Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Priory of the Orange Tree” as Want to Read:
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Priory of the Orange Tree

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,240 ratings  ·  1,335 reviews
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 loy
ebook, 848 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Priory of the Orange Tree, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Samantha Shannon PRIORY is a self-contained story and absolutely works on its own, but this world has more tales to tell . . . I'd love to return to it.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.31  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,240 ratings  ·  1,335 reviews

Sort order
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Epic battle between good and evil for the control of the world!

Overall I really enjoyed this new fantasy book.

The world was complex and interesting but since it's a standalone and that you're following 4 main POV it got quite overwhelming at times. Lots of names, places, histories to follow but it gets better. The magic system was great, the plot was intriguing and so were most of the characters. Also, dragons, pirates and magic. Need I say more?!

I would love to read more adventures in this worl
Samantha Shannon
May 29, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hiiiii, Goodreads.

This is my new book. I'm thrilled to finally be able to tell you more about it.

The Priory of the Orange Tree is an epic fantasy set in a world that is both like and unlike ours. I've been working on this book since 2015, and I've fallen in love with this setting and these characters. I can't wait for you to meet Ead, Tané, Sabran and the others – I hope you'll enjoy reading their story as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

I'm just popping in to let you know that there is a glos
شيماء ✨
As an avid reader/devourer of novels, I sometimes feel like I'm ripping my soul into another horcrux every time I add another book to my "all-time favorites" shelf.

There is so much I can’t figure out how to say in words right now. But holy shit. We are so lucky to have this book in the world. RTC.
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminists and The Lord of the Rings fans
As a huge Tolkien fan, and one who considers his writing to be the very best fantasy has to offer, I don’t often compare other books to his works (at least not in a positive way.) Simply because there is very rarely a good comparison to be made. Every great work of fantasy has felt somewhat shallow in contrast to the deep pool of imagination he conjured with his words. Nothing cuts it. Nothing competes.

However, with this I do venture to make a comparison. I do venture to concur with the blurb L
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘we will shake the world for our beliefs.’

starting with me because, holy mother of dragons, I AM SHOOK.
Cait • A Page with a View
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 tak
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

chloe ✨
Dec 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
hit me with those 800 pages of high fantasy cause that's the only acceptable way to murder me fyi
May 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Melanie by: Imi (Imi Reviews Books)

I'm NOT DNFing... I'm just putting this down for now, because I just can't immerse myself in this story for some reason! But I promise to try again before the year is over! <3

Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
Mar 09, 2019 is currently reading it
Me, trying to jump on this book's bandwagon before it's way too late:

for all the hype it's receiving this book better pay my bills, cure my depression, and usher in an era of world peace.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019, i-own-it
WOW. Where do I even begin with this book? Firstly, thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me an early copy of this book to read. But also how could you do this to me? Now I have to wait another month for everyone to get their hands on this so we can talk about it!

Having been a fan of Samantha Shannon's series, The Bone Season, and in general being a fan of fantasy novels, I was eager to read her latest novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree. I have to confess, though, that some larger, high fantasy
I just need it said that I've been calling this book "The Priority of the Orange Tree" for months, thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

XXXXXX “All the world is a cage in a young girl's eyes.” XXXXXX

I wanted to finish this yesterday because it was International Women's Day and this book is everything I have ever wanted to see in the Epic Fantasy genre since I was a little girl - but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men. I digress.

From the very beginning this book pull
Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
this had me at dragons
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, so. I finished this behemoth.

Was it good? .... I don't know. I enjoyed it for the most part. Certain aspects of this book absolutely SOARED. But overall it is waaaaaaaay too long, and the plot is a bit of a mess. The word that comes to mind is inelegant. Given how much space Shannon has to set the stage for an intricate plot, I was left pretty disappointed on that front.

What this book does well: the love story. Despite the fact that this book has four perspectives, Ead's story is clearly t
April (Aprilius Maximus)
"No woman should be made to fear that she was not enough."

This is my favourite book of the year so far, hands down.
Ben Alderson
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Read it.
Lex Kent
The hype surrounding this book is real. I started reading this book on Saturday morning and only stopped reading it to sleep. And while I devoured this book page after page, now that it if over I almost feel at a loss as to what to do next. I was so connected to the story and the characters that it feels a little crushing that it is over. While I raced to the end of the book, I now wish there was more story left to read. But that is what a really good book does to you so I have no complaints.

Mary S. R.
4.94 EPIC STARS! the stuff of legend, a tale destined to be enshrined in song.

“I will give you the key to destroying all darkness.”
“Which is?”

