-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Book Review: Stormbringers (Order of Darkness, #2) by Philippa Gregory

Book Review: Stormbringers (Order of Darkness, #2) by Philippa Gregory - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jul 22, 2013
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

As Luca searches for signs that the world is ending, his inquiries are interrupted by a childrens crusade led by a boy who preaches Gods will. Kidzworld has the book review of Stormbringers (Order of Darkness #2) by Philippa Gregory.

The Inquirer

Luca and his four traveling companions - his servant Frieze, Brother Peter, Lady Isolde and her childhood friend Ishraq - continue their journey from Rome to Pescara, Italy, where Luca hopes to catch a ship to Croatia. It's Luca's job to make inquiries which are assigned to him by the leader of the holy Order of Darkness. He believes the world is ending, and Luca must look for the signs.

The Crusade

On his latest inquiry, Luca and his friends encounter a children's crusade, led by Johann, a young teen who claims that God speaks directly to him. At first, Luca and his companions are skeptical. Johann is either a saint or a devil. But when he reveals secrets from both Luca and Isolde's pasts - secrets he couldn't possibly know unless he was granted divine wisdom - the inquirer dubs him a saint. Luca's group joins the crusade and they head to the ocean, where Johann believes the water will part for them so they can walk dry-shod to Jerusalem. Skeptical again, Luca arranges for ships to take them across the water. But the ships prove unnecessary when they arrive on the shore. The water peels back and creates a path into the ocean's depths. 

The Tidal Wave

Most of the children follow close behind Johann as he guides them into the sea, but Frieze remains uncertain. He's convinced that the water will return just as quickly as it receded. He urges his friends to seek safety before returning to the shore to save the horses. And that's when the fearsome water strikes - a tidal wave that rips through the small ocean side village, destroying homes and washing hundreds, if not thousands, out to sea, including Frieze.

The Accused

With Johann gone, the survivors need someone to blame. They accuse Isolde and Ishraq of being the devil's aids, summoning the wave but sparing their own lives. But Ishraq, an educated woman, suspects something else is at work - something neither divine nor evil. Will anyone believe the words of an educated slave when she claims that the wave was caused by an earthquake? And how will Luca cope with the loss of his best friend?

The Bottom Line

Continuing where book 1 left off, The Stormbringers is a great tale of the 15th century by bestselling historical fiction author Philippa Gregory. As the characters develop, unexpected connections emerge. If you're interested in reading books set in the past, or religious fiction, Kidzworld recommends the Order of Darkness series.

Order of Darkness #2: The Stormbringers Rating: 4

Have Your Say

The Stormbringers' topic is religion and the end of the world. What's your favorite book topic? Tell us in our comment section below!

 

20 Comments

Related Stories

Micro bookreview theseaofmonsters micro
Percy and Annabeth set out on a quest to rescue Grover and save Camp Half-Blood. Kidzworld has th...
Micro bookreview requiem micro
In Requiem, book 3 in the bestselling Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver, the final showdown betwe...
Micro fleshandbone micro
On their journey through the Rot and Ruin, Benny and his friends encounter villains worse than zo...
Micro thediviners micro
Best known for her Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy, Libba Bray returns with a spooky teen novel...
Religion poll

Are You Religious? Vote!

  • Yeah. I have very specific religious beliefs.
  • Sort of but I'm not too serious about it.
  • I believe in something but I'm not sure what.
  • I am not religious.

General In The Forums

LittleShadowBird
Hiya guys! Asriel here. And I'm Rouro! We came here to KidzWorld to listen to your questions and give you answers. Because we respect everyone. Blah, blah, blah. When can we start answering questions, Az? Please pardon Rouro. He's a little bit impatient. LET'S GET THE COMMENTS ROLLING ALREADY! Ask us anything you'd like! Also, how do you use images?
reply 3 minutes
bgirlmattyb
bgirlmattyb posted in Random:
No , sorry nothing personal i just dont play for that team Xd
reply about 1 hour
SnowflakeAngelKitten
Sure, why not? Well, if I got to know you some. (This is uncomfortable. But fun.)
reply about 3 hours
wat12IF
wat12IF posted in Random:
sure but too bad shes taken
reply about 3 hours
KayKayZ
KayKayZ posted in Random:
Lol, sure. But I already have a girlfriend. Hugs anyway though! :-)
reply about 3 hours