Monday, July 30, 2012

Changeling by Philippa Gregory [Review]

Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)3 out of 5 Robots!

Changeling By Philippa Gregory
Series: Order of Darkness #1
Genre: Historical Fiction Young Adult
Release: May 24, 2012
Hardcover: 256 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:

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.     

Shannon's Quick Thoughts: 

I’ve been a fan of Phillipa Gregory for a long time.  I love some of her earlier works like The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen’s Fool.  So I was extremely excited to read her first young adult novel, Changeling.  But I found Changeling to be...odd.  Gregory isn’t sure which direction to go in - mystery? romance?  I don’t know.  Changeling began really promising. But then it hits a few snags. 

I couldn’t connect with the characters at all.  The characters are a little wooden and aren't given a lot to do.  Then there is the strange decision to cleave the book in half with two separate mysteries: one at the nunnery and then one involving a werewolf.  It is strange to have a climax halfway through the book and then a second one at the end.  I know Changeling is meant to be a first in a series, hence all the QR code madness, but I’m not sure I will continue on.  To be honest, it just isn’t as exciting as I hoped. If you're a Philippa Gregory fan, definitely try this one out and let me know what you think!


  1. I've seen a few reviews like this one, enough to think that I will stay away from this book even though I usually like Gregory. Sounds like she needed a clearer idea of what this book was going to be about.

  2. I've seen a lot of reviews saying the same thing. It disappoints me a bit, I love Philippa Gregory's adult novels, but it just seems she should stay with that audience.

  3. Me too guys! Although I do find her early works better than her later works in general. I couldn't get into The Cousins War series at all.



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