The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree

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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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781635570298
Characteristics: 830 pages :,illustration, maps ;,25 cm.

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happycanuck
Oct 22, 2019

Simplistically written like a fairy tale targeted at a pre-teen audience. Only persisted for 28 pgs.

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derikam
Sep 23, 2019

This is a book with mostly female characters in a medieval-type world and not one of them is raped (it's not even hinted at!)... What more is there to say? 5/5. This book is huge but easy to read and the story comes together so well. Could not recommend it enough if you like fantasy.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 14, 2019

An excellent high fantasy standalone. I loved the diverse representation in Shannon's well built fantasy world.

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khyatichaudhary92
Jun 20, 2019

I loved this book so very much.. Finished almost half of it, and I loved the way how the secrets are gradually revealing.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 24, 2019

First, if you can read the ebook, read the ebook. I was a tiny weakling when I started this hardcover and now I am strong like bull.

I went into this book thinking "I will not believe the author blurbs" and "This is going to be a Game of Thrones rip off, all dragons and kingdoms n' stuff." I now believe the author blurbs and it is NOT a Game of Thrones rip off. Shannon has created a whole amazing universe.

Besides a cool "magic system" (although it doesn't feel like magic per se), there is backstory to the history of each kingdom or queendom, religious differences, and representation galore that isn't forced. (And on the representation issue, let me add that I read this right after another high fantasy series that I like, but which has no representation, and it suffered for the comparison. Having a female lead isn't the only thing we want from fantasy these days). But we also get dragons and that definite Thrones feeling that anything can happen and the good guys won't always win, without the bitter taste of disappointment when some hack writer is left in charge of finishing the story, because this story is done.

This is a huge standalone with perfect plotting and characterization. The Priory could have easily been sold as a trilogy and I am soooo glad that they kept this story together, because the level of detail would have been hard to remember across a year's time from the previous episode. And so I would say, to get the most out of it, go into it headfirst and plan to spend a lot of time here. Even with the amount I read it took me a month to finish this monster, but it's a book I would consider rereading.

Gr33nbird Apr 27, 2019

This is a solid, stand-alone fantasy book with a fairly typical good vs evil plot. It's refreshing in that it is feminist and that homosexual relationships are normalized. The world-building is good--the mythology, in particular, is interesting--but at times, the characters feel flat. Read this one if you liked the Neverending Story or want fantasy with equality.

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jac523
Mar 28, 2019

The sheer scope of Shannon's storytelling is amazing. Gorgeously written, complex, and...there are dragons!

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