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The Priory of the Orange Tree

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  7,945 ratings  ·  2,211 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
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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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Chaima ✨ شيماء
As an avid reader/devourer of novels, sometimes it feels like I'm ripping my soul into a new horcrux every time I add another book to my "all-time favorites" shelf. In fact, I'm not at all certain the human brain was meant to read, in such short order, so many novels gleaming out in jeweled brilliance, and still be able to summon words to talk about them!

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 pass
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
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 5/26/19


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 moonstone,
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
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.
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 it's 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 to t
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.
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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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: arc, i-own-it, 2019
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
Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
this had me at dragons
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
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
There were moments where I was like: This is fucking brilliant!! But other moments that were seriously disappointing. I need time to process all the feels. My rating might change. Review to come.
Buddy reading this monster of a book with Helena!!! 🐉

I am so fucking jealous of everyone who has read / is reading this book right now. 😿
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.
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
Helena of Sparta ✰ (on semi-hiatus)
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
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.
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
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.

☽ TheBibliotheque

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
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
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

Buddy Reading with awesome Azia. Loved every moment!

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Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People are divided about this book. Some people call it slow or even boring, others say that at least it needed some time to get going. I, personally, disagree.
Yes, there is almost no action in the beginning (except for "someone" preventing a few assassins from killing a queen) but the reader is instead immersed in a rich world where there are four major places the story takes us to. And those four places are filled with dragons (imagine the ones from Chinese legend), wyrms/wyverns (imagine the
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
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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
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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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