The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Samantha Shannon

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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.

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adventurous 98%
emotional 48%
mysterious 29%
tense 23%
challenging 21%
hopeful 20%
dark 14%
inspiring 14%
funny 3%
reflective 3%
sad 2%
lighthearted 0%


medium 68%
slow 25%
fast 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 10% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 97% | It's complicated: 1% | No: 0% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 65% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 10% | N/A: 4%

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