Author: Philippa Gregory
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Italy, 1453. Luca and Isolde grow more and more attracted to each other as they continue their journey to unravel the mysteries throughout Christendom. But their travels are delayed by the uprising of an intense religious crusade that threatens the balance of the civilized world. Death lingers in the air as war ravages on, but this religious conflict is nothing compared to the arrival of an intense and deadly storm.

Caught in the midst of unimaginable chaos, Luca and Isolde must rely on one another in order to survive.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: When Luca, Isolde, and their companions set out on their journey, they never expected to be swept up in the strange superstitious fears of a tiny town along the road. Approached by a self-proclaimed 'saint' and a group of wayward children, the five are baffled to discover the townspeople fear... well, almost everything.

Instructed by the Order to investigate this wild claim, Luca, Frieze, and Brother Peter attempt to discern whether or not Johann is a true believer or if he is simply executing an elaborate con. But things go horribly wrong, and the five travelers find themselves in more danger than they ever could have imagined....

My Thoughts: In this second installment of Philippa Gregory's Order of Darkness series, we see our foursome continue on the quest for truth in the world of Christianity. We see the relationship between Isolde and Luca grow as the journey progresses, with each perilous step bringing them closer to the sinister truth - and to each other. 

I've always been a huge fan of Philippa Gregory's. Her trademark world-building was evident in this novel as well as in the first installment, and her attention to detail really brought Isolde and Luca's world to life in my mind. The pacing was very well thought-out, and I never felt like the story dragged. There was also a lot of symbolism present, adding that extra element of intrigue to the atmosphere.

Final Thoughts: A really enjoyable read for those who love historical fiction, fantasy, and romance. I'm already anxiously awaiting the third installment!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed, I haven't read anything by her, but have heard great things.


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