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Fools' Gold by Philippa Gregory

Fools' Gold

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In the wild, decadent atmosphere of Venice Carnival, dark forces are at work. Philippa Gregory is well known for her historical fiction but has now turned her talents to teen fiction with a rich and dramatic adventure series set in Europe just after the fall of Byzantium. This is the third in the Order of Darkness series.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Fools' Gold a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'What I liked best was the originality of the storyline...The brilliance of the characters shine out so well in the plans they make, be it sneaking into parties or breaking into the alchemist's house.' - Mukunth Kowsik

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If you like Philippa Gregory you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Waite, Reay Tannahill and Joanna Hickson.


Fools' Gold by Philippa Gregory

Luca Vero and his friends are plunged into the heady whirlwind of Venice, the world's busiest marketplace, where everything - and everyone - is for sale. Their mission from the Pope is no protection: this city has its own laws. Meanwhile, the Lady Isolde is in more danger than ever, and her feelings for Luca are becoming more intense.

As the friends face the unknown dangers of magic and alchemy, the crimes and politics of the city may become the least of their worries. The powers they confront are not of this world ...

This is the third in the Order of Darkness series which began with the brilliant Changeling and was followed up by Stormbringers.

And find out more about the series at the Order of Darkness website - visit the Order of Darkness facebook page or join in the chat on twitter.....


Teens love to read and a small number were lucky enough to be invited to review Fools' Gold. You can read their reviews below.

Mukunth Kowsik - 'What I liked best was the originality of the storyline...The brilliance of the characters shine out so well in the plans they make, be it sneaking into parties or breaking into the alchemist's house.' Click Here to read the full review.

Aimee Sweet -
'After getting to know the characters and the change in history, I started to enjoy it immediately.' Click Here to read the full review.


Further praise for Phillipa Gregory.

Praise for Stormbringers:

“She (Gregory) brings the time period to life vividly, and I felt like I was being transported back to medieval Europe as I read the novel.” The Bookbag.

Praise for Changeling:

“This will be romping and intriguing historical tale...spiffi ng stuff.” The Daily Telegraph

A pacey and enjoyable read, with the promise of more unusual adventure and darker plotlines as the series moves on.” We Love This Book

“Exciting fi rst title in a new series...with attractive charaters, several layers of mystery and, as one might expect, meticulously researched historical detail.” Daily Mail

About the Author

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was our Guest Editor in October 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

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. Several books later, she is looking at the family that precedes The Tudors in the The Cousins' War series, which was televised by the BBC as The White Queen.

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 several hundred 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.

Author photo copyright: Johnny Ring.

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22nd May 2014


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd


336 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
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Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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