Changeling  - Philippa Gregory

Book blurb: Accused of heresy and expelled for his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom, and travel to the very frontier of good and evil. Seventeen-year-old Isolde, a Lady Abbess, is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her claiming  her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven made by stranger visions, walking in their sleep, and showing bleeding wounds, Luca is sent to investigate and all the evidence point to Isolde's criminal guilt. [...] Forced to face the greatest fears of the medieval world - [...] - Luca and Isolde embark on a search for truth, their own destinies, and even love as they take the unknown ways to the real historical figure who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.

 

What I thought: Surprisingly, I enjoyed the story line despite the style of writing being so basic, it felt dumbed down somewhat. The book is not quite historically accurate and Gregory uses English names for secondary characters in an Italian village - hmmm... The title doesn't quite match the gist of the book either, but being the first instalment in the series - it might make more sense in the following books. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.