Book Review | The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Hey Everyone!

How are you? The weather has been really nice lately, I am seeing so many people out with flip-flops on. It’s still a little cold but it is nice to see some sunshine.

Now onto this massive book.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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, Tane 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.

Published: February 2019

Publishers: Bloomsbury

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 831

Format of Reading: Hardback

Goodreads Star Rating:🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Review

It took me the ENTIRE month of March to read this book, it was huge.

I was first aware of the book from Bloomsbury’s Instagram, I was seeing a lot of photos of the arc copy and somehow it was embedded into my brain that this book was for me. I knew absolutely nothing about this book before I purchased it and it was a complete mystery from when I started it.

This book follows four main characters, Ead, Tane, Loth and Niclays. I was more interested in Ead’s storyline, I think many people did. Tane took a while to understand her story, but it also skipped out the training of Tane becoming a Dragon Rider which I was intrigued in see more of that. I was not prticularly interested in Niclays storyline, I was never able to enjoy his chapters and tried to rush them in order to get to the end of the chapter. I did like Loth’s storyline, somehow he reminded me alot of Chaol from Throne of Glass, he is very loyal and loves his friends and family.

I think one of the things that I was interested the most was the history and the lore of the world created. There was soo much info about the legend of Queen Cleolind defeating The Nameless One and the belief of gods which was interesting to see that how each island had a different religion. Sometimes in Fantasy books there is always a lot of informantion and not much action until near the end of the books, which is pretty much the same in this book.

The book may seem like a lot of info dumping but the way how it was told through stories by any of the characters in the book it drew me in a lot more into wanting to know the truth of the myth of the Nameless One. Although I will have to admit, minus the constant mentions of this creature and the expected belief of his return I noticed that he was barely there physically, the build up of this powerful creature and the build up of his expected return lacked to no appearance of him at all.

While I will have to admit that I am glad that this book was a standalone because if it was a series. A. The book would have more storylines and it would be great to flesh out some of the characters and the story, which sometimes you wouldn’t mind having without it. B. There could be more development of the world as well as the characters. and C. You could have more of a threatening villian who could actually show up.

Has anyone else read this book? What did you think of it?

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