The Pale Dreamer

The Pale Dreamer

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series'Truly extraordinary and thrilling' Andy SerkisIn 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...

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Title:The Pale Dreamer
Author:Samantha Shannon
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ISBN:1408884178
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:78 pages

The Pale Dreamer Reviews

  • Ľuboš
    Dec 19, 2016

    ten svet...ach práve som si uvedomil, ako ho milujem.

  • Rachel
    Dec 19, 2016

    That awesome feeling of jumping back into a familiar world and the comforting style of an author's writing. It's been a while.

    A wonderful short novella about Paige's beginning in the Seven Seals. Her character development continues to show her resistance to authority, her acceptance of her vulnerability and her belief that she is someone to remember with something to offer - even without her clairvoyant gift. It also provided a perspective on the growth between the friendships of Nick, Eliza &a

    That awesome feeling of jumping back into a familiar world and the comforting style of an author's writing. It's been a while.

    A wonderful short novella about Paige's beginning in the Seven Seals. Her character development continues to show her resistance to authority, her acceptance of her vulnerability and her belief that she is someone to remember with something to offer - even without her clairvoyant gift. It also provided a perspective on the growth between the friendships of Nick, Eliza & Paige. It was great to see the methods used by Jaxon Hall to encourage The Pale Dreamer to become an individual and for her gift to reveal itself.

    1. An

    pun

    ‘Does he always dress like he’s fallen out of an eighteenth-century novel?’

    Nick laughed, warming me to my bones. ‘He’s a character, I’ll give you that.’

    2. Advice for life

    "Don’t get too big for your boots. And always question what you’re told. Remember what it’s like to be an outsider, a nobody. Don’t look down on the people who end up at the bottom. Give a bit of coin to the gutterlings. Stay humble. And keep your mind open. You might find it repays you one day."

    Thoroughly enjoyable read! Just waiting for

    Highly recommend this for those who've enjoyed The Bone Season series so far.

  • Laura Mada
    Dec 09, 2016

    It was so much fun to read about Paige's beginning with the Seven Seals. It was also great to have this prequel to help me keep in touch with the Bone Season world until The Song Rising finally comes out.

    For those who have yet to meet Paige Mahoney and the world she lives in, I think this is a great book to begin with, so you can get a taste.

  • Brad
    Dec 09, 2016

    god it was so good to be back in this world! never realised how addictive this series was until i started reading this novella and realised how much i'd missed the unique setting and characters. This was an interesting prequel to TBS series as it shed light on Paige's promotion to mollisher, but it really wasn't anything new to the story. But i can't really rate it any less due to how much i love the series and how excited i am for The Song Rising now :))

  • Rebekah May
    Dec 10, 2016

    I love this world. I love the characters. I love the whole premise of this series. I love Samantha Shannon's writing. I loved this novella. I loved jumping back into this series. I'm obsessed with it and everything about it. If you haven't read these books yet then take my advice and do it asap because it's incredible.

    That's about all I have to say right now.

  • RebeccaS
    Dec 19, 2016

    Of course I loved this. Anything about Paige, Nick, Jax, and Eliza makes me so happy. I love this world so much and thank you Samantha Shannon for giving us this glimpse into Paige's first months with the Seven Seals. This is just a tiny drop to sustain us until The Song Rising is released to us.

    This story didn't even feel like a short story, but like it could be the beginning to another full novel, which I really appreciated. So much action, but also some great glimpses into Nick and Paige's fr

    Of course I loved this. Anything about Paige, Nick, Jax, and Eliza makes me so happy. I love this world so much and thank you Samantha Shannon for giving us this glimpse into Paige's first months with the Seven Seals. This is just a tiny drop to sustain us until The Song Rising is released to us.

    This story didn't even feel like a short story, but like it could be the beginning to another full novel, which I really appreciated. So much action, but also some great glimpses into Nick and Paige's friendship and their pasts.

    CAN WE HAVE THE SONG RISING NOW PLEASE?!

  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    Dec 28, 2016

    Kratičká novela, která vás rychle navnadí a zahodí do koše. Paige je čerstvě členkou Syndikátu a dostává od Jaxona první úkol v terénu – společně s Nickem hledá nebezpečného poltergeista. Poprvé ukazuje sílu svých schopností a text končí ve chvíli, kdy se stává kočenou u Sedmi ciferníků. Příběh je to stejně dobře napsaný, jako ostatní díly série Kostičas, ale je ho málo a víceméně jen polechtá na patře. Neprozrazuje nic moc nového a funguje opravdu čistě jako bonus, který za hodinku slupnete a z

