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Stormbringers (Order of Darkness #2)

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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  1,125 ratings  ·  163 reviews
The second book in a YA quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

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 threa
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I'm working on a real review, but here are some feelings I had while reading this awful book.

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This book is so dry, and boring I felt like I was reading it forever - not just three days.

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(I know that feeling, Rose...)

The characters are just as dull, bland, and flat as they were in Changeling.

To Luca, Isolde, Freize, and Ishraq:

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I made it to 65 pages before the end before I had to say:

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Will I ever, ever read another book in this series?

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If I am ever tempted to read the forthcoming sequel(s), even
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Stephanie
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, Lu
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Arlene
Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

In the second installment of the Order of Darkness, Luca, Freize, Isolde and Ishraq continue on their journey through Christendom where Luca is chartered with investigating for the church the ‘end of days’. They come across a children’s crusade with leads to tragedy, natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis and ultimately the slave galley raids that drive Luca to wonder where his parents might be. Because of the destruction of the tsunami and earthquake,
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Ints
Pasaules gala gaidas turpinās, ir 1453. gads, Konstantinopole ir kritusi, bērni dodas Krusta karā, un pasaule ir dīvainu zīmju pilna. Tumsas ordenis ir gatavs darīt visu, lai novērstu pasaules galu, taču, lai to izdarītu viņiem ir nepieciešama informācija. Galvenokārt viņus interesē mistiski, pārdabiski un neizskaidrojami atgadījumi, bet tādu atrašanu nevar uzticēt lētticīgiem ļautiņiem. Te ir vajadzīgs racionāls cilvēks, kas aiz māņiem spēj saskatīt lietu patieso būtību. Lukam ir jānovēro pasau ...more
Dana
I wanted to put this novel down quite a while ago, but my love of Philippa Gregory kept me reading. I rarely ditch a book, but there was just too much religious drudgery too proceed. The writing dragged on slower than molasses and the mystery fell flat. Philippa Gregory is a writer of great talent but this young adult series just missed the mark. 1.5/5
Mary-Jean Harris
I liked this book, but it wasn't as good as the first in the series (Changeling). The characters developed a lot more, and a lot of the fun of the book was them interacting with each other. The story focused on the event of the children's crusade and an enormous tidal wave, which had a profound impact on everyone, but I felt that there could have been more to the story plot-wise. There were many events related to the inquiries Luca goes on that were too drawn out, and in place of this, there cou ...more
Clarabel
La lecture souffre toujours d'une écriture trop lisse et placide (l'auteur infantilise son lecteur, c'est dommage). Cela reste donc le point faible de cette série, pourtant soucieuse du détail historique et pourvue d'une élégance noble et très appréciable. L'histoire aussi est beaucoup plus intéressante, assez crédible, voire intrigante sur plusieurs points. Même les considérations amoureuses m'ont fait doucement sourire. Bref, c'est gentillet, cela se lit vite, on passe un bon moment, certes pe ...more
Diamond
Full Review seen on my blog @ Dee's Reads

I am a fan of historical fiction, but it’s something that I feel I always forget about. I am also a big fan of paranormal and fantasy and they’re like the older and louder siblings in the genre family of my tastes.

So while in the past I have read a few of Philippa Gregory’s books, and really enjoyed them I might add, I don’t always get to delve deeper. When I saw she was writing a YA series of historical fiction with bits of magic in them, I leaped. I me
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Grace Fonseca
What an incredible book that never let up at all. After reading Changeling, I had high expectations that the sequel would be just as thrilling as Changeling and it was in some ways a lot better. The story and pacing seemed to be much more crisp and faster.

Being that this was the second book in a quartet, means that the characters have to be even stronger than they were in the first book. What I like about this book is that there are very strong Christian elements and themes to this book. I felt
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Chapter by Chapter
I was so excited to be able to get back into this world created by author, Philippa Gregory. I didn’t realize how much I missed the characters in the book until I was thrown back into their adventure, especially Freize. This guy was constantly making me laugh out loud and giggle.

