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The Red Necklace

The Red Necklace [Kindle Edition]

Sally Gardner
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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'a gripping read, complete with adventure, a little magic, vivid characters and a turbulent background.' (Jennifer Taylor THE BOOKSELLER)

It's a story that has everything - murder, mystery, passion and even magic (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

Like A Tale Of Two Cities rewritten by Angela Carter, this is a tale steeped in wickedness of a ferociously enjoyable kind. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

A splendid story (THE INDEPENDENT)

Melodramatic props like secret passages and a beautiful heiress... come alive by the sheer quality of her writing (THE INDEPENDENT)

The novel is rich in characters...and, although it uses modern dialogue, it vividly evokes time and place... enthrallingly told, it offers action, surprises and protagonists to care about (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

Greed, magic and intrigue fuel this swift-moving novel (THE GUARDIAN)

An energetic romp (Katie Law EVENING STANDARD)

Captivating (BOOK ZONE)

Brilliantly rich and complex (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)


Peopled with thrilling characters, and suspenseful in its description (THE TIMES)

[Sally Gardner] has a truly original voice... a thrilling read (THE SPECTATOR)

run out and buy Sally Gardner's The Red Necklace. If there's a better way to make kids realize how thrilling history can be (in this case, the French Revolution), it's not one I know about. (Meg Rosoff)

a wonderful book (TEEN TITLES)

Amanda Craig, THE TIMES

'It's a story that has everything - murder, mystery, passion and even magic'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's (5 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M6IKM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 23 Feb 2009
Sally Gardner does history the way it should be done -- as a thrilling story opening out while you read. It's not worthy or cute, and the magic helps the story race along. You feel like you're right in the middle of the French Revolution with the action spinning around you. Great read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!! 7 Oct 2007
The Red Necklace is a fantastic book set during the French Revolution. It tells a story of magic, love and intriguing twists. The writing style is incredibly clear and descriptive, and the ideas and plot-line are absolutely fascinating! The historical facts are accurate and spectacularly written.
A truly magical book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Careful if you want the Tom Hiddleston audio book 7 April 2014
By Karen
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you order the audio book please be very careful as there seems to be more than one version of the audio book available. I wanted the version with Tom Hiddleston for my sister as she is a major fan and was disappointed when the version that arrived was narrated by Zoe-Anne Phillips. I'm sure she is an excellent narrator but I only ordered this book as I thought Mr Hiddleston would be the narrator and it would have been a brilliant surprise for my sisters if like me you are trying to buy this for a Hiddleston fan please be very careful to check who the narrator is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 April 2010
I was first put onto this author after a friend let me borrow I, Coriander, and liking that one, sought out more by Sally Gardner. I am now sooooo grateful to that friend! ;) The Red Necklace tells a tale of the bloody French Revolution, and follows two heroic characters: Yann, a mysterious gypsy boy in a travelling companny, and Sido, the unloved daughter of her cruel, aristocratic father, a French nobleman.

Beautifully written, the plot gathers pace until you can't turn the pages quick enough. The dark Count will do anything to stop Yann in his quest...

A wonderful story of the French Revolution in all its glory and darkness, and with a sweet love interest, too, this is definitely well worth the read! The sequel is called The Silver Blade - equally amazing :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corker 20 Sep 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Set in the French Revolution, Sally's offering really will capture the imagination of the reader as they seek to unravel the mystery within, wonderfully picturesque in the descriptiveness it really will enthuse the reader as the author works her magic. If your YA loves historical adventure, loves a good mystery and above all really wants an author that will present everything tied up in one epic adventure then this is the book for you. An absolute corker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and enthralling 13 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I stumbled across this book after watching the avengers and realising Tom Hiddleston talents for characters and voices. I listened to a small snippet of the audiobook and I ell in love. The book is cleverly simple. Count Kalliovsky is evil. Yann is a fantastic character full of heart and soul it captures the innocence of young love and flourishing adult hood. The magic is the key that ties it all together. It is in turns passionate, funny, sad and hearrt wrenchingly lovely.

A fantastic book to be enjoyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Red necklace 18 May 2009
The red neclace is an excellent work of childrens literature. My 12 year old daughter loved it as did I. This is what I've been looking for to coax her away from trashy 'teenage' novels. Beautifully written. Suspence, mystery, romance and a well rounded historical portrait of the french revolution. Reccomended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 11 Dec 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
THE RED NECKLACE is a fascinating tale of the French Revolution, the story of Yann, a gypsy boy, and Sido, the daughter of a Marquis. As fate would have it, their histories are intertwined in a way that both need the other if they are to have any hope of surviving the bloodbath of the Revolution.

Gardner's thorough research and grasp of the zeitgeist is apparent. The power of gypsy magic was a well-accepted fact of the time period and the inclusion of the paranormal does not distract from the historical context of the novel, but actually adds to the dangerous and unpredictable atmosphere of the times. Dialogue between the aristocracy could have been more sophisticated to better illustrate the principles of the Revolution, but Gardner does an overall excellent job of depicting the Reign of Terror.

The night that Yann and Sido first meet, Yann is working as a magician's apprentice, putting on a show for the Marquis and other members of the French aristocracy, including the sinister Count Kalliovski. When the magician is murdered by Kalliovski, Sido shows unexpected courage in helping Yann escape a similar fate.

Years pass before Yann has a chance to repay the favor. Sido, like all French aristocracy, is in danger of the raging passions from the hoi polloi, and also from an impending marriage to Count Kalliovski, a fate that is perhaps worse than death. Can Yann rescue Sido from both the guillotine and one of the most merciless men on the planet?

Gardner is successful in crafting a strong hero in Yann, though Sido is at times a frustratingly passive damsel in distress. However, she does have rare moments where she manages to redeem herself and display heroine potential.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the narrator I was looking for
That's not the book's fault, but I did not realize that the edition I thought I was purchasing was not available to me in the US. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ashley McConnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story - easy read
Great book if you just want to sit back and enjoy a fun, well written, relaxing and engrossing story. You will want to read the sequel.
Published 8 months ago by Zoe vp
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedazzling
In my mind, Tom Hiddleston read this to me as we were lying in front of an open fire, on a huge furry rug, entirely naked. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book is set in the French Revolution, and it is gripping till the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I read it when I was 10, but I would recommend it to older children... Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by sophie
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
This is a strange mix of fantasy, historical and a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. It never quite worked for me and it was almost as if the novel couldn't decide what it... Read more
Published on 27 May 2011 by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Writing
I loved the characters and the story. I loved how the story wove through events of the French Revolution. I couldn't put it down and immediately rushed on to the next book. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2010 by J. pearce
2.0 out of 5 stars In need of some serious redrafting
Magicians, gypsies, aristocrats and the French Revolution. A beautiful cover. Adventure, thrills, magic. The book promises a lot. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Federhirn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but hate the cover
I was very disappointed to be sent this excellent book in an ugly brash new-style cover, not the delicate old looking design shown in the picture by Amazon. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by Schnizzel
4.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary writing
I enjoyed the rather Dickensian quality of the characters in Sally Gardners novel of the French Revolution, full of action, mystery, suspense, magic and gentle romance although... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Beadyjan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is a real page turner. For those who love historical thrillers with a bit of magic. The sequel 'The Silver Blade' is an excellent read, too.
Published on 19 Mar 2010 by Renée Holler
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