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The mime order : a novel
Shannon, Samantha, 1991-
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New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
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517 pages; 25 cm
Fugitive Paige Mahoney flees Scion while Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare for a rare assembly of the clairvoyant community that is clouded by dark secrets, the emergence of the Rephaim, and an elusive Warden.
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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.   Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Author Notes

Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English language and literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season , the first novel in her seven-book series, was a TODAY Book Club pick and rights were sold in twenty-eight countries. Film rights were sold to 20th Century Fox.

Follow Samantha on Twitter: @say_shannon; and on her blog:

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Shannon's debut, The Bone Season (2013), delivered readers to a tyrannical, near-future London, where clairvoyants are forced to live in an Underground where competing gangs are ruled by ruthless mime-lords and mime-queens who control their turf and underlings with terrifying spirit powers. Shannon's voyant hero, young dreamwalker Paige Mahoney, has miraculously escaped from a penal colony run by the Rephaim, bloodthirsty yet regal creatures from the Netherworld, and now reluctantly resumes her position as second-in-command to mime-lord Jaxson Hill. Even though she is London's most-wanted fugitive, Paige refuses to play it safe, courting danger repeatedly as a freedom fighter facing insane odds. Absurdly brave and fantastically gifted psychically and physically, Paige is a scrappy, righteous, and strategic warrior. Between battles, she commissions the writing of a penny dreadful about the Rephaim, a clever variation on the pamphlets used in revolutions past, and risks all by deciding to trust Warden, her former Rephaim captor. Shannon creates vividly dilapidated, macabre, and mysterious worlds both urban and within the dreamscapes Paige valiantly enters. The motley, elaborately costumed characters are compelling; the nonstop, often eerie action is riveting. And the story reverberates with echoes of the slave trade, industrial servitude, and classic gangster drama, all intensified by keenly imagined otherworldly combat. A Clockwork Orange meets A Tale of Two Cities meets Harry Potter in this clever, caring, and spellbinding tale, which promises more to come. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Bone Season was a sensation, and a six-figure global marketing campaign will ramp up excitement as Shannon's exceptional fantasy saga continues.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This intricate second installment in Shannon's ambitious seven-book series, after 2013's The Bone Season, follows dreamwalker Paige Mahoney, a peculiarly opaque protagonist, after her daring escape from the penal colony of Sheol I. Now on the run from Scion, the organization that controls the London of 2059, Paige's only hope for survival is to return to the Unnatural Assembly, those who control the community of clairvoyants who rule London's underground. In order to destroy Scion and alert her fellow voyants to the existence of the mysterious, often malevolent Rephaim, she decides to seize control of the Assembly and become the new Underqueen of the syndicate. To do that, she'll have to truly master her powers, avoid relentless authorities and occasional hit men, and possibly betray those closest to her. Though the story starts slowly, it quickly picks up speed, racing toward broadly telegraphed plot points in unexpected ways. Shannon's world-building is original and intriguing, especially the complex, almost mythic voyant underground. However, this installment does rely heavily on knowledge of the previous one. Agent: David Godwin, David Godwin Associates. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Paige Mahoney, aka the Pale Dreamer and recent escapee of the penal colony Sheol I, is back in her beloved London, but her situation is far from ideal. Branded as Scion's most wanted, she is forced to go back to Jaxon Hall, her former mime lord, and resume her life as his mollisher so the syndicate will protect her from Scion. But when syndicate Underlord Haymarket Hector and his entire gang are brutally murdered, both Paige and Jaxon see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Jaxon wants to be the new Underlord, and Paige thinks she can finally turn the self-serving, corrupt syndicate toward her cause of bringing down Scion. What Paige doesn't know is that, just as in Sheol I, things in the syndicate are not at all what they seem, and when Warden and his Rephaite allies return, Paige once again finds herself the leader in a fight to change, and quite possibly save, the world. VERDICT Full of the action, turns, and surprising revelations that readers have come to expect from Shannon, this new installment ends on a wholly unexpected twist. [See Prepub Alert, 4/21/14.] Elisabeth Clark, West Florida P.L., Pensacola (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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