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Friday, June 22, 2012

Review: Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Publication Date: May 24, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: The Order of Darkness #1
Young Adult
Pages: 266
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

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. 

I just couldn't finished this book. After reading the synopsis and the title you would think that the whole Changeling aspect would take up much if not most of the plot. Or since the title is series is called The Order of Darkness, it would be mentions now and again. No. And there is talk of werewolves, alchemists, witches, death-dancers and the sort in this book. Still no mention of them. If you're going to talk about these things, don't mention it in the beginning just to have it pop up at the end and leave the whole middle just a giant filler for romance that I couldn't even connect upon. 

Same with the characters, there was no level for me to connect or even feel. I did in the beginning with Isolde. I love that name, by the way. I felt for her because her brother is a giant douche. And I failed to be captivated by Luca, who's suppose to be this handsome character. He was bland and just a name on a page to me. I just couldn't hold my attention at all during this story. Some parts were really good but the nunnery scenes bored me to tears until the death of one of them and the whole witch naming starts up. That was the only time I became interested in the story and then it just went down hill again from there. 

Final Summation: I read 3/4ths of this novel and couldn't do it anymore. I though I would enjoy it, but this is the second novel taken place in Italy that really disappointed me. For a novel named Changeling and the series being known as the Order of Darkness, I can't fathom how it didn't make an appearance during most of the book.

First Line:  The hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a hand-gun going off in his face.
Story: C
Cover: B