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The Red Necklace: The French Revolution, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Aug. 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQBHE2
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Red Necklace/Silver Blade omnibus was a fantastic read, Sally Gardener is a brilliant author. The product arrived for me in good shape and although quite a thick book was fairly easy to hold whilst reading.

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.
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One of the finest books for young teens and adults alike. It gives an insight into the darkest of times with the French revolution as its backdrop. Sally Gardner is a skilled writer making reading compulsive
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Quick delivery, very good.
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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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By Beadyjan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
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 aimed at younger readers I found it informative and engaging.

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.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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