The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonThe Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory Of The Orange Tree

bySamantha Shannon

Hardcover | February 26, 2019

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The New York Times bestselling "epic feminist fantasy perfect for fans of Game of Thrones" (Bustle).

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.

Samantha Shannon studied English Language and Literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first in a seven-book series, was a New York Times bestseller and the inaugural Today Book Club selection. The Mime Order followed in 2015 and The Song Rising in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. She ...
Title:The Priory Of The Orange TreeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:848 pages, 9.37 × 6.71 × 2.4 inShipping dimensions:9.37 × 6.71 × 2.4 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A memorable fantasy that thoroughly entertained me. Wholeheartedly recommended. I can't remember the last time I breezed through such a long book in such a short period of time. I began reading The Priory of the Orange Tree while on vacation, lugging it back and forth to the beach every day, and literally raced through the last pages as we sat on the plane, waiting to disembark back home. I didn't want it to end. I wanted more of Sabran, Ead, and Tané. I wanted to dive deeper into those final chapters, to experience what comes next in the same depth as what came before. Sure, there were some flaws in pacing; the way pivotal characters continued to cross paths as they crossed the world bordered on ridiculous; some of the plot twists felt awkward; and many of the big felt contrived; but, in the end, none of that matter. Samantha Shannon has crafted an epic fantasy that entertained me from beginning to end, with characters I came to know like family. She drew me into the geography and mythology of her world, made me appreciate the 'why' of its cultural conflicts, and fed my imagination with suitably epic moments of awe and wonder. Even more importantly, this is a female-fronted epic fantasy, one with a slowly developing f/f romance at its heart, that didn't feel at all artificial or forced. There was no sense that Shannon was trying to make a statement on diversity or force a feminist agenda on the reader. It's hard to explain, and probably doesn't make a lot of sense unless you've read it, but it's one of those books where you can appreciate its uniqueness without noticing it on every page. I think what makes it work is the fact that there is nothing special or remarkable about powerful women in this world. They are not rebelling against any preconceived gender notions, and are not fighting any sexist stereotypes. There is an assumption of equality that empowers the reader as much as it does the characters. The Priory of the Orange Tree has more than enough magic, monsters, and dragons to satisfy any fan of epic fantasy. I may have expected a bit more dragons from the cover blurb, but I have zero arguments with what's on the page, especially the bond between Tané and her dragon - which is complex and balanced. It also has a deep and complex mythology built around those dragons, with an entire culture and faith revealed to have been built upon a lie, that I admired. It's an intimate tale for the most part, with individual conflicts and quests driving much of the narrative, but when it comes time for the dragons to go to war . . . damn, that was suitably epic. I would happily read another novel in this world, or even a side-novella expanding on some of the stories within it. As I said, it's not a perfect book, but it is a memorable one that thoroughly entertained me. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it. The story is set in medieval times and is about Sabran, Ead and Tane who longs to be a dragon rider. It is a fantasy novel. It is also about dragons. When I first saw the cover of this book, I was intrigued and when I read the description on the back of the book I knew I had to read it, so I bought it. I love anything to do with dragons. I’m a huge fan of the How To Train Your Dragon movies, and I play a game called War Dragons. I have not read the Game of Thrones series yet but have seen it on tv. If you’re looking for a fantasy book about dragons, kings, queens and adventure, I would definitely recommend this book for your next novel or reading list. Also if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you might enjoy this book.
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LGBTA Feminist High Fantasy... WITH DRAGONS! It’d been awhile since I’d read true high fantasy, and had kind of forgotten how much concentration it takes to keep everything straight in my head. Priory is definitely not a book you can casually read - I usually read at least two books at a time, but I just couldn’t manage it in this case! So besides the awesome premise, what makes this book so great? Well, the world building is absolutely insane. Religion, regions, customs, government structure… It’s all incredibly detailed which - while being one of the reasons I had to concentrate extra hard - also drew me into the story and wouldn’t let me go. That awesome world building is perfectly complimented by Shannon’s well developed characters. Ead is hands down my favourite - I could read an entire book just about her. Her relationship with Queen Sabran is so multi-layered and complex, I found myself truly invested in the outcome of the relationship. Roos is pathetic and obnoxious, which meant reading his POV felt like an actual pain. His chapters also seemed to slow down the pacing of the plot; honestly, I think the book would have been just fine if he hadn’t been included. Happily that’s the only thing that bugged me - Priory is perfection otherwise. But how can I not mention the dragons?! These are not your typical fantasy dragons - in Priory there are two very different species with distinct temperaments, physiology and social structure. I don’t think I can do them justice in this review, they’re just too wonderfully complex. So go read the book!
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Feminist Fantasy you NEED Samantha Shannon is one of my FAVOURITE authors. I’ve read the three books that are out in The Bone Season septology MULTIPLE TIMES and I’m OBSESSED. I follow her on social media and I’d been hearing about a world filled with dragons and female power for a while and while I was excited, it wasn’t until I saw that JAW-DROPPING cover that I knew, with all certainty, that I WOULD DEFINITELY BE READING THIS BOOK. So, when Bloomsbury India send me an advance copy, I jumped in joy and dived in almost immediately. IN A NUTSHELL: The Priory of the Orange Tree is one of the BEST fantasy novels I’ve read in a while, especially in terms of world-building. The religions, the kingdoms and the politics usually don’t intrigue me as much as the characters do, but Priory was a perfect blend of it all. I was as invested in the fate of the kingdom and the people as I was in the characters narrating the story. I loved the magic, the dragons, the lore, the romance, the friendship and the political intrigue. In a nutshell, that ended up being no so nutshell-y, The Priory of the Orange Tree was everything I expected it to be AND MORE. THINGS I LOVED: 1. EAD AND SABRAN. These two were my FAVOURITE characters and I loved them and their story. 2. In this world, both same and different sex partners and were the norm, except for royalty because of the whole line of succession reason, but companionship was based on love, not society-based gender constructs and it was wonderful 3. THE WATER DRAGONS WERE BRILLIANT and I LOVED Tane and her dragon’s story. 4. THE WORLD, THE RELIGIONS AND THE PALACES were all brilliant. I cannot describe how much I became a part of this world while reading this 800-page beauty, but I did. It was probably the most “I’m a part of this world now” experience I’ve ever had. THINGS I DIDN’T LOVE AS MUCH: 1. Niclays Roos and his storyline seemed like filler at best. I enjoyed it FOR A WHILE, but by the time I reached the 300s, I was ready to skip past his story. 2. The ending was slightly… unrealistic. After all the build-up, I expected something MORE or at least more REAL but this wasn’t. If you’ve seen this book around, you’re probably thinking – this book is HUGE, this cover is beautiful but will I be able to conquer it? Trust me, even though it took me 100 or so pages to get familiar with the world and the characters, The Priory of the Orange Tree is an all-engrossing, queer, #girlpower filled fantasy that you NEED TO READ. Welcome to the Queendom and the obsession.
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Samantha Shannon is the queen of world building! The world and plot are so intricate and this is the best fantasy I've read in a while!
Date published: 2019-02-22

