VIDEO: Trailer - Samantha Shannon's THE BONE SEASON Book, Out Today

Today, Bloomsbury have launched the trailer for The Bone Season, the first book in a dazzling new fantasy series being published today, 20 August this year. The book is already being developed for film by Andy Serkis' The Imaginarium Studios. Author Samantha Shannon is a 21 year-old currently completing her finals at Oxford University. Click below to watch the trailer!

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, kidnapped and drugged, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite creature with dark honey skin and heavy-lidded yellow eyes. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

With the film rights already optioned by Andy Serkis' The Imaginarium Studios and work on developing the book for screen underway, the publication of The Bone Season marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented British writer, described by The British Fantasy Society as "set to challenge the worldwide bestseller list domination of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games".

The Bone Season is the rare and powerful combination of a unique literary voice, a fully conceived, mesmerising parallel world and a narrative that grips like a vice.

Born in 1991, the daughter of a policeman, Samantha Shannon grew up in Ruislip, West London. One of the Harry Potter generation, Samantha devoured books and wrote her first 200,000 word novel while studying for her GCSEs. She is now studying for a degree at St Anne's College, Oxford, and will graduate just before the global publication of The Bone Season.

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VIDEO: Trailer - Samantha Shannon's THE BONE SEASON Book, Out Today