The Priory of the Orange Tree

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, 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.

Out 26 February 2019. 

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‘A tour de force, and my new absolute favourite epic fantasy’ – Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer

‘I have been waiting my whole life for this fantasy. It's the kind of book you never want to end. Utterly unique, wild, and rich. Sheer perfection’ – Lisa Lueddecke, author of A Storm of Ice and Stars

The Priory of the Orange Tree is a brilliant, daring, and devastating jewel. Samantha Shannon has crafted an incredible world full of depth and danger, with characters I would follow to the ends of the earth. It was a privilege to read, and I'm in awe of her talent. I can't wait for the rest of the world to experience this book’ – Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Queen series

‘An entirely fresh and addicting tale [...] A celebration of fantasy that melds modern ideology with classic tropes. More of these dragons, please’ – Kirkus Reviews ★

‘A masterpiece of intricate world-building with the depth, complexity, heart and soul of a timelessly relevant classic. Brilliant, diverse, feminist, subversive, thought-provoking and masterfully told, The Priory of the Orange Tree is epic fantasy at its finest. The scope of the book is staggering, as is Shannon's deft command of language [...] An absolute must-read’ – Karen Marie Moning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever series

‘Nothing short of extraordinary. An audacious, ambitious, sprawling epic, set across a world like no other, The Priory of the Orange Tree takes everything you think you know about high fantasy, rips it apart and remakes it ... Nothing short of game-changing ... An absolute masterclass in story telling, from one of the most exciting and innovative fantasy writers alive today. With it, Samantha Shannon has set the bar stratospherically high. This is the book of 2019’ – Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater's Daughter

The Priory of the Orange Tree feels like a feminist successor to The Lord of the Rings – something I don't say lightly. Epic and awe-inspiring in its scope, its rich, diverse world captivated me. I loved each complex narrator, all wonderfully human heroes and anti-heroes, and adored sinking into the world Samantha Shannon has created with such heart and beauty. This deserves to be as big as Game of Thrones [...] An expertly woven saga that feels very relevant for the contemporary world we live in’ – Laure Eve, author of The Graces

‘An epic fantasy destined to be a classic. A world crafted with such intricacy and detail, I had to remind myself it was not a real place. The Priory of the Orange Tree is one of those rare novels that captures your imagination so completely you will read it over and over, until the cover cracks and the spine breaks’ – Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable

‘An astonishing achievement. The roots of Shannon's world lie in real history, but its branches stretch far into the imagination. Many authors can paint different names onto familiar concepts; Shannon goes further, building new religions and histories and conflicts, with all the rich detail necessary to bring them to life’ – Marie Brennan, author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent

The Priory of the Orange Tree is the Platonic Ideal of a fantasy novel. A rich and stirring tale of magic and queens, swords and dragons, assassins and sorcerers, it is thronged with women: strong women and queer women, gorgeous women and powerful women, brilliant women and dangerous women. Men, too, of course. This story of good and evil, struggle and triumph, love and loss and return is beautifully written: complex but clear, and utterly immersive. I loved this book’ – Nicola Griffith, author of Hild

“Shannon satisfyingly fills this massive standalone epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel through dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood, love, and rhetoric’ – Publishers Weekly


  1. I can’t wait!!! I hope one day you’ll give an excerpt, even though the release date in a long ways away.

  2. What age level would you suggest to read The Priory Of The Orange Tree? Thanks so much!

  3. Just finished Priory of the Orange Tree. Loved the book but have a question. What happens to Tane? Did she die or is there more to her life? She's under the mulberry tree on the island with a white butterfly and blood on her. Or did I miss something earlier after the final battle? Thanks.

  4. Will there be a sequel to Priory???? Love love love, if it's possible to be better then Bone Season series...this book is it! So happy I found your writing Samantha Shannon!!

  5. I have just finished 'The Priory...' I knew nothing of Samantha Shannon, but the cover was enticing and I thought I would take a gamble. It paid off, astoundingly well.
    I haven't been quite so taken in by a fantasy for years. Absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you. I do hope your writing visits that particular world again. Especially after than last bit about Tanè.


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