From the Publisher
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.
Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero 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
The first in a series, this epic and
richly detailed drama is grounded in historical communities and
their mythic beliefs. It includes a medieval map of Europe that
will track their journey; and the interior will include relevant
decorative elements as well as an interior line illustration. And
look for a QR code that links to a note from the author with
additional, detailed information about the setting and the history
that informed the writing. With Philippa Gregory's trademark touch,
this novel deftly brings the past-and its salacious
scandals-vividly and disturbingly to life.
About the Author
Philippa Gregory was born in Nairobi, Kenya on January 9, 1954. She received a B.A. in history at Sussex University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 18th-century literature from the University of Edinburgh in 1984. She has taught at numerous universities and was made a fellow of Kingston University in 1994. She has written numerous historical novels including Wideacre, The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Constant Princess, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Other Queen, The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Lady of the Rivers. She has also written several contemporary fiction works including Perfectly Correct, The Little House and Zelda's Cut. She adapted her novel A Respectable Trade, about the slave trade in England, into a four part series for BBC television. Her script won an award from the Committee for Racial Equality. She won the Feminist Book Fortnight Award in 1990 and the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award in 2002. Her book, The Other Boleyn Girl, won the Parker Romantic Novel of the Year award and was adapted into a major feature film in 2008 starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. She also writes children's books, is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, a frequent broadcaster for radio and television, and runs a small charity that builds wells in schoolyards in Gambia.
About the Book
Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of thefirst-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl."