The Queerish Book Club December 2023/January 2024: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Queerish Book Club is a monthly book club that specialises in LGBTQ+ literature. It typically runs on the last/second to last Monday of the month at 7pm and takes place at The Queerish Bookshop.

Our December/January book is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and our meeting will take place on Monday 29th January at 7pm.

Below are the questions we will discuss at the club. Please note the questions contain spoilers.  


The Priory of the Orange Tree - Book Club Questions

  1. What would you rate the book out of 1-5 stars (with 5 being the highest)? Why did you give it this rating?

  2. Who was your favourite/least favourite character(s)? 

  3. Sabran the Ninth, continuously has to sacrifice her body, her comfort, and her will on the false belief that the royal bloodline is what keeps the Nameless One at bay. What did you think of the portrayal of hereditary monarchy and how it impacted Sabran's life?

  4. Many characters have strong religious beliefs, that often conflict with each other or reality itself. What did you think about how the book handled the theme of faith? 

  5. Do you think the book earned its length or should it have been shorter/split into more books?

  6. Would you rather drink the Elixir of Life or eat the fruit of the Orange Tree?


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