Fools' Gold - Philippa Gregory

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Fools' Gold - Philippa Gregory
(Order of Darkness #3)
Released: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster AUS
SynopsisTasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.

Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.

With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

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What I Thought: Oh Philippa Gregory, you have done it again. I am in love with Luca as much as I love all the other characters, I must admit. Fools' Gold is set in the beautiful town of Venice, during Carnival, and the city is full of sin. This of course, makes things between Luca and Isolde even more intense, as they are surrounding by young lovers sneaking away in gondolas. They have come to the city seeking gold coin forgeries and find much more than they anticipated. 

Without giving too much away, things certainly heat up in all aspects of this story. We see new, more fiery sides to Isolde. Luca and Ishraq share there passion for learning and seeking knowledge. Brother Peter has his own hilarious part, which kept me giggling, and good old Freize is trying to keep everyone afloat.

If you have read the previous two, then I highly suggest you grab hold of Fools' Gold and read it as soon as possible - I promise you won't regret it!

The Good: Considering this is the third book in the series, with more to come, it still kept my attention. Gregory manages to give us readers just enough action, and romance, in different ways so as to not feel repetitive.

The Bad:  Gregory has this knack for ending her stories in such a way that leave you with more questions than what you started with! So it isn't a "killer cliffhanger" per se, but you can't help want more to answer all those questions and confirm all your doubts about where the story is headed!


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