Mini Review by Elsa: Order of Darkness Book One: Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Elsa managed to squeeze some reading time in while juggling her mountain of homework.  Check out what she has to say about Philippa Gregory’s The Changeling.

Changeling (Order of Darkness)

Order of Darkness Book One: Changeling

A Novel By: Philippa Gregory

In Changeling by Philippa Gregory, we meet Luca Vero. Luca is a 17 year-old who has just gotten expelled by his monastery. He has recently been recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of time throughout Europe. At about the same time that Luca meets this strange man, Isolde is a young princess whose father has just passed. Before his death, her father and her brother agreed that she has to either marry or go to an abbey.


I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romances for young adults. I have never read a book by this author before, and I absolutely loved it. I’m not a very serious historical fiction reader, but this one grabbed me. It was very intriguing, and it was a page turner; you were always on your toes, waiting to see what was going to happen. This book showed you that love really does exist, even though it isn’t love at first sight. I can confidently say that this is a fantastic book, and that most people would love it. This is the first book in the series, Order of Darkness.

Editor Note: Thank you, Elsa!!   And sneaky me – I didn’t warn Elsa that this was part of a series when I gave it to her.  Sorry, kiddo!

About the book:

Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four-book teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

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 from 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 driven to accuse her.

Forced to face the greatest fears of the dark ages—witchcraft, 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