March 16, 2018

#BookReview: Fools' Gold (Order of Darkness #3) by @PhilippaGBooks with @adivineeternity

About the Book: All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.
Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.

Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.

With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Reviewed By: Caity G.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: Teens and adults
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
How I Acquired this book: Bought it
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author: Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acclaimed author.

Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks. Visitors to her site, become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.

Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago; Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country. Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.

A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website. 

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Nothing

Check out author's other books? Yup
Recommend this book? Sure, may as well continue the series

Notes and Opinions: This was probably the best book of the series so far. Isolde shows character growth rather than continuing to be a simpering fool of a girl, Ishraq is still a bad-ass, and... Well, read it to find out about Brother Peter.

He is much more interesting when forced to do many things he's not comfortable with.

Luca is probably one of my least-favorite characters, honestly. He has largely stayed uninteresting and flat throughout the series, which is a shame because I thought he had potential at first. Oh well.

Overall, the idea of the characters going to Venice and masquerading as a wealthy merchant family was kind of fun and I loved how she brought Alchemy, counterfeiting, Carnivale, and other aspects into the story. It added to the hint of magic throughout the story without crossing into the realm of actual fantasy.

And now I want to go to Venice. Thanks, Philippa Gregory.

Go Into This One Knowing: This is the series' strongest book, honestly

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