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Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1 | [Philippa Gregory]

Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1

Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four-book teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl. The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom and travel to the very frontier of good and evil.
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Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four-book teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom and travel to the very frontier of good and evil.

Seventeen-year-old Isolde, a Lady Abbess, is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her from claiming her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven mad by strange visions, walking in their sleep, and showing bleeding wounds, Luca is sent to investigate and driven to accuse her.

Forced to face the greatest fears of the dark ages—witchcraft, werewolves, madness—Luca and Isolde embark on a search for truth, their own destinies, and even love as they take the unknown ways to the real historical figure who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.

©2012 Simon & Schuster (P)2012 Philippa Gregory Ltd.

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    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 06-04-12
    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only people who like factual fiction.


    What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

    The story drags on and on and on. Nothing exciting happens.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He could have put some feeling in to it. This should have been a dramatic reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I really can't pin point a reason why I don't like this book. It is a lot of things, poor narration, slow story, annoying plot.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff oklahoma city, OK, United States 02-25-14
    Jeff oklahoma city, OK, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is AWFUL and story is very slow."
    Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Charlie Cox?

    Not up to par Phillipa... I will try another book by her but please no more by him. He is awful.


    What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

    boring


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlie Cox?

    anyone else


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    extreme and utter boredom and disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FloFlo South Carolina 06-25-12
    FloFlo South Carolina 06-25-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Great potential a little dissapointing"
    Would you listen to Changeling again? Why?

    No I did not like how it ended.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was disappointing I flet like you were left hanging.


    What does Charlie Cox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a good reader. Made the story come alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Tongco Sunnyvale, CA 07-15-13
    D. Tongco Sunnyvale, CA 07-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending was abrupt and awkwardly finished.


    Would you recommend Changeling to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. I'm a big Philippa Gregory fan and this new type of fiction from her is wonderful. The main characters are interesting, diverse and believable. I love the way she wove medieval views of witches, magic, demons, werewolves and other unexplained phenomena into this tale and used them to explain the events of the novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the "werewolf's" mother is accidentally pushed into the pit with him and realizes it's her long-lost son.


    Was Changeling worth the listening time?

    The Changeling was well worth the time to listen. I'll be listening to the rest of the series too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KAY United States 02-21-13
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    "Lesser Philippa Story line"

    ...But I am will to give the series a chance, since I am a loyal fan and have read/listened to almost all of her books.
    Also, it was much shorter, which was disappointing. I love the saga aspect of Gregory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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