The Bone Season (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
The Bone Season Cover Image
Email or call for price.

Other Books in Series

Staff Reviews

Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant called a dreamwalker, capable of moving in and out of the minds of other people. When she is kidnapped for her gifts, she is taken as a slave by a supernatural group called the Rephiam. Her captor, Warden, is her hated enemy but if she wants to escape she must become his protegee. Awesome debut novel! The heroine, Paige Mahoney, as well as the other characters, is incredibly dynamic. Before it was over, I couldn't wait for the next book!

— Jess Elder

Word is Samantha Shannon is the next J.K. Rowling. I have to admit, I did not want to like the Bone Season; who could live up to Rowling? But I caved, I read it, and I LOVED it. I can’t stop thinking about it. As my fellow booksellers pointed out, I haven’t felt this sense of anticipation for a series since Harry Potter.

Paige is a 22-year-old “dreamwalker” (she can jump into the “dreamscape” of someone else’s subconscious) in 2059 dystopian England, where all forms of clairvoyance are prohibited and use of one’s powers, especially for financial gain, are strictly illegal and punishable by death. Paige flouts the laws, creating a name and reputation for herself in the underworld of “voyants.”

There is a lot of lingo to get used to, but Shannon puts it all in context so it’s not particularly hard to keep up. There’s also a glossary in the back, just in case.

The other members of Paige’s gang are an interesting variety - very colorful, a bit mysterious. I’m hoping we get to know them better in the future.

There’s so much to tell but I think it’s better going in without the background, so I’ll sum up. Paige gets captured pretty early on, we meet a lot of other voyants, learn about the history of clairvoyance and where it appears to be heading. Shannon neatly concludes this first part and sets us up for the future, whatever epicness that may hold.

The writing is very good, in that it’s not really noticeable: natural dialogue, descriptive descriptions, well rounded characters, all that stuff. Most importantly - characters I care about (Paige kicks ass) and a GRIPPING plot line. Shannon whisks readers into a different reality: it’s recognizable enough that you won’t feel alienated, and strange enough to provide an escape. I found myself wondering who I’d be in Shannon’s world.

— Amelia Stymacks

September 2013 Indie Next List

“Samantha Shannon has created a world that will set your imagination on fire and lure you in so absolutely you will forget your surroundings. You will also be elated to learn this is the first in a 7-book series. Fictional London in the year 2059 is the world of Paige Mahoney, a dreamwalker. Scion is the ruling government. They absolutely reject any type of clairvoyant abilities. If they find you have those skills, you disappear. Paige discovers this is true, but the disappearance is not what she has been led to believe. Mind-bendingly intense, rife with fascinating characters and an all-encompassing plot, The Bone Season will take you on one wild ride. -- Lynn Riggs Books & Company”
— Lynn Riggs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI


The first pick of NBC’s Today Book Club

Featured in New York, USA Today, and Forbes, and on

It appeared on every summer reading list for 2013, from Entertainment Weekly to USA Today. Now, the debut that thrilled readers everywhere is available in paperback. Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

About the Author

Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and graduated from St. Anne's College, Oxford, with a degree in English language and literature in 2013. The Bone Season is her first novel and has been sold in twenty-one countries. It is being developed for film by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish at Imaginarium Studios.Follow Samantha Shannon on Twitter at @say_shannon and on her blog,

Praise For…

“Terrific—intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing . . . Shannon has remarkable talent for world-building . . . But her most sublime otherworldly creation is the complex, ever evolving, scrappy yet touching Paige Mahoney . . . [She] has me hooked.” —

“Invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the . . . mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkien.” —USA Today

“Action-filled . . . Shannon is likely on the brink of literary stardom.” —New York

“[A] dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom . . . the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer.” —Booklist (starred review)

"This book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620402658
ISBN-10: 1620402653
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 472
Language: English
Series: Bone Season