The Priory of the Orange Tree

, #1

Hardcover, 880 pages

English language

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC.

ISBN:
978-1-4088-8346-4
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4 stars (17 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 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 to be a dragonrider since she was a child, 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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reviewed The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (The Roots of Chaos, #1)

Many nice ideas

3 stars

Many interesting ideas and some strong leading female characters, but the plot felt contrived at times or needlessly confusing, with inconsistencies (like distance and travel time), and some parts of the worldbuilding felt too simplistic -- also I wasn't too impressed with the quests for magic objects. Edit : also worth mentionning is that in the 800 pages, there really isn't much happening at the Priory of the title.

A great book and (hopefully) more to come

5 stars

This is the first book from Samantha Shannon I have read, and I have really liked it. The overall story is very good, the characters are very interesting and the worldbuilding has many layers (as it should).

I like how each chapter starts by having a geographical distinction, which helps situate the different characters in the map. It also cements the differences between each region and the lore.

Another important topic of the book is the rupture with other fantasy novels in the importance of the women in the plot (which is good) and the prominence of queer characters in it (which is also good).

I am looking forward to more works from the same author and I imagine that I will be reading them as soon as I know that they are released.

Review of 'Priory of the Orange Tree' on 'Storygraph'

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I was supposed to read this as a buddy read, but for various reasons we both decided right now isn't a good time. I think this one will get delayed until this winter. I WILL come back and read it though! 

Review of 'The Priory of the Orange Tree' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars





Hay cosas que me han gustado mucho, pero no ha terminado de convencerme. No ha hecho "click". Creo que lo que más se me ha resentido ha sido el ritmo.
Con esto no quiero decir que no me haya gustado. Simplemente que no me ha convencido.
Me da un poco de rabia porque vi ideas muy interesantes pero la ejecución mmne, y por otro lado quería recordarme un poco a Seraphina en ciertos aspectos)

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