This is “a brilliant, daring, and devastating jewel” and a unique, timeless, addicting, and rich dragon of a book—both in size and magnificence!
“A masterpiece of intricate world-building, diverse, feminist, thought-provoking and masterfully told,” with stunning, breathing and unforgettable characters, TPOTOT captures your imagination and traps
Jennie Damron
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Shannon has just written my favorite book of all time! Yes, this is the best book I have ever read. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. The world building is just impeccable. The characters, all of them, are well developed and show growth as well as fragility. The Dragons are characters in and of themselves. I wish I could be like Tane and have my own dragon who I can ride across the world on. Ead is my favorite character. She is a warrior and fights for what she believes in and ...more
☽ TheBibliotheque
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-arc, 2019-faves

Or in other words, High Fantasy redefined. Yes, High Fantasy made feminist. Made diverse.

This beast of a book blew me away in more ways than one. And definitely, in more ways than I would have ever expected. The Priory of the Orange Tree should stand as a new genre, or at least that’s how it feels like.

Rich in prose and world building, what moves the story forward are threads and threads of layered characters weaved together. The powerful and female prot
Charlotte May
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as library-loans  ·  review of another edition

1) This book is available to pick up from the library!!! OMG THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!

2) I have like 7 other library books to pick up and I'll need some serious upper body strength to carry them along with this beast.

3) Not to mention the like 10+ library books I have at home..... (2 of which are Fire and Blood and War Storm which are also GIANT BOOKS)

Send help


How did I not notice that this was written by Samantha Shannon? Aka the author of The Bone Season series!! I need
Alice Oseman
I don't usually get along with high fantasy - heavy world-building tends to bore me and I don't really get any enjoyment from reading about wars/fights/political ploys. But this was just WONDERFUL. PRIORY does have fights and politics (and history and dragons and magic), but its heart lies with the characters, whose flaws, desires, relationships, and struggles are so damn relatable. I just wanted all of them to be safe and warm. Thank you to Samantha and Bloomsbury for sending me a proof many mo ...more
⚔ Silvia ⚓
Tiffany Miss.Fiction
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-tbr
There's no other way to talk about this book. Best book of the year, best book in years.
We get complex characters, we get political intrigues, we get dragons, we get magic, we get a compelling story, we get what i want from an epic fantasy book with predominant female cast.
Beautifully written, exciting, deep, shocking, layered, diverse, intense...

The biggest issues is the unoriginality of way too many elements and the timeline of the different stories but did i care? Not even a sing
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Mar 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
I heard this book is a masterpiece and I can't wait to read it!

Alexandra Elend Wolf
10/5 stars

“We may be small, and we may be young, but we will shake the world for our beliefs.”

The Priory of the Orange Tree is a masterpiece of world building and characterization of the likes of Brandon Sanderson and J.R.R. Tolkien, and I don't compare anyone to them lightly. Truly delightful.

The amount of time and thought that Shannon used to create this world and its history shows on every page that you read, and it's really satisfying to see and get immersed in it. The consisting s
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.

The Priory of the Orange Tree is among the most beautiful works of literature I’ve ever read. In an age of fantasy where grimdark is by and large the king of the genre, Priory breaks the mold by showcasing breathtaking beauty in its prose.
”We mean to reforge with love what greed has broken.”

If grimdark views the world through a filter of ashy sepia, Priory instead views the world through a filter that overs
I finished a high fantasy tome.... Me. A person who swears she hates fantasy. And more surprisingly... I REALLY BLIMMIN ENJOYED IT!!!!
Like yes. It took an age to get going and really the characters aren't all that brilliantly drawn and it's quite confusing to remember who exactly is who because there's a cast of thousands in this book (okay maybe not technically thousands but there are a shedload).
BUUUUUUUT..... I had a blast!!! I'm guessing if you're a big fantasy reader this might feel a litt
 Codie's Book Corner
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To everyone who has asked me if the hype is real, is this 800 page beast worth it? YES, YES IT IS!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Fall Like Thieves
  • Middlegame
  • The Women's War (Women's War, #1)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow
  • The Raven Tower
  • The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)
  • The City We Became
  • Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)
  • We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)
  • The Bird King
  • Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House, #1)
  • The Harp of Kings
  • Lady Hotspur
  • The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue
  • Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1)
  • Starsight (Skyward, #2)
  • Shorefall (Founders, #2)
  • The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)
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.

Her next novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, was published in February 2019 and became a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. Her work has been translated into twenty-six lang
“No woman should be made to fear that she was not enough.” 22 likes
“We may be small, and we may be young, but we will shake the world for our beliefs.” 16 likes
More quotes…