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Backlist Blast #28: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day, everyone! Most of you will know that Samantha Shannon’s Priory of the Orange Tree came out this Tuesday! (Happy Book Birthday to Priory of the Orange Tree!) And this new release reminded me of another book by Samantha Shannon that has been on my TBR for quite some time: The Bone Season! Have any of you read this one? And what did you think?!

Backlist Blast is a meme created by Milana from A Couple Reads and myself, and is meant to encourage book bloggers to feature and talk about backlist books (meaning books that were published 6 months ago, or earlier). We all get excited about all of the newest books coming out, but many of us also have a looming TBR of books published 6 months ago or earlier that we still need to read!

The main purpose of this meme is to talk about those books, and remember why we wanted to read them in the first place. Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before! For more information on the meme, and for optional themes, please see the info page here.

Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: August 20, 2013

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


Samantha Shannon 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. Film and TV rights were acquired by the Imaginarium Studios. The Mime Order followed in 2015 and The Song Rising in 2017. Her next novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, will be published in February 2019. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in London.



17 thoughts on “Backlist Blast #28: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

    1. You just described my relationship with SO many books from my TBR hahaha. I hope that we’ll both get to read Bone Season AND Priory this year hehehe

    1. Hahaha yeah I can’t decide which one to pick up first! One is YA and the other is adult….one is like dystopian and sci-fi and the other is high fantasy….decisions decisions!

  1. The slow burn romance killed me in this one! She does throw a lot on info at you in the first bit, but the worldbuilding is incredible and her writing is amazing! I really hope you get to read Priory eventually too!

  2. I think it’s awesome that you have a meme dedicated to backlist books. You’re right that a lot of times people only focus on newer releases and there are so many great older books out there that deserve recognition as well.

    1. Ahhh thank you so much! It wast mostly my co-host’s idea 🙂 but it’s definitely helped us and other people pay more attention to older books 🙂 And I’m glad that you agree about older books!

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