Luca Vero was given to the priesthood as a child. It is the only life he knows until the day he is charged with heresy. While imprisoned Luca is approached to join in with a group known as “The Order of Darkness” and is given orders to search out all evil and superstitions within the land.
Isolde, a seventeen year old girl, has just lost everything she ever hoped for in life. After finding out her father’s will has deemed her be locked away in a nunnery or be wed to a man who tries to rape her the day he meets her, Isolde chooses the nunnery. But things are not what they seem at the nunnery and things quickly go awry.
Their stories align when Luca is called upon to make inquiry on the nunnery. The women have all gone mad since Isolde’s arrival and many of the women are blaming Isolde’s lack of belief as the reason why.
Luca and Isolde will face all manner of medieval nasties before the story is finished and both set out on their own quests for truth.
Let me just say, I am a fan of Philippa Gregory. I started with her Wideacre series years ago and have been reading her books since.
I really enjoyed this book.
Does it achieve some kind of literary greatness? No.
Is it going to be one of those books that makes a lasting impression and changes your life forever? No.
It is just simply a good story. There are a few plot twists that I really enjoyed. There were a few lines I questioned the validity of but it was meant for teens and you can tell some of the phrasing and dialogue was geared towards a modern teen. But, hey, I see that as playing to your audience. I have read enough of her books to know she knows her history and I really didn’t question it with this novel. I do wish it was as engrossing as her other novels but again, awareness of her audience lent towards a shorter novel.
All in all, a great quick read.
“Do you not think that God will protect us?”
“No,” he said flatly. “My experience is that He rarely attends to the obvious.”
― Philippa Gregory,