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Changeling (Order of Darkness Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rarely leave reviews but was shocked when I saw these! I think this and the other two in the series are a great read. Read morePublished 15 days ago by C. Mclaughlin
So disappointing, this book is embarrassing. Philippa Gregory can be excellent writing about the Tudor period when weaving a story around known royal persons. Read morePublished 24 days ago by S. Wills
Not what I expected from Philippa Gregory. Entertaining but not riveting.Published 29 days ago by Angela Mary Finnemore
A departure from my favourite historical novelist, but just as well written, carefully drawn characters and full of surprises. Can't wait to read the full series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer