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Changeling ❰Reading❯ ➶ Changeling Author Philippa Gregory – Thomashillier.co.uk Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four book teen series from the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn GirlThe year is and all signs point to Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four book teen series from thebestselling author of The Other Boleyn GirlThe year isand 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.

    Paperback Ù Changeling MOBI ↠ 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 315 pages
  • Changeling
  • Philippa Gregory
  • English
  • 03 May 2019
  • 1442453451

About the Author: Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film Published in , the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins War now known as The War of the Roses and a new era for the acclaimed authorGregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks Visitors to her site, PhilippaGregory become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklingsHer other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wellsA former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page.



10 thoughts on “Changeling

  1. Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) says:

    Read This Review More Like It On My Blog This is a mess I ve long since grown out of most of my misguided, uneducated affection for Philippa Gregory novels, but any lingering chances I will read her subsequent novels were firmly ended by this read From beginning to end, this is a dull, vapid and uninvolving novel Full of undeveloped, one dimensional and just plain boring characters, with little to no plot to speak of, there s nothing to recommend about Changeling It s a sloppy and anachron Read This Review More Like It On My Blog This is a mess I ve long since grown out of most of my misguided, uneducated affection for Philippa Gregory novels, but any lingering chances I will read her subsequent novels were firmly ended by this read From beginning to end, this is a dull, vapid and uninvolving novel Full of undeveloped, one dimensional and just plain boring characters, with little to no plot to speak of, there s nothing to recommend about Changeling It s a sloppy and anachronistic mess of a book, and one that doesn t leave much hope for the rest of this series Simply and best putChangeling is a disappointing mess, even for those who have grown inured to Gregory s ham handed attempts to write historical fiction Changeling is supposedly the tale of two very dry, very flat protagonists, Luca Vero and his female counterpart of Isolde of Lucretili It s hard to connect with these cardboard cutouts masquerading as characters, and evendifficult with their cliched background characters of Freize and Ishraq I don t have anything to say about either protagonist both Luca and Isolde failed to come to life as people, nor gave me cause to invest in their respective stories There s no real mystery to anything that Luca investigates, nor is the changeling label ever fully explored by the author It s mentioned maybe twice, and then just dropped in favor of a ill fated and inauthentic romantic plotline between two sets of characters With no plot to speak of and with the adventures the group encounters coming across as sporadic, unrelated vignettes, it s hard to get a clear picture of the world that Gregory is attempting to create here Is the supernatural real Where are my alchemists and death dancers I was promised This is an Order of Darkness novel, the first in an expected series, but bare lip service is paid to the idea of an overarching theme or message This is Gregory s weakest effort on many fronts, and it shows throughout the dialogue heavy novel, and badly Events and reveals, plot twists are all predictable from the twist about Isolde s fortunes to the mystery of the stigmata and poisoned nuns each new revelation failed to achieve the any impact author was going for Changelingis affected, obvious and anachronistic This review is unexpectedly hard to write because I cared so little about anything that was going on, nor about the main characters Gregory s earlier novels aren t good per se, but they at least managed to entertain the reader, instead of bore them to tears, as this one does You would think a novel with a trail about possessed and poisoned nuns would be a littleriveting You d be so so wrong Lacking any significant character development, with a staid and predictable plot, Gregory is better suited to staying in the genre she s come to dominate Stick with her fluffy, bodice heaving novels and stay far, far away from Changeling.

  2. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    Did people have handguns in 1453 Would a teenage monk know what one sounded like Unfortunately, I was put off by the very first sentence of this book The hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a hand gun going off in his face I m not convinced Is this just bad imagery or is it awful research Perhaps if someone can show me historical records showing that a 17 year old monk could know what a hand gun sounded like, then I will read A hand gun mind, not one of the musket style gun Did people have handguns in 1453 Would a teenage monk know what one sounded like Unfortunately, I was put off by the very first sentence of this book The hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a hand gun going off in his face I m not convinced Is this just bad imagery or is it awful research Perhaps if someone can show me historical records showing that a 17 year old monk could know what a hand gun sounded like, then I will read A hand gun mind, not one of the musket style guns I know they would have access to in those times

