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Stormbringers (Order of Darkness) Hardcover – 6 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857077341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857077349
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.PhilippaGregory.com


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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2013
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Isolde travelling to her godfather hoping he will help her regain the inheritance her brother stole from her while Luca is on a mission for The Order of Darkness to search for signs of the end of the world. While their paths take the same direction the group has agreed to travel together but their journey comes to an unexpected stop when they come across a children's crusade. The crusade is led by a 16 year old boy referred to as Johann the Good. Luca is immediately suspicious of the boy thinking that he is up to no good but after talking to him and watching him preach both Luca and Isolde are convinced he is speaking the word of god. As they prepare to travel with the crusade a terrible tragedy unfolds, one that brings suspicion down on the group and that is going to make it hard for Luca to prove their innocence.

I really enjoyed Changeling so I was looking forward to catching up with Luca, Freize, Isolde, Ishraq and even Brother Peter. Unfortunately I'm left with mixed feelings over Stormbringers, and didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first book. The first half of the story was quite slow going and I found myself getting bored and feeling disinclined to pick up the book to carry on reading. Luckily the action really picked up in the second half and the story became much more enjoyable and turned into the kind of book I was expecting to read.

I think it is probably down to personal preference but I wasn't a huge fan of the strong religious focus at the beginning of the story. Although I'd not come across children's crusades in fiction before and therefore should have found it an interesting topic it failed to hold my interest. It wasn't until the tragedy begins to unfold that I found myself really invested in the story.
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I just wish that Philippa Gregory had made these longer! She's a wonderful atmospheric storyteller and even though these are aimed at 14 year olds, I feel that they could manage a longer version of these lovely novels. This one was based around the Children's Crusade.
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I thought that this was disappointing compared to all of her previous books and I have read all of them. It seemed to have little depth and was beginning to turn into a historical chick lit book. For much of the time the storyline was predictable however it is the first of a series and may well develop as the story goes on and I will be prepared to read the next one.
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I ENJOYED THIS, THE SECOND BOOK IN THE ORDER OF DARKNESS SERIES. PHILIPPA GREGORY MAKES THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS TOTALLY BELIEVABLE DURING AN ERA OF HISTORY LARGELY UNKNOWN IN ANY DETAIL.I look forward to the next episode.
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I liked this book although I thought the first in the series was the better one but that is only my personal taste.
I liked the characters though and it is very believable for the time period it is set in.
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It is a rather complicated story, mixing fact and myth. I found it well written but perhaps there is a previous book explaining why the main characters are doing this expedition and why, thus enabling the reader to undertsand the motivation a little better.
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I found this story interesting but less so than Philppa Gregory's Tudor series and other novels. This is possibly because this particular series is intended for 'young adults' or teenagers. I prefer her more complex tales and having read Changeling and Stormbringers I will probably not buy the next one
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my wife loves Philippa Gregory books and she was again not disappointed with this one. the story is great with good strong characters and a story line that flows very freely. If you enjoyed the Cousins at war series (white queen, Red Queen etc.) then you will love this one as well.
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