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Stormbringers (Order of Darkness #2)

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The second book in a YA quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

The second book in a YA quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

The year is 1453, and the end of the world is closer than ever.

As Luca and Isolde continue their journey,
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Published June 4th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ilona I would read the others! since it'll be harder to get a good grip on the complicated relationship between some of the main characters. For me they're…moreI would read the others! since it'll be harder to get a good grip on the complicated relationship between some of the main characters. For me they're definitely worth the read. =)(less)
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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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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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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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Ints
Jul 24, 2014 Ints rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Liliana Pinto
Quase um ano depois de ter lido o primeiro volume da saga "Ordem das Trevas" peguei no "Filhas da Tempestade" com grandes expectativas.
Mesmo não estando ao nível dos outros livros de Philippa Gregory, "Predestinado", trouxe algumas surpresas. O facto de ser uma história completamente tirada da cabeça da escritora, com personagens que não existiram e que tiveram de ser criadas de raíz atraiu-me de uma maneira incrível. Isso e o facto de eu adorar romance histórico!

Quando peguei neste segundo livr
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Joana
Tenho gostado muito mais de todos os outros livros da Philippa Gregory do que destes da Ordem da Trevas. Ainda assim, gostei mais deste do que do primeiro da série. Adorei conhecer um pouco mais todas as personagens e, ao contrário do que aconteceu no fim do Predestinado, fiquei com vontade de ler o próximo da série. Para além das personagens serem interessantes, houve uns momentos, no meio e no fim do livro, que me conseguiram prender totalmente.
Dana
Mar 13, 2014 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah (Filia Libri)
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Rezensionsexemplar, zur Verfügung gestellt vom Verlag im Austausch für eine ehrliche Rezension

In diesem zweiten Band der "Order of Darkness"-Trilogie von Philippa Gregory, "Sturmbringer", reist die Gruppe um den Novizen und päpstlichen Ermittler Luca und die verstoßene Fürstin Isobel weiter durch die christliche Welt, auf der Suche nach rätselhaften Vorkommen und Anzeichen für das kommende Ende der Welt und nebenbei
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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
Jun 09, 2013 Grace Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Isolde, Ishraq, Luca, Freize and Brother Peter are on the move. After settling in a little town by the sea, they encounter Johann and his followers who are on their way to Jerusalem to live out the "end of days." The second book in this four part series is full of more questions that need to be answered.

Having a love story when one of the lovers is a priest complicates things to the Nth degree. I particularly have a problem with that. Since Luca is still studying to be one, it's not as dangerous
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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 (a-book-junkie)
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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Bookworm Sean
Frustrating, so frustrating, as with the first book the author has decided to end the main body of the plot around sixty pages before the book finishes. The problems are resolved, the mystery solved and inquiry dealt with. Then bang! Let’s introduce a new plot arc: a new problem with new characters.

Why?, To set up for the sequel of course. The only problem with this is the ending of the book falls flat. The sequel hints should be plastered in with the main plot because after the main plot is res
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Ilona
Jul 09, 2015 Ilona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love all of these books so far! Excited for book 4. I just love the historical and religious feel to it as well as the forbidden love/romance.
Julie Lectures D'Une Nuit
Me voilà agréablement surprise par ce second tome qui m’a semblé moins fictif que le 1er (ma chronique ici : http://lecturesdunenuit.blogspot.fr/2... ). Les personnages ont clairement évolués et se sont affirmés : le possible couple Freize/Ishraq est au premier plan, à mon plus grand bonheur, et la prise de Constantinople de plus en plus évoquée ainsi que la menace de fin du monde ce qui fait de ce second tome, une œuvre plus noire et mystérieuse.

Nous retrouvons donc Luca et ses amis en route v
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FantasyWereld
Dec 29, 2014 FantasyWereld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adults
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
Apr 20, 2015 Rae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Laura
Sep 28, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Title: Stormbringers (Order of Darkness Book Two)
Author: Philippa Gregory
Read by: Nicola Barber
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Length: Approximately 8.5 hours (7 CDs)
Source: Simon & Schuster Audio Review Copy – Thank-you!

In the late fifteenth century, Luca is a young handsome monk in training that is traveling with his servant Freize and Secretary Brother Peter as part of the Order of Darkness looking for signs that the end times are near. They are traveling with the beautiful disinhe
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Fallon Burner
Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors, but this book was sort of a miss for me. I listened to the audiobook version of both this book and its' predecessor, so listening to it instead of reading it on the page may have had a lot to do with how much I liked this book. The reader of this 2nd book used completely different accents for the main characters than the first book, which was jarring to me, listening to them back-to-back. The 2 female main characters seem to have changed in tone si ...more
Louisa
Apr 26, 2015 Louisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
The Book Queen
Just as great as the first one. (view spoiler)
Tonia
Sep 05, 2016 Tonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had to keep checking this book was really by Philippa gregory normally I love her books, it was terrible
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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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