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Order of Darkness #01: Changelingby Philippa Gregory
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andlt;bandgt;Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of andlt;iandgt;The Other Boleyn Girlandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;iandgt;andlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeousand#8212;and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this yearand#8212;the end of days. andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she canand#8217;t inherit any of her fatherand#8217;s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraftand#8212;and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon. andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The first in a series, this epic and richly detailed drama is grounded in historical communities and their mythic beliefs. It includes a medieval map of Europe that will track their journey; and the interior will include relevant decorative elements as well as an interior line illustration. And look for a QR code that links to a note from the author with additional, detailed information about the setting and the history that informed the writing. With Philippa Gregoryand#8217;s trademark touch, this novel deftly brings the pastand#8212;and its salacious scandalsand#8212;vividly and disturbingly to life.
"Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl) makes a hypnotic YA debut with the first book in her planned Order of Darkness series. Set in 15th-century Italy after the Ottoman Empire captured the city of Constantinople, this historical fantasy follows two distinctive 17-year-old protagonists. Luca Vero is an alleged faerie changeling, who is kicked out of his monastery and sent on an ominous mission by the Pope: to document incidents of the uncanny that are believed to be the work of Satan and signs of approaching end times. Isolde is denied her inheritance and trapped in the role of Lady Abbess at a nunnery. Luca's first assignment sends him, his servant, and his clerk to investigate the nunnery, where women have been plagued by visions, sleep disturbances, and stigmata wounds since Isolde's arrival; she and her servant Ishraq are accused of witchcraft. Gregory creates an immersive medieval world that is under the sway of both unfounded superstitions and very real supernatural forces. Though dialogue-heavy scenes are occasionally labored, powerful imagery, picaresque humor, and a polished literary style should captivate mature readers. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Anthony Mason. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Love, lust, murder, mayhem and high society converge in one thrilling debut
Part Gossip Girl, part Edgar Allan Poe, and wholly beautiful, elegant and suspenseful, this novel set in Venice during the Renaissance is a true romantic thriller. When Cassandra Caravallo visits her friend Liviana's crypt and finds a murdered courtesan inside, her world is turned upside down. Before she knows it, Cass is involved with Falco, a grave-robbing artist, and on her way to discovering corruption in the elite Venetian society.
But will she find the man who's been savagely murdering beautiful young girls before he finds her? Will she stay true to her fiance, who's off studying law in France? Or will she succumb to Falco's charms? Beauty, love, romance and murder combine in a novel that's as seductive and stunning as Venice itself.
About the Author
Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including andlt;iandgt;The Other Boleyn Girlandlt;/iandgt;, and is a recognized authority on womenand#8217;s history. Her Cousinsand#8217; War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries andlt;iandgt;The White Queenandlt;/iandgt;. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
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