Order of Darkness #1
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
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Young Adult Paranormal | Young Adult | Young Adult Historical
Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance
populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1
bestselling author of The Other Boleyn
Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca
Vero is brilliant, gorgeousâ€”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 yearâ€”the end of
Isolde is a
seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she canâ€™t
inherit any of her fatherâ€™s estate. As the nuns walk in
their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of
witchcraftâ€”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.
The first in a series, this
epic and richly detailed drama is grounded in historical
communities and their mythic beliefs. It includes a medieval
map of Europe that will track their journey; and the
interior will include relevant decorative elements as well
as an interior line illustration. And look for a QR code
that links to a note from the author with additional,
detailed information about the setting and the history that
informed the writing. With Philippa Gregoryâ€™s trademark
touch, this novel deftly brings the pastâ€”and its salacious
scandalsâ€”vividly and disturbingly to life.
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