Published: March 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 3.5/5.0
A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 . . .
Samantha Shannon’s books are a little weird for me. I start off curious but they’re never books that I’ve been dying to read… by the end however, I’m always VERY impressed by how events unfold and how the characters change. Part of what I love the most is how you could never in a million years confuse the plots or mix anything up because each book is very distinct from its predecessors. Each book is a new chapter in Paige’s life- once it’s closed, it’s closed.
The Song Rising begins with Paige having just ascended to the throne as Underqueen. She must simultaneously retain control of the Mime Order and strike a blow at Scion, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as Scion develops technology to identify clairvoyants. The central goal in The Song Rising is the destruction of the SenShield device that detects voyants, leading Paige and her close allies out of London and into the other citadels in England. This provided a nice change in scenery and an opportunity to see what life is like for other, smaller syndicates.
I love the continued growth of all the characters, but Paige in particular continues to shine. She has matured a great deal and taken the foremost role in the syndicate to further her goal of destroying Scion and the people responsible for so much destruction and oppression. She made difficult decisions that many YA heroines would never have made because oftentimes they are weak, insipid creatures and forgo self-sacrifice in favor of remaining with their love interests. There were a number of new people introduced, from other syndicate leaders to one of the many faces of evil in Scion. All the new introductions kept me on my toes!
Overall, The Song Rising was a very good book and after that ending I can see how this series could stretch out into seven books. I like the story but I can’t find it in myself to gush over this series the way I do others- it just doesn’t bring forth any silver-tongued eloquence the way some books do… However, I DO think it’s quality writing and The Song Rising will be a pretty awesome fantasy series once complete.