The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 06/02/2020
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The Priory of the Orange Tree
An epic fantasy book to get lost in
First things first, this book is huge. But once you're in it, it is fiendishly difficulty to put down. Telling the epic tale of dragons, magic, opposing id... READ MORE
Emma at Waterstones Aberystwyth
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Absolutely worth it
This book may seem intimidating but it's absolutely worth it. I've read Priory twice now (contemplating a third read) and with the political intrigue, fant... READ MORE
Izzie M
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Intimately Epic
A standalone epic, filled with amazingly drawn characters as complex as they are endearing. An unashamedly feminist piece of fantasy that has the best drag... READ MORE
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Standalone Saga
I'm in awe of this one - an epic standalone saga with multiple mythologies, courts and creatures - how someone managed to craft this, I'll never understand... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Online
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Dragons with a Sapphic Subplot
I don't know why I put off The Priory of the Orange Tree for so long because this is one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. This ticked all of my ... READ MORE
The Priory of the Orange Tree
epic fantasy that is beautifully crafted
this book is a feminist version of Sanderson and GRR Martin put together, as it is bold, exceptionally written with developed characters and a breathtaking... READ MORE
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Epic fantasy done RIGHT
This book is an absolute feat. Hats off to Samantha Shannon for writing this ground-breaking fantasy novel. Gone are the male-dominated epic fantasies of ... READ MORE


From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons - and the women who must lead the fight to save it. 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 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.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781408883358
  • Number of pages: 848
  • Weight: 676g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Priory of the Orange Tree
I loved this book .Fantastic page turner and just the book to loose yourself in .The characters were engaging and the plot was strong . If you like fantasy... READ MORE
Stephanie Jones
The Priory of the Orange Tree
I've read this book twice and I want to read it again. This book is so well crafted, the world, characters, plot etc etc etc are so smartly developed that ... READ MORE
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The Priory of the Orange Tree
A fresh, female-led fantasy I never knew I needed
The East and the West have been in thick of a conflict for years. To the West lies the heirless Queendom of Inys ruled by Queen Sabran. To the East is the ... READ MORE
Hannah Falvey-Browne
The Priory of the Orange Tree
I was forged in fire and from comet wrung
I adored this book and every moment of it. I’ve never read a book where I have so many questions at the end - and I’m blissfully happy to never have answe... READ MORE
Naomi Marshall-Murray
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Exactly what I was after
If you're looking for something that hits the spot of Game of Thrones but is different enough to stand on its own, this is it! Exciting action and well tho... READ MORE
The Priory of the Orange Tree
An absolute belter!
This is an epic stand alone novel of the highest order. You will find yourself drawn into this wonderful world full of the most beautiful characters and be... READ MORE
David Corrigan
The Priory of the Orange Tree
An enthralling read that I read cover to cover in nearly one sitting. It’s an excellent fantasy novel that gives a female perspective in a way not normally... READ MORE
helen brown
The Priory of the Orange Tree
A must have for your fantasy collection!
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS TO DATE! Dragons, lesbians, queens, warriors and mages! Throw in some court drama and incredible world building with full and imp... READ MORE
Jessica Siagian
The Priory of the Orange Tree
A MODERN fantasy novel
Excellent storyline and character development! It’s so refreshing to have modern LGBTQ+ characters and strong female leads in a fantasy setting when normal... READ MORE
Jamie K
The Priory of the Orange Tree
✨ Vivid, beautiful imagined and must-read fantasy! ✨
As imposing as the sheer size of the book was, it was ultimately a wonderful and rewarding read. It was a unique read, full of inventive and subversive int... READ MORE
Suzanne Elliott
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Enjoyed every page
very reccomended
Molly Radulovic
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Brilliant escapism
Beautifully written, the story takes you on an intriguing journey and you’re left with a love of dragons! The characters are all so different and the story... READ MORE
Esta Siggs
The Priory of the Orange Tree
A bit of an epic and it took a while to get familiar with all the characters but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. A complicated story that kept m... READ MORE
The Priory of the Orange Tree
This book is completely and utterly beautiful. It consumes you with it's immaculate vocabulary and powerful storyline. Overall, it is truely overwhelming, ... READ MORE
Lexey Hawkins
The Priory of the Orange Tree
I loved reading this book, my friends didn't love me reading it though because I couldn't put it down! I kept starting reading it and then losing hours at ... READ MORE
Natasha Barnett
The Priory of the Orange Tree
An ensnaring read!
I’ve never reviewed a book before and I don’t really know how these things are meant to be assessed but all I can say is I absolutely LOVED this book. I wa... READ MORE
Hannah Owen
The Priory of the Orange Tree
An epic fantasy novel, I loved every minute!
I think I have officially been converted to fantasy. I still can’t believe I made it through this massive book and enjoyed every minute of it. The Priory ... READ MORE
Eloise Spencer
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Pick it up, you won't regret it
This is my best book of 2022, I couldn't put it down. THIS IS THE LITERATURE I ALWAYS HOPE FOR. I loved the book design, from the maps to the layout of ... READ MORE
Chloe Mutch
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The rising urgency draws you in completely
Priory Of The Orange Tree was one that had been on my TBR for a while and I’m so glad I finally got round to reading it. I’ve seen a lot of reviews calling... READ MORE
Rob S
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Blew me away
Got through 200 pages in the first 2 days of owning this book. Such a beautiful and rich world to dive into, with very interesting characters. Highly recom... READ MORE
The Priory of the Orange Tree
I devoured this book in a matter of days. It is perfection, everything done superbly. Fantasy that is complex without being confusing. Read it!
Olivia Buckley
The Priory of the Orange Tree
An Ambitious and Epic Read
It’s been some years since I’ve read a fantasy novel. I’ve always enjoyed fantasy tv shows but have shied away from the genre in written form. The internet... READ MORE
Megan D
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Excellent - No Cliché Here.
A truly good book that turns clichés on their head. The characters are well thought out and the history of the characters and world is so exciting to read ... READ MORE
Holly Baker
The Priory of the Orange Tree
A truly great addition to Epic Fantasy
I'm a sucker for a big fat fantasy book and Priory of the Orange Tree did not disappoint. Samantha Shannon manages to write a story that is simultaneously ... READ MORE
Lewis from Silverburn
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The best book I've ever read!
I was pondering around my local waterstones and juts bought this on a whim based off its short description. I AM SO GLAD I DID! The first 100 pages are slo... READ MORE
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Complex Fantasy
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book, however, it has a very slow start, it takes about 300 pages of quite confusing world building before getting to the real plot, ... READ MORE
Lily  harris
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Superb, just superb. It draws you in and you can’t put it book please. :-)
Jane Bunyan
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Undercooked potential
TPOTOT is one of the most frustrating reads I've ever experienced. I don't typically write reviews on the books I have read, but wanted to write this one p... READ MORE
Izzie M
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Enjoyable read
An enjoyable and immersive read. Excellent form and character development
Jay Chadwick