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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Simon & Schuster (P)2012 Philippa Gregory Ltd.
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By Jeff on 02-25-14

Narrator is AWFUL and story is very slow.

Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Charlie Cox?

Not up to par Phillipa... I will try another book by her but please no more by him. He is awful.

What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

boring

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlie Cox?

anyone else

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

extreme and utter boredom and disappointment

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By nicole on 06-04-12

Snooze fest

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Only people who like factual fiction.

What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

The story drags on and on and on. Nothing exciting happens.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He could have put some feeling in to it. This should have been a dramatic reading.

Any additional comments?

I really can't pin point a reason why I don't like this book. It is a lot of things, poor narration, slow story, annoying plot.

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11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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