Monday, 27 February 2017

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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…

Oh man, you are not ready for this book.  
The world is not prepared for this book.

I bet that if you have finished The Mime Order that you will be desperate for this book. Well, I can confirm it is worth the wait.

The Song Rising has a different feel to it than the first two. Now we really feel the storyline settling into place and so the stakes are upped and tension rises. Here the story really shows that it is a dystopian.
Paige leaves London in this novel, travelling to Manchester and Edinburgh. Just like London in the first two books,  Shannon's descriptions of these cities are absolutely spot on, especially Edinburgh. If you've been, its so easy to picture the places and imagine yourself there. If you haven't, let the words take you there. 

As usual, Shannon's writing is beautiful. The complex relationships between the characters are enthralling and the twists and turns of The Song Rising will leave you breathless. 

Paige is most definitely one of my favourite protagonists. She's so strong and smart and flawed and basically everything you want in a protagonist. I'm behind her all the way, cheering her on and shouting 'NO' at the book pretty often.

Warden fans wont be disappointed, prepare to become more obsessed. I'm looking forward to learning more about this still quite enigmatic character. 

Shannon takes risks in this book, and they will leave you reeling. The Song Rising includes something I've seen happen to a character in a book and I think about that part often. It's such a bold thing to include and I love it ( or rather, I love to hate it - its a wild ride).

I'm so glad that this book is going to be 7 books long. It's so exciting knowing that the story wont be rushed to an ending and that there's so much room to expand. So much to look forward too! It's going to be epic. 
Now to wait to book 4....
5 Stars!

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