The Priory of the Orange Tree By Samantha Shannon Review

So this book is considered a booktok great and everyone who seems to read it seems to love it, so what do I think of this 800+ behemoth?

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berechnet 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.

Taken from goodreads

As soon as I started reading I knew that the world building was going to be immense, mainly due to the map being on four pages insteads of the normal two. However, I found myself getting intrigued with the world building and what each of the different sections were going to bring and how each section was different.

Character wise is where the book slowly starts to go downhill, in my opinion. The main character I found to be very similar to a lot of the other female protagonists and I found myself being extremely bored throughout her chapters. The other characters were actually quite interesting and I wish we got more from them then we actually got.

One of my biggest hates in books especially when they are this big is when the ending of the book is built up over hundred and hundreds of pages and then the final battle ends up being 20 pages, this book does exactly that and I was extremely disappointed with the ending.

The magic system and the dragons were a massive plus in my opinion. The best way I am able to describe it is to imagine the inheritance cycle but with a stricter magic system and you have the right vibe for this book.

This book is pretty good, and I think a lot of people would enjoy it a lot more than I did. I just think the main character and the ending let it down for me big time, for me I struggle to rate it any higher than a 4.

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