The Mime Order


They made thieves of us.
Time to steal what's ours.

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are 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. 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.

The Mime Order is the second book in the Bone Season series.

Content guide:
Death, human trafficking, trauma, violence

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‘Shannon creates vividly dilapidated, macabre, and mysterious worlds [...] The motley, elaborately costumed characters are compelling; the nonstop, often eerie action is riveting’ – Booklist

‘an amazingly rich and unruly underworld [...] Paige makes great strides as a memorable character’ – USA Today

‘Shannon’s world-building is original and intriguing, especially the complex, almost mythic voyant underground’ – Publisher's Weekly

‘Shannon has continued to build on this imagined world with intricacy, and Paige’s voice comes through to deliver a suspenseful story’ – Washington Post

‘language as rich as a figgy pudding, the best terminology in the genre and gripping, edge-of-the-seat plotting to boot […] a deliciously reconfigured London’ – Daily Mail

‘More accomplished and imaginative than The Bone Season [...] A satisfyingly “a-ha” denoument, and some of the best fight scenes I've read in donkey’s years’ – Scotland on Sunday

‘London becomes the main setting of the novel, and it assumes various guises, some comforting but most harrowing [...] propulsive plot’ – Kirkus

‘The world is so carefully constructed [...] weaved with lies and deceit and impossible to predict’ – Guardian

‘With a unique plot, impeccable world-building and important character connections, The Mime Order outshines its predecessor and becomes and intelligent, adventurous read’ – Deseret News

‘Those eager to continue Paige's story will not be disappointed by Shannon's sophomore showing, which boasts all of the suspense, intrigue and mystery of the first volume as well as an addictive storyline [...] will solidify the series' rightful place among the best of fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian fiction’ – Shelf Awareness

‘it goes hell-for-leather, all poltergeists and grisly murders and pitched battles in the catacombs of Camden’ – Sunday Times

‘Shannon has created a series trifecta: a unique world, complex characters, and pulse-pounding action’ – Readerly


  • Bulgarian by Ciela Norma, translated by Deyan Kyuchoukov
  • Croatian by Profil Knjiga, Mimetički Poredak 
  • Czech by HOST, Kostičas: Vidořád, translated by Lenka Kapsová
  • Dutch by Prometheus, De Mime-orde, translated by Janet Limornard and Brenda Mudde
  • French by De Saxus, L'ordre des mimes, translated by Benjamin Kuntzer 
  • German by Berlin Verlag, The Bone Season: Die Denkerfürsten, translated by Charlotte Lungstrass-Kapfer
  • Hungarian by Athenaeum, A Mímes Rend, translated by Bottka Sándor Mátyá
  • Italian coming soon
  • Portuguese (Brazil) by Editora Rocco, A Ordem dos Clarividentes, translated by Cláudia Mello Belhassof
  • Polish by SQN, Zakon Mimów, translated by Regina Kołek
  • Russian by Azbooka-Atticus
  • Spanishcoming soon
  • Turkish by Pegasus Yayincilik
  • Vietnamese by Nhã Nam