La signora delle ombre

La signora delle ombre Nell Inghilterra del sedicesimo secolo Alys una giovane monaca dotata di poteri soprannaturali viene chiamata al capezzale di un anziano e infermo lord perch lo guarisca Ben presto per l ambient

  • Title: La signora delle ombre
  • Author: Philippa Gregory
  • ISBN: 9788878247765
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nell Inghilterra del sedicesimo secolo, Alys, una giovane monaca dotata di poteri soprannaturali, viene chiamata al capezzale di un anziano e infermo lord perch lo guarisca.Ben presto, per , l ambiente lussuoso e corrotto del castello e le attenzioni di Hugo, il seducente rampollo del nobiluomo, tentano Alys, imprigionandola in una sorta di gabbia dorata Lacerata tra laNell Inghilterra del sedicesimo secolo, Alys, una giovane monaca dotata di poteri soprannaturali, viene chiamata al capezzale di un anziano e infermo lord perch lo guarisca.Ben presto, per , l ambiente lussuoso e corrotto del castello e le attenzioni di Hugo, il seducente rampollo del nobiluomo, tentano Alys, imprigionandola in una sorta di gabbia dorata Lacerata tra la passione per il giovane e la propria vocazione, Alys dovr infatti lottare per ritrovare se stessa.Una storia intrigante, intessuta di mistero e magia.
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    • AnneMarie Watson says:

      I'm a huge Philippa Gregory fan, so I don't know how the same author wrote this as wrote The Other Boleyn Girl and all those other excellent historical romances. This book really sucked! If I hadn't been out of town and away from a library, and if I'd brought anything else with me to read, I wouldn't have even finished it! And I'm a real stickler for finishing books, even bad ones, so that says it all right there. This book was really awful.

    • Veronica Bailey says:

      Is it possible to give less than one star? I think this may well be the worst book I've ever read all the way to the end. The "heroine" of the story was so selfish and unconcerned with anything but her own material pleasure that I swear I only finished the book in hopes that I'd get to see her die a brutal death at the end.

    • Kiri says:

      Set during beginnings of the English Reformation in the Tudor Era up in Durham County England (Northern Counties) this story follows the life of Alys as she manipulates and is manipulated by people and events. Glimpses of the well known people and events of the period are shown (Queen Catherine's being put aside/divorce, and death; Fall of Anne Boleyn; Jane Seymour's rise and so on) providing reference points and indicating why witchcraft (culminating in the the Anti-Witchcraft Law) was so heavi [...]

    • Karen says:

      This book is remarkable only in its utter awfulness. I've read probably half a dozen of Gregory's books and have always enjoyed them. Usually fun, fluffy, and easy-to-read, her books serve as a nice palate cleanser after a particularly intense read. This one, however, left a decidedly bad taste in my mouth. I honestly believe that Gregory must have been going through some sort of crisis as a writer when she wrote this one. She mocks herself as a writer, her genre, and her readers.Not a single ch [...]

    • Jennifer Kim says:

      I can't decide whether I really like the book or it was a waste of my time.***Spoiler alert***Personally, I don't find Alys, the supposed protagonist, sympathetic or likable. She is motivated by self-preservation, greed, and pure selfishness. I wanted to know what made her this way, but all I got was that she was probably starved for affection when she was a toddler but when she joined the nunnery, she was loved by the head mistress. There was a lot of affection and expectation. So, it still rea [...]

    • Amy says:

      I have read almost all of Philippa Gregory’s other novels and I am now going back to some of her “older” books. Finding The Wise Woman, I was excited to read it but after the first few pages I was utterly disappointed. It was a struggle just to complete the book and I always finish books no matter how good or bad. If I had not read her other books to know I enjoy her as an author I would have walked away from this book and never picked up on of her books again. The main character was utter [...]

    • Sylvie says:

      Very nicely written, intriguing book. I love absolutely every book written by Phillipa Gregory. She writes from the woman perspective and she seems to be a medium and a very good psychologist to be able to transfer so many feelings in her writings. Is like she was there and is telling the true story. Amazing!

    • Yannie says:

      Ok at one time, this book was hard to find. The only way I was able to get it was through . But now that Philipa Gregory has become a household name among Henry the Vlll fanatics as myself, it is available again. The book is a grisly tale about dark powers and desires. It is a tale of passion and witchcraft in 16th century England. Alys is raised by Morach who is a feared wise-woman of the moors. Alys does not like living with her so joins a Catholic nunnery. One day a young lord, Hugo and his m [...]

