Changeling by Philippa Gregory

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49 Critic Reviews

What didn't keep my attention were the mysteries that the main characters were supposed to be uncovering or the main characters themselves.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four-book teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom and travel to the very frontier of good and evil.

Seventeen-year-old Isolde, a Lady Abbess, is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her from claiming her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven mad by strange visions, walking in their sleep, and showing bleeding wounds, Luca is sent to investigate and driven to accuse her.

Forced to face the greatest fears of the dark ages—witchcraft, werewolves, madness—Luca and Isolde embark on a search for truth, their own destinies, and even love as they take the unknown ways to the real historical figure who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.
 

About Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Simon Pulse. 274 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Changeling
All: 49 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 26

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 15 2012

Even the actual writing is sloppy, in keeping with the overall construction. Gregory says in her author’s note how much fun she had writing this. Perhaps some may enjoy reading it.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Louise VanderVliet on May 01 2012

What didn't keep my attention were the mysteries that the main characters were supposed to be uncovering or the main characters themselves.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Robert James on May 01 2012

I’m certainly looking forward to the next book in the Order of Darkness series, and would highly recommend this one to fans of historical fiction.

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Teen Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gomez on Jun 27 2012

CHANGELING is not a plot-driven book. In fact, it is less than compelling as the beginning of an already-established series.

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Kansas City Public Library

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa Carle on Sep 07 2012

This results in a rather clunky movement in the middle of the book where one story has ended and the reader isn’t quite sure why the book isn’t over yet.

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Bookalicious

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam on Jul 16 2012

Rich and lush. It his a historical fiction to the tee.

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Hollywood Crush

Excellent
Reviewed by Fallon Prinzivalli on Jun 01 2012

Adventure, hints of romance, mystery and fantasy collide in a fascinating story that leaves readers wanting more.

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Devourer of Books

Good
Reviewed by Devourer of Books on Jun 27 2012

As for the story itself, it was highly engaging and kept my interest the entire time.

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Beth Fish Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Beth Fish on Jul 02 2012

Changeling isn't a home run for Gregory. The main characters are likeable enough but are not endearing.

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Feeling Fictional

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on May 16 2012

Changeling is a fantastic start to Philippa Gregory's new Order of Darkness series and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

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A Musing Reviews

Good
Reviewed by A Musing Reviews on Jun 04 2012

Although this is a series, the first book, at least, can stand on its own.

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Mermaid Vision Books

Below average
Reviewed by Angel on Jun 05 2012

Ultimately, that is where this novel falls short–the contradictions between historically accurate attitudes and the actions shown in the book created a gap too wide for Gregory to satisfactorily bridge.

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Good Books and Good Wine

Good
Reviewed by April on May 01 2012

I loved how the two stories and narratives intertwined in Changeling.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Good
Reviewed by Sophie on Jun 27 2012

I didn’t quite know what to expect . . . but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Reflections of a Book Addict

Below average
Reviewed by Kimberly on Sep 12 2012

The second half of the book is where it got a little crazy for me.

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Novel Novice

Good
Reviewed by hooviesmom on Jun 27 2012

Gregory’s mastery of historical fiction shines throughout Changeling.

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Ageless Pages Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Jessie on Jul 14 2012

This is a mess. I've long since grown out of most of my misguided, uneducated affection for Philippa Gregory novels, but any lingering chances I will read her subsequent novels were firmly ended by this read.

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Serendipity Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Serendipity Reviews on May 29 2012

Oh how I loved this book! I read it in two sittings and struggled to put it down in between.

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The Infinite Curio

Good
Reviewed by Kay on Aug 24 2012

What Gregory excels at, in my opinion, is writing with enough detail that I never forgot it all took place some 500 years ago.

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Nick's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Nick on Jul 11 2012

The characters in Changeling were of a wide interesting range. However, I felt like some of them were not well-fleshed out.

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The Australian Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Jayne Fordham on May 31 2012

Don’t expect sexual chemistry, love-struck teens and a passive heroine, because Changeling offers intelligent characters who speak older than their age, old-school love story development and a fantastical setting amidst early roman times.

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To Read or Not To Read

Good
Reviewed by Marcie on Jul 31 2012

Gregory did a fantastic job at exploring how fast superstition and rumors can cause hysterics in medieval times.

