Please be aware that this review contains some spoilers. Do not continue reading unless you are fine with being spoiled.
As soon as I finished The Bone Season, I trekked to the library to grab a copy of The Mime Order and The Song Rising. With such a complicated world, this is definitely a series I need to binge-read.
Even with a seamless transition from book to book, it took a while to settle into The Mime Order. The London Syndicate is a colourful, wonderful system and while there are characters that I definitely enjoyed, I probably could’ve done with a bit less of the build-up.
I feel like Paige spent a lot of time making a decision, forgetting she’d made the decision, doing something else and then coming to the same conclusion as if it were something new and different.
Once again, Paige felt distant and I struggled to make an emotional connection until about halfway through the book. I think I’ve put my finger on why this is: Paige only ever speaks about her feelings to other people. It doesn’t happen often, but when Paige is on her own she usually seems to dwell on her next move rather than on how anything affects her emotionally.
It’s not a bad trait for a character to have, as it makes her very active and helps to move along the plot, but by the second book I would’ve hoped to connect with her a little more.
Jaxon isn’t quite as scary as I imagined him to be. I feel like there’s so much about Paige’s history that would help ground the story and make me understand all her reasoning, but it’s just out of reach the whole time.
I’m still not feeling the Warden thing. Ugh. I wish that I could because it would be so much easier but it always feels perfunctory because Paige is holding back and Warden is impassive. I’m still not certain whether they’re interested in something purely physical or whether there are emotions attached. I mean, either way is fine but I just don’t know how they feel so I don’t know what I’m supposed to be hoping for.
I can’t help but mention the amount of typos that were present in the book. I can look past two or three when a book has come from an established publishing house, but there were probably a dozen or more and they often seemed to appear in clusters, as if parts had been revisited at the last minute.
I realise it sounds like I didn’t like this book but it’s just the struggle of adjusting to a series that’s more driven by plot than characters. I’m still deeply interested in how everything will unfold and I feel like I’m in this for the long haul.