    • Cindy says:

      Better than her Queen books. Not as good as the Virgin Earth and Earthy Joys. The "Wise Woman" is anything but. In fact she's a despicable young thing who lives in a convent for the love of it's good food and shelter. She escapes when it is burned and pillaged and believes her Mother Superior is dead. She ends up in at a castle,and becomes whore to the local nobleman, using her witch skills to enslave him.She eventually betrays the old healer/witch who reared her before and after the convent. It [...]

    • Lissy Liz says:

      What the fuck did I read?

    • Ashley Brookfield says:

      This is definitely different from other books by Gregory, it is so much darker than her norm but I liked that a lot! There were some scenes where I was totally shocked that I was even reading a book by her (the birthing scene, the orgy, etc). I absolutely hated Alys's character because she was such a shitty person, and I was really surprised at how cruel she could be and how she could betray everyone she ever loved so quickly. Again, I'm not used to such characters in Gregory's Tudor series. Spe [...]

    • Briansmom says:

      I'm not quite sure how to rate this book; I think it's actually a 1.5. I did finish it, and it kept me interested, but sorta like a train wreck is interesting. Most of the time, I was horrified and disgusted. So, I guess I finished it out of a deep desire to see if Alys gets what she deserves, in the end. Unfortunately, I picked up this book because I love most of what Phillipa Gregory writes. Yes, I did read the Wideacre trilogy, and was disgusted w/ book 1. Books 2 & 3 are much better, in [...]

    • Samira says:

      I was disappointed in this book after The Other Boleyn Girl. The main character was utterly unsympathetic, as were most of the other characters. As a result, it was hard to get invested in any of their outcomes. In addition, it lacked the complicated politics of Gregory's other work, but carried on some of the same themes in a thin echo of what I know that she can do.

    • Kate Millin says:

      This is the first book by Philippa Gregory that I have not enjoyed reading - I finished it because I wanted to know what happened, but I found Alys to be the the least likeable main character of any book I have read for a long time. Also although I like fantasy and science fiction I prefer it in books within those genre's not in a book I am reading for historical context. I have read other books about witches in this period and they were much better as they did not resort to fantastical elements [...]

    • Sam says:

      This book was right up my alley so even though the reviews weren't glowing, I had to read it. I liked the setting and the premise, and especially liked how there was a little, but not a lot, of magic. It was a normal world just had some magic in it.I was surprised at how little time passed in the book. I thought like at least 2 years had passed until it was mentioned that it had only been 10 months. I was surprised how rather suddenly she became a bad horrible person. She pretty much never felt [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      I'm pissed!! I read this more than ten years ago as a library book, and just bought a new copy, and it turns out she rewrote it! I want the old version, where the perverted little heroine falls in love with the guy who put a leash and collar on her mom after sacking their castle, not where the heroine is a nun!I want to read the original novel, dammit.I had noticed that Philippa Gregory seemed ashamed of this book, never listing it along with her historical novels. Now it's back, but she's chang [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Dumb, dumb, dumb. Through much struggle and perserverance I finished this book but wow what a ridiculous story line. I kept waiting for it to all fit together and become a remarkable book (much like Gregory's other novels). It was just so far fetched that it made it completely silly - not to mention the story written to a little over 500 pages could have been told that in have the pages.What a waste of trees!I will read Gregory again but this was a shocker of a disappointment - I wonder how she [...]

    • Lori says:

      What the hell kind of stupid ending was that?!OK, I was somewhat enthralled with the historical fiction and the witchcraft angle; I've never before read Gregory but she's gotten glowing reviews from people whose opinion I respect. I knew there was going to be an issue with this book almost from the first page but I am also one of those people who are loathe to cast aside a book before it's finished. I disliked the main character (can't call her a "heroine," can I?) from the very beginning and i [...]

    • Paulina says:

      Oh God, what made me read this book? WHY? Just like- probably- most people, I made it to the end just to see the protagonist die. I'm surprised that Philippa Gregory, who's one of my favorite authors, has written something that well, bad. Alys is a terrible main character- actually, she has no character, which is the major problem with this book. You just can't bring yourself to like her. In fact, there are no likeable characters in the book, and it seems that they spend all of their time eating [...]

