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Changeling [Kindle Edition]

Philippa Gregory
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The first book in the thrilling YA sequence, Order of Darkness.
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 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 all the evidence points to Isolde's criminal guilt. Outside in the yard they are building a pyre to burn her for witchcraft. Forced to face the greatest fears of the dark ages - black magic, 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.

About the Author

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the international bestseller The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. She has written several bestselling novels set in the Tudor period and The Cousins' War series which is to be a major TV production. This book is the first of a new series of novels set in medieval Europe: Order of Darkness. Philippa's other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 160 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year at Edinburgh University, her love of history is the hallmark of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire. She welcomes visitors to her site

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1034 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442453443
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.

Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country.

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking 4 Jun 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This has been a hard book to review, not because of the subjects tackled within but because I felt that the book was below what I expected from Philippa's writing skills. Don't get me wrong it's a complete story but one that I've noticed with her adult writing is that when it's based on a well-documented person it works wonderfully, yet when left to writing based on the authors imagination, it sadly falls apart and as with the recent Cousin's War series a lot of repetition between each title.

What this book brings to the table is a farfetched story with so coincidences alongside flaws that had it not had the authors name attached I'm not sure it would have made it to the shelves. The characters are confusing, there's no real direction with them and events seem to have been woven by strength of author rather than feeling natural. Add to this a story that feels like the pace is all over the place, characters that don't feel rounded but thrown into a different timeline to suit the authors purpose and with a convoluted plotline that feels that additional ideas have been wedged in to fit the word count and all in I was disappointed with the overall product.

Don't get me wrong; had it been a debut author, a lot of the errors within could have been forgiven as over zealousness alongside lessons that needed to be learned, but from a multi title writer these should never have occurred.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING 25 Jun 2012
This is the first book in the new young adult historical fiction series by Philippa Gregory.

In 1453 Italy, seventeen-year-old Luca Vero, although accused of heresy, is assigned by the Order of Darkness to investigate any mysteries, heresies or sins that Pope Nicholas V considers a threat to the church and the future of Christendom. As Luca is trained for his assignment, seventeen-year-old Lady Isolde of Lucretili is robbed of her inheritance by her brother and forced to become an Abbess. Luca and Isolde are brought together when the young inquisitor is asked to investigate strange visions and bleeding wounds that torment the nuns in her care and throw suspicions of witchcraft on Isolde and her friend Ishraq.

I thought that a historical novel set in medieval Europe for young adults is an excellent idea, and even more so, when it is written by such an experienced, established author like Philippa Gregory. Sadly reading it, I couldn't possibly believe that it was indeed written by Gregory and not by some novice author, whose awkward writing and many blunders show only minimum promise for the future. The idea is interesting, but the plot is all over the place, the dialogues repetitive and simplistic, characterization, which usually is Gregory's strongest quality, here is practically nonexistent, and atmosphere and historical detail are nowhere near her usual standards.

I don't believe that writing for young adults is an excuse for inferior literature. Young adults are not second rate citizens, they are not less intelligent or perceptive, and they definitely do not deserve this treatment. On the contrary, being the readers of tomorrow, they deserve encouragement, gratitude and respect, which I don't think that Philippa Gregory gives them, with this sloppy amateurish book, so shockingly unlike her other excellent work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changeling 7 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am an avid reader of Phillipa Gregory and love her historical fiction all of which I have read and enjoyed. I am waiting for the latest one to be released 'Kingmakers daughter', and I decided to give The Changeling ago. I have just finished reading the Changeling, and I know it is for young teen readers but I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I am an oap. I look forward to reading the rest of the series as and when they come out. I think the characters are very plausible with their own endearing characteristics from Luca with his thoughtful enquiring mind to the mischeivious boy servant Freize. Each one you learn to like during the journey. The whole story takes you to a very distant time and as you read the book you begin to believe that you are there with the characters.I even shed a tear or three when Sara Fairley found her long lost son ( I will not go into details as this will spoil the read) Needless to say I just loved the book!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurishly bad 4 Aug 2012
Do not be fooled into buying this book because of the author's famous name, or the savvy cover text. The characters are flat, the dialogue is forced, and the story clunks from one improbable and convenient (co)incident to the next without actually getting anywhere. There's no magic, no tension, and no development. There isn't even the satisfaction of a historical sense of place. I will say that I'm not particularly taken with Gregory's adult fiction, but at least it is readable. This book simply isn't. It is so infuriatingly amateurish that I literally wanted to scream at the page. Do not buy this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 27 July 2012
By Lolo49
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I should have read the reviews before I bought this book, but I've always enjoyed Philippa Gregory's books, particularly 'A Respectable Trade'; 'Earthly Joys' and 'Virgin Earth'; all 5 star reads for me. Now, having read other reviewers, I understand why this book was so thoroughly disappointing - it's seemingly written for teenagers age 12-18. But perhaps worse, it's for teenagers who have low expectations and short attention spans. It is a slight book, in writing style, length and depth of story and characterisation. It was also a very boring book, so I was rather grateful it was such a quick read. However, I was left feeling short-changed by this read. If you like Philippa's usual writing style and strength of storyline, don't waste your money on this.
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Published 2 days ago by Moonrat
5.0 out of 5 stars I really have enjoyed history all my life and at 85 still can't ...
I really have enjoyed history all my life and at 85 still can't get enough of it. It was my best subject as school. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mrs Margaret Howse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great for the younger reader
Published 13 days ago by balletsrusses
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
always read her books
Published 14 days ago by Mo.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read, quite an abrupt end
Published 1 month ago by Gail Hardman-Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Historical Adventure
When I was lucky enough to be invited up to London to meet Philippa Gregory and have a sneak preview of Changeling a couple of months ago I was pretty darn excited, I’ll tell you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
In Italy 1453, Luca Vero, expelled from his monastery of heresy, is tasked with plotting the End of the Days in Christendom, with the spit boy Frieze and Brother Peter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by julie tang
5.0 out of 5 stars True or false?
I'm not an avid reader, but this book held my attention throughout. A clever, enjoyable mix of fact and fiction
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Sheila A Phillips
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing
I usually love Philippa Gregory's books but this one i just couldn't get seemed more childish than her historical novels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy and Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Changeling DVD
Super movie very well packaged and delivered on time. would recommend this seller to anyone wishing to purchase quality products
Published 3 months ago by Roger Biggs
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