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The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon

bluepotatome's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced

4.0

aiiminniie's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes

4.0

didich's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

ddxv's review against another edition

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3.0

Good start for world building, but many mechanics fell short of my expectation making it hard to believe in the world. The story is typical, even with a character so evil he cannot be named. The characters were a bit flat at times but the strong female characters were really well done.

Overall a pretty interesting read. It was a bit hard to get through at times, but it's refreshing take on some tropes was great. I just wish it had extended more to the plot.

liligilsoul's review against another edition

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adventurous hopeful mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

jessicasbookishlife's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

faerytalefictions's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional inspiring mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Though the complex world was hard to get into at first, by the end, I relished how real it felt. The people and stories in this book are simply incredible. It’s strange to say about a novel that is 800 pages long, but honestly, I almost wish it was longer.

elizabethwantstoread's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

febentley's review against another edition

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adventurous inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

Gorgeous writing—some pacing issues. A fun read!

berethnara's review against another edition

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5.0

priory of the orange tree is honestly one of my favorite epic fantasies.

I loved how expansive the world building was. we weren't confined to one country or place on the map and got to explore different regions. i especially loved the way religion was shown between the different regions and how that impacted the story.

I loved that we got to follow the storylines of multiple characters who all had different personalities and motivations. and the way their stories blended into each other was very pleasing to read. ead my badass wyrm slaying queen, sabran my harsh queen who is just love-starved, my annoying niclays who is honestly so insufferable yet tragic, my poor loth who's blood pressure is through the roof, my lovely ambitious and determined tane. truly a lovely cast of characters.

of course there are issues in every story and this book is far from perfect, but sorry man i am fully biased. priory is my baby and i love it with my whole heart.