The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon

Fantasy, 510 pages, published in 2015

After escaping her imprisonment, Paige has to figure out how to live in the world outside again, as well as struggle against higher powers in order to tell the truth about their society.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Content Warnings: violence/gore

Aside from my few small issues, I am continuing to really enjoy this series! I’m glad I’m reading it so soon before a new book comes out.

As with the first book, the magic is the weakest part of this for. I just don’t feel like I got a good grip on it in the first book, so I don’t think I will unless I reread that one. I understand what it can do, but not how it works, which is actually fine for me. I can accept that a character can do a certain thing because that’s just how their magic works. I did like that this book dove into different types of magic, as well as how society views people based on what magic they have.

The setting of this book is very different than the first one, and I honestly preferred the setting of the first book better.

There was one character that drove me insane throughout, but I think that was the point. Every time they would mutter their catchphrase, I just had to roll my eyes.

I thought there was a fair amount of action in this book. The first one kind of felt like an exploration and education of the world, but in this book, there were a lot of different high stakes scenes.

The romantic/sexual tension in the book was *chef’s kiss* perfect for me. I think I remember Samantha Shannon saying somewhere that she writes one kiss scene per book in this series…that’s a surefire way to get me on board. I love this relationship’s progression from hatred to tentative curiosity to attraction to something more. It does make me a little nervous that this relationship is presented so early on in a projected seven book series though…

Speaking of which, I am very curious to see how this series will be seven books. I think the first two books both have endings that are dramatic and change the trajectory of the story, but I’m curious what the overarching goal will be.

Anyway, I really did enjoy this book! I’ve been listening to the audiobooks for this series so far and the narrator is really growing on me. I can’t wait to read more!

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