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Parents' Guide to

The Bone Season

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Ambitious clairvoyant fantasy is gripping, violent.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Unique and fun to read! A gateway to adult fantasy.

I am so glad I ignored my first impressions and gave The Bone Season a try! I don't know how many times I read the synopsis for this book and thought, "The Bone Season? Clairvoyants? Nope. Solid pass." But after hearing so much praise for it (and having all my other to-reads stuck on hold at the library) I picked it up - and never put it down! There's great character building and a bit of mystery in her writing that I loved. The character relations are subtly and beautifully written. I will say there's a lot of information thrown at you in the first half of the book, which is very necessary to explain the complex magic system and world building. I felt very overwhelmed at first but the author tends to holds your hand throughout the book so that you understand and she has visual references that are great to go back to as you read. It sits on the border of YA/Adult so parents will want to be aware that there is some strong language and mild sexual content (PG-13). Nothing too intense and feels necessary for the story/characters. I am still coming down from a book-finishing-high as I write this so I am sure there's other con's I'll think of later. But overall I found this to be fun and unique. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next.
age 15+

I loved it

The book is on more of a supernatural sci-fi than just an ordinary sci-fi, there are characters who see ghosts and people who can read minds, etc. The book was very enthralling to me, I honestly couldn't put it down, and I'm very picky on books. There is talking of sex but it's natural for the lifestyle that the characters in the later part of the book is in, and it doesn't go into detail, its third parties saying that they need to becareful so they can't have kids. There is also a bit of long-ago and violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

THE BONE SEASON brims with ambition. Its world-building is intricate, its premise original, its prose more than merely serviceable. Debut author Samantha Shannon hit the ground running and expects the reader to keep up. For the most part, her strategy works. Although the climactic scenes pay off, a repetitiveness creeps into the series of tests and trials Paige Mahoney must endure. And there's something predictable in the development of Paige's relationship with her captor, Warden.

Those are quibbles, though. The Bone Season is likely to attract a wide audience for its young author and leave readers ready for the next volume in the proposed seven-part saga.

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