From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, an enthralling, epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons – and the women who must lead the fight to save it.
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-inwaiting, 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.
- Samantha Shannon is one of the most exciting writers of her generation; in The Priory of the Orange Tree she has created an epic world, unforgettable characters and an intricately devised system of magic that readers will love
- The Bone Season and The Mime Order were both New York Times bestsellers. To date, Bloomsbury has sold over 450,000 copies of Samantha Shannon’s books globally, and they have been translated into 26 languages
- Samantha has a wide fanbase of YA and adult readers. She travels the world for high profile media events and signings, and this is a major publication
- For readers of The Dominion of the Fallen series by Aliette de Bodard, The Rain Wild Trilogy by Robin Hobbs, the Mistborn series by Bran
“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
Author Biography: Samantha Shannon is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. This is her fourth novel and her first outside of The Bone Season series. She lives in London.