Published: January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury Sydney
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
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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 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.
I loved The Bone Season, but its sequel has taken my breath away!
The Bone Season allowed us to explore Sheol-I in-depth, but robbed us of the opportunity to understand Paige’s Scion-London. The Mime Order gives us the chance we’d missed, opening up the world – and Underworld – of Scion London through Paige’s return. Yet again I was transported into this world from the first page and was loathe to leave it (because life kept getting in the way!). I loved exploring the delicate balance between the mime-lords in their territories and the ever-tightening grip Scion has on the ‘unnaturals’. Stuck between all of this is Paige, who is irrevocably changed from her experiences in Sheol-I but forced to re-assimilate into her old life.
Paige’s life as the Pale Dreamer, Mollisher of I-IV is still there for her but it quickly becomes clear that she’s outgrown it. Her drive to find out exactly what Scion has planned for her London is admirable, and Paige’s journey throughout this book is one of my favourite things about The Mime Order. She is trying to convince the Unnatural Assembly of the danger Scion and the Rephaim pose, but it’s hard to convince them of the truths she learnt while in Sheol-I. However, she’s a very intelligent girl and I loved seeing her plans come to life.
I have to say, there wasn’t enough Warden in this book! And what little there was, was a bit disappointing. Well, OK, it wasn’t that bad. The scenes between Paige and Warden were so charged it was almost unbearable, and I know Shannon is slowly building up their relationship into something believable. The bond they forged in the unlikely isolation of Sheol-I was always going to be different in the stark light of Paige’s every-day life and the threat the rest of the Rephaim pose to voyants. I loved getting to know more about the Netherworld, the factions within the Rephaim, and how they came to Earth in the first place.
Another impressive aspect of The Mime Order are the Seven Seals. We got to see them through Paige’s memories, but seeing them in ‘reality’ was awesome. Nick was always sweet in Paige’s memories, but he’s so nice and committed and it’s a hard not to love him a bit! Zeke is also amazing, still finding a place for himself with the Seals, naïve Eliza who believes in this little family Jaxon gave her, and Nadine, who’s had to give up her place as mollisher with Paige’s return.
And then there’s Jaxon. Arrogant, sarcastic, intelligent, unpredictable Jaxon Hall. The White Binder. Whose words are as smooth as honey. Who can cast his spell on anyone and get everything he wants. It’s impossible to know what he’s thinking, what his intentions are, where his allegiances are. He’s definitely one of the most nuanced characters we’ve met in this world, and I’m looking forward to getting to know him better throughout the series (5 more books to go!).
I can’t write this review without mentioning the brilliant plotting of The Mime Order. The twists and turns, circles within circles, betrayals and intrigue, were all amazing and kept me turning the pages until late at night. Oh, and that ending. THAT ENDING.
I loved The Mime Order. It’s the sequel I expected from Samantha Shannon, and I think all fans of The Bone Season will love it. This story-world, its characters, and its intricacies are spell-binding, and I can’t wait to find out more!