Update: This giveaway has ended. The winner is Ashley of City Girl Scapes! Thank you all for signing up!
Welcome to the Lost Generation Blog Tour stop for The Mime Order! I’m happy to be back on the tour to review the second book in one of my favorite series. There have been some fantastic reviews already and I anticipate more, so check out the other blogs listed in the image above. You can visit this site for more information, and click here for my review of The Bone Season.
The marvelous team at Bloomsbury decided to do something extra fun this time around. Each reviewer had the option of getting a special image made with their aura surrounding them based on your type of Clairvoyance. A brief description of the seven orders are as follows:
I. Soothsayers – Purple – Require ritual objects called numa to connect with the æther
II. Augurs – Blue – Use organic matter, or elements, to connect with the æther
III. Mediums – Green – Connect with the æther through spiritual possession
IV. Sensors – Yellow – Privy to the æther on a sensory and linguistic level
V. Guardians – Orange – Have a higher degree of control over spirits
VI. Furies – Orange-red – Subject to internal change when connecting with the aether
VII. Jumpers – Red – Able to affect the aether outside their own physical limits
You can read more about auras here. Personally, I’m a Medium with a green aura. I think it suits me well.
Now, time for a little review and giveaway…
Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal
Source: ARC from Publisher
Published Date: 2015
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, 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 center 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. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
Upon my reread of The Bone Season before starting this book, I asked myself at one point, “How is this going to make it through seven books?” Well, I shut up quickly after reading The Mime Order. That’s not to say anything about Samantha Shannon’s imagination, because it’s been made clear by just one book that she has a vivid and extensive one, but I didn’t realize how deep this story could go.
That being said, I’m in love… again. The characters, the setting, the plot twists, I’m hooked. Protagonist/heroine/lady-badass-voyant Paige Mahoney proves once again that she doesn’t need a man to be strong. Sure, she has support, and help occurs, but her stubborn edge and determination for a better world drive her to push forward and make her own rules. Not even Jaxon Hall is able to hold her back for long, and for good reason.
When Jaxon refuses to help Paige bring Scion down and fight for what’s right she decides to take matters into her own hands. This helps shape the other characters, especially the other members of the Seven Seals. It shows them all in a more human light rather than puppets to the same master. They help Paige out of respect for and faith in her rather than living in fear of Jaxon. True friendship in a world of terror and deceit is beyond valuable.
One of the main plots in book two of this sensational series revolves around protecting voyants from humans, Rephaim, and Emim as humans find more ways to detect voyants and the Rephaim/Emim begin to appear in Scion. They also are in search of a new Underlord/Underqueen due to spoilery circumstances. I don’t want to give away the biggest plots in detail and get too far down the voyant hole, but I will say that the progression of these main plots floored me. Especially that ending. Do you hear me, Samantha? YOU. FLOORED. ME. WHAT. THE. EFF. WAS. THAT.
Moving on to another matter: Warden. Where is he? What’s going on? Well, he shows up, make no mistake of that. I appreciated Paige having her own time to shine before the reintroduction of Warden. He wasn’t gone as long as I thought he would be, but I appreciated the way in which he returned. It speaks volumes to have a character duo helping each other out rather than one being weak and the other taking care of everything. It’s an intensely human quality that I find lacking in many other series out there. Then again, Shannon is clever and *ahem* realistic, so of course she’d get this one right. What am I saying? She got it all right.
In conclusion, this book presents an in-depth look of the inner workings of Scion as well as how corruption and deception exists within every cohort, every species. Alas, no light without a dark. The Mime Order ends with even more darkness, but the light has not completely gone out. There is hope for Scion, and it lies with one little dreamer having a huge reason to push forward.
This might come as a surprise considering my praise of Paige and others, but Jaxon is actually my favorite character. I love a well written villain, and his manipulation mixed with how he always has another plan to move forward with if something doesn’t go his way works for him. I won’t be surprised if he’s taken down eventually, but for now he’s fighting to keep things his way. And I admire his ability to stir up trouble. Just when you think you know what he’s about, you’re wrong. I’ve learned not to assume his motives or allegiances too quickly after getting through this book.
1. You must be 13 years or older to participate.
2. You do not need a blog to participate.
3. The book must be shipped to a United States address.
4. Winner will be picked using random.org.
Comment on this post with your email address and something relating to The Bone Season series. You can talk about who you would cast for certain characters, what you think about this type of world Shannon built, or even simply state that you’re interested in the series and want to read the books. Anything you want! Bonus point for making it fun. Another bonus point for following me on Twitter.
The giveaway will end on Tuesday, January 20th at 11:59pm Eastern. I will contact the winner on Wednesday.