  3. Elizabeth Drake Elizabeth Drake says:

    This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between ClassesCover Impressions The cover is pretty, but expected It makes it appear that Isolde is the main character when, in actuality, the plot follows Luca for a majority of the time I was glad to see the omission of the heaving bosoms that normally accompanies this type of coverThe Gist Seventeen year old Luca is accused of heresy and thrown out of his religious order for using math to prove that it is impossible for all of the relics f This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between ClassesCover Impressions The cover is pretty, but expected It makes it appear that Isolde is the main character when, in actuality, the plot follows Luca for a majority of the time I was glad to see the omission of the heaving bosoms that normally accompanies this type of coverThe Gist Seventeen year old Luca is accused of heresy and thrown out of his religious order for using math to prove that it is impossible for all of the relics from the true cross to be real He is quickly recruited by a secret order and sent on a mission to hold an inquiry into strange occurrences Isolde has been cast out from her home upon the death of her father and forced to vows at a nunnery and serve as their lady superior When the sisters began acting strangely and complaining of strange dreams and stigmata, Luca is sent to investigate.Review I was pretty disappointed by this one I have read a lot of Philippa Gregory s books though I haven t really enjoyed the latest ones and was hoping for the same sense of excitement that I got while reading The Other Boleyn Girl Instead, I got a watered down romance, predictable storyline and characters who were barely tolerable.When we meet Luca, we are told that he has a remarkable head for numbers and that these skills led to him being called a Changeling my definition a child that is left behind by the faerie folk to be raised in a human household Take note of this BECAUSE IT NEVER COMES UP AGAIN Seriously He never uses these mysterious mathematical skills and, despite the title of the book, we never find out anything about whether or not he is a changeling As a character, he is boring as heck He never does anything exciting or unexpected, his manner of speaking is flat and unaffected and he switches between allowing others to take charge and pompously reminding them that he is supposed to be leading this investigation.Isolde has been promised by her father that, upon his death, all the lands and the kingdom would be hers She has been raised to be the lady of the house and taught how to maintain her lands and keep her people fed and safe Yet, on his deathbed he supposedly recounts all of this and gives her the choice between marrying a particularly disgusting man or joining the nunnery Isolde is told all of this by her brother her father apparently refused to see her at the end and never questions the authenticity of his claims When she asks to see the will, he gives her a COPY instead of the original and then sends her would be husband to rape her That s right folks, her brother tells his buddy that he can exercise his matrimonial rights before she has even accepted and I think within 24 hours of her father s death And STILL Isolde doesn t think he is lying about her inheritance FFS How dense can you get For the rest of the book, Isolde continues to be boring and is in constant need of rescuing The only characters that show any type of promise are the servants Ishraq and Freize and even they are not nearly as interesting as they could be.This book holds an odd place in the genre spectrum It is not quite realistic enough to be true historical fiction nor is it strange enough to be paranormal fiction The blurb promises werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death dancers but doesn t actually deliver on either werewolves or witches and I can only assume the alchemists and death dancers will be featured in the next book The plot is sloooooowwwwww and concentrates far too much on traveling and interviewing people It really feels like two separate stories one that features the nunnery and one a village with a werewolf The stories felt disconnected, almost like two novellas that were strung together in an attempt to make a full book, and no progress is made on any of the over arching issues Luca s mysterious new order and his heritage or Isolde s disinheritance For most of this book I found myself waiting for it to be over and wishing that I had chosen to read something else instead I do not think I will be sticking around for the next in this series Teaching Parental Notes Age 13 and upGender FemaleSex NoneViolence Death by Poison, Death by FireInappropriate Language NoneSubstance Use Abuse Drinking Wine Ale

  4. Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance says:

