A Day of Fallen Night (The Roots of Chaos) (Hardcover)

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I know they say not to judge books by their covers, but after one look at Samantha Shannon’s A Day of Fallen Night, I felt certain that a book that beautiful had to be filled with something great. I have never been more right. A Day of Fallen Night is one of the most epic fantasy novels of our time and has easily joined the ranks of my all time favorite books. It is a saga saturated with adventure, romance, and intrigue that makes the pages fly by.

The story takes place hundreds of years before Shannon’s other novel, the infamous Priory of the Orange Tree. As far as reading order goes, these two can be read as stand alone novels or the reader can view Priory of the Orange Tree as the main novel and read A Day of Fallen Night as a prequel. I personally feel that reading A Day of Fallen Night allows the reader to get a handle on the intricate world-building and makes Priory of the Orange Tree an even more enriching experience. Both books are rich and vibrant with a full cast of characters and exceptional pacing.

A Day of Fallen Night follows a cast of diverse women - Tunuva, Glorian, and Dumai as they face the sudden and horrifying threat of war and destruction by the wyrms that threaten their world. Each must embark on their own quest to aid the realm. This sprawling novel is impossible to put down. Many may be daunted by the length of the book, but the story is so full of epic battle scenes, love, loss, and growth that I think you’ll find that you simply can’t put it down once you’ve started. Every part of the book keeps you wanting more as the plot is woven with such artistry that you can’t help but be enchanted by every chapter. Despite its size, I flew through this book in just a couple of days and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

— Jules Galgan


The New York Times bestselling stunning, standalone prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree.

“A magnificent, sweeping epic. Shannon has created a world rich in intricate mythology, beautifully realized and complex.” Jennifer Saint, bestselling author of Ariadne

In A Day of Fallen Night, Samantha Shannon sweeps readers back to the universe of Priory of the Orange Tree and into the lives of four women, showing us a course of events that shaped their world for generations to come.

Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory. For fifty years, she has trained to slay wyrms – but none have appeared since the Nameless One, and the younger generation is starting to question the Priory's purpose.

To the north, in the Queendom of Inys, Sabran the Ambitious has married the new King of Hróth, narrowly saving both realms from ruin. Their daughter, Glorian, trails in their shadow – exactly where she wants to be.

The dragons of the East have slept for centuries. Dumai has spent her life in a Seiikinese mountain temple, trying to wake the gods from their long slumber. Now someone from her mother's past is coming to upend her fate.

When the Dreadmount erupts, bringing with it an age of terror and violence, these women must find the strength to protect humankind from a devastating threat.

About the Author

Samantha Shannon is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Roots of Chaos series. Her work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. She lives in London. samanthashannon.co.uk / @say_shannon

Praise For…

“A magnificent, sweeping epic. Shannon has created a world rich in intricate mythology, beautifully realized and complex, and placed at its heart bold and vivid characters. Their journeys sweep the reader along, compelled by a thrilling plot of peril and warfare, but utterly captivated by the heartfelt relationships, the simmering romances, the betrayals, the loss and the love. Highly recommended for hiding away from the real world and losing yourself in this one instead” —Jennifer Saint, internationally bestselling author of Ariadne

“Epic in scope . . . The heroes shine in their uniqueness, with diverse family dynamics interwoven throughout and representation ranging from queer lords and warriors to genderfluid alchemists . . . This is expansive, emotionally complex, and bound to suck you in.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Shannon artfully builds on the world of The Priory of the Orange Tree with this masterful standalone prequel. … it's an expansive epic … Shannon skillfully grounds high-stakes fantasy action in human emotion and a mature exploration of duty, bodily autonomy, identity, and motherhood. Series fans and any reader looking for queernorm fantasy will be thrilled by this self-assured adventure.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“This magnificent, Sapphic fantasy novel…is going to sweep you off your feet.” —Glamour

“The engrossing new story promises to deliver more character-driven, emotionally complex adventure and intrigue.” —Cosmopolitan

A Day of Fallen Night, Samantha Shannon's sprawling, breathtaking prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree, soars as it expands her beautiful world of warrior nuns, queens and dragons with a new era of catastrophe and heroism ... demonstrates that Shannon's magnificent world contains a wealth of intriguing stories.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“[A] fantasy trilogy in one volume, allowing for deep exploration of each protagonist as they navigate a brutal cataclysm. This richly detailed epic roars to a satisfying conclusion; both Priory devotees and newcomers are in for a treat.” —Booklist, Starred Review

A Day of Fallen Night is an absolutely stunning work of fantasy that takes place five hundred years before Samantha Shannon's The Priory of the Orange Tree. This book has it all - a vividly realized world, political intrigue, romance, and an array of incredibly strong female characters, each with their own unique voice and narrative that are seamlessly woven together. This book may be a beast, but it just sucks you in and doesn't let you go until the last word.” —Powell's Best Science Fiction/Fantasy 2023

“Fantasy fans, rejoice: The beloved Samantha Shannon is bringing readers back to the world of bestseller The Priory of the Orange Tree in this standalone prequel, A Day of Fallen Night. Set in the same universe as the feminist epic, steeped in dragonriders and intricate mythology, A Day of Fallen Night follows four women and the ways in which their choices shape Shannon's narrative forever.” —ELLE, 65 Best And Most Anticipated Books Of 2023!

“In this stunning epic fantasy, lush with detail and nuance, Shannon weaves a tale of three powerful women that intersect in the most thrilling ways. Huge in scope, rich with emotion, and gorgeously queer, A Day of Fallen Night is the Roots of Chaos book fans have been waiting for. Shannon is simply a master of the genre'” —C. S. Pacat, New York Times-bestselling author of Dark Rise

“Like a dragon in flight, Samantha Shannon takes you soaring through a tale full of fire and spirit. It is in that freefall that I fell utterly in love with these new characters. The novel draws strength from the power of a woman's choice, giving the characters a depth of fortitude that is masterful in its craft and execution. Shannon lays bare the intricacies of the world she's created with sublime skill, enrapturing the reader with political intrigue and momentous action, cleaved through with heart and passion. Simply put, Samantha Shannon hasn't just done it again, she's surpassed all that has come before and cemented herself as a legend of the genre.” —Saara El-Arifi, Internationally-bestselling author of The Final Strife

“Epic in scope, yet careful and tender in its depiction of personal grief, A Day of Fallen Night shows the heights of courage and depths of hope that people can find during terrifying, destruction chaos. A triumph of a book.” —Helen Corcoran, author of Queen of Coin and Whispers

““A Day of Fallen Night has what readers want in high fantasy: strong women, masterful worldbuilding and, of course, dragons. Samantha Shannon's prequel to her highly acclaimed The Priory of the Orange Tree, is a welcome return to the lands and skies of this mystical world.”” —Barnes & Noble “Poured Over” Podcast

“· the Absolute Best Kind of Expansive Fantasy Epic … Shannon's immense and immersive worldbuilding [tells] a story that spans both kingdoms and generations … grounding sweeping, apocalyptic events in emotional, deeply human stories of connection, love, and agency … Like Priory before it, the world in A Day of Fallen Night is effortlessly diverse and inclusive … what makes [A Day of] Fallen Night sing is the way it uses its fantastical framework to explore complex issues of love and loss, sacrifice and duty, bodily autonomy, and motherhood. The rare fantasy epic where every page not only builds on what came before-but what comes after as well.”” —Paste Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781635577921
ISBN-10: 1635577926
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: February 28th, 2023
Pages: 880
Language: English
Series: The Roots of Chaos