Published: March 7, 2017 by Bloomsbury Sydney
Format: Paperback, 350 pages
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
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Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.
But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.
Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…
The third instalment in this series begins almost immediately where The Mime Order left off – with Paige coming to grips with the deception that had been revealed to her. But her tenuous grip on the Mime Order and uneasy alliance with there Rephaim leave her with very little time to recover, especially when a new threat is revealed.
With Nick and Eliza backing her every step of the way, Paige flourishes on the page as a fledgling leader. She makes mistakes and has doubts but she’s a smart, capable and willing ruler who is determined to be more than a figurehead. She does everything possible to protect others from Scion, making the necessary sacrifices along the way (and breaking my heart in the process).
Naturally, this leads me to warden, our resident enigma extraordinaire. His quiet, dependable, uncomplaining presence in the narrative is a breath of fresh air (and somewhat unexpected given the power imbalance in his relationship with Paige), and as usual my only complaint is that I wanted more. I hope Shannon plans to write chapters from his perspective one day, because his struggle to balance what he wants with Paige and what he needs to achieve with the Ranthen is heart-wrenching, especially when framed by Paige’s disappointment and frustration.
The carefully crafted story-world of this series is so rich in detail and vivid that it leaves me in awe. The Song Rising takes readers outside of London to experience how other clairvoyants have organised themselves against Scion and explore the wider implications of Nashira’s plans. This world is struggling and it’s easy to see why its inhabitants would turn to the security and prosperity that Scion offers at the cost of their freedom.
I enjoyed The Song Rising immensely but cannot help but feel that this book was a set up for Paige’s next great adventure. It was a necessary step — and one that I liked — and I’m excited to see what Shannon has in store for us next.