The Song Rising

The Song Rising

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Book - 2017 | 1st U.S. ed
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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 stabilizing 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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781632866240
Characteristics: 363 p. : map ; 25 cm


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Dec 01, 2017

This third installment from millennial author Shannon manages to keep pace with the intensity of her first two books while bumping up the scope of action and intrigue another notch.

Shannon's writing is uneven, but I'm not sure this is altogether a minus. On one hand the story gets away from her at moments, calling for a little more suspension of disbelief than I was willing to give, or placing motivations in her characters that are subtly out of alignment with actions they took a chapter or two earlier. And there are a significant number of common grammatical errors and even typos.

On the other hand Shannon at her best exhibits a depth of feeling and a capacity for the complexities of relationship worthy of an author with three times her experience (not to mention her years)! Even more than in the first two novels, her writing in /The Song Rising/ soars here and there to heights I can only call poetic. She may be full of contradictions, but I for one am loving every minute of it. I can't wait for book #4!

CMLReads_Kristin Jul 12, 2017

More danger and intrigue in Samantha Shannon's well-constructed voyant world. Fans of the first two books will definitely want to find out what happens next! Start with The Bone Season...this does not stand on it's own!

Mar 12, 2017

It's funny. Even though, both The Crooked Kingdom and The Song Rising both have the protagonists fighting against the "system," with terrible odds stacked against them, it's just so much more serious here. It's also much more complicated, and the enemies much harder to beat. There was hardly ever a moment where I thought that they were gonna beat all odds no matter what, which was the complete opposite of what I was feeling while reading The Crooked Kingdom. It's crazy. Even though, I think Bardugo's writing is stronger, Shannon's story makes up for her weaker writing. However, I still don't understand how she's gonna write four more books out of this.

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