Overall Impression: What a thrilling introduction to the world of the infamous Seven Seals. Not only do we get to see more of what life was like for Paige while working under Jax, we also get to go on a high-stakes chase through London after a pair of poltergeists. One thing I LOVE about The Bone Season series is how Shannon incorporates the stories of actual famous spirits who are rumored to haunt London, and this novella is no exception. You can read about the actual story of Sarah Metyard and Anne Naylor here.
Wine Pairing: I’m recommending a Pinot Grigio for this read, both due to its pale color and its potential to become rich and full-bodied depending upon its ripeness, quite like the character of Paige Mahoney herself.
In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.
Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals… – See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-pale-dreamer-9781632869067/#sthash.rnkOfHPI.dpuf
Book Rating: There are a lot of novellas coming out anymore that accompany larger book series. This is one of the more enjoyable ones I’ve read. Not only do we get a sneak peak into Paige’s life before The Bone Season, but Shannon has also woven a very well-developed storyline for such a short work.
Cover Rating: I love the Scion logo on basically anything, but the way its displayed on this cover is truly lovely.
Swoonworthiness: Love Nick as I do, it is clear even in this short novella that there is just no chemistry between those characters. That is, of course, perfectly alright though, because Warden. Queue the swooning.
Adventure Level: Despite its length, Paige and Nick’s race through London to help Jax bind the poltergeists of Sarah Metyard and Anne Naylor is thrilling, not only due to the way fact meets fiction, but also due to some run-ins along the way with the rival clairvoyant gangs of Scion’s underbelly.
Why You Should Read This Book: If you’re a fan of The Bone Season, you can’t skip this novella. You’ll get a glimpse into the relationship between Paige and Nick and what her life was like before everything that goes down in The Bone Season.
This story brilliantly highlights the way Shannon incorporates the actual history of London into this best-selling series. After you read this, I highly recommend re-reading the other books in the series so far. You’ll find yourself googling all the locations and spirits that she mentions, and you’re reading experience will be all the richer for it.
Perhaps most importantly though, you’ll get to see Paige really begin to come into her abilities and start transforming into the smart, tough-as-nails girl that we’ve all come to root for.
The Pale Dreamer did not show fear. She was confident in her decisions. Her face was a mask.
…this was how we rebelled against their tyranny. Quietly, in the shadows – but by existing, by thriving, by daring to profit from our gifts, we defied Scion.
High above London, the stars bore witness to my oath. In that moment, I almost couldn’t see the darkness that surrounded them.
*Wine Recommendations are, of course, for those of legal drinking age only.*