Monday, January 18, 2021

Quick Thoughts: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon

Publication Date: February 26th 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 830
ISBN: 9781635570298
Genre: Adult Fiction \ Fantasy \ LGBTQ
Source: Own

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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 to be a dragonrider since she was a child, 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. (Goodreads)

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon sat on my shelf for the LONGEST time before I decided to pick the book up… And now that I have finally read it, I am kicking myself for having waited so long! I very much enjoyed the book, and it definitely made me want to read more fantasy stories!

I don’t read fantasy novels nearly enough, (though that’s something that I really, really want to work on in 2021.) The Priory of the Orange Tree was everything that I didn’t know I wanted in a fantasy story. The characters were absolutely fascinating, and the storyline was completely captivating. Add in the descriptions that were so well written, I could picture everything perfectly in my mind. All of these things together make for one fantastic read.

This book took me a while to get through, as I decided to read it slowly, chapter by chapter, over the course of a few months. This normally would have frustrated me with any other book, but I very much enjoyed taking the extra time to read this book. It was a fun experience!

And now that I have finally read something by Samantha Shannon, I can’t wait to read more by her! I have The Bone Season series on my list to tackle soon, and I absolutely can’t wait to get started.

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