The five travelling companions are continuing their journey together, and the attraction between Isolde and Luca are becoming more and more obvious. I, personally, love the start crossed lovers theme happening here…where
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Monica
Five stars where Changeling got a 4- and a 4 only because Frieze was dryly hilarious, Luca young but self-possessed, and the setting was in the medieval period, one of my favorite time periods. Stormbringers gets five stars because 1) it has a MUCH better plot, one much more interesting and less microscopic than Changeling's small town feral child; 2) loved the author's clever use of a natural phenomenon- the tidal wave- to explain the miraculous "parting of the sea"; 3) Ishraq rocks! Somethi ...more
Michaela
Disclaimer: I received a free edition of this book from the publishers as in conjunction with a Goodreads giveaway.

Ok, now I've got that out of the way, let's get on with the review.

As you can see from my rating, I thought that this book was ok. As with the previous book in the series, it is a quick and easy read.

So, what did I like about the book?
As opposed to the previous book, this book has just the one setting where the action took place, so it felt like one continuous story, instead of som
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Tonia
I had to keep checking this book was really by Philippa gregory normally I love her books, it was terrible
FantasyWereld
Stormbrengers is het tweede deel in Philippa Gregory’s young adult-serie Orde der Duisternis, en gaat verder waar deel een, Het wisselkind, eindigde. Luca en zijn vrienden Freize, broeder Peter, Isolde en Ishraq zijn op weg naar hun nieuwe opdracht. Ze moeten naar Zagreb om daar vreemde gebeurtenissen te onderzoeken voor de Orde der Duisternis, die onderzoekt of het einde der tijden nabij is. Wanneer ze langs het kleine vissersdorpje Piccolo reizen, blijkt echter dat ze daar misschien maar beter ...more
Kim
From Children's Literature review:
This second installment in the Order of Darkness series finds Luca and Isolde continuing to travel through fifteenth century Italy. While they travel for different purposes-- Luca as an inquirer into signs of the End of Days for the Pope, and Isolde to reclaim the inheritance that her brother stole-- they have fallen in love, and neither likes to think of the day that their paths will separate. Luca's traveling companion, Brother Peter, believes that Isolde and
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Rae
The continuing journey of Luca and Isolde brings us an epic natural disaster, an enchanting self-proclaimed saint, and one of the most laborious books I have ever read. I must admit, I have not read the first book in the series, I purchased this book on clearance for $1 a few years ago while on holiday. This was my third attempt to read it and I was determined to finish it, otherwise I wouldn't have read the whole thing. I just COULD NOT get into this story. I didn't connect with the characters, ...more
Kemi
Aug 26, 2014 Kemi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars, but as I don't think it's worthy of a 4-star rating, I went down to 3.

SIGNIFICANTLY better than book 1, this book had better character development, better plot, better writing, better intrigue, and better interaction between the main characters. While the pacing was slow in the beginning, once Johann came into the story, it took off and never really slowed down. I really liked Ishraq in this story. Her character is a mystery, and I look forward to learning mor
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Karen
The second book in the series was different then the first book. Same characters still with the same goals. Lucas still inquiring and investigating strange happenings to determine if the end of days are upon them. The ladies are still traveling with them until they can find suitable traveling companions. Once again you are reminded that there are so many superstitions that people in the middle ages had just because people were not awareof the truths of many occurences. What people do not underst ...more
Jo Oehrlein
The gang's all together still. They run into a large group of youths on a children's crusade and are quite taken with the leader. There's an official inquiry into whether he's truly a man of God or not. Several at first think he's a charlatan, but are later convinced that he's the real thing. The gang decides to go with the crusade, but tragedy strikes. Another inquiry is held where Isolde and Ishraq are accused of witchcraft.

