Really looking forward to this one. Philippa Gregory writes such spell-binding stories that even a switch to YA literature will continue to enrich her talents!
EDIT: Don’t let the summary fool you! This first book is more of an adventure than a love story. Two seemingly demon-related mysteries plague medieval Italy and Luca is on a mission to discover the truth and either rid the world of the Devil or find (early) scientific reason for the phenomena. Each character was distinctive and an absolute joy to read! Luca’s level-headed reason, Freize’s comical and loving commentary, Ishraq’s fierce and loyal defense, and Isolde’s quiet yet passionate demeanor.
Luca and Isolde experience two adventures together in this first book: witchcraft mystery and accusations, and later a werewolf accusation in a nearby village. Nothing truly surprised me in this book, bits of it were predictable, but I thoroughly enjoyed the reasoning behind the justice and truth in the 1400s mindset. God is first for these people. He is their religion, their politics, their lifestyle. Any difference in beliefs or lifestyle calls into question heresy or, as the Pope is fearing, the end of the world, the coming of the Devil himself.
Complete with chapter drawings and maps, this young adult adventure was a thrill to read and an absolute joy for my day!