Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Review by Lisette Pietsch

Get ready to be swept off your feet into a fantastical world with dragons and magic; a
world that is split between the East and the West. It has been almost a thousand years
since the Nameless One was defeated but the fear of him and his evil still haunts the
people in this world. In the West, Ead is on a secret mission to protect the Queen,
Sabran. Queen Sabran’s bloodline is said to be the only thing keeping the Nameless
one at bay. In the East, Tane has the ambition to become a dragon rider but risks it all
when she saves a man from the West. The narration switches between 4 characters as
this ensemble cast slowly through many twists and turns find their fates intertwined.
Loyalties are tested, and tragedy awaits yet hope remains.


“All of us have shadows in us, he said. 'I accept yours.' He placed a hand over her ring.
'And I hope you will also accept mine.' With a tired smile, she threaded her fingers
between his. 'Gladly'.”
This is an exchange between two of our main characters, Loth and Ead. Loth and Ead
come from different religious beliefs and for a moment it seems as if the different beliefs
they hold true will make it impossible for them to remain friends. The different religions
are a major plot point in this book. Samantha Shannon shows you can have different
beliefs and principles yet still be able to cherish and value the person in front of you.
Part of this book is an original retelling of the story of Saint George and the Dragon.
Shannon takes the well known fantasy formula and gives it a fresh voice by using non
traditional characters to weave her tale.
This book contains some mature themes so I would recommend this book to any adult
who loves to be transported into another world and watch as this world unfolds before
you.