Book Review – The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

priory of the orange tree.jpgA 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.


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Priory is honestly such a refreshing epic fantasy. It’s so female focussed for a start, so that rocks, and DRAGONS. Everyone likes dragons. 😍 🐉

I feel that perhaps epic fantasy is a genre I struggle with, and because this is such a tome I kept having to put it down and then feeling like I didn’t have the time to pick it back up. And there is so much going on, so it took me a little while at the start to get into it. BUT once I did, I was hooked.

My favourite character by far is definitely Ead. She’s so badass. And I loved her both at court and at the Priory. Her relationship with Sabran was incredibly sweet. And Sabran herself is such a good character – she is quite stiff in places because of her role, but I love how you slowly get to know her.

I also truly loved Loth, and his adventure. Possibly because it’s a little quest-y, and we all know I like a good quest.

Tané I grew to like, but her actions at the start made it harder at first. Plus her motivations are to do with something you don’t yet know about which makes it tougher. But her ending is probably my favourite, she has such growth in this book.

And Roos I almost never cared about, lol. Sorry Roos.

I simply adored the concept, how the magic worked, the dragons and the religions in this book. The overall story was just mind blowing. So beautifully complex, plus it brings together what seem like utterly separate storylines at the start so well.

Honestly worth a read, just be prepared to spend the time on it.


Buy The Priory of the Orange Tree from Amazon UK.

9 thoughts on “Book Review – The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

  1. It took me at least a couple of weeks to read this, but I’m glad it did take that long because I loved savouring such a good story. However, I wish the ending could have been developed a bit more as it felt a little rushed to me. I still loved everything about it though and I wish there were more fantasy standalones like it!

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