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The Priory of the Orange Tree ||The book that stole my heart

And yet I am reminded – as I often am – that you never needed my protection. You are your own shield.

Rating: 5 stars


The blurb: 

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 dragon rider, 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.

My views:

Have you ever read a book and felt like starting it and reading it all over again because it was just so good and you need to read it again? Because that is exactly how I felt about this one.
The Priory of the Orange Tree is a perfect blend of romance, feminism, questioning and revelations and finding the truth.
Good and evil are subjective and sometimes, the stories we’ve grown up listening and the religions we all believe in can be based on lies.
Through the Priory, we follow various characters on a journey to discovering the truth about what happened a 1000 years ago and how they can, now, defeat the Nameless One.

This book surprised me and had me at an edge through all of it. It was daunting to start the 800-something pages long monster of a book, especially with how it’s physical edition looks but I am glad I went through the journey because it was amazing and heart-stopping.

There are various characters and off the top of my head I’d say the main ones were – Ead, Sabran, Loth, Margaret, Kit, Tané, Chassar, Niclays and Kalyba and I thought that they wouldn’t be able to be developed properly but they did. Samantha Shannons did a wonderful job with this book and completely took me by surprise.

And well, if this is the standard I’d be judging books by in the future, no one’s gonna be getting more than 3-stars.
This was one of the best books I’ve read this year and I think you should all also brave the size and go read it!

Buddy read with the amazing Isabelle and Haley, who helped me get through the many pages in this book ♥

Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Are you all going to read this book? Have you already read it? what did you think about it? Tell me in the comments below.

-Jayati xx


18 thoughts on “The Priory of the Orange Tree ||The book that stole my heart

  1. I started reading it a few months ago but only got to the end of book 1 (about 100 pages?) before having to return it to the library. Didn’t get on with it that well as felt quite slow but felt it had promise. This review is making me consider giving it a second chance!

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  2. honestly I’m still amazed that we managed to finish this one off, and how relatively quickly we managed to do it, but the story is fantastic so perhaps it shouldn’t be that surprising. that said, I can’t imagine reading it all over again because I did think it was really long and there were quite a few lulls where I wanted to (or may have actually started to) skim – but I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, and buddy reading it with you definitely helped me get through it!

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    1. Me too! We took what, 3 weeks?
      I don’t think I’ll be rereading it any time soon either even though I loved it and kind of want to but hopefully I could find time for it after school gets over next year!


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