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The year is 1492. Sixteen-year-old Titus Devere is thrown out of his religious order after proving that a divine revelation (blood streaming from a religious icon) was a fake, using his knowledge of Moorish science. He is brilliant and gorgeous but, cast as a heretic, he is sent to the Vatican in Rome where he expects to be punished or executed. Instead he is recruited into a secret order investigating strange occurrences across Europe. Known as The Order of the Dragon, it is headed up by a mysterious man with a tattoo of a coiled dragon eating its own tail on his arm.

Titus is sent to investigate an abbess who has been accused of witchcraft, alongside her slave and Moorish half-sister, Ishrak. The abbess, Ygraine, is actually a fifteen-year-old girl who has been shut up in a nunnery by her brother after her father's death, to ensure that she cannot inherit any of the family estate. Ygraine is a reluctant nun and manages to escape the abbey with Ishrak, though no one can work out how they did it. Titus is intrigued - could they really be using witchcraft? He follows their route and ends up linking up with them on their travels.

Titus and Ygraine find themselves attracted to one another, despite the conventions of the time. They travel across France, Switzerland, and over the Alps into Romania. En route they encounter alchemists, poisoners, inquisitors, purported witches, and more - ending up at the castle of real-life historical figure VladDracul (meaning Dragon in Latin).

©2012 Philippa Gregory (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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  • Diane
  • Eastbourne,, United Kingdom
  • 06-02-13

Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1

I really enjoyed listening to this story, it is different to Philippa's usual writing but I loved it. Charlie Cox does a brilliant job narrating, I hope he narrates more stories as he is so easy to listen to and you lose yourself in each character. Well written Philippa and well read Charlie, 5 stars.

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Remarkable storytellying

I barely have words enough to describe how much I love this book and how disappointed I am to find that Book 2 is not on Audible. A lamentable error. Philippa Gregory at her storytelling best with a brilliant orator, Charlie Cox, who brought each character alive. Don't tell me I'm actually going to have to READ book 2!

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Overall excellent,leaving me wanting to hear more.

I am recovering from stroke in the weeks after a skiing holiday and completing walking Camino Porto to Santiago. Coping with very limited walking,pain and sleeping difficulties t his book has been one of the best to help me thrum this recovery period.

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Interesting Characterisation

Loved the narrator, and the unusual characters. The plot was subtle, intelligent, and highly immersive.

Found it easy to listen to for hours at a time.
Enjoyed the historical accuracy, and general quality of the story..

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Changeling

A different novel from Phillippa. I found it interesting. A light listern with good narration

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Beautiful

Loved this book from beginning to end. It provided everything I like in a good book - adventure, intrigue, romance, mystery, fantasy, history, heroism and all the while some valuable lessons for life. Courage, love and respect among them.

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Italian characters with English farmers accents?

The story was interesting but the put on accents of the narrator were very distracting and quite unpleasant.

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A superb blend of history and fiction

As this book was written by Philippa Gregory it was no surprise to find such a wealth of detail. The backgrounds and circumstances of the four fictional characters are excellent. All of them are sympathetic and come alive thanks to the narrator. Each character has a distinct voice to fit the personality. I am delighted to have three further books in this series. Highly recommended

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Great book

Would you consider the audio edition of Changeling to be better than the print version?

Don't know

What was one of the most memorable moments of Changeling?

The whole book

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Excellent book I hope there will be many more

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shame about the narrator :'(

I'm a huge fan of Philippa Gregory including the ones written for kids/Teens
this book is absolutely great but I can't understand what IT is that the narrator got so so so wrong

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  • David
  • 31-08-12

Where is book 2

What did you love best about Changeling?

It held my interest from start to finish. Well written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Changeling?

The girl screaming in the middle of the night with the punctured hands

What about Charlie Cox’s performance did you like?

Great accents for all characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A story of faith and goodness