The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Hello Books Lovers,
I am very sure that you have heard or at least have seen around this mammoth orange book with an equally mammoth dragon on the cover that was already on everyone’s lips long before its release. Thanks to Oscar Vault, the priory of the orange tree by Samantha Shannon also arrived in Italy on November 30th, the author’s first stand-alone book that caused a sensation all over the world.
If you have seen it in bookstores you will have noticed its greatness, as I mentioned before. Yes, this book consists of 816 pages full of everything you might expect from a fantasy: adventure, love, mythological creatures, rivalry and more, all crowned by a worldbuilding worthy of the best fantasy writers.
The thing that will strike you the most will be that, despite the division of the chapters according to the cardinal points and consequently according to the geographical place where we are in the story, and the multitude of characters, the whole story, down to the smallest details it blends without ever getting out of tune. The author has taken care of the story in all it’s aspects, in the end you will not be able to say that you have doubts, because everything is clarified, and it is almost impossible to lose pieces. However, it must also be said that it is not an easy reading that can be done in one breath, it takes its time without ever tiring or boring the reader. It just takes longer than normal to complete and fully understand.
Returning to the characters, as I mentioned, there are many, each different from the other and each with marked personalities that stand out in their entirety. The most important are Tanè who is also the one who starts this story. Her dream is to become a Miduchi, a dragon knight. Also in the West there is Niclays Roos, an alchemist who has long been looking for the formula for long-life elysis. Then we have Ead, to the east. Nobody knows her true identity, her job is to protect Queen Sabran. And we always have Loth here. He was exiled from the castle only because he was too close to the queen and, according to her advisors, he hindered possible suitors.
The chapters, in the third person, will be from the points of view of these four characters, but they will move around, sometimes even exchanging the cardinal points, if you understand what I mean. For all the characters, however, the author added a list at the end of the book to make it easier for us to read without losing anyone in the adventure. But as you’ve seen most of them are women, and it’s the women that I like, the strong ones, the ones who think for themselves, act and don’t spend all their time whining and making stupid decisions.
But I am forced to stop here because if there is one thing to avoid at all costs about this book it’s spoilers, if you still want more info you just need to go to the IG profile of the Oscar Vault to find everything, even the first chapters.
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.