    3.5 stars The year is 1453 and I like me a book that starts off in a dark dungeon of a castle in the middle ages Blame it on the season or my mood, but I found books 1 3 of The Order of Darkness in a used book store and when I can get books in a set, I somehow think I am the luckiest person on Earth to have found them.I have not once read a Philippa Gregory book before and from what I understand, this series was her first attempt to write for the YA audience There are many mixed reviews on it 3.5 stars The year is 1453 and I like me a book that starts off in a dark dungeon of a castle in the middle ages Blame it on the season or my mood, but I found books 1 3 of The Order of Darkness in a used book store and when I can get books in a set, I somehow think I am the luckiest person on Earth to have found them.I have not once read a Philippa Gregory book before and from what I understand, this series was her first attempt to write for the YA audience There are many mixed reviews on it and so here is my impression without it being shadowed or tainted by any of her other works that I cannot judge or compare against In the Italian countryside near Rome, Luca Vero is ordered to travel through the Christendom and its edges to investigate any wrong doings or curiosities that would suggest evil or unchristian practices by the devil or other spirits Call it a guard or police if you will Parallel, Isolde, 17, has been sent to become a nun at this monastery to forego her inheritance as Lady Abbess Trapped in this situation, she is conspiring a plan to escape in any way and right a situation that has been going on at this nunnery for a long time This is the point where Luca Vero comes in to investigate at the monastery and the two of them meet for the first time Have I mentioned yet, that Luca is a very handsome 17 year old Well, there you have it Although you would immediately conclude a budding love story, it did not go there in this novel..at least not how you may think However, there were some unexpected, peculiar things happening, that I did not expect at all The two girls had their sleeves rolled up and were blood stained to the elbows, standing over the dead body of Sister Augustawielding a bloodied knife in her hand, disemboweling the dead girl p.135 Sisters Kill him The nuns, pale and dull faced, formed themselves into an unbreakable circle, like a wall of coldness, and took one step toward the three men and then took another step closer p175So what the heck is going on at this monastery Well, if this doesn t seem strange it gets even better From bandits in the countryside to werewolves tormenting a town that Luca is investigatingThe end of book 1 is left to continue in the next book and I venture to guess Luca will further guard and roam around in his jurisdiction I found the flair of this novel to remind me a bit of Robin Hood or the Princess Bride Written to appeal to today s reader, yet atmospheric and not too heavy I was certainly not expecting any of the things that happened in this novel and was rather surprised, but I am not sure if that would be the case for any experienced fantasy reader I d consider this an ease into historical fantasy, and for Gregory s first YA novel, it wasn t a bad start Definitely worth to try the next one in this series

  5. Misfit Misfit says:

    No Just no.

  6. druidessprincess druidessprincess says:

    I am in shock I bought this book with an open mind, and I don t mind admitting, a slight sense of misguided anticipation for what Philippa Gregory might have to offer a younger audience What this YA readership got wasutter tripe This book is just plain terrible Horrendous Boring Justawful Here s why.The novel was an abominable mess.Let s start with the characters I didn t care or even like a single one of them They were either one dimensional, boring, unlikable, ridiculous, or a I am in shock I bought this book with an open mind, and I don t mind admitting, a slight sense of misguided anticipation for what Philippa Gregory might have to offer a younger audience What this YA readership got wasutter tripe This book is just plain terrible Horrendous Boring Justawful Here s why.The novel was an abominable mess.Let s start with the characters I didn t care or even like a single one of them They were either one dimensional, boring, unlikable, ridiculous, or all of the above There was zero characterization Zero character development Zero development of character relationships There wasn t even any interesting dialogue Gregory created two protagonists with absolutely zero appeal, substance, or real interaction, for that matter Wasn t this supposed to be a romance A supernatural romance If not the former, then certainly the latter Their relationship couldn t have been further from romantic There wasn t even a relationship, to speak of They barely interacted at all There wasn t anything supernatural about this book either for that matter, but I ll get to that later.The protagonist Luca a dried up, cardboard, quotidian character, monotonously described as a beautiful 17 year old man, Gregory apparently felt the need to remind us of Luca s beauty on a continual basis throughout the novel, as if this insignificant detail was the cardinal requirement to the books YA genre status but in all honesty, I couldn t care less about what the guy looked like He had the personality of a knat Same goes for Isolde, the female protagonist if one could even call her that what exactly was it about her that was central to anything Nothing about her endears the reader She is beautiful there s the prerequisite b word again and completely vapid Gregory paints a colorless picture Luca and Isolde s interactions are tedious, trite, and clumsy There is no potential in my view for the reader to fall in love with any of the characters here They were all as insipid as the plot.And on that note the plot The first 150 pages of the book was a thin and flimsy mystery, with glaringly obvious clues and plot details that left me in total disbelief that Gregory expected anyone to buy into the mystery did she honestly think she was enthralling her readers with her blundering red herrings Seriously, It was just plain weak And then the plot seemed to resolve itself and come to some closure or so I was hoping I feel the entire Abbey mystery concluded by page 180 something, with no real reason to continue reading But then the story takes an ungainly turn into Gregory s ham handed attempt at a heightened element to the plot something supernatural A werewolf I can almost picture Gregory s smug expression of self satisfied accomplishment that s what the kids want these days, Right Wrong Not like this I skipped ahead so often in the remaining 75 pages, I can t count And, guess what I m fairly certain I missednothing Because nothing happened Not even the supernatural twist the book promised Turns out it wasn t a werewolf after all Oh well.A part of me feels like I should have seen it coming so then why do I feel so disappointed I don t really know what I was expecting I enjoyed reading Philippa Gregory s Tudor series many years ago, but had not read anything by her in years , but it certainly wasn t something this poor For a best selling author whether you enjoy her writing or not , I was expecting so muchrespect for her readership I can t tell if she sold her readership VERY short, or just couldn t be bothered to make the effort If I imagined I might be readingPhilippa Gregory in the future, then Changeling firmly banished the thought forever

