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The Priory of the Orange Tree

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  40,421 ratings  ·  8,168 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
Hardcover, UK Edition, 896 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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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.

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chai ♡
It feels like a thread of my heart had snagged in The Priory of The Orange Tree and is still trying to reel me back in. I barely felt time passing, and when I finished reading, I had the same experience of looking up from the pages, feeling dreamy and obscure, and finding the world disconcertingly fuzzy and wholly alien, as if it were not really home. Like waking up just as the last vestiges of some interesting nocturnal adventure are lost to the tide. This is a novel, an experience, not to be m ...more
Sean Barrs
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
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)
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
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
hit me with those 800 pages of high fantasy cause that's the only acceptable way to murder me fyi
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 10/14/20


I love this book so damn much!! I have this special edition, the kindle and the Audio! I loved so much about this book, the world, the people, the dragons! Ead is one of my favorite characters! I’m looking forward to savoring the Reread on Audio!!

I’m going to add a few excerpts and that’s me done!!

An enormous head towered over the fence of Orisima. It belonged to a creature born of jewel and sea.

Cloud steamed from its scales-scales of moonston
Charlotte May
This, my friends is why I love fantasy

5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"I shall found a priory of a different sort, and no craven knight shall soil its garden."

Wow! I have no words. I am blown away, spellbound, enraptured in this incredibly beautiful and complex world. I thoroughly enjoyed Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season series, but this was something else entirely!

I don't even know where to begin. I guess the best place would be with the characters. We follow a large set of characters in a similar way
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘we will shake the world for our beliefs.’

starting with me because, holy mother of dragons, I AM SHOOK.
Mary S. R.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of slow, epic, high fantasy
You know when people are rushing somewhere and your curious soul feels helplessly tugged along and then you get there and go, oh, I think I just hit a gold mine.

That’s me with this book.

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

The Priory of the Orange Tree—or POT as I’ll call it from now on because I’m lazy—is what they declare the stuff of legend, a tale destined to be enshrined in song. Because this? This is “a brilliant, daring, and devastati
Rick Riordan
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this brilliant fantasy! Set in an intricate quasi-Early Modern world where Eastern and Western cultures exist in an uneasy truce, PRIORY follows a large cast of characters in many nations as they prepare for the return of the Nameless One, the great evil dragon who was banished a thousand years ago, and who is now poised to make his big comeback and burn the mortal world to ashes. There are two basic types of dragons: the fire-breathing wyrms of the West (Bad dragon! Bad dragon!), who are co ...more
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
✨ A ✨
“We may be small, and we may be young, but we will shake the world for our beliefs.”

I'm not gonna lie, I feel fucking proud of myself for managing to make my way through this giant. I have been wanting to read this book for months and with every high rating I saw on my GR feed, it made me even more excited.

To say that I'm sad that this turned out to be a three star read for me is an understatement.

This review is going to be a short one. I'm not going to give a summary of what this book is
May 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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

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Caz (littlebookowl)
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Hi, hello, I am Priory trash.

If you are looking for:
- fantasy
- dragons
- a cast of fascinating characters
- same-sex relationships
- wonderful friendships
- political intrigue
- rich worldbuilding
then Priory is for you. MAN I'm ready to re-read this.
Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
this had me at dragons
Spencer Orey
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this, didn't love it. But wow did I sure race through it! 800 pages flew by pretty fast, so this book is doing something right.

There's enough here that if you're thinking about reading this book, go for it. It's a compelling fantasy story and the world is intriguing. I do think it had the potential to be much better.

It's a reeeeeally long book and there are a ton of things to like here, and also some very uneven things that I can't quite let slide. This book isn't necessarily doing a lot
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, arc
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
Helena of Eretz ✰
Buddy read with my dragon-riding mate, Azrah!


I’m quitting this at the halfway mark. I’m sorry, but this slump is killing me and this book isn’t helping whatsoever.

For such a large and time-investing book, I should feel SOMETHING for these characters, but I don’t. I appreciate how feminist it is and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ relationships as the main focus...but I could care less about these characters. Nor am I overly invested in the plot.

For a self-proclaimed epic fantasy...why have the magic a
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written high fantasy with multiple amazing characters with strong female power, an epic war between good and bad and lots of magic, dragons! So what are you waiting for? This is intriguing, exciting, entertaining formula of best fantasy book needed to have!

So why am I dancing between 3 to 4 ? Am I really too picky, dissatisfied, picky, grumpy person? (Mostly I am but this is not about being tough grader, something in my heart made me reject to love this book. I truly liked it especially p
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
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.
Mayim de Vries
Key facts about this book:
- number of "LOL" comments in my highlights: 159;
- number of "ROTFL" reactions during near-death/death scenes: 17
- pages to wasted life ratio: 848 to 1

An overhyped book. I hope you have not expected anything more than 2 stars from me.

I am asking myself why, oh why, I have thought that reading “The Priory of the Orange Tree” was a good idea at all. Having critically scrutinised my motivations I have come to this conclusion:

Firstly, it has a sexy tittle. Some time ago o
Jul 11, 2019 marked it as books-i-own-but-did-not-read  ·  review of another edition
Never let a cute cover and a nice synopsis fool you. This book might be the trap of your soul. Forever.

I think that if I start this book now, my grandchildren would be there with me to witness the end (of the book and of mine, of course)
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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

“That is the problem with stories, child. The truth in them cannot be weighed.”

★ I have read this a while ago and I initially rated it 4 stars (on GR) although I was not convinced of that rating 100%, after a couple of weeks of thinking and after having to explain to my class what this book is about (More on this later) I think that I should not overthink my rating and go with 3.5 stars which I feel most comfortable w
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.

Ben Alderson
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
James Tivendale
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Priory of the Orange Tree is an epic fantasy jewel of a novel. It features terrific characters, stunning set-pieces and a brilliantly crafted grand and picturesque world.

Throughout this tale, we follow four distinctive point of view perspectives. In the East, the storytellers are Tané - an orphan who is training to join the High Sea Guard, and Niclays - an exiled alchemist. In the West, the narrative is presented by Ead - a handmaiden to Queen Sabran the IX, and Loth - a lord and close frien
Jennie Damron
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

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