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.
Not up to par Phillipa... I will try another book by her but please no more by him. He is awful.
extreme and utter boredom and disappointment
Only people who like factual fiction.
The story drags on and on and on. Nothing exciting happens.
He could have put some feeling in to it. This should have been a dramatic reading.
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.
No I did not like how it ended.
The ending was disappointing I flet like you were left hanging.
He's a good reader. Made the story come alive.
...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.
Reader was clear and enjoyable to listen to.
Author's comments at the end gave valuable information about the characters that should have been woven into the story.
I quite enjoyed the voice characterizations. Made the story come alive in the telling. I don't normally go for medieval fiction, but found this an intriguing take I want to continue.
Now, a retired anthropologist with the time to listen to books as I weave, quilt and crank out functional fabrics for fun :)
In 1450s Europe no one was spared the dangers of an age of forced change, least of all the young. In an age where myth and superstition frequently explained death and suffering caused by disease or war; four young adults were called to bring reason and compassion to a world of ignorance. This is that story, told through the well developed characters of Philippa Gregory.
The ending was abrupt and awkwardly finished.
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.
Where the "werewolf's" mother is accidentally pushed into the pit with him and realizes it's her long-lost son.
The Changeling was well worth the time to listen. I'll be listening to the rest of the series too.
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