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14 February 2020

Book Beginnings: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon cover
The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey.
I have been putting this book off for a while. A long while. I've had it since it came out. I'm taking part in the Series Crackdown 9.0 Readathon for the next week-ish and this is my first read and team read. It'll also tick off three prompts on the bingo board, yay.

First off I love the cover. It's stunning and vibrant and so intricate. There are small illustrations on chapter pages too, and some gorgeous maps. Everything I love in fantasy!

I mean... Wow. That's a first line. So much mystery already, and I love the writing style. I am excited.
When she has bene banished, Kalyba had fled to a part of the forest she had names the Bower of Enternity. It was said that she had put an enchantment on it that tricked the eyes.
This is from roughly 56% through the books. As it's a mammoth 800+ pages this is fairly far. Having just started this book today I am nowhere near this far through.

I have no idea of the context for this, but I am excited to reach it. Dramatic.

What are you reading this week?


  1. I love that first line. I can picture it. I'd love for everyone to check out mine at

  2. I have heard a lot of good things about The Priory of the Orange Tree. I haven't read it yet. I like the quotes.

  3. This is one on my GR List!!! Happy Valentine's weekend!

  4. I keep putting this one off too--probably because of the size--but I really want to read it. It sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I hope you love it. Have a great weekend!

  5. I have been putting off reading this book too haha! I think it is the length, but I really want to get to it this year. The cover is gorgeous.

  6. Good luck reading this one! I know it is huge but I imagine it will be worth it!

  7. The first line is incredible. Have to admit I was confused by the verb tense shifts in the 56. Hopefully it makes sense in context. Sounds like a fun challenge.

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  9. I will probably never read this because its size scares me lol


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