    • Lisa says:

      All the while I was reading this book, I wondered what sort of reaction other people on would have. I knew some of them would hate it. From the first chapter it was clear to me that this book was written before Gregory started cranking out the queen books that put her on the literary map. While I have read, and enjoyed, all of those books, she was constrained, for the most part, by history and the truth. She played with the facts and fictionalized them somewhat, but in "The Wise Woman" she goes [...]

    • Bella James says:

      Dark, erotic and beautifully crafted.

    • Therese Arkenberg says:

      This seems like the perfect book to review for Halloween—not quite a romance, but a historical fantasy with moments of searing eroticism and truly effective horror. I’m the hipster reader who liked what Philippa Gregory wrote before she was cool. Not that I don’t love her Tudors work, too, but A Respectable Trade (about the slave trade in 18th century Bristol) and the Wideacre trilogy (also 18th century, about a woman’s scheming to gain control of the family estate) have special places i [...]

    • Meghan says:

      I was ill-prepared for this book. I mean, I had just finished the Tudors series Gregory wrote (which was fabulous, by the way) and I wanted to read something less dependant on other books before I started the next series I have (the "Wideacre" triology). Reading the back of the novel persuaded me to pick up this book as my next read; it is set in the relative time period of the Tudor books, but the main character was very different from the ladies of court I had previously been reading about.Aly [...]

    • Lara says:

      This is the worst book that I have ever read. So bad in fact that I didn't finish it, and I have never stopped reading a book in the middle before. I was completely uncomfortable reading about the witchcraft, and the gratuitous sex in the book is the straw that broke the camel's back. I like to cheer for my main characters when I read a book, but in this I couldn't. I kept reading hoping that Alys would turn a one-eighty and abandon the dark arts that she started dabbling in. Instead I was disap [...]

    • Shoshana says:

      Not one of Gregory's best. It starts out pretty well, but as it goes it gets sillier and the protagonist gets more annoying and unsympathetic. It starts with the burning of a nunnery during the reign of Henry VIII. Alys, the "heroine" of the novel, is a novice at the abbey who takes off running, leaving the other nuns behind to burn. She takes shelter at the hovel where she was raised as a foundling by the wise woman Morach, but soon finds herself summoned to the castle of the local lord. Once t [...]

    • Marion Marchetto says:

      When I was a young girl my mother always told me to 'be careful what you wish for'. Too bad Alys, the young girl around whom this story centers, didn't heed that admonishment when her mentor/mother Morach made it. At an early age Alys came to live with Morach, an old wise woman who lives alone in a remote cottage out on the moors. Morach trains the young Alys in the healing arts of an herbalist. When Alys falls in love though it is the young man's parents who literally offer Alys to the local nu [...]

    • Kit Perriman says:

      This historical fiction begins in 1540 and follows the tragic life of seventeen-year-old Alys, a young peasant girl in Tudor England. Alys grew up on the moor with a harsh foster-mother called Morach, the local wise woman. But turning her back on superstition and the pagan arts, Alys decides to join a nunnery. For a time she finds contentment in this orderly sanctuary. She enjoys the rigid structure, comparative luxury, and safety afforded to the Holy Sisters.But Alys happiness is short lived. O [...]

    • Shonna Froebel says:

      This novel is set during the reign of Henry VIII, in the north of England. Alys was left as a foundling on the step of the local wise woman, but when she looked to a local farm boy with an eye to marriage, his family arranged for her to get considered at the local abbey instead. Alys was drawn to the better life she could see for herself there and joined enthusiastically, considering the Mother Superior as a maternal figure.But Henry VIII had different plans for the abbeys, and the young lord Hu [...]

    • RNOCEAN says:

      *THE WISE WOMAN* by Phillipa Gregory In this book, originally published after her bestselling debut with the Wideacre trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory takes readers to Henry VIII's England, on a journey to the outer reaches of passion, where magic and female power meet.Alys joins a nunnery to escape the poverty of her life on the moor with her foster mother, Morach, the local wise woman with whom she lives as an outcast, but she soon finds herself thrown back into the [...]

    • Tammy Farrell says:

      I recommended this book to a friend and said it was one of my top 5 favourites, and then I realized I've never written a review for it. I hate how cliche it is to say it, but I literally could NOT put this book down. I walked around the house with it, stayed up until 3am reading it and was so sad when it ended. There are all kinds of villains in this book. In fact, the whole cast is villainous, with very few redeeming qualities about them. Some have said that's why they didn't like it, but I'm p [...]

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