The year is 1453, and the end of the world is closer than ever.
As Luca and Isolde continue their journey, their attraction grows with each passing day. Even as they try to remain focused on the mysteries they’ve been ordered to investigate, the tension between them builds.
Their budding, illicit relationship is put on hold when a boy, Johann, and his army of children arrive in town. Johann claims to have divine orders to lead the children across Europe to the Holy Land, and the townspeople readily accept his claims. Luca wants to believe, but his training tells him to question everything...but when Johann’s prophecy begins to come true, Luca wonders if they have finally stumbled upon a real miracle.
Yet even the greatest miracles have the potential for darkness…and the chaos that follows Johann is unlike anything anyone could have imagined.
The second in Philippa Gregory’s four-book series delves further into a forbidden romance and an epic quest as secrets about The Order of Darkness are finally revealed...
- Simon Pulse |
- 336 pages |
- ISBN 9781442476899 |
- June 2013 |
- Grades 9 and up |
- Lexile 860L
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By Philippa Gregory
About the Book
Italy, 1453. The Church still reigns, but the Ottoman Empire poses an ever-growing threat to Christian Europe. Inquirer Luco Vero and Lady Isolde, both seventeen, continue their travels, accompanied by their companions Freize, Ishraq, and Brother Peter. And although neither of them will admit it, they are also falling more and more deeply in love. While they are staying in the tiny fishing village of Piccolo, the village is inundated with hundreds of children on a crusade, who claim they are going to walk all the way to Jerusalem. When the sea parts for them, it looks as if their leader, a young boy named Johann, is truly a prophet. Then a giant wave comes from the sea, and Isolde and Ishraq are accused of being witches—stormbringers. It is up to Luca to save the girls and uncover the true causes of such storms. When a mysterious Ottoman stranger arrives by ship, with promises of ancient manuscripts and clues about the whereabouts of Luca’s long-lost parents, Luca cannot resist a meeting with him, no matter how dangerous it may be.
1. What happens in Luca and Isolde’s relationship over the course of the book? Why doesn’t Luca kiss Isolde on the stairs on their first night in Piccolo? Why does he kiss Ishraq in the doorway of the inn on the night after the s see more