Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, 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 centre 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.
I am not okay. I think it is fairly safe to say that this book has devastated me with it’s greatness. I can confidently say I was not prepared for this. Especially that final page. That betrayal man. I let out a groan of anger at that, strongly suppressing the urge to scream. Oh buddy am I mad at that one person. UUUUGH. Nothing will ever be okay until I can see that person in flames. They deserve it so much. But lets move swiftly onward before this entire review turns into a massive rant about them and about how awful they are. Yes.
Lets start with Paige. She has grown so much as a person during this book, especially in strength. Her cunning was impressive. So much so that every one around her was shocked – especially Nick and that is saying something (can I just add in now that sötnos means ‘cutie’ in Norwegian – I think – and ‘sweetheart’ in Swedish – again, this is what I think it means, please don’t crucify me if I am wrong – but either way I really hope he is calling her cutie because for some reason that is hilarious to me.). Paige really knew what she wanted and how to get it and frankly she dealt with being betrayed pretty darn well. The sheer amount of times she got physically beaten and walked away though, that was impressive. I mean, how was she still able to move after the third time that it had happened? Never mind the like eight more times. I am astounded by her ability to recover. As a clumsy person I really want to know how she does it. Like seriously, what’s her secret and where do I get it? I need it. Her relationship with Warden was pretty darn believable. Romance was a tiny part of this book and for that I am grateful. She didn’t depend on him and she was definitely her own person. She lent on him for strength only when she needed to and didn’t force anything he didn’t want and neither did he – force anything she didn’t want. In fact he was the more reserved of the pair which isn’t often seen, so that was nice. I think that shows exactly how strong Paige was and that is so important when having a female protagonist. I am so grateful to Samantha Shannon for doing this when it is so rarely done in popular YA Fantasy books. Although that may be where it is done the most, so maybe my previous statement is inaccurate. Oh well.
In this book Warden did not play as much of a part as he did in the previous one, but the one he did play was vital to everything working out as it did in the end. Bro – that ending. I am super happy that he reappeared in this book because for some reason I really like him as a character. Maybe it’s just my need to see all unhappy characters be happy. I don’t know. He really came into his own in this book. Much like Paige did. No longer was he forced to be with Nashira Sargas, the witch, he could finally choose for himself who he wanted to be ‘physically intimate’ with. And that person turned out to be Paige. Although I will admit that before I read ‘The Chapter’ I may have put the book down and procrastinated for about half an hour before being able to pick it up again. Thankfully though my awkwardness was not called for as they only really talked before it ‘faded to black’ so to speak. Although that chapter was still awesome and 100% necessary for plot. I just still cannot get over the Repahims weird law about not touching humans. It’s not like they’re dirty or anything. Or that they’re touch is a curse that’ll kill them. I’m not bitter about that or anything, she says bitterly, with a bitter expression.
Right. The White Binder. Jaxon Hall. (I think his surname is Hall, correct me if I am wrong please) I have so many feelings about this many. He is a conniving bastard, don’t get me wrong. But he is also incredibly intelligent and outstandingly cunning. But he is also deplorable. So very very deplorable. Man. If that bit at the end doesn’t tell you just how awful he is then I do not know what will. He is a fabulous character, but a truly awful person and that is unfortunately something I look for in favourite characters. Not that I don’t want to see him burn in the pits of hell because I most certainly do. Just not for another book or so please. He is a very complicated character, we don’t see who’s side he is truly on until the end and once we do it’s a massive shock to everyone, but not to him. He has known exactly who he was working for this whole time much to both Paige and I’s disgust and betrayal. I honestly don’t think I have ever been more betrayed by a book character in all my life. Like srsly man, this was dramatic.
The fight to become Underlord/Queen was intense fam. Like my heart was racing the whole time. That writing was so beautifully done it was as if I was watching it happening rather than reading it. Don’t get me wrong – there was no telling here, only showing, and for that I am super happy about. Not just any author can pull off such a well written fight seen and when they do its fantastic and should be framed and marveled at by the masses. I mean I knew how it was ultimately going to end, but what actually was going to happen I had no idea about and when it did I was almost laughing at the shockingness and at the beauty of it. It was just so wonderful fam. Like srsly. So beautiful. I think I might be in love. It was just. Too. Good. So good.
The plot in this one was hella dramatic and I definitely appreciated it. It was impressive in it’s impressiveness and I think I am in love. I don’t think that I have ever met a better plot in my entire life so thank you Samantha Shannon for bringing this one into my life. I think that it was definitely needed. Although I wouldn’t mind the next book now please. Please? I think that I may have a book hangover after this one which is sad because this one will be my second in as many months. Damn you brilliant authors. Damn you I say! But also thank you and please never stop writing – unless you have to in which case I’m not going to force you because I don’t want second rate books thank you very much.
Where this books predecessor fell flat this one shone bright and flew for the stars so it will be getting all of the stars out of five, otherwise known as infinity/5. So thank you Fate for bringing this book and I together we are off to go and get married and ride off into the sunset.
Thank you and goodnight,