The Priory of the Orange Tree (Hardcover)
Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635570298, 848pp.
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
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, 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.
About the Author
Samantha Shannon studied English Language and Literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first in a seven-book series, was a New York Times bestseller and the inaugural Today Book Club selection. Film and TV rights were acquired by the Imaginarium Studios. The Mime Order followed in 2015 and The Song Rising in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in London.
Praise For The Priory of the Orange Tree…
“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, #1 NYT-bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever series
“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, NYT-bestselling writer of The Memoirs of Lady Trent series
“A great imagination at work.” —People on THE BONE SEASON
“A dystopian thriller that delivers.” —Salon on THE BONE SEASON
“An amazingly rich and unruly underworld . . . Paige makes great strides as a memorable character.” —USA Today on THE MIME ORDER
“Shannon has continued to build on this imagined world with intricacy, and Paige's voice comes through to deliver a suspenseful story.” —The Washington Post on THE MIME ORDER
“Shannon now has proven staying power. Her fans will be calling for more.” —NPR.org on THE MIME ORDER