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Fools' Gold (Order of Darkness #3)

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All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.
Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the tw
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Simon Pulse (first published January 30th 2014)
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Līdz ko beidzās tā daļa par mīlas "mistēriju", kurā pat galvenais varonis pats nesaprata, ar kuru no trim sievietēm pārgulējis (laikam jau lasītājam arī nebija jāsaprot, bet man joprojām nav šaubu šajā jautājumā, lai gan to "it kā" neatklāja šajā daļā), palika pat diezgan interesanti. Varbūt vaina ir manā domāšanā un nespējā nopietni uztvert viduslaikiem atbilstošu romantiku, bet tie "ak, tu nekad neuzzināsi patiesību!" un "ak, mana mīļotā, es palikšu ticot, ka tas bija tikai skaists sapnis!" ma ...more
Clara Jansson
Oct 13, 2014 Clara Jansson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who likes historical fiction
Just a little warning to curious readers, you might find some small spoilers in this review! Just putting it out there!

Fools' Gold were acutally the reason why I started to read the Order of Darkness-series in the first place, because I bought this book in a book shop on a school field trip to London in March this year and then realized that it was the third part of a series. But I don't regret it because this book was actually the best in the series so far!

I really like that the story takes pla
Jules Goud
Definitely my favourite in the series so far.

The travelling group now has to go to Venice to find out the mystery of the gold coins. They go during the 20 days of sin before lent. This has some interesting affects on our group.

First, I have to say I don't like the love triangle. I really wants Isolde and Luca to end up together but I don't really know if that is going to happen. They look like they love each other but with the entrance of Ishraq, I can't say that I'm confident in there love affa
Mar 14, 2014 Caz rated it liked it
As much as i love the series and cannot wait for the next book this book i defiantly felt it lacked a certain something. I feel the character Isolde does not have a strong enough role in the book as i would like or maybe i am just biased because she is my favorite but i would like to see a bigger development in her character. One thing i especcially enjoyed about this book was Luca and Isolde's heating relationship in the midst of all their adventures. This books however i don't think really end ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Samanta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phillipa-gregory
I am loving this series more and more. After another (mis)adventure, this time in Venice, the gang is finally starting to ask the right questions and question the orders instead of following them blindly (except Brother Peter; he is not quite there yet, poor soul). I really want to know what exactly is Milord's agenda. I already have my suspicions about his identity, but what exactly is he trying to accomplish, is still beyond me. Can't wait for the next one. According to Gregory, it should have ...more
Miłośniczka Książek
Oct 15, 2014 Miłośniczka Książek rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastyka
Złoto od zawsze kusiło i mamiło ludzkość. Pożądali go zarówno biedni upatrujący w nim poprawy swej marnej sytuacji społecznej, jak i ludzie zamożni, którym mimo posiadanych bogactw ciągle było ich mało. Nie jeden i nie drugi zaprzedał duszę diabłu byleby tylko stać się posiadaczem tego jedynego w swoim rodzaju kruszca. Dla osiągnięcia zysków człowiek gotowy jest na wielkie ryzyko, pal licho ewentualne konsekwencje, kiedy na horyzoncie widnieje szansa na wzbogacenie się. Prawda jest jednak taka, ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Po serię ,,Zakon Ciemności" sięgnęłam po to, aby poznać twórczość pani Gregory. Od jakieś czasu ciekawiły mnie jej książki i gdy nadarzyła się okazji przeczytania to postanowiłam w końcu to uczynić. Jak już sięgnęłam po pierwszą część, tak nie było już mowy o tym, abym nie poznawała kolejnych. Tym sposobem doszłam do trzeciego tomu pod tytułem ,,Złoto głupców".

Pierwszym postrzeżeniem, jakim muszę się podzielić jest to, że tę część czytało mi się o wiele lepiej niż poprzednią, czyli ,,Krucjatę".
Sep 12, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
This is the third volume in an historical fiction series for teens by one of the masters of adult historical fiction, Philippa Gregeory. Each of the previous two books have explored fifteenth century Italy with a group of teenagers drawn into a mystery that has an intriguing paranormal twist.

In this tale, our band of heroes find themselves in the beautiful and wealthy Venice. They have been sent by the Pope to investigate the possibility that someone is creating fake English nobles (gold coins).
Jul 21, 2016 Heather rated it did not like it
This book was really hard to swallow. Everything that happened was either something that you have already read in both of the previous books or wasn't historically accurate. There were only two interesting parts of the book, one around a third of the way through the book about alchemy and these alchemists that they meet, and the other was about the last 25-30 pages of the book.
There are two things in this book (and the others if I am being honest) that really bothers me. One of them is the all t
Gregory's latest installment in "The Order of Darkness" series becomes drastically more fantastical than its predecessors. We again meet with the hodge podge group of Luca Vero, a novice inquirer (soon to take his holy vows); Brother Peter, young Vero's clerk and an inquirer himself; Lady Isolde, a displaced heiress due to her brother's usury of her wealth and lands; Ishraq, her non-Christian lady-in-waiting; and Freize, servant (or, as they love to call him, general factotum) of Luca Vero.

Nov 16, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Fools’ Gold (Order of Darkness Book Two)
Author: Philippa Gregory
Read by: Nicola Barber
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Length: Approximately 9.5 hours (8 CDs)
Source: Simon & Schuster Audio Review Copy – Thank-you!

