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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publishing : 6th February 2020

Publisher : Bloomsbury

Format : Kindle, Hardback, Paperback, Audio

Genre : Fantasy

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Hey bloggers,

For this week's first lines Friday I have taken some of the first lines of this international bestseller for you to take a peek at..


๐Ÿƒ The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot

and wearing the scars of his journey. He walked as if drunk through the haze of mist that clung like spidersilk to Seiiki.

The stories of old said water ghosts were doomed to live in silence. That their tongues had shrivelled, along with their skin, and that all that dressed their bones was seaweed. That they would lurk in the shallows, waiting to drag the unwary to the heart of the Abyss.

Tanรฉ had not feared those tales since she was a small child. Now her dagger gleamed before her, its curve like a smile, and she fixed her gaze on the figure in the night.

When it called to her, she flinched.

The clouds released the moonlight they had hidden. Enough for her to see him as he was. And for him to see her.

This was no ghost. It was an outsider. She had seen him, and he could not be unseen.

He was sunburnt, with hair like straw and a dripping beard.

The smugglers must have abandoned him to the water and told him to swim the rest of the way. It was clear that he knew nothing ofher language, but she understood enough of his to know that he was asking for help.

That he wanted to see the Warlord of Seiiki. ๐Ÿƒ


Check out the synopsis below...

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.

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, Tanรฉ 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...


Happy Friday!!

Itโ€™s been a busy week for me and I literally can not wait for tomorrow morning when I can wake up when Iโ€™m ready, without the alarm!

This weeks FLF isnโ€™t an upcoming release, instead, itโ€™s a book that was published in 2020 that I was always curious about after seeing it on the lovely @otterly_bookish โ€˜s beautiful feed.

When I saw the other day that a sequel was to be released this year and that it looked and sounded amazing, I just knew I had to read this one and find out if its huge thick size is as good as Iโ€™m hoping.

๐| ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ?

๐๐ข๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ข๐ง?

Have a fabulous Friday ๐Ÿ˜˜



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