Well, I can actually write a proper post this week. OK, I only finished one ebook, but it was a very long one – more like two, or more, book lengths in one. In fact it was very satisfying to be able to read a complete story without having to wait for the next book!
You can already tell that I enjoyed The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Here is the blurb:
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 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.
This appears to be a stand-alone book, although there are hints that the author might return to this world in the future. I must say that I hope she does as it was very well-realised with good characters. Anyway, before I say any more about the book, here is my review on Goodreads:
I really enjoyed reading this book – let me say that at the start. Yes, there were flaws, but the book held my attention from start to finish. The plot was exciting and moved along swiftly, the characters were mostly well-depicted and the setting was also interesting. There was also plenty of action. It’s so lovely to have strong female characters too.
Fantasy fiction has always been one of my favourite genres and this book, with its dragons, kings, queens, sorcery and intrigue is well worth consideration. If I were to find fault it would be with the rather short climax to the tale. It all happened far too quickly! Also, and this my be my own fault, I did find the switching between different points of view and the huge number of characters and place names hard to follow at first. This may be due to the impairment I still suffer with from my stroke. As the book progressed, I did find it much easier to make sense of it all.
Final comment: Samantha Shannon appears to have a love for unusual words, so I am glad that I read this as an ebook because it was so easy to look them up! I am grateful that she doesn’t overdo this, though or I might have to buy a larger dictionary!
One last comment: whilst reading other reviews about the book on Goodreads, it seems that, once again, I seem to have missed a lot of hype about this book! I think that is quite a good thing as I started reading it without any preconceived ideas!
Today, I started reading my next book: The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald, which I will write about next week, assuming that I finish it! Until then…
Happy Reading to you all!
Love and best wishes,