Changeling by Philippa Gregory

From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl, comes the first young adult novel in a new series: Changeling by Philippa Gregory.

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 having 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.

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.

Changeling is a good tale that takes the reader through medieval Europe with it’s superstitions and mysticism.The book shows how people’s beliefs were often based more in myth than reality, finding magical explanations for science they didn’t understand.

All the while, Gregory tells an engaging story that will leave the reader looking forward to the next installment in this first book of a new series.

Gregory’s mastery of historical fiction shines throughout Changeling. Readers familiar with this period in history will find a story that’s fun to travel through — while those just learning about medieval Europe, the book is an engaging tale to pique interest in this time period. Gregory also includes annotations at the end of the book about the real-life history behind her story, that is also an interesting read.

Changeling is in stores now.

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