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A Day of Fallen Night

By: Samantha Shannon
Narrated by: Ellie Kendrick,Sheila Atim,Thoren Ferguson,Hanako Footman,Samantha Shannon,Saara El-Arifi
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Publisher's Summary

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

A return to the world of Samantha Shannon's
Sunday Times and New York Times-bestselling The Priory of the Orange Tree

Bloomsbury presents A Day of Fallen Night, by Samantha Shannon, read by Ellie Kendrick, Sheila Atim, Thoren Ferguson and Hanako Footman. This audiobook features an exclusive interview with Samantha Shannon and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Final Strife and Faebound, Saara El-Arifi.

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.

Intricate and epic, A Day of Fallen Night sweeps readers back to the world of A Priory of the Orange Tree, showing us a course of events that shaped it for generations to come.

Chosen as a book of 2023 by the Metro, Cosmopolitan, Nerd Daily, PinkNews and Waterstones

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2023 Samantha Shannon (P)2023 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A magnificent, sweeping epic." (Jennifer Saint, Sunday Time bestselling author of Ariadne)

"Shannon is simply a master of the genre." (C. S. Pacat, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Rise)

"A tremendous triumph." (London Shah, award-winning author of the Light of the Abyss series)

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The book was great

I loved the story! And most of the narrators I couldn’t stand “west” glorians narrator Ellie Kendrick she sounds like she holds saliva in her mouth and needs to swallow! It made listening to the west parts really frustrating and uncomfortable

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Best epic fantasy since GOT

This book is my best read of 2023! I have not been as excited reading an adult epic fantasy as I have listening to this. It is much more well-paced than POTOT. There isn't one bit that I found boring. The narrators are amazing and did a brilliant job bringing these characters to life. I sobbed as I was finishing it because I felt so sad saying goodbye to the characters I've come to love.

This is a prequel to POTOT, set 500 years prior to the events of POTOT, and lays the foundation for world building in POTOT. I recommend reading/listening to POTOT first, then ADOFN to experience the excitement as these are revealed. The ending also hints at what we can expect in the next one, if the author is writing another.

It has everything - strong badass FEMALE characters (most characters are female), diversity in age/genders/backgrounds, mixture of eastern and western culture influences, eastern-style dragons, plot plot plot, amazing character growth and development, political intrigue, epic world building, EVERYTHING!

I am trying to force everyone to read this, so don't be intimidated by the juicy 39hr audiobook. It's worth it, and only costs one credit!

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Best fantasy novel of 2023

Everything you liked about Priory of the Orange Tree, but better as the author has improved so much!

You also don’t have to have read Priory, in fact, as it’s a prequel you might like this better if read first.

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Captured …

Captured, captivated, enthralled and in awe of the research and then work to create a mesmerising story line. Loved the setting and SS’s ability to create atmosphere and geography that allows us through the power of words to visit her worlds … and ours .. who needs to visit Iceland when we can breathe it through her depiction of the North. Characters and the telling of Womens stories thrilling … I’ve just read SSMontifiores World … 70 hours of audible (28 hrs of SS easy after that) and yes women really don’t feature large in history. Here they do. Thanks too for shining the light on the complexity of motherhood… those of us living with contemporary medicine are so so fortunate. I am a mother including of boys and whilst I love the feeling of power the narrative created, the book also dwells on the concept of influence … and it seems to me it doesn’t matter what sex you are, if you can’t inherit or demand power in some way, influence is negated. So great yarn .. congrats.

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Samantha Shannon is a fantasy god!

I have loved Samantha's books since 2013 when I read the Bone Season.

Priory of the Orange Tree rekindled my love affair with reading and took my joy of her writing to a whole new level.

A day of fallen night has made me want to live inside her brain.

I hope she writes a prequel this universe deserves it!

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Epic fantasy done right.

Firstly, this is a great story beautifully read by multiple narrators. The story is complex, and having a different narrator for each POV/region really helps differentiate between them and stops the multiple plot strands from getting confused.

Secondly, the book is completely centred around women. There is only one male POV character. This is utterly refreshing Not only that, but the characters are multi-generational, and they menstruate, and navigate menopause and childbirth and have to practically deal with those things while travelling or in battle. Hooray for realism.

Multiple genders and sexualities are represented, in a very natural and non- forced way.

It works both as a stand alone novel, and as a prequel to Priory. This world is both deep and wide, and I very much hope Samantha Shannin gives us many more stories set here.

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Fantastic Sapphic fantasy

Fantastic Sapphic fantasy. Took me a few chapters to get properly into it (lots of unusual names of characters/places to learn initially), but I was hooked by the end.

All narrators did a great job, though it's always a bit weird when a character who is primarily voiced by one narrator appears in another narrators chapter with a different voice.

The interview with Samantha at the end is a great addition!

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A Truly Epic Fantasy

An amazing world with complex characters delivered by beautiful performances. This has all the elements of a traditional fantasy novel with additions of complex female characters, queer stories, and varieties of dragons.

I cannot recommend this book or this series highly enough if you love fantasy.

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Fun ride

Excellent escape into fantasy. Despite its length which appears excessive, it never loses its intensity and interest. Enjoyed it immensely. Great follow
Up to Priory.

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Absolutely brilliant!

This book was fantastic with the setting, the characters, and the wonderful world building. This book is such a sweeping epic fantasy with beautiful prose. The cast of narrators all do a fantastic job too, they ground the story in each setting and add to the emotion. The depictions of love, family, and relationships are completely inclusive and complex. 5/5 🌟 s

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