The Priory of the Orange Tree (Hardback)Samantha Shannon (author)
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In a change of pace from her bestselling series The Bone Season, author Samantha Shannon offers up a new standalone high-fantasy epic, led by an impressive cast of memorable female characters. Set in an impeccably realised world of dragons, warring factions and underground rebellion, The Priory of the Orange Tree has all the hallmarks of a fantasy classic.
From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons - and the women who must lead the fight to save it.
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, Tane 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: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 848
Weight: 1220 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'A tour de force, and my new absolute favourite epic fantasy.' - Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer
'I have been waiting my whole life for this fantasy. It's the kind of book you never want to end. Utterly unique, wild, and rich. Sheer perfection.' - Lisa Lueddecke, author of A Storm of Ice and Stars
'The Priory of the Orange Tree is a brilliant, daring, and devastating jewel. Samantha Shannon has crafted an incredible world full of depth and danger, with characters I would follow to the ends of the earth. It was a privilege to read, and I'm in awe of her talent. I can't wait for the rest of the world to experience this book.' - Victoria Aveyard, author of the Red Queen series
'A masterpiece of intricate world-building with the depth, complexity, heart and soul of a timelessly relevant classic. Brilliant, diverse, feminist, subversive, thought-provoking and masterfully told, The Priory of the Orange Tree is epic fantasy at its finest. The scope of the book is staggering, as is Shannon's deft command of language... An absolute must-read.' - Karen Marie Moning, author of the Highlander and Fever series
'Nothing short of extraordinary. An audacious, ambitious, sprawling epic, set across a world like no other, The Priory of the Orange Tree takes everything you think you know about high fantasy, rips it apart and remakes it ... Nothing short of game-changing ... An absolute masterclass in story telling, from one of the most exciting and innovative fantasy writers alive today. With it, Samantha Shannon has set the bar stratospherically high. This is the book of 2019.' - Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin-Eater's Daughter
'The Priory of the Orange Tree feels like a feminist successor to The Lord of the Rings - something I don't say lightly. Epic and awe-inspiring in its scope, its rich, diverse world captivated me. I loved each complex narrator, all wonderfully human heroes and anti-heroes, and adored sinking into the world Samantha Shannon has created with such heart and beauty. This deserves to be as big as Game of Thrones ... An expertly woven saga that feels very relevant for the contemporary world we live in.' - Laure Eve, author of The Graces
'An epic fantasy destined to be a classic. A world crafted with such intricacy and detail, I had to remind myself it was not a real place. The Priory of the Orange Tree is one of those rare novels that captures your imagination so completely you will read it over and over, until the cover cracks and the spine breaks.' - Kami Garcia, co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
'There is no doubt that Samantha is the real thing... A born storyteller.' - The Observer
'Shannon's brilliance is that she is not afraid of change, both for her characters and her setting ... A name to watch.' - The Independent
'Samantha Shannon has a hugely inventive talent and an imagination with seven league boots.' - Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black
'An astonishing achievement. The roots of Shannon's world lie in real history, but its branches stretch far into the imagination. Many authors can paint different names onto familiar concepts; Shannon goes further, building new religions and histories and conflicts, with all the rich detail necessary to bring them to life.' - Marie Brennan, author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent
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