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Fiction Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Citra on Oct 22 2012

The book consists of 256 pages, quite thin actually and so is the plot. There's nothing interesting in it.

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Ink Scratchers

Below average
Reviewed by Jade on Aug 01 2012

The characters in this book were some of the most boring characters I have ever come across.

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Fiction Folio

Good
Reviewed by Tara on Aug 13 2012

While a bit different from her other books, Changeling is a great debut into the YA genre.

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Emily's Reading Room

Good
Reviewed by Emily on Jun 21 2012

Once you get into it and love the characters, you'll really be into the story. I'll just give you a little bit of a teaser: zombie nuns.

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A Beautiful Madness

Below average
Reviewed by A Beautiful Madness on May 25 2012

I don’t like getting the feeling in the middle of the book that the story is done.

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Dreaming of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on May 22 2012

It’s been so long since I’ve read a historical and thoroughly enjoyed Changeling.

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Bibliophilic Monologues

Good
Reviewed by Nafiza on May 20 2012

The novel is easy to read and very entertaining and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun historical read that promises to develop into more.

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Mundie Moms

Good
Reviewed by Katie B on May 17 2012

Changeling is a must read for YA fans who love a well crafted historical read, with a rich setting, in-depth characters, and a romance that leaves you wanting more.

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Rally the Readers

Below average
Reviewed by Lee on Oct 10 2012

What disappointed me the most was how the paranormal elements seemed tacked on to the story.

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Reading with ABC

Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Rodriguez on Sep 02 2012

The writing is straightforward and true to the historical era. Overall, I liked the story enough to read the next installment.

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Blurb Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Blurb on Aug 21 2012

The plotline was dull and didn’t seem to go anywhere.

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Fictitious Musings

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Reviewed by Jennifer on Jul 30 2012

I can’t say that the Changeling is a phenomenal read; it’s just an okay read.

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Musings of a YA Reader

Below average
Reviewed by A Canadian Girl on May 29 2012

There was a lack of attention to the little details of the time period.

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McNally Robinson

Good
Reviewed by Julia on Jul 28 2012

Changeling by Philippa Gregory, will take readers on an adventure through another time with its vivid imagery and interesting character revelations.

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The History Lady

Good
Reviewed by Geri on Jul 23 2012

There is a lot to like about this book. It is a good, light read.

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YA Fantasy Author

Below average
Reviewed by Rhiannon Paille on Jun 10 2012

I understand that Gregory kept it simple for a reason, but she could have trusted teens to keep up with her incredible art for story telling.

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Recovering Potter Addict

Below average
Reviewed by Aylee on Jun 07 2012

It's unfortunate then that my first exposure to her work was though Changeling, her YA debut, as I do not believe Gregory's writing and characterization translated well to YA.

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Dazzling Reads

Good
Reviewed by Natalia Belikov on May 29 2012

A promising and highly alluring beginning for this new series.

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Writing From the Tub

Good
Reviewed by Carly B on May 21 2012

I genuinely laughed out loud more than once and Freize is one of the most comedic characters I’ve come across in a while.

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Reading Wishes

Below average
Reviewed by Rebecca on Jul 18 2012

Overall I’m not dying to get my hands on the sequel and don’t have much incentive to continue the series.

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Possession of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Alex on Sep 06 2012

I would have greatly liked to have seen more interaction through dialogue or key events.

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You Blog It, We Read It

Below average
Reviewed by teensrc on Aug 29 2012

I didn’t connect with the characters too much in this book.

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Not While I'm Reading

Below average
Reviewed by WildIrishRose33 on Aug 26 2012

It just didn't hold my interest as much as I'd hoped it would.

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Liyana Land

Below average
Reviewed by Liyana on Aug 12 2012

There's a cast of characters that are mostly one-dimensional in their portrayal.

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Milk & Cookies

Good
Reviewed by Jana on Jul 13 2012

This is great historical fiction that would be a springboard for lots of discussion!

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The Other Side of Sanity

Below average
Reviewed by Felicia on Jul 06 2012

Changleing to be honest was a bit of a disappointment. I truly hate to say that but it was.

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The Reluctant Hypersomniac

Below average
Reviewed by Hypersomniac on Jun 20 2012

It worries me that as a successful ‘adult’ writer, she decided to turn to ‘YA’, because it makes me think that she’s purposely adjusted and reworked her style to fit in with what she ‘thinks’ YA writing should be.

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