The Song Rising (Bone Season Series #3)

The Song Rising (Bone Season Series #3)

by Samantha Shannon
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The Song Rising (Bone Season Series #3) by Samantha Shannon

The magnificent new book in the New York Times-bestselling series: a fantastic tale of rebellion and courage against enormous odds.

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 stabilizing 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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632866240
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Bone Season Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 152,348
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English language and literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first in a seven-book series, was a New York Times bestseller and the inaugural Today Book Club selection, and was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Film rights were acquired by the Imaginarium Studios and 20th Century Fox. The Mime Order, the second in the series, was also a New York Times bestseller. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.

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The Song Rising 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
So. I had two main thoughts right after I finished this book. First, these books have serious pacing issues. I swear this one was all over the place. Might just be me, but it's something I had an issue with in the last two books. But I'll get to more of that in a bit. Second, there wasn't enough of a certain Mime Lord. At the end of The Mime Order, that plot twist finally had me hooked on these books. And then... the turncoat that shall not be named is basically non-existent from this book beyond a few mentions here and there. That's what I was excited for! To see the stand-off between them and Paige. But... nothing. There's a scene near the end but it didn't warrant the ending of the previous book. Alright, so it's three books into the series. I had my issues with The Bone Season and The Mime Order but ultimately the books seemed to be getting better. I can't say that isn't true now having read The Song Rising but I'm thinking that I'm just never going to like this author's writing style.  Also this is going to be hard while also avoiding as many spoilers from previous books as I can, so keep with me here for a sec. Paige has taken on a LOT of new responsibilities as Underqueen in London. It's a constant battle for her, with her own emotions and decisions that need to be made, with her "subjects," with the Rephaim she's partnered with. I liked that each of these conflicts is brought out and developed, that Paige has to make the tough calls and face the consequences of her decisions.  On a lesser note, I am so tired of the Paige/Warden romance-baiting! We have three pretty massive books and now is NOT the time for them to cool their heels. Come on! If this is supposed to lead to some big revelation I will not be happy for being strung along this far. And it wouldn't surprise me if that's what happens based on the last scene. This book actually reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games trilogy, specifically Mockingjay, in that way. Girl turned revolution symbol must take down the evil government. The darkness, the reality that sets in during the course of The Song Rising makes it very real. Granted, there are far more books coming up in this series so Paige still has a lot of work to do. Now book 3 here is shorter than the previous installments which was great for me, first, in part, because of the pacing. It just wasn't consistent. For 75% of the book, I saw all of this real stuff going on but it was always written in a way that was either too slow and I became bored or too quick and was gone before the details set in. Now the last 25% was action scenes one after another. Something was always happening, tensions rising, and it was great. The ending? Eh, not sure how I feel about it but that comes in to the other part of the book length. The world has expanded from London in The Song Rising, and I can see how the series will be shifting directions from the Mime Order out into something bigger that might warrant the 7-book series. Might. We shall see. But while the world grew, the details weren't around. I felt like the books went from drowning the reader in world-building to not including enough.  I'm just... I don't think "underwhelmed" is quite the right word for this book but I felt like while it improved on some things, it failed on others. This wasn't the continuation I was hoping for but it's the one we got and I'm just wondering where this series is going and if it's getting too big for these characters and this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only recently encountered The Bone Season books and once I started reading I became fascinated with the slang and full texture of London. The characters get mature and real as Book 2 comes rolling in. I was thrilled when Book 3 came out, I could not get enough of the machinations that make up the Mime-Order's World. The ever looking shadow of Scion finally blossoms in this Book 3, showing the 'teeth' of that beast. The rememberances from the characters start to come together in a real-time feeling. Where previously we only had the Rephaim as the enemy focus we get real grit with Scion. Names, faces and plans galore! So excited to see that Paige Mahoney has more to come in future books and look forward to how that plays out. Bravo!
violingirl31 More than 1 year ago
I don't know how she does it, but each book in the series just keeps getting better and better. This book kept me completely captivated from start to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming soon
ManiB More than 1 year ago
