Book review | The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Author: Samantha Shannon
Genre: Fantasy fiction
No. of pages: 848
Published by: Bloomsbury Circus
Published on: 26th February 2019
My rating: ★★★★★
From the internationally bestselling author of the bone season, a trailblazing, epic high 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 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.
What a book! What. A. Book! A fantasy fiction like no other. I don't want to be that person who compares every other fantasy fiction to Game of Thrones but I have to say this. I need to! The Priory of the Orange Tree is 9 volumes of Game of Thrones forged into one spectacular book.
The Priory of the Orange Tree has every bit of magical realism and suspense and gore and adventure that you seek in a fantasy book. You need to read this. A world with dragons and dragon riders and mages and magic and secrets and Knights and Queens and not to forget, passionate romance. This is one marvellous book. 800 pages of pure adventure for every reader.
This is a story where the world is divided. Divided by differences in faith and religion. Very mirror-like to the world we live in today. The East and the West is divided by lack of knowledge and lack of acceptance for each other. But they must unite. They must unite to defeat a draconic creature who has been lying dormant for a thousand years and it threatens to destroy humankind. Long story short, The Priory of the Orange Tree is about how all the kingdoms of the world will join together to unveil the long lost secrets to save the world.
You have to read this. Just go, and read it!
What I loved the most about The Priory of the Orange Tree is that it's has 3 fierce female protagonists. It's the females who drive this book and the story.
Queen Sabran rules the Queendom of Inys and she's the direct descendent of the Saint who laid the religious foundation of the West. Through the book we can see Sabran's progress, from an arrogant Queen to an accepting Queen. Sabran's faults, weaknesses and strengths as a ruler very intricately shown in the book.
Mistress Ead Duryan is a lady-in-waiting for Queen Sabran. And she is the most fiercest character in the book. Her sleek nature, determination and courageous personality made her my hero(ine). Ead's character is an inspiration.
Equally fierce is Tané. A young girl who I could relate to a great extent. Her character is a very realistic one. A girl who got into trouble just because she didn't want to ruin her opportunity to become a dragon rider and yet she can go to extreme extents to save the people she loves. Tané is my favourite character from the book.
Other secondary characters show a great deal about different personalities. But I won't say anything further. This is one book where I cannot reveal one single thing about the plot.
Samantha Shannon's writing style is as magical as her book. You will be hooked, simply hooked! She writes as to lure her readers. I was hanging on to each single word of the book. I couldn't let it go. Loved the author's imagery descriptions. It's like I watched a whole movie. Such is the author's capability.
Now its upto you whether you want to read The Priory of the Orange Tree. But listen to me. Go read it. You won't regret it. I promise!
Samantha Shannon is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series. Film and TV rights have been acquired by Imaginarium. Studios and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. This is her fourth novel and her first outside of The Bone Season series. She lives in London.
I received a copy of the book from the Publisher in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.