The Song Rising
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 stabilising 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…
I had a lot of trouble getting into The Song Rising’s predecessor, The Mime Order, but this book gripped me right from the start – it really took the series to a whole other level!
In The Song Rising, Paige, now The Mime Order’s Underqueen, has a whole new set of problems to deal with: Some members of the syndicate think she’s weak or a traitor for turning her back on Jaxon Hall, so she has to prove that she’s worthy of her new position; there’s the constant threat of Jaxon and the Reshaim coming after her; there’s also a host of new enemies, including Vance, the architect behind the Dublin massacre Paige witnessed as an eleven-year-old. However, the most pressing challenge faced by London’s Unnatural community is Senshield, which is a piece of technology that enables the Archon to identify Unnaturals. While they originally thought that the technology was in its early stages, and much too bulky to be widely implemented, after a number of disappearances, it becomes apparent that the Senshield technology is much more advanced than they thought. So, in order to protect the Unnaturals in her syndicate, Paige must find and destroy the source of the Senshield’s power.
There were so many amazing things about this book. The pacing was absolutely perfect. When I read The Mime Order, I had such a hard time getting through the first half, because it felt like nothing was happening, but I definitely didn’t have the same problem with The Song Rising! From the very first page, it was pretty much non-stop excitement. Even though a lot of the book consisted of Paige travelling from one place to the next, in search of Senshield’s core, it never once felt boring.
Although I loved the plot, I had mixed feelings about the characters. I think that the only one who really showed any development was Paige. Yes, she’s the main character in a first person narrative, so that’s to be expected, but I would have liked to see a bit more of the other characters. In addition, none of her relationships with the other characters developed very much at all.
In all, I was completely blown away by this book, and I really hope I don’t have to wait over two years for the next one!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.