2017 Reading Challenge, Book 18 – The Song Rising

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The title seems pretty self explanatory so let’s just get on with it shall we?

The book in question is this total stunner:

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 18, The Song Rising

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 18, The Song Rising

I have been waiting for this book with almost bated breath, but then I also had to try and keep a steady distance from it because I needed to not be just desperate for it and had to focus on other things. And other books. And then March came around and I remembered that it’s arrival into my life was imminent and everything just got a little bit exciting.

Luckily for me it arrived a few days early and coincided with me finishing up another book and then I could just dive right back into Paige’s world. And what a dive it was. I swear no other author other than Shannon has made me actually physically continue reading after I have reached my station and am walking home…I’ve done it twice now (seriously yesterday on the way home I stopped my book mid sentence and just carried on like that was normal). And the second time wasn’t that easy because it was after 8pm and nighttime had descended…seriously she gets you hooked and keeps you there.

This book pretty much changed everything for the rest of the series in a way that I honestly never saw coming. I read a blog post that Shannon wrote a few weeks back about how none of the books will follow a similar pattern in the way say Potter did, and oh boy was she not wrong. I never knew what was coming as I sped through the pages of this book. I always thought that maybe I did, but then I would read it and realise that I actually knew nothing. And I loved it.

The main thing that I loved about this was the fact that it slowly expanded its way out of London. It’s fascinating to find out how Scion is affecting the world and not just the bubble that is London. I went to see Samantha Shannon at Waterstones for her book launch (in London anyway) and she said that she was interested in the whole British Empire and how that escalated (or something along those lines) and I am therefore very interested to see where it is going and how it is affecting other areas of Europe and further. The ending had that kind of epic Game of Thrones-esque feel to it in my head. It was somehow a conclusive ending for this part of the story, the part set in London (for the most part) and yet also this massive cliffhanger that I need answers to now. (Except I will be patient and distract myself with other books.)

And now that I’ve talked about how much I loved the ending and paused to acknowledge just how rare that is for me apparently these days, I will move on to other aspects that I loved about the book.

The further characterisation of Paige was just astounding. With every book she gets more layered and interesting and I love watching her weave her way through this world that she has forged her path in more and more with each page that I read. Reading about her systematic torturing towards the climax of the book was heartbreaking and it’s made all the worse (better) through a first person narrative because by that point you’ve lived with Paige for almost 3 books and have watched her reach a breaking point so many times that it almost seeming like the end for her was awful. Truly awful.

Warden remains an enigma that I want to solve. Or maybe not solve but…I don’t even know. I just want to know more. Always. I’m greedy what can I say. The slow burning development of his and Paige’s relationship is still so interesting to read, and also he has some great dialogue.

Jaxon is for some reason one of my favourite characters even though I think I hate him. I dunno, he’s like a caricature of a character or of himself or something. I can’t pinpoint what it is about him, he’s somehow a delight when he struts onto the page but he’s also the worst.

The introduction of the new villain was great. I am obsessed with villains who could actually be people that you know. It’s why Gaston is my favourite Disney villain (I will fight you on this), but I digress. She’s great. A quiet kind of evil that I am sure we haven’t seen the last of, even though a part of me wishes that were the case. Hearing hints of Nashira’s plans was also delightful I am so ready, but not really, for that to all come further to fruition.

There are so many other characters that I could go in depth on and the ways that their characters have come on in this book. Nick and Maria I love, although both backstories break my heart. Ivy…I have no words but yeah, I need her to be okay. But I should really wrap this up before it becomes full on essay length (which I could do with ease, no lie).

This book is a huge emotional rollercoaster and it changes everything and it was so worth the wait. The characters reveal more of themselves and the reader gains a deeper understanding of them all. The plot elevates itself and is full of twists and turns. The story also expands and getting to know all of that is great and I just finished this book even more excited for where the story is going…

Read it. I mean read the first two first, but then read it. It’s the best of the series so far for sure (although they do keep getting better so I probably thought the same about The Mime Order).

4/5 stars

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