In the realm of fantasy literature, there are tales that captivate the imagination, transport readers to distant lands, and introduce them to characters whose destinies are interwoven with the fate of their worlds. Among these literary marvels stands the Roots of Chaos book series by Samantha Shannon, a narrative tapestry that spans generations, nations, and the very fabric of existence itself. With its inception in “The Priory of the Orange Tree” and the prequel “A Day of Fallen Night,” this series has gripped readers with its rich mythology, intricate storytelling, and compelling characters. As we eagerly await the third installment, let’s embark on a journey through the heart of this enchanting literary universe, uncovering the secrets, connections, and profound narratives that make the Roots of Chaos series a force to be reckoned with in the realm of fantasy literature.
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- About The Roots Of Chaos Book Series
- About The Author
- The Roots Of Chaos In Order
- Frequently Asked Questions
About The Roots Of Chaos Books Series
The Foundation of a Masterpiece: “The Priory of the Orange Tree”
At the heart of the Roots of Chaos series lies a literary masterpiece that redefined the boundaries of epic fantasy. “The Priory of the Orange Tree” serves as the foundational stone upon which this remarkable saga is built. Published in 2019, Samantha Shannon’s magnum opus transports readers to a world where dragons, magic, and politics collide in a mesmerizing tapestry of storytelling.
The narrative unfolds in the Queendom of Inys, where Sabran the Ambitious has married King of Hróth, forging an alliance that staves off impending ruin for both realms. Yet, lurking beneath the surface are ancient threats, including the Nameless One and a dormant dragon menace. Against this backdrop, a diverse cast of characters, including Ead, Tané, and Niclays, embark on journeys of self-discovery and bravery, their destinies intricately linked to the fate of their world.
What sets “The Priory of the Orange Tree” apart is not merely its enthralling plot, but its commitment to diversity, powerful female characters, and a world steeped in rich mythology. Shannon’s ability to weave together intricate storylines, coupled with her deft exploration of themes such as love, sacrifice, and the clash of cultures, has earned this novel a place among the pantheon of great fantasy literature.
The Prequel: “A Day of Fallen Night”
Expanding the “Roots of Chaos” series, Samantha Shannon gifted readers with “A Day of Fallen Night,” a standalone prequel that delves deeper into the universe of the Priory. This book introduces us to four remarkable women, each with their own compelling stories and roles to play in shaping the world. Tunuva Melim, a member of the Priory, grapples with the purpose of her training in dragon-slaying. Meanwhile, in the Queendom of Inys, Sabran’s daughter, Glorian, seeks her place in a world overshadowed by her parents’ legacy. Dumai, in a Seiikinese mountain temple, endeavors to awaken dormant gods, and as the Dreadmount erupts, these women must confront a terrifying threat.
“A Day of Fallen Night” enriches the series by providing a deeper understanding of the characters, events, and lore that define the “Roots of Chaos” universe. It further exemplifies Shannon’s storytelling prowess and her ability to craft complex, relatable characters within a fantastical setting.
As we explore the Roots of Chaos series, it becomes evident that Samantha Shannon’s literary genius knows no bounds. With an eagerly anticipated third installment on the horizon, the world of fantasy literature is poised for yet another breathtaking chapter in this extraordinary narrative.
About The Author
Samantha Shannon is a visionary storyteller who has carved her name into the annals of contemporary fantasy literature. Born on November 8, 1991, in Hammersmith, London, her journey into the world of words began at an early age, nurtured by a deep love for books and an insatiable curiosity for storytelling.
Shannon’s literary prowess first came to the forefront with the release of her debut novel, “The Bone Season,” in 2013. This dystopian fantasy marked the beginning of a remarkable career that would redefine the genre. The book garnered critical acclaim and established her as a formidable force in the world of speculative fiction.
However, it was with “The Priory of the Orange Tree” (2019) that Samantha Shannon truly left an indelible mark on the literary landscape. This epic fantasy novel, celebrated for its intricate world-building, diverse characters, and rich mythological tapestry, catapulted her into the ranks of esteemed contemporary fantasy authors. The novel’s success, coupled with her commitment to inclusivity and strong female protagonists, has solidified her reputation as a trailblazer in modern fantasy literature.
Samantha Shannon’s storytelling is characterized by its depth, emotional resonance, and a penchant for exploring complex themes. Her dedication to crafting immersive, thought-provoking narratives has garnered a loyal following of readers worldwide.
When she’s not weaving tales of magic and adventure, Samantha Shannon can often be found engrossed in historical research, a passion that lends authenticity and depth to her fictional worlds. She continues to enchant readers with her work, leaving them eagerly anticipating each new installment in her literary odysseys.
As the “Roots of Chaos” series unfolds and her literary journey continues, Samantha Shannon remains a shining star in the constellation of contemporary fantasy authors, captivating audiences with her boundless imagination and unparalleled storytelling skill.
The Books Series In Order
The Roots Of Chaos books are both standalones, therefore they can be read in any order. Day Of Fallen Night is a prequel to The Priory Of The Orange Tree but as they are standalones reading order doesn’t matter too much. So here is the series in publication order:
The Priory Of The Orange Tree
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-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, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, 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.
A Day Of Fallen Night
The New York Times bestselling stunning, standalone prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree.
“A magnificent, sweeping epic. Shannon has created a world rich in intricate mythology, beautifully realized and complex.” Jennifer Saint, bestselling author of Ariadne
In A Day of Fallen Night, Samantha Shannon sweeps readers back to the universe of Priory of the Orange Tree and into the lives of four women, showing us a course of events that shaped their world for generations to come.
Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory. For fifty years, she has trained to slay wyrms – but none have appeared since the Nameless One, and the younger generation is starting to question the Priory’s purpose.
To the north, in the Queendom of Inys, Sabran the Ambitious has married the new King of Hróth, narrowly saving both realms from ruin. Their daughter, Glorian, trails in their shadow – exactly where she wants to be.
The dragons of the East have slept for centuries. Dumai has spent her life in a Seiikinese mountain temple, trying to wake the gods from their long slumber. Now someone from her mother’s past is coming to upend her fate.
When the Dreadmount erupts, bringing with it an age of terror and violence, these women must find the strength to protect humankind from a devastating threat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a 3rd Roots of Chaos book?
Yes, there is a planned 3rd Roots of Chaos book. It will be a story inspired by the Greek Goddess Isis.
Is The Roots of Chaos a trilogy?
The Roots Of Chaos is a planned trilogy. There are currently two books in the series, The Priory Of The Orange Tree and A Day Of Fallen Night. But author Samantha Shannon has signed up to write a third book in the series.
Which Roots of Chaos book should I read first?
As both of the books in the Roots Of Chaos series are standalones then either The Priory of the Orange Tree or A Day of Fallen night can be read first.
How many books will there be in the Roots of Chaos series?
As of right now there are going to be three books in The Roots Of Chaos series. There are currently two books in the series, The Priory Of The Orange Tree and A Day Of Fallen Night. But author Samantha Shannon has signed up to write a third book in the series.