(Review taken from http://literaryweaponry.com) The Song Rising is the third book in Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series. When the first book came out Shannon was compared to JK Rowling and many press releases said that her books would be more popular and influential than The Hunger Games. She was 21. I don’t know about you but at 21 I was hardly mature enough to be allowed into public, no less sign a six figure book deal. When I discovered this series in 2015 I was hooked and have waited for two years for the third installment to be released. Folks, I was not disappointed. The Song Rising picks up precisely where The Mime Order, the second installment, left off. Paige Mahoney is the newly appointed head of an underground faction of clairvoyants in Scion London. Many among them feel that she unfairly took the title from her previous mentor, Jaxon Hall, and that she doesn’t deserve the crown. Despite the unrest among them, Paige is determined to unite all the clairvoyants of London against Scion and bring the corrupt government to it’s knees. This would free Paige and those like her from their years of being viewed as lesser beings, not worthy of respect, and help lead them to the path to freedom instead of suffocating oppression. Scion is introducing a new level of that oppression in the form of a portable scanning device that easily allows their foot soldiers to reliably identify four types of clairvoyants. This device could bring Paige and her followers to it’s knees if it is not somehow stopped. Despite the unrest within her Mime Order, Paige and a group of trusted voyants set off out of London in an attempt to stop the scanners from being put into use. No leader within their order has ever left London before and more voyants seem to be losing their trust and patience with Paige’s reign. She has urged them underground, literally into the sewers, in an effort to keep them shielded from the scanners that would quickly end their lives. Despite the fact that she is trying to help them she has become immensely unpopular. She and her small group depart London with a seemingly impossible task. Their dangerous quest will lead them from London and into Manchester then on to what was formerly Scotland. In true Paige form, nothing goes quite as planned but she never gives up despite the immense weight of what she has to do. As a female lead she is everything I look for. Strong but not without fault. She thinks forward to what the future could be instead of just accepting her circumstances. Paige has a defined goal and set of principles that she isn’t willing to give up. She truly is one of the best leading female characters I have ever read. Alright, in a nutshell I adored this book. I think it is easily the best of the series out so far. Yes, it is the shortest of the three but there is so much going on, so much action that it is impossible to care about the length. I have never rooted so hard for a group of fictional characters in my life. The end was both painful and optimistic. While the story is obviously ongoing most of the story lines within the book were wrapped up nicely before moving on. I appreciate that. I hate when I get to the end of a book that I know will have a sequel and there are too many plot lines in the wind. Some sense of closure is needed even though the story itself is nowhere at an end. I can’t wait to see what Shannon comes up with next for these characters.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
*Some spoilers for earlier books in the series* The Song Rising was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and it didn’t disappoint. At the end, I was left stunned and in awe of Samantha Shannon’s writing. I’m already counting down the days until The Priory of The Orange Tree is released. The book begins immediately after the events at the end of The Mime Order. Paige has beaten Jaxon and become Underqueen. Additionally, Jaxon has been revealed as the traitor from the initial Ranthen rebellion. The Song Rising follows Paige’s reign as Underqueen as she attempts to protect her people from the new version of Senshield. Paige is still an incredibly complex and well-developed character. As she grows and changes in this novel, the reader sees the reasoning behind her decisions. Even though some of her decisions are heart-breaking (and I didn’t 100% agree with them), Paige always truly believes she is doing what is best for her people. The juxtaposition between Paige’s growing power and that of a new nemesis show Paige’s true strength of character and goodness of heart. Her complicated relationship with Warden progresses in this book and continues to delight. Paige is a wonderful character who is easily one of my favorite heroines. I absolutely loved how Paige explored new parts of the country in this book. Her adventures outside of London and the penal colony really fleshed out the world for me and gave me a better idea of the scale of the war they are now fighting. It was very interesting to see how clairvoyants lived in the different environments. This also allows for new secondary characters to be introduced and for old secondary characters to be further developed. The plot is utterly brilliant. It’s twisty, dark, and tangled. The political aspect is wonderfully intricate and yet explained so well that the reader has no trouble understanding. I didn’t see some of the twists coming. The ending was entirely unexpected and, although it wrapped the plot of this book up nicely, left me with questions. This book sets the stakes high for future installments in this series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. The Song Rising was a gripping, intense read that I absolutely loved. I would highly recommend both this book and the first two in the series. Definitely a 2017 release that you do not want to miss. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
forsakenfates More than 1 year ago
