Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on February 26, 2019
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 was one of my most anticipated read of 2019. I love Samantha Shannon’s writing style and The Bone Season is one of my favourite series I have ever read. So the expectations for this book was extremely high, like unbelievably so, and I have to say this book lived up to all of it. This book was beautifully written, the world was well developed and it pulled me right into the mythology. I really hope that there will be more books based in this world and with the same characters, not sure what I want to happen but at this point, anything would be good.
My favourite part of The Priory of the Orange without a doubt was the political system, it was so well done and the different alliances with different countries who all had their different cultures. I am in awe of how well they were all developed and different. These are my favourite kind of books, and the ones that end up staying with me long after I have finished them and put them back on the shelf. I loved the mythology and the rules that end up shaping each of the countries and the twists and turns that you get to see through the eyes of each of the narrator. All in all, it was a really well-rounded experience and one that I absolutely adored.
I suppose after singing praises I should probably mention why it has only been rated 4.5 stars instead of the 5. It would have to be the romance elements throughout the book. I don’t think they were necessary, I don’t actually think they added anything to the story and I actually think that it was the one thing within The Priory of the Orange that was underdeveloped and that I didn’t enjoy. I think because everything else was so well built and thought about that this aspect fell a little flat for me. I just wanted a little more or nothing at all, to be honest.
The mythology and faith system within The Priory of the Orange Tree was fascinating to watch, especially with the twists and turns that they each bring into the story and the politics for each of the countries. I also loved having not just the narrator’s point of view of their country and faith but the other characters that end up visiting them and the stories that make up their history.
I would recommend this book in a heartbeat! I think I will be rereading it for a long time to come. I am hoping and wishing for another book set in the same world and with the same characters. I’m not sure whether this is a pipe dream but I’m going to dream about it all the same!
Have you had a chance to read The Priory of the Orange Tree? What were your favourite parts of this monster of a book? Let me know in the comments!
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