The Priory of the Orange Tree
From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons—and the women who must lead the fight to save it.A world divided.A queendom without an heir.An ancient enemy awakens.The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

The Priory of the Orange Tree Details

TitleThe Priory of the Orange Tree
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Rating
GenreFantasy, Adult

The Priory of the Orange Tree Review

  • Samantha Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Hiiiii, Goodreads. This is my new book. I'm thrilled to finally be able to tell you more about it.The Priory of the Orange Tree is an epic fantasy set in a world that is both like and unlike ours. I've been working on this book since 2015, and I've fallen in love with this setting and these characters. I can't wait for you to meet Ead, Tané, Sabran and the others – I hope you'll enjoy reading their story as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I'm just popping in to let you know that there is a glos Hiiiii, Goodreads. This is my new book. I'm thrilled to finally be able to tell you more about it.The Priory of the Orange Tree is an epic fantasy set in a world that is both like and unlike ours. I've been working on this book since 2015, and I've fallen in love with this setting and these characters. I can't wait for you to meet Ead, Tané, Sabran and the others – I hope you'll enjoy reading their story as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I'm just popping in to let you know that there is a glossary and a character list at the back of the book. And yes, that is the correct page count. This book will hurt you if it falls on you. Be warned. Love, Samantha PS: The beautiful cover was designed by David Mann and illustrated by Ivan Belikov. PPS: There won't be maps in the proofs, but they're being drawn up by the wonderful Emily Faccini for the finished editions.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    FINISH YOUR OTHER 7 BOOK SERIES BEFORE STARTING ANOTHER ONE!Still psyched for this one, tho.
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY FCKING GOD ITS ACTUALLY LIKE HOLY PERFECTION and also nothing like I predicted but better than I could’ve dreamed? *Cover reveal tomorrow, kids - if I go awol I’ve probably died on a backroad somewhere due to shock *So this is apparently around 260k words and I am ready to EMBRACE IT! Also DRAGONS?! EASTERN AND WESTERN INFLUENCES?! *screams continuously into eternity* 2019 is gonna be a good year for books, take me now*Okay I've realised I'm more likely to be knocked out by the thickness o OH MY FCKING GOD ITS ACTUALLY LIKE HOLY PERFECTION and also nothing like I predicted but better than I could’ve dreamed? *Cover reveal tomorrow, kids - if I go awol I’ve probably died on a backroad somewhere due to shock *So this is apparently around 260k words and I am ready to EMBRACE IT! Also DRAGONS?! EASTERN AND WESTERN INFLUENCES?! *screams continuously into eternity* 2019 is gonna be a good year for books, take me now*Okay I've realised I'm more likely to be knocked out by the thickness of this book than I will be embracing it k
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    THIS COVER IS EPIC. I AM SHOOK.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I never thought I'd read an almost 900 page book, but surprisingly, this moved pretty fast! It was a satisfying standalone and honestly, it's like a YA trilogy all in one book so you can binge read it right away. In a world of too many fantasies, Priory really stands out, which is tough to do. This is my first read from Samantha Shannon, and she really impressed me. All of the characters are very unique and easy to tell apart because they are three dimensional and very different in cultural back I never thought I'd read an almost 900 page book, but surprisingly, this moved pretty fast! It was a satisfying standalone and honestly, it's like a YA trilogy all in one book so you can binge read it right away. In a world of too many fantasies, Priory really stands out, which is tough to do. This is my first read from Samantha Shannon, and she really impressed me. All of the characters are very unique and easy to tell apart because they are three dimensional and very different in cultural background as well as personality. And each has their own arcs and difficulties and the way they deal with those difficulties are different as well. It's hard to write a review on such an epic book as this one, but people should not shy away from the page number, it is worth the read. It did have a bit of setup in the first 300 pages, but it was still interesting as you get to know all the characters, and then once it gets past that point, I couldn't put it down.A mesmerizing, spellbinding fantasy that will stay with you long after the last page.
