By Philippa Gregory

Darkish myths, medieval secrets and techniques, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teenager sequence from number one bestselling writer of the opposite Boleyn Girl.

Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is magnificent, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. forged out of his spiritual order for utilizing the recent technology to query previous superstitious ideals, Luca is recruited right into a mystery sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned via Pope Nicholas V to enquire evil and hazard in its many varieties, and weird occurrences throughout Europe, during this year—the finish of days.

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The wooden chair skipped across the floor and slammed into the two police officers as they pushed through the door. They crashed to the ground, a radio flying from the hand of one, a baton from the hand of the other. The squawking radio skidded to a halt at Josh s feet. He leaned over and poured his hot chocolate on it. It died in a fizz of sparks. Scathach surged to her feet. Without turning her head, she raised an arm and pointed at Roux. You. Stay right where you are. And don t even think about phoning for the police.

He s got piercings, she said, loud enough for him to hear. I don t like boys with piercings. Both girls smiled as the back of Roux s neck flared bright red. Why is it important that Sophie not use her powers? Josh asked, bringing the conversation back to Scatty s earlier comment. An alarm had gone off at 40 TheMagician the back of his mind. Scathach leaned forward across the table, and both Sophie and Josh moved in to hear her. Once a person uses all their natural auric energy, then the power starts to feed off their flesh for its fuel.

So we re looking for someone the Flamels would have known when they were still living here. And we know they haven t been in the city since the eighteenth century, so let us limit our search to immortals who were around then. His fingers tapped the keys, filtering the results. Seven only. Five are loyal to us. And the other two? Catherine de Medici is living off the Rue du Dragon. She s not French, Dagon mumbled stickily. Well, she was the mother of three French kings, Machiavelli said with a rare smile.

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