Saturday, December 28, 2013

Review of Changeling

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: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.

Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.

Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon. (Goodreads)

First of all, I'm admitting I have not finished this novel. It was a library book that was due back and I just wasn't that captivated with the story to extend the due date. It started out good, very well documented but as I started reading it, it just didn't do anything for me.

I'm not going to tell a lot about this story, because I believe it has its own potential for younger readers. A wonderful trip into historical fiction which may later turn into a love for writers as Ken Follet and others like him. It was just a bit too YA for me.

Personal rating: 2 stars