Saturday, August 11, 2012

Changeling (The Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.

Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.    

Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.     

Book Review:
Oh. Man. I don't even know where to begin. It's rare, and I mean RARE that I do not finish a book. Sadly, this was the case here. Dredging through this book eventually put me in a reading slump that I am still trying to overcome. I just could not get into the story, despite the interesting premise. I found the characters to be lackluster and contradictory. The setting was interesting enough, but the primary focus was on the characters, who just couldn't keep me engaged. I sold this one back to the bookstore for credit, and I'm not sorry I did.  

Cover Art Commentary:
Now come on! That is one uniquely gorgeous cover! To bad the contents couldn't stand up to it!


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