  7. Karla Karla says:

    Luca Vero is a young monk with a head for numbers and a driving need for knowledge When squirrely doings are reported in a nunnery, Vero is sent by his superior to determine if it s the Devil at work When he arrives, he discovers that blame is being pinned on the Abbess Isolde, an aristocratic girl who chose the nun s life over being forced into marriage with a lecher She s the object of jealousy and suspicion among the other nuns, but Vero is intent on determining things through facts and do Luca Vero is a young monk with a head for numbers and a driving need for knowledge When squirrely doings are reported in a nunnery, Vero is sent by his superior to determine if it s the Devil at work When he arrives, he discovers that blame is being pinned on the Abbess Isolde, an aristocratic girl who chose the nun s life over being forced into marriage with a lecher She s the object of jealousy and suspicion among the other nuns, but Vero is intent on determining things through facts and dogged inquiry.Things come to a head at the nunnery, and Vero and his crew including the two girls hits the road, only to be faced with other superstitious suspicions, this time involving a local werewolf.Granted I m a newb to the YA genre and couldn t tell you how this one succeeds or fails on that count, but for what it was, Changeling was a quick, entertaining read The first half, in the nunnery, read like a teen version of The Name of the Rose film version , only with Christian Slater doing the investigating instead of Sean Connery.The second story was like a standard tale of drifters who enter a town ablaze in hysteria and setting things right.I think what the book suffers from most is a lack of expansion It s quite short, and both stories could have benefitted fromdetail and atmosphere The doings in the nunnery were creepy and grisly enough, but there was too much dialogue compared to what was surrounding the action even though it had some sparkle and bite in Vero s interrogations That said, the pace didn t sag at all because it was all forward movement and the language quite stripped and spare in comparison with what s found in most historicals But I did feel that Gregory simplified it too much for a teen audience Given that she usually writes adult novels, the uneven transition between the two genres is no surprise.My favorite parts were with Vero s manservant Frieze He was a saucy and snarky bastard with a heart of gold I loved him and his cheeky commentary on everything going on around them.I m looking forward to the next installment because I love actiony road trip stories, and the format seems to be Vero Co wandering throughout southern and southeastern Europe, encountering all kinds of people and situations, righting wrongs and getting in and out of trouble Meanwhile Vero has a birth secret and the Moorish girl seems to knowthan she s telling I ll keep reading to find out how it s all resolved.Solid 3 stars Very quick Buddy Read with Sarah Her review here

  8. April April says:

    Confession I learnedabout the Tudors from Philippa Gregory s The Boleyn Inheritance than I did from 10th grade global studies and AP Euro in high school Gregory has this talent for bringing history to life and infusing it with a hefty dose of drama When the rumor started that she would be writing a YA series, I got super excited especially because Changeling, the first of the Order Of Darkness series takes place in Europe in 1453 and I always brake for medieval times.Read the rest of my Confession I learnedabout the Tudors from Philippa Gregory s The Boleyn Inheritance than I did from 10th grade global studies and AP Euro in high school Gregory has this talent for bringing history to life and infusing it with a hefty dose of drama When the rumor started that she would be writing a YA series, I got super excited especially because Changeling, the first of the Order Of Darkness series takes place in Europe in 1453 and I always brake for medieval times.Read the rest of my review here

  9. rachel ☾ rachel ☾ says:

