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The Priory of the Orange Tree

(2019)
(The first book in the Roots of Chaos series)
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The New York Times bestselling "epic feminist fantasy perfect for fans of Game of Thrones" (Bustle).

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:
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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.


Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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. The Priory of the Orange Tree is an absolute must-read and on my permanent keeper shelf." - Karen Marie Moning

"This magnificent epic of queens, dragonriders, and badass secret wyrm-slaying priestesses sings straight to the place in my soul that only fantasy can fill. Samantha Shannon has woven together everything I love: a rich world, deep history, vivid characters (bonus for sheer variety of singular women), pathos, sacrifice, stakes, dragons, and lovely, powerful writing. Truly, Priory of the Orange Tree is a tour de force, and my new absolute favorite epic fantasy." - Laini Taylor


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