The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


Bookseller review by Grace:

This is a fantasy like no other. It’s the classic legend: dragon terrorises city, princess is set as the sacrifice, brave knight saves the princess and they live happily ever after. But that’s not actually the truth. Foundations of religion and corruption swirl in and around this stand alone epic that takes the fantasy trope to a higher plane. Diverse characters, layers of lore and genealogy, and dragons from the first chapter! If you’re a fantasy reader, this is a can’t miss.

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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, Tan? 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.

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