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Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—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:
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published 2012)
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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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 anac
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Zabet The Dark Empress of Dark Chocolate

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Cover 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 cover

The 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
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Karla
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 ...more
Sara Nia (Tea and Parchment)
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 was...utter tripe. This book is just plain terrible. Horrendous. Boring. Just...awful. 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
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April
Confession: I learned more about 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.
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Shaheen
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 ...more
Cora Linn
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
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Sarah (saz101)
Philippa Gregory's first venture into the Young Adult market was sure to garner attention. And surely enough, here we have Changeling, her first fully speculative novel, and her first aimed at Young Adults. Is it everything one would hope for and expect? Well, that depends on your expectations...

The Story
Seventeen year old Luca has been cast out of his monastary, accused of heresy. Alone in a cell, he awaits what he believes is his death. Instead, he is offered a second chance: use his brilliant
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Sarah
A quick, enjoyable book, but nothing earth-shattering.

The premise: Luca is a monk-in-training (who may or may not be a Changeling) that's been recruited by a shadowy Order & set on missions to catalogue The End of Days -- that is, paranormal happenings across Europe. The entourage includes his buddy Freize & straight-laced scribe Brother Peter, & their first assignment is to solve the mystery of terrorized nuns at a local abbey. The abbess is a teenage girl named Isolde, who's been
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Sarah
I'll admit it's been quite a while since I read one of Philippa Gregory's adult titles but as soon as I heard about Changeling I knew I wanted to read it. I've been really enjoying historical fiction recently and as I have a love of anything paranormal I couldn't wait to find out more about these nuns who are being accused of witchcraft! Set in 1453 Changeling gives readers a great feel for the era and makes for fascinating reading.

Luca is extremely intelligent and has an aptitude for science (a
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Christina
Luca was to be a priest. Then he was suspected of something or other and sent to an inquisitor for questioning. To Luca's surprise, he was to become a member of a secret order that investigates reports of 'dark' occurrences. His first task is to look into an abbey and the abbess, Isolde.

Isolde is the daughter of a rich and well respected Lord. The Lord planned to split his properties and monies between Isolde and her older brother. According to her brother who forbid Isolde to be present at her
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joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
philippa gregory's uber-popular adult historical fiction offerings are too racy for me, so when i saw this on the "New YA" shelf at my library, i was eager to give it a try.

oh. my. word. this book is really, really bad. truly, ridiculously, laughably horrible. i honestly wonder if this was actually written by ms. gregory, because it seems to be the work of multiple authors...each of whom had different characters in mind. seemingly key plot points are introduced and then abandoned by the wayside
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

Changeling is a must read for YA fans who love a well crafted historical read, with a rich setting, in-depth characters, and a romance that leaves you wanting more. Philippa's YA debut is fabulous! She not only brought her 1400's Italian setting to life within the pages of her book, but she creates the perfect character chemistry, adds in the perfect amount of mystery and betrayal as well as creates a surprising paranormal twist that was worked in to the story perfectly, and fit in well
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Ieva
Droši vien kā jau daudzi, „Laumu bērnu” lasīju ziņkāres dzīta, jo pirms tam ļoti patika viņas citi romāni, par Tjūdoru dinastiju, un interesēja ko tad viņa sarakstījusi tiem jauniešiem.
Diemžēl šī bija liela vilšanās – vai tad jauniešiem rakstīt nozīmē to, ka galvenie varoņi tad ir jauni un var neiespringt uz rakstīšanu, nekādi neizvēršot tēlus (jauniešiem taču pietiek pateikt, ka galvenie varoņi ir smuki un gudri), paņemot banālākās sižeta līnijas (abas „detektīvintrigas” bija jebkuram, kas kaut
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Dana
My 3:05am scattered thoughts regarding "Changeling",

Random thought #1 : The beginning started a little too slow for me. Although I feel that lately, I have been saying that about a lot of the novels I have been reading, and so perhaps the problem is me and that I am just too impatient.

Random thought #2: Whenever an author of adult fiction switches to the young adult genre many readers are often wary. I was as well, but looking back I realized that many of Phillipa's protagonists have been in th
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Christa
I've heard really good thing about Ms. Gregory's writing. I've never read much of her work myself but when I found out she was writing a YA novel I had to get my hands on it. It was a "gimme gimme" moment at the library when i found out they had it. Now, after everything I seriously wish I hadn't bothered.

Before I start just let me say that when reviewing I try to stay as positive as possible. However there were so many things with this book that I found. . .weird. In the end I couldn't finish
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Sarah
Philippa Gregory has tried her hand at writing a young adult historical fiction book, only a slight departure from her other historical efforts. This time, though, the characters have nothing to do with either the Tudors or even England. I'm not convinced of the overall success of this enterprise, however.
(Possible spoilers ahead. Read at your own peril. Alternatively, read on to be forewarned.)

