I do not sleep because I am not only afraid of the monsters at my door, but also of the monsters my own mind can conjure. The ones that live within.
Title: The Priory of The Orange Tree
Author: Samantha Shannon
Page Count: 848 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ .5
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
Happy Release Day to Priory of The Orange Tree! Go get your grabby hands on this tome!
Do you love dragons? Do you love magic? What about discovering a whole new world? Do you wish there were more queens vs kings? If you said yes to any of these questions you must pick up a copy of Priory! You will love it.
I broke this one up into chunks. I read the first half and then decided to tackle a few other books before coming back to this one and then finished the second half. You can also break it up into more portions than that to further savour the magic.
My favourite pieces of this book include dragon riders, world building and strong ass female characters! Shannon has a way of creating female characters that are just awesome of their own accord, they do not seem fabricated but instead seem to leap out of the page with their amazing-ness.
As an aside, look at the beautiful design on the inside, the design team over at Bloomsbury deserves an award. Are there book oscars in the publishing world? If not this should be a thing.
Don’t be intimidated by the length Shannon’s writing is so fluid you flip the pages and don’t even notice the length. Hoping for more in this world!
**Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review, always and forever a fan of Samantha Shannon.**