Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory
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Italy, 1453. Luca and Isolde grow more and more attracted to each other as they continue their journey to unravel the mysteries throughout Christendom. But their travels are delayed by the uprising of an intense religious crusade that threatens the balance of the civilized world. Death lingers in the air as war ravages on, but this religious conflict is nothing compared to the arrival of an intense and deadly storm.
Caught in the midst of unimaginable chaos, Luca and Isolde must rely on one another in order to survive.
What I thought
Stormbringers is the second installment in the Order of Darkness series. At the end of the first book our group decided to travel together, much to Brother Peters dismay, until the girls could find another group to travel with. Our group stops at the sea side town of Piccolo in route to their next destination. While in Piccolo a crusade of children come to into the town by the thousands. They are heading across the sea and they believe that the sea will part for them and they will be able to walk across. They are lead by a boy named Johann, now the question is he a true or false prophet. Luca’s journey is now delayed as he is to make an inquisition to determine what Johann’s end goal is.
This was an interesting second installment for this series. You learn more about the secret order of darkness and its mysterious leader (I have some guesses as to his motivations) and you see Luca grow as he begins to question things both about the order and the direction his life is headed. Since Luca has not taken his vows to become a priest you see him fighting his path and his feelings for Isolde. Isolde is conflicted between what she wants and what she was raised to believe how a Lady should always act propriety and her heart seem to be at odds
I am interested to see what happens in the third book. I can’t decide if this is going to become a romance heavy story since you are beginning to see some of the characters pair off.