019-03-02 13:02

    *slow hand clapping*What an amazing sequel! the book took a bit to get into relearning the world, just like the first one did. Once I got going I couldn't stop! the books slowly builds till you get to the crazy last part! This series has become one of my new all time favourites and if you haven't picked up The Bone Season yet I highlight suggest you do!I need book three in my hands right!!'

  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    2019-02-23 07:59

    Reread this book and it is even better. I changed the rating to 5 stars. The ending still manages to shock me.------http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2...I enjoyed this book much more than the previous book. The bone season felt a bit overwhelming with the information-dumps in the beginning, but I had no problems with The mime order. The details are spread throughout the story and instead of being lost, I felt wrapped inside this world and its characters. “Matters of the heart are quite beyond me. Hearts are frivolous things, good for nothing but pickling.” – Jaxon.This book is an exciting journey. Paige managed to escape from Sheol I with other fugitives, making them the most-wanted people in London. Scion is looking for them and to keep herself covered, Paige has to return to work for her old mime lord Jaxon. I like how Paige tried to stand-up for herself and the truth around the danger of the Rephraite. She wasn't ready to bow to Jaxon and I found it admirable. Her life becomes even more complicated when the Underlord and his gang are murdered; the battle for the new Underlord is about to begin.What I love about the plot is the complexity, but how is refrains from becoming too dense. The political intrigue behind the Underlord and the brutal fight at the ending were exactly what I needed. That scene made my heart pound and Samantha doesn't spare her characters, so I had some frightened moments there. The twist at the end made my mouth drop and I wish the next book was already there, because it's going to be hard to wait.I liked how we got more details about voyants and what happened; how the Rephraite came into the world and gained power. I think I'm going to have to re-read The bone season, because like I said in the introduction, the world-building overwhelmed me in the beginning. I felt there was a better balance in The mime order and I want to go back to explore it again.Paige was a very strong character. She is realistic and intelligent, although sometimes a bit rash in her decisions. I warmed up for her and felt more connected to her than in The bone season. I had the same with Warden and their scenes together were great. Their romance is on the background and that gives a perfect vibe in the story. There is a tension between them and you are ready for it to explode. The secondary characters are also fleshed out, like Jaxon and his obsession with becoming the new Underlord for power and money.There is only one thing left to say: I WANT MORE.

  • Melody (theliteraryowl)
    2019-03-14 14:35

    2nd reread from March 11th to march 17th 2017 - loved it as much as the first time if not more. Gosh this series is so good! *.*That's what I call an effective ending! review will come later. THIS BOOK GUYS! It was perfect from beginning to end!I LOVED seeing Paige outside of Sheol, I loved seeing her with the Seven Seals and I loved reading her character development. Some might think that the story dragged on but I think it was necessary to better understand how Scion works, who is Jaxon Hall etc and it didn't bother me in any way. I loved reading Paige's routine and getting to know more about the Underworld of Scion.Also Paige has become MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE HEROINE!!!!! The writing style is excellent, really, it was such a pleasure to read Samantha Shannon -though I struggled a little bit with the language at first- Samantha Shannon truly is a genius, she has so much imagination and her story is unlike anything else -at least I've never read anything like it. She offers us a plethora of interesting characters, a unique setting and so much action -she has definitely earned her spot at the top of my favorite authors list! Also another thing I really love with this series is that love isn't the main topic of the book -it's barely there, the main purpose is Paige's fight against the Rephaim and her evolution, how she navigates in a London that doesn't want her because of her unnaturalness! The Mime Order is THE BEST BOOK I've read this year so far! I can't wait to read the sequel! (Also this book and I were meant to be because it came out on my birthday -Jan 27th- so YAYYY :D )Also for those who've read this book HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BINDER? BECAUSE I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!