The priory of the orange tree by Samantha Shannon was one of the most awaited books of 2019. I had watched Hailey and Hannah rave about it on BookTube and ever since I wanted to read it too. The book published by Bloomsbury India is an out and out dragon fantasy over 800+ pages.

This huge book follows the life of some strong women characters namely Sabran, Ead and Tané. These three belong to three different countries. Sabran is the queen of Inys, hers is a queendom and it is believed that she will kill the arch enemy of the world, The Nameless One. And then there is Tané, she is a high sea guard in East, a dragon rider, who will fight for her sea dragon. Ead, is a mage who belongs to the priory of the orange tree in the south. And though these three belong to three distinct worlds, they will come together and see the Nameless one annihilated!

I hope I have done justice to the 800 paged story with this short gist without giving away too much.

What are my thoughts about this book? One too many thoughts are running wild in my mind as I write this review.

Firstly if you like thriller, adventure and fantasy then this book is for you.

Now, getting into more details….

The book boosts of strong woman characters and that’s what I loved about this book. The world created seemed closer to reality, for instance the East kept feeling like Japan or the South kept giving me the feel of Egypt. I don’t know if anyone else felt the same. Initially I kept getting GOT feels then there came a point when it gave me the vibes Throne of Glasses series by Sarah J Maas and yet this book had it’s own charm.

First 100 pages is the built up and post 130 pages the book picks a good pace. So be patient as you read. Yes, there are too many characters and you are going to get confused initially but everything sinks in once you give yourself a nice soak in the words and the worlds created by Shannon. There are love stories, there are hate stories, there are tragedies, there are adventures, infused well in this book. The character of Tané is resolute, adventurous, a go getter and Ead is comes with many shades. Sabran felt a lot confused initially. But I loved Tané amongst the three more. The language of the book is rustic, medieval and extremely attractive.

I had received an Advanced reading copy from the publishers and hence it didn’t have a map. A map would have helped. I do hope that the book released comes with a map.

Overall, this is by far the best dragon fantasy that I read. It easily got me involved.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: Bloomsbury India

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I was buddy reading this book with Neelam of