The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 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.

I absolutely loved this book. Not only is it a massive book but totally immersive with kick-ass female protagonists and did I mention there were dragons? Yep, shiny, iridescent dragons. ⠀ ⠀

We follow four narrators, Ead, Loth, Tané and Niclays as we traverse this new fantasy world. Divided into the East and West, we have different religions and beliefs. Dragons are revered in the East while hated and feared in the West. Both East and West fear ‘The Nameless One’, an evil dragon who has slept for a thousand years with the West believing it’s the continuation of House Berethnet and its Queens for keeping The Nameless One away. ⠀

I cannot put into words how much I loved this book, the characters (especially Ead) swept me away. The world is so immersive once you get into it. It’s fantasy, action, DRAGONS, romance, magic, magical trees, perseverance and wonder. ⠀ ⠀

Cant recommend it enough! I can see myself coming back to this story again and again (Please Samantha give us more of Ead!!) ⠀

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