May 17, 2018

#BookReview of Dark Tracks by @PhilippaGbooks

Dark Tracks (Order of Darkness, #4)


About the Book: Luca Vero is a member of the secret Order of Darkness, tasked by his master to uncover the truth behind strange happenings. Together with Lady Isolde, her friend and confidant Ishraq, Luca’s manservant Freize, and Brother Peter, Luca travels across medieval Europe – seeking out the signs of the end of days, judging the supernatural and testing the new science.


Trapped in a village possessed by a dancing madness, the group fights to keep their own sanity. When Isolde dances away in red shoes and Ishraq takes dramatic revenge on their covert assassin the young people discover that the greatest danger is in the men who have come to their rescue. These are the truly dangerous madmen of Europe who carry a dark hatred that will last for centuries. 


Dive deep into the world of medieval legends and disentangle reality from fear in this powerful series from the internationally renowned author of historical fiction Philippa Gregory.








Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Historical, Fantasy
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, www.PhilippaGregory.com 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: Drags you in!!!

Recommend this book? Very much so!!

Notes and Opinions: I'm living for this series!! I've loved watching these characters grow, makes me feel like a proud mom. Ishraq is and will always be such a badass. She's been my favorite since book 1. I have to say what I like most about this series is that Philippa bring sin real issues and has the characters deal with them in their own ways. The romance took a whole different turn than 
I had imagined but I'm okay with that. I love being surprised. Since the first book, I've been in love with Philippa's writing style and I so hope she makes more YA books!

 









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