They meet a high ranking officer among the Arabs. The leader of Luca's
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Louisa
What a great sequel, though things have changed, and how easily they changed their minds! And it was quite sad, what happened, though it could've been sadder, we got him back! Interesting, what the leader did, and I can't wait for the next book!!
Heather
Hmmm well, I thought the children's crusade and the young leader would play a MUCH, MUCH bigger role in this story then it did. I felt it was fairly lackluster and I'm wondering where it's going. I felt that there was a lot left out, a lot not explained (yes, I know it's the 2nd of 4 but...)and it's quite frustrating. I like Philippa Gregory's writing and have loved all of her books but this one I just couldn't get behind. I feel very confused and I'm not even sure why. ???
**another thing that b
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Shauna
Not going to lie but I loved this book. At one point I wanted to scream, cry and throw down the book ( not going to say why because of spoilers). I loved the first book too but I think I might have loved this one more. I never thought I would enjoy a book set in this time period but I did, and I don't regret picking it up. I definitely think Luca and Isolde would be so good together but for reasons they can't. It just makes me want to pull my hair out! Such a good read, really enjoyed and can't ...more
Caz
Just as the first one i loved this book however i would like a stronger focus on the character of Isolde. As much as i understand in the time period there were ladies and she represents this element i feel there is something missing in her character as well in the next book of fools gold as well.
I however do enjoy Luca's and Isolde relationship when it enters into the book. In this book we explore a little more of the other characters rather than Luca and Isolde which is a nice change to the fir
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Lillian
I was listening to the audio book for this one and got two disc in and between the first book and the second they changed narrators. The new narrator is just annoying and makes the characters sound like idiots. Gregory used the Children's crusade in this book and I wanted to see where she was going to go with it, but I just couldn't listen any more. I'd rather flip stations listening to annoying Christmas music than listen the book, and that is saying something. Maybe I'll try reading the print ...more
Charlotte
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Stormbringers, the second instalment in the Order of Darkness series, is a much more enjoyable, thought out and developed book than it's prequel, Changeling.

For starters, the characters feel a lot more comfortable throughout the book, and it was easier to understand and sympathise with them. It was also easier to become very annoyed with them at certain points in the story, but - to me at least - that is a sign of a well rounded character. Stormbringers makes y
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Rosa
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Brett
Gregory's second book for teens - also the second in a series - does a good job of showing the modern reader just how frightening a place the world can be when you lack scientific knowledge &, consequently, explanations for why natural events occur. The five central characters in the tale have traveled as far as a small town on the Italian coast just in time to meet up with a powerfully charismatic boy named Johann who is leading a large group of children on a crusade to the Holy Land. Is Jo ...more
Nikki
Please note I received this book for free via a Goodreads giveaway. I've just finished reading this novel - which I was already aware was the second book in a series - and I was going to give it a two star rating. That was until I discovered it was actually a Young Adult title which encouraged me to give it one more star as I think its very suitable fiction for this age group. I've read Philippa Gregory adult novels before and enjoyed them but I was a little underwhelmed with this title. Its not ...more
Gergana Tsvetanova
OK. It was a good book. I was very exited for it, because I loved loved loved the first one. Maybe that`s why I`m kind of disappointed. I liked that the love between Luca and Isolde was growing.But maybe it was a bit of a big jump. I mean, the like each other in the first book and then in the second one they`re madly in love. And another thing about their romance. Luca just spit it out already! Just tell Isolde that you love her. Don`t shut up, don`t wait for someone to interrupt you, just say i ...more
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Order of Darkness (4 books)
  • Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)
  • Fools' Gold (Order of Darkness, #3)
  • Untitled (Order of Darkness, #4)
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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“My honour and my pride are in my heart, and not in what the world says.” 4 likes
“I want my honour to be about me as a person, not me as an object with boundaries and gateways, as if I were a field – someone can touch my hand, someone can see my face, someone else can’t even speak to me. If my honour is a real thing then it can’t depend on whether a man sees my face, or touches my hand, or kisses my lips. If I am an honourable woman then I am an honourable woman like a man is an honourable man – whatever I wear, however I appear. It is about my respect for myself – not how the world sees me, not what events happen. I know that I am an honourable woman, I don’t stoop to sin, I don’t embarrass myself, I don’t do things that I know to be wrong. I know I am a good woman whether I wear a veil or keep my hair plaited out of sight.” 3 likes
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