Liz Currently Loves…The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon


Publication Date: January 27th 2015 from Bloomsbury

Source: Netgalley

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.

I was one of the people who completely fell in love with “The Bone Season” the first in what will be a series of 7 books – I didnt think that anything could top that, but with “The Mime Order” the stakes were raised and if anything this was even better.

It probably helped that the world that Ms Shannon has built here is now sharply focussed – there was a lot of information to assimilate in book one, with The Mime Order you know whats what and who is who and are already involved with the people and the places.

Paige may have escaped captivity but her problems are only just beginning – with the gangs in disarray she must pull everyone together to face the Rephaim but when everyone has their own agenda and nobody cares much for anyone but themselves this is no easy task – and as the most wanted person in London she must do all of this from a place of hiding. Once more the rich layers of the world the characters inhabit comes to life, there are thrills and spills, some very emotional moments and a lot of hard decisions ahead for Paige.

As a main protagonist Paige is terrifically well drawn and she comes into her own in this instalment. Jaxon is still intriguing and difficult to read when it comes to motivation, he is definitely one of my favourites. Add to that a plethora of other fascinating characters both good and evil and you have a really fun reading experience.

The world building is solidified and expanded and there is a richness to the prose that envelops you – the story is pacy and gripping throughout and descriptively speaking it is really excellent. I enjoyed it very much and as a fan of YA and Fantasy I would highly recommend it.

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