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“The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon is an epic fantasy novel about a world of dragons and dragon-riders, magical powers, and hidden secrets. It follows the story of four very different characters who must come together to save their world from a powerful force of destruction. This gripping tale is full of adventure and intrigue, with unexpected twists and turns along the way.


The Priory of the Orange Tree follows four main characters:

  • Loth, a dragonrider who carries a mysterious power
  • Ead, a noblewoman on a mission to save her kingdom
  • Tané, an outcast who hides her true identity
  • and Niclays Roos, a mysterious figure with an agenda all his own.

As their paths cross and intertwine, they must work together to uncover the secrets that threaten to destroy their world. The novel is set in a fantasy world with dragons and powerful magic.

At the center of it all lies the Priory of the Orange Tree – an ancient organization dedicated to protecting the secrets that could save or destroy them all. Over the course of their journey, each character discovers more about themselves and unlocks new mysteries about their world as they strive to protect it from evil forces.


Samantha Shannon’s writing style is captivating and vivid. She skillfully mixes high fantasy elements with modern language that ensures her readers are never bored or overwhelmed by information overload.

Her descriptions are vivid and detailed – giving readers a strong sense of each character’s emotions as well as providing interesting details about their surroundings. She also builds tension throughout with clever plot twists that keep readers guessing until the very end.


The characters in The Priory of The Orange Tree are carefully crafted and relatable despite being set in such a fantastical world. Each character has unique motivations driving them forward – none more so than Ead whose courage drives her on even when faced with impossible odds.

Loth’s power is mysterious but compelling, while Tane’s journey towards discovering her true identity makes for compelling reading. Niclays Roos also provides an interesting contrast – his motives remain unclear until near the end but his presence throughout helps drive the narrative forward in unexpected ways.


Overall, The Priory Of The Orange Tree is an exciting read full of action, adventure and suspenseful moments that will keep you guessing until the very end. It’s mix of modern writing style combined with fantastical elements makes it one not to be missed!

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