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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.

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"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.

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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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nrlymrtl, August 30, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
This was a very fast paced story. Once Philippa Gregory had the scenery set, she turned her characters loose to entertain the reader. Even though this novel is not particularly in depth with historical facts, I still found myself looking forward to the story every night. I had an instant, if not close, connection to the characters. We could easily see Luca’s anticipation as he sets off into the world to uncover evil or bring to the light holy occurrences. I could easily imagine Isolde’s frustration given her two choices upon her father’s death: marriage to a much older man or entering a nunnery. The side characters were entertaining and added depth to tale. I have to say that Freize was my favorite character, often having the best lines. I also had the overall impression that he was a bit more mature than the other three, given his role in life of actually working for a living. Ishraq was by turns fascinating and occasionally unbelievable. She comes from a different culture and yet has lived all her life in this Italian culture as a servant. The few unbelievable parts were when someone in the story had to be the keeper of some vast knowledge �" like medicine �" so the 17 year-old Ishraq was the trained doctor. But I was able to easily overlook these few smidgens where I had difficulty suspending my disbelief because I was enjoying the larger story arc.

While the over all plot was a little predictable, I enjoyed the little twists to how Luca figured out what was going on, and then averted disaster. Of course, there is the growing interest between Luca and Isolde for a side romance to add to the overall tension of the tale. Can’t say the same for Freize and Ishraq, but their interactions are even more amusing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781442453449
Author:
Gregory, Philippa
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Author:
Van Deelen, Fred
Author:
Paul, Fiona
Author:
Taylor, Sally
Author:
Fred van Deelen
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Subject:
secret order; order of darkess; medieval; renaissance; Italy; paranormal; historical; mystery; thriller; witches; alchemy; werewolves; magic; Christianity; End of Times; convent; priests; romance
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Order of Darkness
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c matte lam jacket w- spot UV andamp;
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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