Editorial Reviews

"Mesmerizing." - Washington Post"A timelessly relevant classic. Brilliant, diverse, feminist, subversive, thought-provoking, and masterfully told, The Priory of the Orange Tree is an absolute must-read." - Karen Marie Moning, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever series"A brilliant, daring, and devastating jewel . . . An incredible world full of depth and danger, with characters I would follow to the ends of the earth. I'm in awe of [Shannon's] talent." - Victoria Aveyard, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Red Queen series"An epic feminist fantasy perfect for fans of 'Game of Thrones' . . . A rich and engaging high fantasy novel that puts women and their stories front and center, The Priory of the Orange Tree will pull you into its magical world from the first page." - Bustle"An intricately realized and feminist fantasy . . . one might even be tempted to dub Samantha Shannon, 'The female George R.R. Martin." - Hypable"A fascinating epic fantasy set in a rich, well-developed world. Shannon has created fertile narrative ground." - New York Review of Books"This magnificent epic of queens, dragonriders, and badass secret wyrm-slaying priestesses is a tour de force, and my new absolute favorite epic fantasy." - Laini Taylor, NYT bestselling author of the Strange the Dreamer and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series"Spellbinding . . . extraordinary . . . A well-drawn feminist fantasy with broad appeal for fans of the epic and readers of Zen Cho, Naomi Novik, and V. E. Schwab. Highly recommended." - Booklist, starred review"A celebration of fantasy that melds modern ideology with classic tropes. More of these dragons, please." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"An astonishing achievement." - Marie Brennan, award-winning author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent series"An epic fantasy destined to be a classic." - Kami Garcia, #1 NYT bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable"The Platonic Ideal of a fantasy novel . . . This story of good and evil, struggle and triumph, love and loss and return is beautifully written: complex but clear, and utterly immersive. I loved this book." - Nicola Griffith, award-winning author of Hild"The Priory of the Orange Tree isn't our grandfathers' epic fantasy novel. It is a clever combination of Elizabethan England, the legend of St. George and Eastern dragon lore, with a dash of Tolkien. Shannon's feminist saga has enough detailed world-building, breath-taking action and sweeping romance to remind epic fantasy readers of why they love the genre in the first place. Modern sensibilities integrate seamlessly with genre tropes . . . Readers will beg for a sequel." - Shelf Awareness"Shannon satisfyingly fills this massive standalone epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel through dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood, love, and rhetoric." - Publishers Weekly