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Book Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (ARC)

17901125Published: January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury.

Format: Kindle Edition, 320 pages.

Source: NetGalley.

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Thoughts: It’s finally here! I’ve been waiting to read The Bone Season’s sequel for quite a while now. NetGalley was kind enough to give me an Advanced Readers Copy a few months back and I totally freaked out. Back in 2013 I wrote my review for The Bone Season and completely fell in love with the characters and the world. Samantha Shannon, this series just keeps getting better! It was so easy to delve into the world again because the author does a wonderful job quickly restating the plot. Weeks leading up to The Mime Order’s release, the author posted Crash Courses and Refreshers on her blog explaining important aspects of the world and its characters. Click here to read them. They are well written and extremely helpful for those of you who don’t want to re-read the first book before January 27th.

The world building in The Mime Order is well crafted and complex. I really want to visit London now. Now, many critics of the first book said too much information and unfamiliar terminology was introduced all at once. An info dump that made the beginning of the story somewhat difficult to follow. However, this problem completely disappears as the series continues. It’s also important to note that the plot does build up slowly and that can throw some readers off, but trust me when I say that the story will pick up. It’s worth it because the reader gets to learn more about the Criminal Underworld located under Scion and about the power struggle within it. Eventually we get a sense of just how massive this story will be.

To be back in Paige Mahoney’s head is wonderful. Her POV (Point of View) is mesmerizing. She’s clever, quick-witted, serious, flawed, and extremely resilient. In The Bone Season, she’s thrust into a situation she doesn’t want to be in and reading The Mime Order we see growing character development that is far from over. Warden does make an appearance, but due to spoilers I won’t say much except OH MY GOSH! His presence in the story is intoxicating. I’m head over heals. Aside from the two main characters though, it’s refreshing to see a cast of secondary characters who are just as intriguing. Jaxon Hall can be frustrating, but I love him anyway. Others like Zeke, Nick, and Nadine fill the story with incredible dialogue and life. It’s fantastic to read a series where I’m invested in every character. They all add something.

The Mime Order is a stunning sequel that definitely left me yearning for the third book. If you’re looking for a dark, compelling fantasy I highly suggest you pick this one up. The long wait was worth it and I can’t wait to see what else Samantha Shannon has in store. We still have five books left! Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Bring on January 27th!

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