Let's start with characters:
Our heroine, Isolde, is introduced in the first chapter, as a young lady w
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Farhana
*Spoiler Free*


I'm not really a big fan of historical fiction but just bought this on a whim because I knew Philippa Gregory is like a goddess when it comes to historical fiction. But alas, I didn't really enjoy this.


The actual plot seems really interesting, like a massive fast-paced quest. It really wasn't though. The pacing was quite slow and the majority of the story takes place in a nunnery...yeah that really screams action. 'Changeling' also failed to capture my attention so my mind was wan
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Nepeta Leijon
Jul 14, 2012 Nepeta Leijon rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No body
Recommended to Nepeta by: My idiot self
6/10/12

This story has no plot whatsoever. This story is boring the living shit out of me. I'm sorry, I'll post a complete review later.

Okay, here's why I didn't like it. The characters are incredibly boring. I'm completely bored by this story. Isolde annoys me. She's all like 'Daddy macks ma stae at monstry and i iz sads.' Honestly, she could have just married the damn guy and run away. Now, what the prince did was wrong. No one should try to rape anyone.

Luca is not interesting. Oh, poor guy, he
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Tracy Terry
I know, I know, I promised myself that I wouldn't begin any books that formed a series BUT this is Philippa Gregory.

Different from most of her novels, for one thing Changeling, the first in the Order Of Darkness series, is aimed at the Young Adult (YA) market, a first for Gregory, and for another it isn't based on any individual(s). And therein may lie the problem as it seems to me this is one author who is at her very best when writing about well-known historical characters.

Hardly off to a goo
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Gem
I read the ARC, not the final copy, but I can't imagine it was very different.

The opening line reads: "The hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a handgun going off in his face." This scene takes place in Rome, June 1453. I feel that "like a handgun" is not the most suitable simile. I realize that firearm development did begin earlier than 1453, but surely it wasn't common by then?

Even if I'm incorrect, I was already so hung up over the opening line that I wasn't sure if the res
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Naty
Páčilo sa mi to! Vážne sa mi to páčilo a to som nečakala, že by ma to mohlo baviť! Zaujímavé, historický nádych, sympatické postavy a skvelá záhadnosť! :)
Kate Forsyth
This is Philippa Gregory's first foray in Young Adult Fiction and I thought it was really well done. From the opening scene, I felt s if I was in the hands of a storytelling master. The pace is swift, the characters are believable, sympathetic and sharply drawn, and the historical setting done with a sure, light touch. The book twists together a medieval mystery, romance, and a touch of the supernatural to make a most enjoyable read.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Feb 16, 2012 Jillian -always aspiring- marked it as maybe-reads
This proves to me that YA is becoming the "it thing" for writers: why else would Philippa Gregory, "queen of (recent) historical fiction," deign to write a historical fiction novel with fantasy elements? I will refrain from judgment, though, until I actually see the finished product.
Kim Baccellia
I really wanted to love this as I do love Philippa Gregory's other books. Sigh. There's a very intriguing premise but I couldn't get into the characters. If you love this time period, a much better read is GRAVE MERCY.

But that's just my opinion and this is all subjective after all.
Maree
This is a four star book for me, but it’s a low four stars and totally not in the same league as something like Jasper Jones which I also rated four stars. However I rate books (partly) on my enjoyment while reading them and I have to admit that I did enjoy reading this.

Firstly, I need to say that the blurb of this book is kind of misleading. I feel like this has been sold as a supernatural book to suit a YA audience when really it’s not. Yeah, if you read this you should really get rid of any
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
The story starts out with Luca accused of heresy, which is a serious crime as this is Italy in the 1400s. Luca has his whole life ahead of him. He's seventeen years old, good looking and extremely bright. All is not lost for Luca though, since the Pope has recruited him to be a part of The Order of the Dragon. This secret group goes on missions throughout the land investigating suspicious occurrences that could be the work of Satan. On his first assignment, he goes to a nunnery in order to figur ...more
Beth
The story starts off very strong and quickly moves the plot forward, but then halfway through it lost it's steam. I had hoped for more interesting sparks between the guy, Luca, and the young Lady Isolde, but there wasn't any. The mystery is solved very quickly and I thought the whole book was done on page 185 (that's super short for YA!). But then Luca meets up with the runaway Lady Isolde, and they encounter a possible werewolf, which feels like a mini-episode.

Initially I was glad Lady Isolde w
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Sofia Teixeira
Philippa Gregory é conhecida por ser uma das mais conceituadas escritoras do romance histórico. Até me deparar com Predestinado na mão, nunca tinha lido nenhuma obra sua. Mesmo estando num registo virado para o público jovem/adulto, confesso que fiquei muito agradavelmente surpreendida com a escrita desprendida e cativante da autora.

Luca Vero é um jovem que vê a sua vida a mudar quando de um condenado se torna num inquiridor ao serviço da Ordem das Trevas. A sua primeira missão é identificar o q
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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 2009, 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 acc ...more
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The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2) The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1) The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1) The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4) The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)

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