    2018 TBR Challenge Book 12 Trigger warnings for attempted sexual assault, death violence, sexism and mild islamophobia Mentions of suicide and self harm.What a snoozefest My habit of avoiding blurbs continually comes back to haunt me I thought that this was a historical fantasy with some sort of shifter magic It turns out Changeling wasof a historical mystery While there is no doubt that the idea of the Order of Darkness could have been interesting, it was devastatingly dry The 2018 TBR Challenge Book 12 Trigger warnings for attempted sexual assault, death violence, sexism and mild islamophobia Mentions of suicide and self harm.What a snoozefest My habit of avoiding blurbs continually comes back to haunt me I thought that this was a historical fantasy with some sort of shifter magic It turns out Changeling wasof a historical mystery While there is no doubt that the idea of the Order of Darkness could have been interesting, it was devastatingly dry There was so much dialogue Way too much of it I neededaction or characterisation to act as filler scenes At the very least, adescriptive writing style could have breathed some life into the story but It lacked emotion and drive, plodding along with no real direction I am still confused about whether all of the magic in this world had an earthly, rational cause Luca s situation was never explained Was he was a changeling or not Do fae even exist in this world If not, what does the title mean Was there any fantastical elements or was it purely historical fiction I am so confused The characters themselves were bland Freize showed promise with his humour and antics but the way he treated Ishraq was gross and off putting Luca and Isolde lacked personality too I was glad that no romance was attempted between them, especially because Isolde and Ishraq s relationship was so muchdeveloped It honestly felt like queerbaiting These two girls had an unbelievably close bond, even sharing a bed and bathing together unnecessarily, and talked about being together for the rest of their lives Despite this, we are told they have a sisterly relationship What Maybe I was reading into it too much but damn, their relationship did not feel platonic in the slightest.Overall Boring Dull Uneventful This was not the series I expected and I will not be continuing on with it I cannot muster enough enthusiasm to care Rep Ishraq is a Muslim woman of colour.Blog Twitter Instagram

  10. Shaheen Shaheen says:

    Having loved Philippa Gregory s adult works, especially her Tudor Court novels, I have been anticipating her first YA novel for a long time I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from the publisher, and I dove into it at first opportunity Changeling exhibits all the traits I have come to love about Gregory s writing it vividly evokes the time it is set in, incorporates luscious descriptions of the gowns, castles and countryside and follows quirky and interesting characters with dark bac Having loved Philippa Gregory s adult works, especially her Tudor Court novels, I have been anticipating her first YA novel for a long time I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from the publisher, and I dove into it at first opportunity Changeling exhibits all the traits I have come to love about Gregory s writing it vividly evokes the time it is set in, incorporates luscious descriptions of the gowns, castles and countryside and follows quirky and interesting characters with dark backgrounds.As much as I love historical fantasy the treatment of women always manages to grate on me, and this book is no exception However, I usually find the line between good and great historical fantasy lies in the way these women deal with their circumstances Isolde, bound by her father s will to live in a nunnery while her brother inherits, is not only strong and wildly independent, she is quiet about it, as one expects a women in her time to be With an inquisitor around, I feel that laying low is her only option, and was glad to see her exercise common sense.On the other hand, Luca strikes me as very typical for men with his position and upbringing Although he never gives weight to the notions of abbey priests that the nunnery should be under their command, neither does he know how to handle a large group of women on the brink of madness While his confusion is endearing, it just goes to show how men at that time expected to live out their days without ever having to even attempt to understand women, and his frustration that the nuns do not conform to his ideas is both worrying and hilarious at once.I found the Young Adult aspect of the book to be overshadowed by its themes as a historical novel Although it does follow teenaged characters who are both trying, desperately, to find their calling, and features a sweet romance, it lacks the rapid character development that appears in most YA novels I don t imply that this is a negative, however, this is definitely a positive aspect to the novel For once, the girl is not immediately overwhelmed by the gorgeous boy, and neither is the boy struck dumb at her beauty Yes, they find one another attractive, and towards the end of the novel they are playing with fire and trying to hide their regard for each other, but over all this aspect is played down in favour of chronicling the dark and mysterious things taking place around them.Overall I really enjoyed Changeling immensely, after waiting for it for so long, and would recommend it to readers who enjoy both historical fiction or YA fantasy I think the Order of Darkness series will have something for everyone, and I personally, am looking forward to reading the rest of the series You can readof my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic

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