Series: The Bone Season #1
on August 20, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a "dreamwalker", in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.
Clairvoyant Paige Mahoney is taken prisoner in the first book to an epic adult fantasy series. Let’s review, shall we?
My feelings are a bit mixed when it comes to this book. On one hand, the story and characters are incredibly interesting. Paige is a likable, intelligent heroine. Her ability to adapt with her surroundings and learn new skills is admirable. The rest of the characters are less defined than Paige, but none of them feel unnecessary. The tension between Paige and Warden is palpable. While the story starts slowly, it picks up the pace toward the middle of the novel for an action packed conclusion.
On the other hand, I had a hard time with the setting and the world building. My biggest issue is with the language, particularly the slang terms the author uses liberally throughout the novel. It took me to the middle of the novel to feel I had a grasp on the language only for a new term to occur. The problematic language only accentuated the poorly constructed world building.
tl;dr A problematic adult fantasy with interesting characters yet a poorly constructed setting.