The Priory of the Orange Tree (Priory) has finally dropped! I feel like we’ve been seeing teasers of this book for over a year now, but this beautiful thing is finally in my hands. And boy, is it massive.
Before I dove into this new beast of a fantasy series by Samantha Shannon, I wrote down the first five thoughts that came to mind.
1. This is the prettiest cover of 2019
I mean, LOOK AT THAT COVER. I’m sorry, but anything that comes after Priory this year definitely has big shoes to fill. Hats off to the cover artist — regardless of who you are or where you are based, whenever you walk into a bookstore from now on, it will be impossible to walk past this cover and not stop to stare.
Special big shout out to the dragon on the cover as well. That blue foil used on its scales is absolutely gorgeous.
2. How am I going to hold this book?
Not going to lie, I love big books. Especially big fantasy books. However, the down side to this is that ginormous books aren’t the most fun to hold for prolonged periods of time. I’m one of those readers that can’t sit still. I change positions constantly, switch hands, roll around in bed — you name it. I love reading while lying down (I know, I know, it’s bad for my eyes…but it’s comfy okay!), and big books make this difficult.
But for the right book, I don’t mind.
3. Am I going to hurt my wrist again?
This thought was a direct lead on from the above because believe it or not, I’ve encountered wrist pain while holding and reading thick, heavy books for prolonged periods of time. Am I an idiot? Totally.
I can’t help it. When I’m immersed in a book, I don’t know when to stop and take a break. As a result, my wrists have ended up swelling up the next day. Oops. Nothing a cold ice pack cannot fix.
Definitely not a mistake I’ll be repeating when I read Priory.
4. How long is this going to take me to read?
I will admit that I’m not a fast reader. I like to savour the words on the
I’ve learned over the years that it’s not a competition, and forcing myself to rush through a book for the sake of getting a review out ruins my own enjoyment. It might take me a few weeks to finish Priory, but it just means I will be able to stay in this world a little longer.
5. Am I going to like Priory as much as Samantha’s The Bone Season series?
To be honest, I was a bit surprised when Samantha Shannon announced she was releasing a new series before The Bone Season had concluded. We are only three books in! But once I heard more about Priory, I was ready to throw my money at it.
Dragons, warring kingdoms and character names that I can’t pronounce is a book that’s right up my alley. I’m 100% ready to dive into this new world and see what it will bring.