The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon | I’m way too fond of this series to take this normally (I cried)

The Song Rising


And I’m sure everyone who knows my blog, twitter, booktube, or instagram are glad for it too, because maybe, just maybe, that means I’ll stop talking about this series quite so much.

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Let’s dive right in!

The Song Rising


Synopsis (1)

(Found on Goodreads)

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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 stabilizing 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 . . .


Would anybody even be surprised to hear me say I ADORED this book? Really?

*Pretends to be shocked*

I’ve not stopped talking about this series for the entirety of March during my rereads. And now I have a new one, so the fangirl is out in full swing.

I can just never get over how unpredictable this series is. Samantha has said herself that each book takes on a different sort of genre, and so you can never guess where the story is going. Well, she wasn’t joking. I was so hooked in this book, I barely even noticed myself getting through it until I was left crying at the end.

Yes, I cried. Twice. Actually no – three times, because I also cried a few days later while explaining the book to my friend. That’s how invested I am. It’s a little bit ridiculous. But y’know. Go hard or go home.

Now I get to the part where my inability to review books in a series comes in. Because what can I say about this book that I’ve not already said about the first two? I’ve already mentioned how much I love the details of the plot and world. I’ve already raved about how the characters are all such unique personalities and a delight to read about. So…what else?

Well, for one, there’s the world building. In the first two books, we’re based in London. By this book, we know the ins and outs of London, both underground and aboveground. Surely there’s not much more world building to do, right?

WRONG. Because in this book, we visit Manchester and Edinburgh. We even see the tiniest glimpse of Stoke-On-Trent. AND through character’s memories, we also see snapshots into how the “problem” in this world affected Ireland, Bulgaria and Sweden. So it really is WORLD building. And with book 4 planned to be set in Paris, it’s only going to grow. Personally, I found it really interesting. Not many books venture out across the real world. Not many authors would think to tackle the world, rewriting it into a totally different place.

So there’s that. But another thing I wanted to mention – I actually brought it up briefly in my review for The Mime Order – is the diversity. In this series we see gay people, bisexual people, people of different coloured skin tones, people from different countries, and even a transgender woman. Which I am so thrilled about. What’s more, in this world, all these things are just normal. As they should be. It’s not a “coming out” story at all. It’s just so accepting, the diversity is never shown as a problem. I really think we need more books like that.

And so I could keep raving about this book all day. It tugged at every emotion. It kept me flipping the pages at top speed. And yet again, it made me want the next book immediately…only to realise I have to wait a year, again. How I’ll manage, I don’t know.

Rated 4.5/5 stars!

4.5 stars


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Have you read this book/series? What did you think?

Who’s your favourite character?

If you haven’t, is it on your TBR?

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16 thoughts on “The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon | I’m way too fond of this series to take this normally (I cried)

  1. I absolutely love this series! I’m only 45 pages into The Song Rising but it sucks you right into the story straight away and I can’t wait to read more. I really don’t want to finish it though because it’s at least a year before book four!! In the past, my favourite character was actually Jaxon, but I’m not sure now! (No spoilers :-D) x

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  2. I remember seeing a newspaper article on the books when this series first came out and I thought then I wanted to read it– I really need to! Plus not gonna lie, the covers are beautiful and very majestic looking ☺️

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  3. Great review for this book Ashleigh, and I am so glad you loved TSR as well. This is one of my favourite series and oh I just couldn’t get enough of this book, I loved seeing more of the world outside London and I am so excited to see Paris in the next book, and the rest of the world where Samantha Shannon takes us.
    I always have so many theories about where I think the book will take us. I’m always wrong because Samantha Shannon just surprises me in so many different ways with how she writes. I love it! 😀

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  4. I also suck at reviewing books that are in series, especially when I’m trying not to spoil anything while also make it seem interesting. I’ve had this series on my TBR for years but have never actually gotten around to it. I checked out the first book from the library once, but I didn’t get around to it before I moved, sadly. I’ve heard so many great things about these books that I should really read them soon. I’m super excited to hear that it’s such a diverse book. There definitely needs to be more diversity in everything. Awesome review, Ashleigh!

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