Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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Overall Score: 9/10

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Yes, Book 3

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Source: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Book Summary (From GoodReads)

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…

Review

The Song Rising is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and it didn’t disappoint. At the end, I was left stunned and in awe of Samantha Shannon’s writing. I’m already counting down the days until The Priory of The Orange Tree is released.

The book begins immediately after the events at the end of The Mime Order. Paige has beaten Jaxon and become Underqueen. Additionally, Jaxon has been revealed as the traitor from the initial Ranthen rebellion. The Song Rising follows Paige’s reign as Underqueen as she attempts to protect her people from the new version of Senshield.

Paige is still an incredibly complex and well-developed character. As she grows and changes in this novel, the reader sees the reasoning behind her decisions. Even though some of her decisions are heart-breaking (and I didn’t 100% agree with them), Paige always truly believes she is doing what is best for her people. The juxtaposition between Paige’s growing power and that of a new nemesis show Paige’s true strength of character and goodness of heart. Her complicated relationship with Warden progresses in this book and continues to delight. Paige is a wonderful character who is easily one of my favorite heroines.

I absolutely loved how Paige explored new parts of the country in this book. Her adventures outside of London and the penal colony really fleshed out the world for me and gave me a better idea of the scale of the war they are now fighting. It was very interesting to see how clairvoyants lived in the different environments. This also allows for new secondary characters to be introduced and for old secondary characters to be further developed.

The plot is utterly brilliant. It’s twisty, dark, and tangled. The political aspect is wonderfully intricate and yet explained so well that the reader has no trouble understanding. I didn’t see some of the twists coming. The ending was entirely unexpected and, although it wrapped the plot of this book up nicely, left me with questions. This book sets the stakes high for future installments in this series and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The Song Rising was a gripping, intense read that I absolutely loved. I would highly recommend both this book and the first two in the series. Definitely a 2017 release that you do not want to miss.

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