The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: Book Review

I’ve finally completed this magnificent standalone fantasy of over eight hundred pages after reading it for over a month. The book is so captivating that I was hardly reading anything alongside it. Well, I had finished it five days back but was contemplating on how to put down my appreciation for this big book in fewer words. I always find it hard to write my thoughts immediately after finishing a book, I need a reasonable gap of at least three-four days to pen down.

The Priory is a fascinating fable of the world where women dominate, they are the fierce warriors, exhibits vigorous courage and the very existence of humankind depends on them. A magnificent world of talking dragons, winning characters, mystical mages, and a splendid narrative.

Narrated from the view of four storytellers; Ead, Loth, Niclays Roos, and Tane, the plot can enthrall the readers in just a single volume of the book. The Nameless One, a fierce dragon who aims to destroy the world is set to return after the end of a thousand years and the said thousand years are about to end during the reign of Queen Sabran, The Ninth of the House Berethnet, whose line of blood is supposed to obstruct the return of Nameless One. There are two prominent parts of the world; East and West. In the East, where dragons are worshipped as Gods and it’s a privilege to be a dragon rider, while in the west, dragons are seen as enemies. Moreover, there is a South, where mages of The Priory of Orange Tree are dragon slayers.


The fast-paced narrative and an evocative account of the fantasy world is undoubtedly the best part of the book. Having the attributes of love, treachery, drama, action, witchcraft, sorcery, turns & twists, everything packed in just one book makes Priory a compelling fantasy. If fantasy is your genre, then it is a highly deserved book to be on your shelf.

I loved this world of the Priory and its characters, though I’m relieved that this is a standalone book where I don’t have to wait for the sequel, but having an open ending and a good story makes it deserving for a follow-up.


Have you happened to read this book? Or thinking of it lately?

Do share your thoughts in the comments below.




Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree

Author: Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publishing Date: February 2019

My Rating: 4.5 stars

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