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  • Lauren Jacobson
    January 1, 1970
    A WORLD DIVIDED. A QUEENDOM WITHOUT AN HEIR. AN ANCIENT ENEMY AWAKENS.This book completely destroyed me.I would first off like to mention that I have not read author Samantha Shannon’s international-bestselling series The Bone Season but if those books are just as well written as The Priory of the Orange Tree, then I will most definitely check those out as soon as I can. I knew going into The Priory of the Orange Tree that it was a highly anticipated read for many epic fantasy fans but I had lit A WORLD DIVIDED. A QUEENDOM WITHOUT AN HEIR. AN ANCIENT ENEMY AWAKENS.This book completely destroyed me.I would first off like to mention that I have not read author Samantha Shannon’s international-bestselling series The Bone Season but if those books are just as well written as The Priory of the Orange Tree, then I will most definitely check those out as soon as I can. I knew going into The Priory of the Orange Tree that it was a highly anticipated read for many epic fantasy fans but I had little idea of what to except. Little did I know at the time that this book was going to become a favorite book of mine! If you are looking for a brief summary of The Priory of the Orange Tree, here you are >> Dragons. Sorcery. Pirates. Destruction. Romance. Diversity. The Priory of the Orange Tree is told between four points of view. Tane; a Seiikinese orphan drafted into the Houses of Learning as a child to train for the High Sea Guard in the East. Doctor Niclays Roos; an anatomist and alchemist whos current residence is in the East after being banished by Queen Sabran of Inys in the West. Ead Duryan; a sorceress of the Orange Tree posing as an Ordinary Chamberer in the Upper Household of Queen Sabran of Inys.Loth Beck; Heir apparent to the wealthy northern province of the Leas in Inys. He is the closed friend to Queen Sabran.“We meet again. The strings of our fates appear to be tangled.”Each perspective and individual story of these characters are intertwined with another. When first introduced to each character, I made an effort to take physical notes to avoid any confusion. I would recommend this reading technique for the first hundred pages or so of The Priory of the Orange Tree just to get a good understanding of who is who and where they take place. I found the “Persons of the Tale” list as well as the glossary within the book to be very helpful when sorting through information. Pass this, once I understood who was who, I could focus of the story itself. The world where this story is set has a dark history that affects the divided areas of the continents. I won’t even attempt to explain the history of the Ancient Enemy for fear of spoiling some detail. Although each division shares this history of the ancient monstrous dragon, it has been interpreted differently over time by the divided world. It affects their beliefs and religion, their way of rule, and how they interact with their neighboring continent. In order to destroy their Ancient Enemy, the divisions must come together and form an alliance. The overall diversity of the story is spectacular, and as well as diversity of race and culture, The Priory of the Orange Tree has several lbgt characters and couples throughout the book, which I very much appreciated. Also, author Samantha Shannon is quite the matchmaker! As there are several POVs and stories, Samantha Shannon manages to place significant romances throughout the book, which were not only important to the storyline but also entertaining to read. Along with romantic relationships, Samantha Shannon also has a way with creating heartwarming friendships between characters that are real and honest. It was such a relief to be instantly hooked into this epic fantasy. It can be hard for me to enjoy a slow burn of a substantial fantasy but The Priory of the Orange Tree was so fast paced that I flew through those 880 pages within six days! This is a mammoth compliment to Samantha Shannon because big books can scare me and I can get lazy. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to receive, read, and review this advance reading copy. To have read a favorite book before it is released makes me so honored to have these opportunities. I have some Priory of the Orange Tree inspired art in mind that I plan to put into action as soon as possible. Overall this book was one hell of a ride and I am excited to see it get the hype and love it deserves!
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  • Giovanna
    January 1, 1970
    I mean, I will probably read this, but like, I would like to see her 7 books series (with one book coming out every five thousand years) go on first? I am kinda losing interest in it and this is a...900 pages book with a kinda generic plot...
  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    January 1, 1970
    By Samantha Shannon so it’s already pre-ordered, but have you seen the gorgeous cover?? 😍
  • Kaisu
    January 1, 1970
    I follow Samantha Shannon on Twitter and she's been talking about this book a lot lately, so I thought I would check it out.AND OMG. A world divided by a war between motherfucking dragons??? SOUNDS BRILLIANT. SAY MORE. TAKE MY MONEY. It's also planned to be a standalone, but apparently she's having trouble with the length of the novel, so it might become a duology instead. But, I mean, who cares??? DRAGONS, GUYS.
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    Por un lado es como "Qué haces, Shannon, deberías estar escribiendo las continuaciones de la Era de huesos, que son siete libros y no te veo por la labor".Pero por el otro lado es como " ay, nuevo libro de Samantha Shannon!! Con dragones!! Y autoconclusivo!! DAME."
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  • rebecca ɤ
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS BOOK WITH MY ENTIRE BODY AND SOUL OMGGG
  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    I was hooked on this book when I heard it was about a Queendom and ancient enemies awakening. It's said it be an epic high fantasy novel about dragons. And boy oh boy does that sound right up my alley.This story is seeped in legend, which contributes to it's significant length (over 800 pages!). There are also long and complicated titles for lots of people, which was jarring at first. When you pull back all the legends and fancy names, you are left with a pretty basic story. I think I was expect I was hooked on this book when I heard it was about a Queendom and ancient enemies awakening. It's said it be an epic high fantasy novel about dragons. And boy oh boy does that sound right up my alley.This story is seeped in legend, which contributes to it's significant length (over 800 pages!). There are also long and complicated titles for lots of people, which was jarring at first. When you pull back all the legends and fancy names, you are left with a pretty basic story. I think I was expecting explosive epicness about this story and it just simply wasn't that. It has a quieter magic about it, a magic that isn't rooted in battles and sword fighting. It's a magic that you don't quite realize is there until you finish.This book was an adventure to read. With the length, you really, really get to know the characters. I fell in love with them so fully and that is a part of why I love this book so much, even though it wasn't what I was expecting. I will miss Ead and Sabran and Tané so much.Something that bothered me was how straightforward the story felt. Again, I was expecting explosive epicness, so this could stem from that. There were no crazy twists and I just felt like everything moved from one event to another, in a completely straight forward way, for the entire book. I just felt that there were times when something could have happened, and it just didn't. There were things that happened that felt off and then there were things that didn't happen that I was hoping would.It felt like things were leading up to a big event, then it would happen and things would peter off. Then it would start to build up for the next event. It was a weird sort of stop - start. And then the BIG event at the end of the book? That completely fell flat for me. It was hard for me visualize it and it just didn't feel like it was the thing that the whole book was working towards. It was just there and I felt like it took to long to get to that place.The passage of time was something that was another thing that was off for me. I never truly felt it passing, even though big chunks of time where and I found myself feeling kind of lost in the timeline.Although I had problems with this book, I still can't help thinking about how amazing it was. It was written so beautifully and they way it was written completely saved it for me. Samantha Shannon has a way with words, that's for sure. It's a story that sticks with you, it's a world that is so incredible and so beautiful.Looking back, the world building really was something to admire. There is so much going on and so many politics and little things that make everything tick. It's so amazing, because I think if one thing was out of place, this entire world would come crashing down. Just take me Inys please.One thing that I really loved was the female camaraderie. Female strength is there from the very first page, but I took awhile for me to see them work together. But when I did... damn. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever read.In the end, I am glad I took the journey that is this book. I am so glad to have met the characters and experienced this world. While this is a stand-alone, I would love to see more stories from different parts and times of this world. There is so much there, it is almost bursting at the seams. I'd love to take another adventure.
