Philippa Gregory


Order of darkness

I have long been a reader of Philippa Gregory’s historical novels and usually have one on my bed side table ready to dive into.  They are especially enthralling when you know you can just give yourself up to a good read and only move when you need a fresh cup of tea!  The fact the Gregory is a remarkable researcher and yet wears her knowledge lightly always adds to the sense of veracity and authenticity and adds that extra layer to the way she writes and you as reader can enjoy her work.  So I was really looking forward to the young adult novel she has just published – Changeling.  And she doesn’t disappoint – this is the start of a series Order of Darkness – and is set in the 15th Century when a 17 year old expelled monk is sent off to track and enquire into the evil and darkness in the Christian world and try to find out what is driving man to the end of the world.  The sense of the time is again worn lightly, but this is no fictionalised biography of historical characters but a full blooded adventure set at a time when adventure was to invite inherent danger and distrust.  A good gripping story, well told and will be a welcome addition to the canon.  The website contains all sorts of useful background information as well as extracts and teacher’s resources.


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