Hi guys!! Today the international blog tour of The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon drops by, and I’m sharing an exclusive excerpt with you! But first, a little about the book:The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
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.
Read the first part of this exclusive excerpt at Behind the Pages! And it continues here …
I could still hear the last command Warden gave me: Run, little dreamer. But where would Warden run? The closed door of the station had been surrounded by armed Vigiles. For a giant he could move like a shadow, but even a shadow couldn’t have slipped past that door. Nashira Sargas, his erstwhile fiancée and leader of the Rephaim, would spare no effort to hunt him down.
Somewhere in the darkness was the golden cord, linking Warden’s spirit to mine. I let the æther wash over me but felt no answer from the other side.
Scion couldn’t be unaware of the uprising. Something would have got out before the f res destroyed the communication systems. A message, a warning – even a word would have been enough to alert them to a crisis in their colony. They’d be waiting for us with flux and guns, waiting to send us back to our prison.
They could try.
‘We need to do a headcount.’ I stood. ‘How long until we reach London?’
‘Twenty minutes, I think,’ Nick said.
‘Do I want to know where the tunnel ends?’
He gave me a grim smile. ‘The Archon. There’s a station right underneath it. S-Whitehall, it’s called.’
My stomach dropped a notch. ‘Don’t tell me you were planning an escape through the Archon.’
‘No. We’re going to stop the train early and find another way out,’ he said. ‘There must be other stations in this network. Dani says there might even be a way back into the Underground proper, through the service tunnels.’
‘Those service tunnels could be crawling with Underguards,’ I said, turning to Danica. ‘Are you sure about this?’ ‘They won’t be guarded. They’re for engineers,’ she said. ‘But I don’t know about these older tunnels. I doubt anyone at SciORE has ever been in them.’ SciORE was Scion’s robotics and engineering division. If anyone would know about the tunnels, it would be someone from there. ‘There must be another way out,’ I pressed. Even if we did get back into the main Underground network, we’d be arrested at the barriers. ‘Can we divert the train? Or is there a way up to street level?’
‘No manual override. And they’re not stupid enough to have access to street level from this line.’ Danica lifted the rag from her head wound and inspected the blood that soaked it. There seemed to be more blood than rag. ‘The train’s programmed to go straight back to S-Whitehall. We’re setting off the f re alarm and leaving through the first station we find.’
The idea of taking a large group of people through a decaying, lightless tunnel system didn’t seem sensible. They were all weak, hungry and exhausted; we needed to move fast…
The next part of this excerpt will appear tomorrow at Thoughts by Joy, make sure you check it out!
Bloomsbury have an exclusive competition for Australian fans who follow the Australian leg of the blog tour. You have the chance to win a one-on-one Skype date with Samantha Shannon! All you have to do is visit one or all of the participating blogs, and tell Bloomsbury in 25 words or less ‘What do you most want to ask Samantha?’ A 15-20 minute Skype interview to be recorded in the Bloomsbury Sydney office (George Street, Sydney) with the Australian winner, with Samantha Skyping in from overseas. The footage will be edited into a highlights reel and shared across Bloomsbury social media and hosted via the 5 Australian participating blogs later that month. The interview will be conducted in mid-February (schedule dependent) with the highlights reel to go live in late February.
To be in the running, simply send through the one most pressing question you’d love to ask Samantha Shannon to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close on Midnight Feb 15th.
Follow the blog tour by visiting the participating blogs for a chance to win!
You can also nab free copies of The Bone Season!
Simply buy a copy of The Mime Order and Bloomsbury will send your friend or family member a copy of The Bone Season, so they can get started too. It doesn’t matter where you bought it, online or in a bookshop, simply send Bloomsbury (email: email@example.com) a screenshot or photo of a receipt of purchase, along with the name and address of the person you believe really needs to start reading The Bone Season and they will ship them a copy, for absolutely nothing.