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  • Mekiah Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I need this!!! It sounds really good and the release date is soooo far away!!! February 29th 2018!?! Aaaaaah! Well, I can wait I guess. Plus, that cover is beautiful!
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Wasn't really a fan of her The Bone Season, but I read on Twitter that this is a "diverse feminist retelling of the legend of St. George and the Dragon, intertwined with Japanese mythology" that "combines Eastern and Western dragon folklore, alchemy, piracy, courtly intrigue and sixteenth and seventeenth century history" with possibly talking dragons. Which sounds cool. So definitely putting it down as something to check out.
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  • Iryna Khymych
    January 1, 1970
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  • Adri
    January 1, 1970
    THE COVERRRRRRRR *flailing*
  • Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
    January 1, 1970
    A LONG-ASS BOOK ABOUT DRAGONS? WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA SHANNON? UM, THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR ME. *LAUNCHES SELF THROUGH TIME TO 2019*
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    holy shit this cover...!!!!!!
  • carnovalesque
    January 1, 1970
    first of all this cover owns my heartalso this book is nearly NINE HUNDRED pages and i don't know how i feel about that
  • Ľuboš
    January 1, 1970
    <3 já se tak neskutočne teším
  • Catalina
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited when I got this ARC, that I started reading it right away!It's long. But don't get me wrong- it's epic.Three different stories are told from three different parts of the country, each narrating the badassness of one of our female leads. At times, it felt so slow, I felt I was reading three different books at the same time. However, it is all necessary to understand the history of the East/West/South.And when you understand how all three stories click... You're in for a ride.An e I was so excited when I got this ARC, that I started reading it right away!It's long. But don't get me wrong- it's epic.Three different stories are told from three different parts of the country, each narrating the badassness of one of our female leads. At times, it felt so slow, I felt I was reading three different books at the same time. However, it is all necessary to understand the history of the East/West/South.And when you understand how all three stories click... You're in for a ride.An epic fantasy through and through. Modern love story included. A must read for all fantasy lovers
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  • Ella
    January 1, 1970
    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNT!!!! *shrieks and garbles simultaneously*
  • Delia Evin
    January 1, 1970
    I read an advance reading copy of this book that was provided by the publishers at BEA.I have actually never read any of Samantha Shannon's previous books but after hearing about this book and reading the synopsis I was just like GIVE IT TO ME NOW!It was a bit of a slow start for me personally. But one moment I was just coasting along reading this and then the next moment I was gripping the book and at the edge of my seat I couldn't put it down! The book was well plotted out, Samantha clearly pu I read an advance reading copy of this book that was provided by the publishers at BEA.I have actually never read any of Samantha Shannon's previous books but after hearing about this book and reading the synopsis I was just like GIVE IT TO ME NOW!It was a bit of a slow start for me personally. But one moment I was just coasting along reading this and then the next moment I was gripping the book and at the edge of my seat I couldn't put it down! The book was well plotted out, Samantha clearly put so much research and thought and love into this story. The characters were rich and diverse along with the world she created.I will definitely be buying a copy when it comes out!
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  • Jaden Revis
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the most well written fantasy’s I’ve ever read! There was a ton of world building without being word vomity. I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook 😍
  • Alona
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun and amazing read.
  • Nicole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    A masterpiece from start to finish. This gorgeously woven epic fantasy subverts so many fairy tale tropes and threads it all with dragons and gorgeous queer love stories. This is everything I've ever wanted in a fantasy book! Disclaimer: I work for the publisher, but all opinions are my own! Stop contacting me about requesting a copy. You'll need to go through the official Bloomsbury channels.
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  • V (lady⚔️crow)
    January 1, 1970
    The physical copy looks GIGANTIC, hot damn! I WANT.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Got goosebumps reading the synopsis omg this is gonna be so good miss samantha u have my money and wig
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