Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Philippa Gregory Goes YA

Philippa Gregory
Simon Pulse
[May 22, 2012]

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

The year is 1453. Eighteen-year-old Luca De Vere 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.

The first in a series, this epic and richly detailed drama is grounded in historical communities and their mythic beliefs. Philippa Gregory’s trademark touch deftly brings the past—and its salacious scandals—vividly and disturbingly to life.

I've read a few of Philippa Gregory's adult novels and I really, really like them. So when I saw that the cover for her YA was released today, I figured this would be a good book to feature!

I'm not crazy about the cover, though. Wish it was more like her adult stuff and less...really YA-ish. This only feeds my fears that this book will be very much about an adult author trying to make it big in YA for the money.



  1. I love Philippa Gregory! This is very excited. I had not idea she was jumping to YA.

  2. I've had this one on my wishlist for a while, I'm glad the title/cover was finally released. I really like the cover since it's not headless - I HATE the headless cover trend that's really popular for historical fiction.



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