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Priory of The Orange Tree, The Paperback – Jan. 23 2020

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ BLOOMSBURY (Jan. 23 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 140888335X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1408883358
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 673 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.9 x 5.8 x 13.2 cm
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Samantha Shannon is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. The Priory of the Orange Tree is her fourth novel and her first outside of The Bone Season series. She lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is bigger than my face !
By Lauriane L. on February 28, 2019
This is an epic read ! I have been waiting for sooo long to get my hands on this book. With over 800 pages, you are in for an incredible ride. You will need both hands to read this book. It is heavy so I don't recommend you read this in bed. My expectations are high ! Dragons, strong badass women, fantasy, every fantastic topic is covered in this book. You have maps, references, glossary, list of characters,... This is super complete !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overhyped and underwhelming
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Magical, worth every penny.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Magical, worth every penny.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2019
Many people describe The Priory Of The Orange Tree as a feminist book. Depending on your definitions of what feminism is that could be true or it couldn't, but to me Priory displays the truest and most desirable form of equality; a universe where neither men nor women put each other down or limit each other because of their gender. Priory has raised the standard of how women, non-straight relationships and fantasy religion should be portrayed forever. Even better, it does so without having to make a big deal out of it. If you've ever wished, just once, for a fantasy world that can be gritty, epic and hardhitting without throwing in scenes of sexual violenc as displays of power or killing off wives to give their husbands a reason to be moody, this is the book for you.

The world was completely fleshed out, breath taking and unique. Instead of taking the same generic medieval tropes to make each of the kingdoms vague imitations of England and Scandinavia, it's clear that Shannon researched world history and used it as an inspiration point to spring an epic fantasy universe that felt familiar yet new, and completely authentic. Her style of writing is beautiful and descriptive and for the first time in years it made reading a book over 800 pages a joy instead of a struggle.

There is a huge epic cast of different and unique characters. At first this is intimidating, and it takes quite a while to get all the names straight in your head, but once you do it's well worth it. Priory is a book you have to dedicate yourself to; if you want an easy, light read then you shouldn't be looking towards a piece of writing as complicated as this one is. If you take the time and the attention to understand the world and everything going on in it however, it will be one of the best bookish decisions you can make.

I do have quite a few issues with Priory which do hurt my admiration of it. I really feel like this book should have been around 600 pages. For pretty much half of the book, Ead sat around playing handmaiden to Sabran. Despite the fact that I adore her character just as much as the others, we sacrificed a lot of page time to her doing nothing, while the exciting and different side storylines were given short and fleeting chapters. Either some of this waiting around should have been cut out, or the other characters should have been given some more time. The biggest example I feel makes this obvious is Tané. Her being a dragon rider is surely one of the most exciting and interesting parts of the book, yet she gets next to no page time and even less time spent actually being with with her dragon. On that note, for a story about dragons, it feels like there's barely any interaction with them for most of the book. I really wish we'd have gotten more of an understanding of their society and how Eastern dragons view Western dragons.

