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 . . .
This book, awe man this book. It was so dramatic it almost hurt. You could tell that Shannon wanted to torture her characters and it was very very effective at making the story the best it could be and so I am grateful of her willingness to put her characters through the worst. Buddy it was super dramatic and if it hadn’t been then I would have been disappointed to be perfectly honest. This is what I expect from Shannon and not only did she deliver but she stepped up her game and it was so great.
The plot was full of twists and turns and they went everywhere. Like seriously. I’m pretty sure that the only place they didn’t visit was Wales like damn. I wish I could do that much travelling. The world that Shannon created in all of those places really sprang to life and it was so clear in my mind all the new settings that we were delivered to. She has such a vivid way of writing that brings the entire book to life right before your very eyes and I think that she might be the only author that I have read that has been able to do it with such ability. The settings that she writes are so grimy and real that you feel that you can just walk down any alley way and you’ll find yourself falling down into the Spaewife’s domain or walk into a random house and find the Scuttling Queen sat there ready to ignore all of the problems that are coming her way.
Not only are her settings given to you with such immense detail but her characters are too. All of them have incredible back stories and you immediately want to care about the one’s she wants you too. There’s none of that awkward build up where you are unsure if you like or trust the character – no you immediately know where you stand with them. Except for Jaxon of course but he could have an entire other post written about him. There is one thing about Shannon’s writing is that it is quite predictable and I imagine that that’s what she wants it to be. She is such a master crafts(wo)man that you can tell what she is doing and why until you can’t and you know that you are about to be in for the ride of a lifetime (book wise of course… I feel like that was obvious but y’know).
I don’t know if I have mentioned how much I love Shannon’s London and I’m going to be honest I love Scion. I love the idea of it – not the part of someone deciding to kill other people just because of something they can’t control but the part where she is using it to mirror our society in such a subtle (or not to subtle) way that I think will make this series so important in the future. I do think that it is an iconic series that will quickly become a classic and if it doesn’t then I will eat my hat because if it doesn’t then something will have gone badly wrong with the world.
I’m really liking finding out more about the Ranthen because they are so interesting and I really hope that they are explored more in future books – although I imagine that will be hard what with that ending. That ending was certainly something and I think it was perfect and exactly how it should have ended. I mean, it was certainly a cliffhanger and I do love a good cliffhanger. The ending wasn’t just a good cliffhanger though, it was also an excellent plot twist and I do love it when they come together like that. It really allows you to see a writer’s full capabilities – although I do feel as though Shannon is holding out on us a smidge. But that is perfectly okay.
Overall I think this book has to have a full 5/5 stars for it’s sheer perfection and wonderful continuation of an already spectacular story. Please read this book if you have already read the previous two and if not then please start with the first. It will really make all of this much more magical and perfect. Although there is one annoying thing about this series – there was a cover change and now the only way to get the original covers is to pre-order the collector’s edition, of course that’s not an awful thing especially as they cost the same amount, the downside is they are limited edition and only come in hardback. So do you feel the struggle? Anyway, please buy and read this book/series, you will not regret a minute of it – I swear!
Live long and happy reading,