A couple of months ago, someone mentioned to me that they would love to buddy read The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon with me. I couldn’t be more excited to read the book, but I’m having trouble remembering who I spoke to about it.
But that conversation gave me an idea. I have always wanted to do more buddy reads or read-alongs as a part of the blog, so why not start with this one? It might not work out, but it makes me happy to create content like this where I can share with you all and you can share with me. I’m so excited for this one in particular because it’s been on my list for a very long time and it’s been one of my goals for 2020.
I first need to proclaim my endless love for Samantha Shannon. Her first book, The Bone Season, was one of the books that made me into a fantasy reader. I think I remember she was just 21 when she wrote it and had this whole 8-book deal with her publisher. I know that only a few of the books are out now (and I need to catch up on the series), but I will always remember The Bone Season for its world building and legendary characters. It’s a bit of an urban fantasy with a very big magic system that runs underground. It’s a story that I’ve read on multiple occasions, but when I saw she created a high fantasy standalone book, I knew I had to have it. The only issue is, I never made time for it.
I chose The Priory of the Orange Tree because this book is BIG and I know that many folks are probably very intimidated by its size. But I took some time to look at how big the book is and slice it down to about 200 pages per week throughout the month of December. I think the book looks bigger than it is especially since I’ve devoured 800-page novels before, but we shall see and I hope you join us!
Each week, I’ll be reading 200 pages of the book and then I’ll be including a discussion post with my thoughts and questions at the end of every week. You don’t have to follow this schedule at all! If you want to read it in one sitting and read my thoughts on each section, go for it. If you wanna follow along, I hope you come back here and join in on the conversation! The dates are when I’ll be updating the blog with my thoughts so far:
- December 11 – 1-206
- December 18 – 207-404
- December 25 – 405-610
- December 31 – 611-804 (end of book)
Here’s more about the book
I have a feeling this one is going to be filled with twists and turns. I always think this when the synopsis is too bare bones to explain anything. Here goes nothing.
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, Tan has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, 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.
Will you be joining in?