The Song Rising Book Review
The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination
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…
I still can’t put into words how much I love this series, characters and relationships! This book was no different to the others – I was enthralled throughout. Plus this story contained more of the political intrigue that I loved in the second book. The Song Rising was like the perfect mixture of The Bone Season and The Mime Order, and I loved it all the more for it.
I have to say that this is the most complex of all the books, it is the one that deals with all the dirty dealings that are going on behind the scenes and it shows the scope of what Paige is really up against. The narrative of betrayal and mind games that runs through this book is really well and adds to the drama and the story in such a well rounded way that I can’t begin to explain the way it rounded out the story. It had an amazing effect in the way that Paige grew throughout the book and the way the others reacted to her was one of my favourite things about The Song Rising.
I also love the up close look of Jaxon that we got, there was a sense of vulnerability that we had never seen before, it made him more of a character for me and I almost began to feel sorry for him. It was an interesting way for Shannon to take the story and I thought it was the most realistic approach. There would have to be cracks in the facade that Jaxon has built, no one has it that good and nothing is that perfect.
One thing I will say about this book is that it is getting increasingly more difficult to keep a track of all the different groups of voyants and which districts are which. I suppose that will only get harder as the books progress and there are more and more characters introduced. Maybe I’ll have to start a notebook just about the different characters and the voyant sections.
I think The Song Rising is one of those with a genuine strong female characters, the ripples of that Paige manages to create by utilising her own strengths or finding someone who can make up for her weakness. She wasn’t afraid to ask for help or for someone else to take on what she couldn’t. It was inspiring to see a woman in a book that wasn’t afraid to give up some of the power she had to build what she wanted. It really made me love her as a character and it brought the book forward in so many ways! Shannon really knows how to build characters and the world around them, it’s mind blowing how much effort she puts into the world and the story!
One character that really disappointed me would be Nashira, I thought that she was such a strong villain in the previous books but this one she fell flat a little in my opinion. I think it was because she was behind the scenes and we were introduced to a different villain and a totally different evil. I just wish there would have been more from her rather than her being just the puppet master. Just an observation.
I do have to say this book is probably my favourite of the series, but nothing can top The Mime Order’s ending! That was one twist that no one saw coming and I seriously still think about how great it is now!
Have you read this series? What did you think of Paige’s growth throughout the series? Do you agree with my observation about her as a character?