The Bone Season
How to categorize this novel.... It is an interesting combination of genres: science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, futuristic, dystopian, paranormal, political corruption, and underworld crime.
It takes a little while to become settled in the first chapter. The author's attempt to give some background to the world she has created is in the form of an information dump that doesn't always make things clearer. There are also a lot of terms that need to be explained and although there is a glossary at the back, it would have been nice to have more of them defined in context. That said, the inclusion of new terms didn't bother me exceedingly, and after the plenitude of sometimes puzzling information, by the second chapter, I was quickly immersed in the world Shannon has created.
Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant, a class of people feared and hunted by the Scion government. Just to say one is a "voyant" is only the beginning, however, because one size does not fit all. There are seven major orders and under each order there are sub-orders.
(for example: if you were classified as a Guardian, you might be a Binder, a Summoner, a Necromancer, or an Exorcist).
Paige Mahoney is a Jumper, the highest category, and under that umbrella, she is a Dreamwalker, an extremely rare type of clairvoyant. Since voyants are persecuted by the government, they often join one of the criminal syndicates that protects them, and Paige has a crucial role in the syndicate run by the mime-lord Jaxon Hall. She is his Dreamwalker and his Mollisher (chosen successor).
When an attempt is made to arrest Paige, she discovers an element of her power that leaves one man dead and another insane. She escapes the initial confrontation, but is later captured and transferred to a voyant prison run by a powerful alien society known as the Rephaim, who work in conjunction with the Scion government that supplies the voyants.
I found myself engrossed and unable to put the novel down for any length of time--all other projects and activities were set aside. I already had the second book and dived into it immediately.
The trailer is a great introduction to the book.
SciFi/Fantasy. 2013. Print length: 480 pages.