Five unlikely heroes are traveling together in the late fifteenth century. Lady Isolde is a grand lady who has been disinherited by her brother and is seeking her powerful godfather to gain his aide to take back her inheritance. Ishraq is Lady Isolde’s Muslim friend who
Dawn Robinson
Apr 05, 2016 Dawn Robinson rated it liked it
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Mary-Jean Harris
This was a captivating and exciting book, much better than the previous book in the series (Stormbringers), and even better than the first one. The characters were developed a lot more, and surprisingly, even Brother Peter showed more of his humanity. Frieze, as usual, was awesome, as well as Luca, though he was quite distracted and tended to forget Isolde many times (which was kind of funny though). The setting (in Venice, 1400s) was very interesting and I certainly learned a lot. I also liked ...more
The Book Queen
THIS IS THE BEST. Probably my favourite in the series so far. Come on, as soon as Venice is mentioned, I'm sold.

Hannah (Filia Libri)
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Was für ein riesiger Schwachsinn o.O Ich mein, was war das bitte?! Ein Ende sicherlich nicht, denn "Schatzwächter" ist nicht nur insgesamt deutlich schwächer als die ersten beiden Bände der "Order of Darkness"-Reihe von Philippa Gregory, es bietet auch keinerlei Abschluss - auf überhaupt keiner Ebene! Also eine sehr viel bittere Enttäuschung hätte das Buch gar nicht sein können...

Dabei fing alles so vielversprechend
Nov 02, 2014 Victoria rated it it was ok
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Adriano Del Orange
Jun 01, 2015 Adriano Del Orange rated it liked it
This was a random read for me, and evident from the beginning that it was aimed at the Young Adult market. The younger end of that spectrum, I would suggest. It immediately struck me that the characters, with their mixture of naivety and a degree of self-satisfaction, could have come from the pages of an Enid Blyton mystery. That said, it was a quick and entertaining read with a compelling plot and some character development. The mystery deepens and darkens and there is a pleasingly sly commenta ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Oct 22, 2014 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
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Teri Beckelheimer
Apr 09, 2014 Teri Beckelheimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Philippa Gregory's third novel in the young adult Order of Darkness series is Fool's Gold. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The story follows five characters during the time of inquisition in 1454 Venice, Italy. Full of historical detail, mystery, comedy, and romance, Gregory offers readers another page turning piece of historical fiction with a look into the attitudes of lusty and greedy Venetians during Carnevale. As Luca, Frieze, Brother Peter, Isolde and Ishraq continue on their journey throu ...more
Spoilers are marked for Fools' Gold, but proceed with caution if you have not read Stormbringers.

The four horse riders halted before the mighty closed gates of the city of Ravenna, the snow swirling around their hunched shoulders, while the manservent Freize rode up to the wooden doors and using his cudgel, hammered loudly and shouted: "Open up!"

Picking up right after Stormbringers, this installment sees our intrepid heroes riding into Venice in the guise of a wealthy merchant family to ferret
Feb 12, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
What I Thought: Oh Philippa Gregory, you have done it again. I am in love with Luca as much as I love all the other characters, I must admit. Fools' Gold is set in the beautiful town of Venice, during Carnival, and the city is full of sin. This of course, makes things between Luca and Isolde even more intense, as they are surrounding by young lovers sneaking away in gondolas. They have come to the city seeking gold coin forgeries and find much more than they anticipated.

Without giving too much
Jan 05, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok
Well. Where do I even start? I hate almost all of the characters except for Ishraq and occasionally Freize. Isolde is a total twit and Luca is a bit of a dolt. All the conversations seemed really stale and scripted. The one redeeming quality was the wonderful descriptions and details of Venice. I will continue reading this series until it is finished, but please Philippa, for the love of all that is holy, stay writing adult books!
Vickie Brannon
Jan 29, 2015 Vickie Brannon rated it really liked it
I love this Order of Darkness series! I hated to read the last page and be finished with it! Brother Peter was hilarious when he was trying to convince the magistrates to free Freize, and the escape scene with Drago Nacari and Jacinta was delightfully weird. Thanks Philippa Gregory for such an entertaining and informative story, and thanks to my daughter for introducing me to this author.
Sandra McIntier
As usual Phillipa Gregory has excelled. I found this book really enjoyable, especially as I have been to Venice and could relate to the places. I could see the story unfolding before my eyes. I could even imagine the smell coming from the alchemist's hidden room. A great book, I don't want to give away the story. I would highly recommend this book.
Mar 15, 2014 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and felt like I was taken into the past more with this book than the previous books. I feel like with each book the series is improving, however I do feel that Isolde should have had a stronger role because she is often left out of important bits. As well as that I feel like they told too many people who they were when the whole point of their disguise was that people wouldn't know their true identities. Overall though a great book and I am looking forward to t ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it
I loved this book, I also happened to be in Venice at the time, BUT Isolde's growing love for Luca is really starting to piss me off.
It's so fucking repetitive!
I loved the over-all story line though, I just hope Isolde gets more interesting and less life-less in the next book.
Cats 274
I am a big fan of Philippa Gregory's books, but this one is barely readable. The characters are two-dimensional, the plot has many stumbles and it seems like a draft of a book prepared by an absolute beginner in storytelling trade. Too bad, I was looking for another great novel and was really disappointed instead.
Mar 12, 2014 Reesha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens
This book is the third in the series, and I'm loving it! Luca and Islode's relationship finally gets to the point that I'm after. Gold trading and alchemy in Venice, mixed with late night parties. This mission from Luca's order is the best! I hope to read the next book soon :)
Apr 30, 2014 Neena rated it really liked it
Following the series from the start, I have seen that the characters are quite mysterious and Gregory does not give much away. It is a really good series to pick up historical knowledge and learn about medieval life in an adventurous way.
Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde
Jul 31, 2014 Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde rated it really liked it
Book #3 in this ongoing series. Enjoyable, entertaining although not a whole lot of challenge in the reading category. I kept the pages turning and looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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