The Song Rising is the third book in Samantha Shannon’s epic seven part fantasy about Paige Mahoney and Scion. This series has quickly become one of my favorites right up there with Harry Potter. There is just so much attention to detail and vastness to the world that I love putting myself in the story and watching the story unfold. It also has such an intriguing “magic” system with the different orders of Clairvoyants and I love learning more about them as we delve deeper into this world. Samantha has always said Book 3 was the end of one arc of Paige’s story and this book would set up the next story arc. This is completely true in that it sets up the next part of the series while also tying up certain aspects from the beginning. I also think having this end of one story arc is helpful in what will be a seven book series. It helps break up the epic story and give you some sense of conclusion even as the plot expands and you learn more about what they are up against. One of the things I love about this series is how great Samantha Shannon is at getting you involved in the story and keeping you entertained from the start. The books have this constant action where you are on the edge of your seat waiting to see what Paige and Co. will get up to next. While we only get to see things from Paige’s perspective, her unique gift gives us more insight into many aspects of the world and those against Paige. This book also features so many of the characters I have come to love but also gave us time to meet new characters and fall in love with them. I think the ending of this book was perfect in the sense it left me feeling optimistic and content with where things stood for our characters but it also left the door wide open for what is to come. So while this book was the end of one story arc, I still hate that I have to wait over a year now for the next installment. Hopefully Book 4 is in our hands sooner rather than later and we get to be back with Paige and Co. soon. *Copy provided by Bloomsbury via NetGalley for review*
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon Book Three of The Bone Season series Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Date: March 7, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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… What I Liked: It's been quite a long time since I read (and enjoyed) The Mime Order, and even longer since I read The Bone Season. But this is a series that sticks with you, even if it's just the major events. It didn't take me long to get back into London 2059, where Paige Mahoney has taken the deadly position of Underqueen. Overall I think I enjoyed this third novel. It'll be interesting to see how Shannon makes this a seven-book series. In this book, Paige has assumed the role of Underqueen, with Jaxon Hall's shocking betrayal. Many voyants are not happy with her or her assent to power, and she has many more enemies than she ever has. But an entirely different problem has risen - the creation of the Senshield, a technology that has incredible sensitivity in detecting clairvoyants, especially since the power of the Senshield is to be harnessed into handheld detectors for the military. Paige knows she must prove herself as Underqueen, but she is also determined to find the core of the Senshield's power. The book starts off a little too slowly for my taste, but I got back into the story fairly quickly. Once the story shifted focus to the introduction of the Senshield and its deadly implications, I was more hooked. The Senshield is a game-changer for voyants, and Paige is forced to move the Mime Order underground to survive. Destroying the Senshield is the main focus of this book, but there are other problems. For example, Paige's tenuous hold as Underqueen, the Rephaite-human Mime Order relations, her complicated relationship with Warden, Hildred Vance (a villain almost as bad as Nashira). There is no shortage of threats and death surrounding Paige. This book really tests Paige's character. As Underqueen, she must make difficult and sometimes cruel decisions. Paige doesn't like who she is becoming. She wants to prove herself and she also wants to redeem herself. You can also see how Paige resolves herself to become a martyr, at a certain point in the story. But it was good to see how Paige handled conflict after conflict, because she didn't become a martyr or a coward - she survived and fought and became stronger, by the end of the book. One of my favorite aspects of this series is the barely-there romance. This book was a little odd, in terms of the romance. On the one hand, things definitely progress in a little steamier direction (though not overly so), between Warden and Paige. But on the other hand, Paige plays the I'm-Underqueen-and-I-can't-afford-to-be-distracted card, for much of the book. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Arys More than 1 year ago
Song Rising by Samantha Shannon is a direct continuation of The Mime Order. This means the beginning of the book is a bit in recovery mode after the climatic events of the previous book. Though, it does not take all that long for a renewed threat, in the form of the Senshield Sensors (more powerful than before), to appear. The, now epic, Bone Season series provides a well created world with flawed, dynamic, evolving characters, epitomized by Paige. Things are not easy for her, and as she fights the battles in front of her, you connect with her and the other characters more and deeper than ever before. Every wound is felt, every loss meaningful. Be prepared for the long game though as this is a series that will not be wrapped up in just three books, which just means that we will get to enjoy Paige and all of the characters that much longer. Overall, Song Rising was a great third book in the series with a growing magical dynamic in a world of complex characters. We are still finding out whose side people are on, and I have a feeling it will take till the last book of the series for all to be revealed. I very much recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review.)