The Priory of the Orange Treeby Samantha Shannon Published 26 Feb 2019
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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 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" Reviews
what I should be worrying about: how am I going to pay for college????
what I’m actually worrying about: how the hell am I going to pay for all these 2019 releases??????
Oh my goodness, that was the definition of an epic fantasy. It was 800+ pages and I could barely lift the ARC to read properly, but none of that page time was ever wasted, SO much is packed into this story... the scope is seriously huge.
I have no clue where to even begin at explaining the plot, but maybe that's not really necessary here. I'll just say if you're looking for a diverse, feminist high fantasy story with some truly impressive worldbuilding, then definitely check this out.
It did take me a bit to get into everything (there are so, so many characters omg), but once the talking dragons showed up I was totally sold. It might feel slower-moving if you're used to YA fantasy, though, so just a heads up there. But this book would totally hold its own against any giant in its genre!
The author's note at the start mentions that her fictional lands were inspired by events & cultures in our world but aren't meant to represent any of them, which is what it felt like. There were just enough hints of the familiar in this fantasy world to make it seem like a place that could totally be real!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.
hit me with those 800 pages of high fantasy cause that's the only acceptable way to murder me fyi
One of the best books I’ve ever read. Rich in everything you could want and need in a fantasy. Please don’t sleep on this book. Just don’t.
ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.
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How did I not notice that this was written by Samantha Shannon? Aka the author of The Bone Season series!! I need this!!!!