Book Spotlight | The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Anticipated publication date: February 26th, 2019

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. (from Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I absolutely adore Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series so when she announced this book was coming I was pretty excited. It has been a year now that she has been teasing her fans about this book and on May 29th we finally got the cover reveal and official description!

Look at that cover art, folks. It is one of the most beautiful book covers that I have ever laid my eyes on. The dragon is so ornately done it almost looks as if it would be found on an ancient scroll full of magic and promises.

The description does not give us a lot to go on. It certainly strikes me as more of a high fantasy than the dystopian fantasy we have seen from Shannon in the past. While high fantasy usually isn’t up my proverbial alley I will definitely still be picking up this book by Shannon.


5830526Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing in abundance when she was twelve, started her first novel when she was fifteen, and studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, from 2010 – 2013, graduating with a 2:1. She specialised in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism. In 2013, she published The Bone Season, the internationally bestselling first installment in a seven-book series of fantasy novels. Its first sequel, The Mime Order, was published in 2015, and she’s currently editing the third book in the series, The Song Rising. She is also the author of On the Merits of Unnaturalness and The Pale Dreamer, and has recently sold a new high fantasy novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, to Bloomsbury. (from official site)


Associated links for Samantha Shannon

Literary Weaponry Reviews of Shannon’s The Bone Season Series

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