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Goodreads rating: 4.22
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This book. THIS BOOK. It was worth the two year wait and more, because it was absolutely bloody brilliant. Fantastic, amazing, exquisite. It left me in a mess of feelings and emotions that I’m still trying to process. It was the kind of book that I wanted to reread the second I finished it. Not only to reread it, but the entire series that it is part of (and this is saying something, since I just finished rereading the first two books a couple of months ago). It was an adventure that I am so glad to have been part of.
The Song Rising continues the story of Paige Mahoney, now Underqueen of the London Syndicate, who is trying to jumpstart a revolution and overthrow Scion. But with the looming introduction of Senshield, a new and improved way of detecting voyants, things escalate a lot faster than Paige had anticipated.
I’ve spoken time and time again about my utmost love for this series. The Bone Season felt like a fresh air back when I first read it and now, three books later, it’s still as original to me as it was back then. Although people have pointed out problematic aspects in the first book (you can read some reviews that highlight those here and here), I feel like the next two books, The Mime Order and The Song Rising, highlight such a strong progression in the story. To put it simply, The Bone Season as a whole is the story about the birth of a revolution, which starts blossoming with The Song Rising. The scene is set, the players identified, and now the dance begins. Its message of revolution, rebellion, striving to protect what is yours, what is dear to your heart, protect the community and your sense of self – it permeates the pages. I honestly cannot express well enough the impact that this book had on me. I was hooked from the very first page – it felt like coming home.
Samantha has matured as a writer and it shows. The prose flows, it enraptures the reader and I was holding my breath for 90% of the time, because everything that was happening was so intense. I was worried at first because, compared to the second book, this one was much shorter, but having finished it, I realise it was exactly how it was supposed to be. The only downside is that I finished it way too fast and I need the next book this second. 😂 My heart broke several times throughout reading, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
The characters made the journey even more worthwhile. Paige is a force to be reckoned with and she’s definitely part of my all time favourite female characters. Maria and Tom are SO dear to my heart, I can’t even. Warden is bae, so are Nick and Eliza. The only thing is that I wish we had seen more of Nashira and Jaxon, especially, but I have a feeling they’ll be back with a vengeance in the next books. Also, I love how Samantha chooses to have so many female antagonists – smart, ruthless, devious women that make your blood chill.
I also have to mention something else, and this way, say a huge thank you to the author: she made Romania, my country, a part of this story. Not many people know about it, fewer people care about it, but to see it present in a series that is so dear to my heart means so incredibly much. So thank you ❤️
What I’m trying to say is that more people need to be reading this series. It’s so, so good and I cannot recommend it enough. It has a compelling story, amazing characters, beautiful writing and I absolutely adore it.
“When you dream of change, it shines bright, like fire, and burns away all the rot that came before it. It’s swift and inexorable. You cry for justice, and justice is done. The world stands with you in your fight. But if there was one thing I had learned in these last few weeks, it was that change had never been that simple. That kind of revolution existed only in daydreams.”
“As centuries passed in you world, I learned everything about the human race. I learned that humans have a mechanism inside them: a mechanism called hatred, which can be activated with the lightest pull of a string. I saw war and cruelty. I saw slaughter and slavery. I learned how humans control one another. When we arrived in your realm, I used the stores of knowledge I had saved from the observatory – specifically knowledge of how intensely humans can hate. It was easy to turn the tide of public odium towards “unnaturals”, and to promise control. That was how Scion was born. An empire founded on human hatred. “
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