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Changeling by Philippa Gregory
  

Changeling

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June 2012 New Gen Book of the Month.

Best-selling Philippa Gregory’s first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous brother, Isolde must swap ruling over her own castle and estate for a life of confinement as the Lady Abbess of the local nunnery. Bad things are happening among the nuns and soon Isolde’s life is in grave danger as she is accused of heresy, a crime which carries the penalty of being burnt at the stake. How clever and feisty Isolde is rescued from her fate and turns the tables on her persecutors with the help of Luca Vero, the handsome young enforcer of true religion, is a spellbinder of a story.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 3 June 2012.

Click here to visit The Order of Darkness website.

If you like Philippa Gregory you might also like to read books by Rose Tremain, Reay Tannahill and Rosie Goodwin.

Synopsis

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

The first book in the thrilling YA sequence, Order of Darkness, from the Queen of Historical Fiction!

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 medieval world - dark 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

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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Book Info

Publication date

24th May 2012

Author

Philippa Gregory

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Publisher

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

Format

Hardback
272 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
Books of the Month
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780857077301

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