Dark Tracks

Dark Tracks

Luca and Isolde continue investigating for the Order of Darkness in the fourth book in the Order of Darkness series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory....

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Dark Tracks Reviews

  • Sarah-Jane Suddick

    I couldn't put it down.

  • Jo Moore

    I won this on the giveaway. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, so I had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Not the most exciting of books, but the plot certainly had plenty going for it and kept my attention, which really is impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense involved and didn't guess any of the outcomes. Definitely one worth reading.

  • Tracy

    I really love this series, though sometimes I'm not sure how to categorize it. It's a wonderful way of telling very old history, which unfortunately has a way of repeating itself. I did not know this about how the Jews were treated in villages in the 1500's, absolutely no idea.

  • Beth Knight

    Despite Gregory's style, which I often find stilted, I am enjoying this series that I initially picked up for a song in the works. A valid examination of prejudice and fear of that which seems "other". The characters are bold and I enjoy Isolde and Ishraq's no nonsense attitudes and am curious to see how the series ends. They are short reads that vary between mindless and challenging (in terms of our own views - this latest installment particularly at this time of rising prejudice).

  • Beth Knight

    Despite Gregory's style, which I often find stilted, I am enjoying this series that I initially picked up for a song in the works. A valid examination of prejudice and fear of that which seems "other". The characters are bold and I enjoy Isolde and Ishraq's no nonsense attitudes and am curious to see how the series ends. They are short reads that vary between mindless and challenging (in terms of our own views - this latest installment particularly at this time of rising prejudice).

  • Alfie

    3.5/5 Stars

    19/03/18

    Overview:

    The Dark Tracks is the fourth book in the Order of Darkness series. In this series we follow our main character, Luca Vero who is considered a ‘changeling’, and as a result he is recruited by the Pope into the Order of Darkness, where he will travel the world as an inquirer to investigate the perceived ‘end of days’. In this instalment, Luca and his band of friends continue to inquire about the end of days in Christendom.

    Character – Rating: 5/5

    Probably the best thing

    3.5/5 Stars

    19/03/18

    Overview:

    The Dark Tracks is the fourth book in the Order of Darkness series. In this series we follow our main character, Luca Vero who is considered a ‘changeling’, and as a result he is recruited by the Pope into the Order of Darkness, where he will travel the world as an inquirer to investigate the perceived ‘end of days’. In this instalment, Luca and his band of friends continue to inquire about the end of days in Christendom.

    Character – Rating: 5/5

    Probably the best thing about this whole series are the characters. Obviously after four books I like the series and feel for the characters as I’ve followed them for such a long time. I originally read the first book when I was 12 years old and reading this book was a massive throwback for me. Luca, Isolde, Frieze, and I guess, Brother Peter are all complex and just wonderful characters to read from. My favourite though, is Ishraq, she’s just a pure bad-ass woman who doesn’t take any nonsense, and she’s just great. I think the characters do make this novel, as if the characters were mediocre then the book would just be quite a nothing book in my opinion. Gregory definitely saves it with her complex characters.

    Plot – Rating: 2/5

    I did think this was one of the weaker plots in the whole series, to be honest. I felt that there was never really a clear storyline and it was just a mixture of things. It starts off on the basis that there is a dancing sickness that forces people to dance, and Luca and the crew are trying to inquire about how this may relate to the end of days. I felt this plot line got a bit lost in the whole relation to the oppression of Jews, and whilst this was interesting, the dancing sickness never really concluded. I never really felt we had been given a definitive answer, and the book felt like the whole adventure had been pretty much for nothing. However, we did get the progression on Isolde’s fight for Lucretili, and that was quite interesting and fun and added an underlying plot to the storyline which I felt the books needed. And oh my lord the romance! The first three books we are pretty much told the budding romance, but it all changes in this book, and to be honest, I’m conflicted. Whilst it’s pretty adorable, I still feel like the woman should be with someone else 3 which I’m not going to reveal as I don’t want to spoil anyone.

    World Building and Writing – Rating: 3.5/5

    I decided to incorporate writing in this, as it’s not a fantastical world really. There is a brief lay out that I feel is described well by Gregory, however, I would like to know more about the history of the Ottomans and the Jews, as I think that would give me more knowledge about the struggle between religions. However, the world is relatively standard. I do think Gregory is one of the best historical fiction writers to ever grace the earth – all of her stuff is well researched and she manages to tell the story very compellingly. Although, I feel as if this series restricts her writing and it seems very simplistic and more like this happened then this happened, then this happened, it didn’t have the same flow that most Gregory novels do. This is possibly due to this being aimed at quite a younger audience. So, yeah, I think the world building and writing was pretty standard, nothing special but certainly not bad at all.

    Overall Rating – 3.5/5

    Overall, the Order of Darkness books are never going to be the best literary texts in the world, and is certainly not one of the best from Gregory. However, it’s a really solid historical/fantasy series that is very enjoyable and holds lots of sentimental and nostalgic values to me.

  • Ashley Marsh

    This just was not good. The series as a whole has really gone downhill. The characters, far from “developing,” have regressed into fairly annoying caricatures of themselves. The lack of plot in this is astounding. It feels as if it was written in a single afternoon. I understand the thinly veiled Holocaust references, but they weren’t actually useful to the story, and they didn’t bring anything profound enough to merit including such a heavy topic in the first place. The most annoying question o

    This just was not good. The series as a whole has really gone downhill. The characters, far from “developing,” have regressed into fairly annoying caricatures of themselves. The lack of plot in this is astounding. It feels as if it was written in a single afternoon. I understand the thinly veiled Holocaust references, but they weren’t actually useful to the story, and they didn’t bring anything profound enough to merit including such a heavy topic in the first place. The most annoying question of the first three books was always regarding which characters would end up together. This book really ruined that for me. While I was originally rooting for the “couple” from the first three books, despite the weird almost love triangle thing going on, this book changed everything. I truly hope they all end up alone. The entire thing was ridiculous, from beginning to end. I don’t know if I’ll continue with the series, but I’m 100% sure I won’t be waiting eagerly for the next release.

  • Gabriela Pop

    **DISCLAIMER: I was sent an early copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    (and boy do I think they're going to regret that choice,but hey ho,#authenticity)

    I was not exactly a fan of the previous books in this series,so needless to say,my expectations for this one weren't exactly what you would call,well,high.However,I still ended up quite underwhelmed,which is quite the achievement.

    I literally could not care about any of the characters' storylines for once and I though

    **DISCLAIMER: I was sent an early copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    (and boy do I think they're going to regret that choice,but hey ho,#authenticity)

    I was not exactly a fan of the previous books in this series,so needless to say,my expectations for this one weren't exactly what you would call,well,high.However,I still ended up quite underwhelmed,which is quite the achievement.

    I literally could not care about any of the characters' storylines for once and I thought the consistency of most of their characters lacked painfully.I also quite honestly thought that the actual plot of this served so little to the main plot of the series for a whole volume that I could've done without,but what can you do.

    Luca remains the actual worst and I'd rather read about a turtle as a protagonist than him.Doesn't even have to be a fun turtle.

    To be fair,much as I have to complain about these books,if I were to request the next volume from the library once it's out (or somehow be offered a copy of it from the publisher,though that sounds a wee bit unrealistic after this review),I would most definitely be tempted to pick it up because these books are soooooo easy to get through,I have pretty much read most of them in one seating;they are rather addicting and a little bit like crack in book form

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