Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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.
‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ by Samantha Shannon has already gathered a lot of attention and fame, and It is absolutely worth it. The Book might look intimidating (805 pages or so) but the plot makes sure your eyes stay glued to the pages. So take my advice, go to your favorite reading spot with a mug of hot chocolate and start reading. You might not know how time passes by and you are stuck figuring the story out.
“Cloud steamed from its scales – scales of moonstone, so bright they seemed to glow from within. A crust of gem-like droplets glistened on each one. Each eye was a burning star, and each horn was quicksilver, agleam under the pallid moon.”
Since a lot of you hate reading a review, here are 6 reasons why ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ should be your next read.
- Dragons: I am sure most of you picked this book up because of those mighty, mysterious and powerful dragons, and this story gives you a fair share of them.
- The different worlds: This book takes us through different worlds with different beliefs and religions, vivid history and mysterious characters. A dark atmosphere prevails throughout the story, full of secrets, treachery, and magic.
- Characterization: The author has spent enough time in letting us know the ins and outs of each character without making it boring or monotonous. You get to pick a side and its perfectly okay.
- Relationships: The story gives us complex relationships amidst war and chaos, and as a reader, I did cherish those moments of love and friendship especially because the plot can get pretty intense.
- The Plot: The story in unpredictable at its very best and while, you could guess a few things, most of it is a welcoming surprise.
- Pace: For a book this huge, I did expect great lengths of slow paced events that would drag the story and make me hate it but guess what, there are actually very few of those.