    Kratičká novela, která vás rychle navnadí a zahodí do koše. Paige je čerstvě členkou Syndikátu a dostává od Jaxona první úkol v terénu – společně s Nickem hledá nebezpečného poltergeista. Poprvé ukazuje sílu svých schopností a text končí ve chvíli, kdy se stává kočenou u Sedmi ciferníků. Příběh je to stejně dobře napsaný, jako ostatní díly série Kostičas, ale je ho málo a víceméně jen polechtá na patře. Neprozrazuje nic moc nového a funguje opravdu čistě jako bonus, který za hodinku slupnete a za další už jej nebudete cítit na jazyku. Doufala jsem, že nám autorka naservíruje nějaké nové perličky z londýnského podsvětí, ale atmosféře Vidořádu se nevyrovnala (a vlastně na to neměla ani místo). Ale i tak to bylo fajn, fanoušci Shannonové ostatně zbaští cokoliv, co jim položí na stůl. Já se tedy určitě chytám každé hozené kůstky.

  • Ali (the bandar blog)
    Jan 09, 2017

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  • David
    Jan 21, 2017

    Prequel to Samantha Shannon's Bone Season series, this book gives background into how Paige Mahoney fits into the Seven Seals clairvoyant crime syndicate in future London. Moreover, it tells a solid story of the gang hoping to capture and bind a poltergeist and shows Paige beginning to understand the extent of her powers.

  • Girl with her Head in a Book
    Jan 25, 2017

    For my full review -

    I have a love-hate thing going with book series that I have to follow 'live' - on the one hand, in common with most of the generation who grew up longing for the next Harry Potter book, I enjoy the anticipation and speculation about what the next installment will hold but on the other, I get really fed with all the waiting. I feel that this is a particular issue with a series like The Bone Season where the jargon can be so dense, meani

    For my full review -

    I have a love-hate thing going with book series that I have to follow 'live' - on the one hand, in common with most of the generation who grew up longing for the next Harry Potter book, I enjoy the anticipation and speculation about what the next installment will hold but on the other, I get really fed with all the waiting. I feel that this is a particular issue with a series like The Bone Season where the jargon can be so dense, meaning that I felt like I had to revise before I could safely slot back into The Mime Order. Still, this is a series that I am thoroughly enjoying, so it was a real delight to discover that Samantha Shannon had released The Pale Dreamer as a 'stop-gap' following the delayed release of The Song Rising. In the end, I was sent it as an audiobook, meaning that it actually felt a little like hearing the true voice of Paige Mahoney.

    Thanks to The Phantom Menace, prequels have an impressively bad press. Too often, they seem to be trying to jam in a story where there isn't one and can very easily poke in a few plotholes in a story to which you've grown attached. With The Pale Dreamer however, there is more potential than with the average though, since Paige did live within the criminal syndicate run by Jaxon Hall for a considerable time before the events of the series. Indeed, with the events of The Mime Order having made the relationship between her and Jaxon Hall ever more complex, it is even refreshing to see what their working relationship was like back in 'the good old days.'

    Shannon is known to be a massive fan of the Victoria era, with the two previous installments of the series requiring a full glossary of vintage Cockney slang. Here, her allegiance becomes even clearer as the story turns around Paige's gang, the Seven Seals, as they race to gain control of Sarah Metyard, a runaway spirit who in life was responsible for the death of an apprentice in her charge, Anne Naylor. Aside from the supernatural element, the story as recounted by Shannon is entirely true and astonishingly brutal. Having been completely unfamiliar with the case, I was transfixed by the brutality of the world which Samantha Shannon was summoning up - Paige's London is all too similar to the one in which little Annie Naylor perished.

    The battle for ownership of Sarah Metyard's soul is in many ways incidental to this fresh Paige Mahoney adventure - when we first met her, she was already second in command to Jaxon and this at only nineteen. Here she is new to the gang and unsure about her place within it, fretful of being cast back into the confusing world where her very existence as a voyant is illegal. Paige's characterisation has never been the main strength of the series - her skills as dream-walker have never irritated me in the manner of a Katniss or a Bella, but she is distant kin to these. In some ways, the audiobook did heighten that strange detachment with which Paige narrates the events which befall her; Alana Kerr Collins' voice is beautiful but not particularly emotive. Just the same though, I was reminded again why I became so captivated by this series - Samantha Shannon is an incredibly clever writer and I was, as I so often have been, taken by surprise by the way in which she tied her events back together.

    For the Bone Season novice, The Pale Dreamer is not the place to start - for all that it is set before the events of the first volume, it is too slight to have the time to orientate the reader who is not already familiar with this world. What it is though is a warmly welcomed companion piece to a series which so many fans have come to anticipate with real fervour. The Bone Season has always been a series which managed to be fun without ever insulting the intelligence and The Pale Dreamer more than sustains Shannon's usual standard. Great stuff.