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, 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.” ~ Description from Goodreads
First off… WOW WHAT A BIG BOOK! Every time i picked up this book to read it, I had to prop it on a pillow. I guess after 13 years of computer gaming my wrists are just too weak to hold up this beast.
Priory was a great adult high epic fantasy. These types of books intimidate sometimes because often times then can become TOO overly detailed and turn into a tedious read. I decided to go ahead and pre-order this book after seeing some of the early reviews. It seemed like this was going to be “just right” in the detail department like Lord of the Rings, Shanara or Game of Thrones …. IT WAS!
For this read I actually got the audio book AND the actual book and followed along. This story was so good, so engaging, that I finished it in just 4 days! (it’s 827 pages long FYI). I really liked that this book was a standalone so it came full circle. I loved that this book was told from different points of view and then all the characters came together at the end. The plot lines for all the characters was interesting and the came together at the end seamlessly.
I enjoyed this book until the very end and I want to add that I LOVE this cover. I have it on display.
I highly recommend this read. I will say though, I do not recommend following along with the audible. One of the dragons has a different name in the audible versus the book…. That REALLY bugged me. Book only = FANTASTIC. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.