Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Publication Date: January 27th 2015
My rating: 4 stars
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
I’d thought that after being thrown into the world of The Bone Season I knew and would be prepared for what Shannon was going to throw our way in The mime Order, but boy was I wrong this complex world full with characters of subterfuge and many intricate layers blew me away.
It was sort of strange being back in London with no rephaim around, I had become so associated to having their presence there all the time in The Bone Season, especially one in particular, you could sort of say I found myself sort of down coming back to London without them. But it was great being back with the Seven Seals once more and getting to know these characters once again. Despite Paige escaping Nashira, it felt like a rough bump being back home, could she even call it that? What could she do now that she was back? It didn’t feel right going back immediately to the Seven Seals, yes she had friends there, but Paige knew what she had to do, even if no one believed her.
Paige was really stuck in a rut when she returned, she didn’t really want to go back to being Jaxon Hall’s mollisher, but with so many people after her, she would need the protection of his safety in order to achieve what she wanted to do. I was sort of torn with how I felt with the entire Jaxon situation, I know what Paige felt deep down she knew was the right thing to do, but Jaxon had been there for her when she had no one, he took care of her. Okay she had to do things she didn’t like but at least she was safe. My feelings towards Jaxon were really mixed throughout The Mime Order, he made me mad on occasions, but I couldn’t full on despise him yet. I was grateful that despite feeling all alone, Paige had great friends to turn to in Nick and Eliza, Nick was once again the rock that Paige needed when she needed cover to run her own errands and who no matter what would always have Paige’s back. Whereas Jaxon was a tricky character to pin down, I knew that my faith in Nick and Eliza would never falter.
Shannon was able to create a fantastic world in The Mime Order, there were constantly things being thrown into disarray, the mistrust of anyone on the streets, there were so many allies, but who could you really trust? And things being brought up a notch, raising the stakes on Paige’s life. Shannon was smart in always keeping you occupied with thoughts on what could happen next. But all these brilliant build ups and tense scenes couldn’t make me forget my longing for one character in particular he was a formidable force to be reckoned with and one that I had fallen for in a massive way in The Bone Season, so of course I was dying for this person to finally make an appearance!