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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Aug. 2009
- Language: English
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The Red Necklace: The French Revolution, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Sally Gardener picks a fantastic setting- The French Revolution- to write her novels in. Historically it may not be 100% accurate but that doesn't matter in this case, the plot is unhindered. The characters are interesting and diverse and the story has many twists and turns within it. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone.
Telling the story of Yann an orphan boy who works as a magicians assistant with his companion Tetu a fwarf with magical capabilities, whose lives intertwine with Sido, despised daughter of the Marquis a vain aristocrat.
Yann has the uncanny ability to predict the future and foresees bloodshed and mayhem, which soon comes true as his magician employer Topolain is murdered that same evening by the villainous Count Kalliovski who has his eye on Sido and wants her as his wife.
Sido loses her heart to Yann when they meet and a chase across continents follows, whilst France collapses in the wake 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.Read more ›
A truly magical book.
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An enjoyable blend of history and magic
Let them eat cake, guillotines, and aristocrats beating up the peasants - all these things are synonymous with the French... Read more
I bought it because of Tom Hiddleston but I have to say, the book itself is kind of boring. I haven't finished reading it yet.Published on 2 Jun. 2015 by Miss Young
This was recommended by my daughter's teacher as a bit more stretching than her normal diet of Jacqueline Wilson books. Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2014 by C. Wells
Arrived in excellent condition, good quality of paper and is a wonderful read for those who enjoy these kinds of books. Highly recommend.Published on 1 Sept. 2014 by K.