The Bone Season: All the Ingredients but not the Right Recipe

The-Bone-SeasonI approached The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon with equal parts of intrigue and trepidation. The intrigue was because of the incredible hype surrounding the book. A twenty-one year old getting a six figure, seven book deal is definitely something that merits attention. I figured the book must be pretty good to get that deal and that attention. The trepidation was a worry of over hype. I highly doubted The Bone Season would be the elusive “next Harry Potter”. Once that expectation is in someone’s head, it is almost impossible for the book to live up to that. Continue reading “The Bone Season: All the Ingredients but not the Right Recipe”

Is Samantha Shannon the Next J.K. Rowling?


I’m sorry to be so blunt about it, but in my opinion there is no “next J.K. Rowling.” I understand the comparison. Shannon is British. At age 21 (gasp!) she just sold her 480-page speculative novel, The Bone Season, to Bloomsbury for over £100,000. The Bone Season is the first in a seven book series. While I am excited to read the book and wish Shannon nothing but success, I doubt The Bone Season will become the elusive next Harry Potter.


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