The entire thing however, so so magical and dear to me that I could let big things like this slide. I love Priory with all of my heart and I hope Shannon releases more books in this universe!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutamente incrível
Reviewed in Brazil on April 6, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutamente incrível
Reviewed in Brazil on April 6, 2019
Esse livro me prendeu pela capa, me prometeu uma fantasia épica, e me deu tudo isso e ainda mais.
Sim, já vou começar rasgando seda e, é provável que mesmo escrevendo páginas elogiando ele, não seja suficiente.
Em meio a tantas fantasias medíocres e histórias que reciclam fórmulas de outras famosas, The Priory Of The Orange Tree era o que eu estava precisando.
Vou começar elogiando a escrita da Samantha Shannon. Como eu ainda não li nada dela? Depois desse livro eu coloquei a outra trilogia da autora na minha lista. Sei que as histórias são completamente diferentes, mas agora eu preciso conhece-la melhor e finalmente dar uma chance para Temporada de Ossos.
Ela conseguiu me prender desde a primeira página, e eu sei que se estivesse de férias, provavelmente devoraria esse livro em 3 dias, no máximo.
Eu fiquei triste cada vez que precisei parar ele, seja por causa do trabalho, ou do sono que já estava tomando conta de mim. E mesmo morrendo de cansaço eu ficava com a história na cabeça, martelando teorias e imaginando tudo o que poderia acontecer depois.
Porém, uma boa escrita não é suficiente para um livro ser bom. Existem muitos autores bons, mas com histórias que simplesmente não funcionam para mim. O que não é o caso de TPOTOT (vou ter que começar a abreviar o título haha)
O livro tem 4 protagonistas.
Ead: Uma maga do Priorado da Laranjeira que se infiltra no reino de Inys para proteger a rainha Sabran e garantir que nada atrapalhe os seus deveres como governante da Casa de Berethnet.

Tané: Uma garota de origem simples que sonha em entrar para a alta guarda do mar, mas acaba cometendo um erro que pode colocar esse sonho por água abaixo.

Niclays: Um alquimista decadente e ambicioso que foi expulso do reino de Inys pela própria rainha atual, e que busca desesperadamente o segredo da imortalidade.

Loth: Um amigo de infância de Sabran, que é mandado para longe do reino, já que alguns acreditam que os dois tem um caso amoroso, e isso pode atrapalhar os planos dela gerar uma herdeira, e em consequência disso, acordar um perigoso inimigo.

Todos tem grande peso e importância para a trama, e em vários momentos as suas histórias acabam se entrelaçando.
Apesar dos protagonistas masculinos, o livro é dominado por mulheres. Desde o começo a força e empoderamento feminino, está muito presente, e foi uma das coisas que mais me agradaram.
Muitas vezes eu caio na armadilha de livros que prometem isso, mas não cumprem, ou colocam somente o que é conveniente para o desenvolvimento da história. E isso não aconteceu aqui.
A autora nos presenteia com mulheres fortes, ambiciosas, e principalmente humanas, e isso não se resume somente as duas personagens principais. O livro apresenta muitas outras mulheres com esses mesmos aspectos, e a autora não diminui uma para enaltecer a outra.

Outro aspecto incrível de TPOTOT é a ambientação. No começo do livro a autora menciona que se inspirou em vários lugares do nosso mundo para criar o fictício, e para mim ela trabalhou muito bem esse aspecto. Eu consegui imaginar facilmente os cenários enquanto estava lendo, e inserir todos os elementos que ela descreve durante a narrativa.

Mudando um pouco para o desenvolvimento da história. O livro tem ação do começo ao fim, porém nada cansativo que faça a gente enjoar de ver ação e desejar saber um pouco mais sobre os personagens e o mundo. A Samantha soube equilibrar perfeitamente todos esses detalhes, nos dando tudo na medida certa.
Nada fica para o final, não ficamos presos em picuinhas bobas para encher a história, e muito menos descrições excessivas somente para dar volume ao livro.

Nada disso que eu disse acima parece suficiente? Apesar de ser, ainda tem mais, muito mais.
Batalhas épicas, dragões (muitos dragões) representatividade, crítica ao fanatismo religioso, e claro uma boa dose de romance.
The Priory Of The Orange Tree é a fantasia perfeita para os amantes desse gênero. Além de todos os aspectos que citei, ele é um livro único, ou seja, nada de enrolação para prender os leitores em uma série grande e cansativa.

Finalizo dizendo que por enquanto The Priory Of The Orange Tree foi a minha melhor leitura do ano, e que estou genuinamente feliz por ter tido a chance de conhecer essa história incrível.
Espero que não demorem para trazer ele para o Brasil e que outros leitores possam ter a chance de ler e sentir o mesmo que eu estou sentindo agora.
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