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With his beloved Sido safely in England and the Reign of Terror at its height, mysterious Yann returns to revolutionary France to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine. But while the two are apart, Yann's Gypsy origins prejudice Sido's guardian against their marriage, spoiling their reunion. When Sido is kidnapped under strange circumstances, Yann must use all his strength and courage to outwit the evil count, rescue Sido, and save all of ...

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Overview

With his beloved Sido safely in England and the Reign of Terror at its height, mysterious Yann returns to revolutionary France to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine. But while the two are apart, Yann's Gypsy origins prejudice Sido's guardian against their marriage, spoiling their reunion. When Sido is kidnapped under strange circumstances, Yann must use all his strength and courage to outwit the evil count, rescue Sido, and save all of France.

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Editorial Reviews

June Newman-Graham
The Silver Blade, the sequel to The Red Necklace, is historical fantasy set during the French Revolution. It centers on Yann, a young gypsy with the power to move objects and read people's minds, and Sido, the young daughter of an aristocrat. After rescuing Sido from the evil Count Kalliovski, who wished to capture Sido for his own bride, Yann flees to England, making secret journeys back to France to smuggle out refugees. He and Sido fall in love, but she is again kidnapped. He needs all his courage and skill to rescue her a second time. Even then, the young lovers are not safe, for our hero learns his true identity. With this knowledge, how can Sido marry him? The horrors of the French Revolution make a dazzlingly vivid setting for a tale of high adventure that is also a touching love story. Reviewer: June Newman-Graham
Horn Book
Gardner employs both lush prose and a rich, Dickensian cast of unusual characters . . . a worthy companion to its predecessor.
Booklist
Gardner once again writes with stirring energy . . .
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
With the Reign of Terror gripping France, young Yann Margoza may be the only hope for many innocents caught up in the well-documented madness of Robespierre. Yann possesses the ability to work the "threads of light." In doing so, he spins magic that astounds people and leads to his nickname, The Silver Blade. When his true love, Sido, is captured by the evil Count Kalliovski, Yann will stop at nothing in order to save her as he did once many years before. In her third young adult novel, Sally Gardner will once again captivate the audience who loved I, Coriander and The Red Necklace. This, too, offers a complicated and intertwined tale of terror, intrigue, fantasy, and true love. Many readers, however, will find the numerous characters in her latest endeavor confusing. At times, the story falls short of explanations as it jumps from one cast of characters to the next. While the novel is intelligently crafted and rings true to many accounts of the French revolution, readers must make a full commitment before embarking on this mysterious journey. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This sequel to The Red Necklace (Dial, 2008) is a rousing historical romance brimming with adventure and with a ghost story at its heart. Set during the period of the Jacobin Terror after the French Revolution, it is the story of a young Romany man with the heart of a heroic trickster. Yann Margoza is able to control threads of light, which gives him the power to immobilize people, a useful quality for someone engaged in the dangerous business of rescuing people bound for the guillotine and transporting them to England. Yann's great love, Sido, is safely there, but differences in class and status make it difficult for them to envision a future together. Count Kalliovski, dead but walking the streets after a pact with the forces of evil, wants to kill Yann and have Sido for himself. Skillfully plotted and with an unflagging pace, the novel shows Yann and Sido facing many dangers, from Kalliovski and his deadly hound, Balthazar, to the corrupt and brutal officials of the French government. Sufficient backstory is provided for those who have not read the previous title. The historical detail is deftly integrated into the action, and the fears and anxieties of ordinary people are vividly brought to life. The creepiness of Kalliovski and the other macabre ghosts in the catacombs of Paris will keep readers riveted. Gardner combines some gorgeous writing and evocative descriptions with appealing characters to create a sweeping adventure.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
The thrilling conclusion to the tale begun in The Red Necklace (2008) plunges readers back into the filthy and terrifying streets of Paris in 1794, when a single word can betray one to death by guillotine and no one can be trusted. Sidonie, in London, longs for Yann, who remains in Paris, using his actor's skills and his Roma gifts to spirit French aristocrats to safety as the Silver Blade. Count Kalliovski, who has sinister designs on both Sido and Yann, has no humanity left, working his evil from a magnificent palace deep in the Parisian catacombs that is steeped in darkness and horror. The Count has ghosts and a demon dog to do his bidding, and Sido is taken by his minions while Yann fights despair and Robespierre. The denouement is as light-filled and glittering as the rest was dark and stench-ridden. A luscious melodrama, rich in sensuous detail from horrific to sublime, with an iridescent overlay of magic. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803733770
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/17/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than 1 million copies in the UK. Sally continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia awareness, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She was recently awarded the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the COSTA BOOK AWARD.

Visit her website at http://www.sallygardner.net, and follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheSallyGardner and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SallyGardner.Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    I gotta ask.....

    Does Tom Hiddleston narrarate this too? :-D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Jellybean

    I loved i loved i loved this book! I just got the Red Necklace from my school's bookfair and as soon as i finished it i bought The Silver Blade!! This book was amazing, I like romance so this book was absolutly awesome!! Love this writer!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Great.

    Great.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    great book

    i loved this book! i like the romance, the setting, and the way the story was told i totally recommend it

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

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    I really enjoyed The Red Necklace, so I was eager to read the sequel and rejoin the world of Sido and Yann. I particularly like the setting of the French Revolution in this book. I think it gives the story an edge.

    I liked how Yann is the focus in this story. I think Sido received her closurer in the first book and if it weren't for the fact that she's tied to Yann, we wouldn't even really need to see her in the book. I liked the mystery of the silver blade. It's impressive that Yann was rescuing french aristocrats right under the noses of the national assembly. I also thought it was amusing he left a calling card. He made himself an enigma. I enjoyed how discovered who he really was and sometimes being connected to a person isn't important.

    I also enjoyed the dealings with Count Kalliovski. What a creepy man! I never really understood why he wanted Sido so badly though. Except maybe for the simple fact that she got away from him and nobody ever did. Seemed like a drastic reason for making a deal with the devil. I also enjoyed his dog. It was an interesting addition to the story.

    I wonder if there will be another one in this series. I think there is room for more. Yann is just understanding his powers. Plus, the revolution isn't over yet. Not sure were it could go though. But, I would read it.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    No Second Book Syndrome Here

    The Silver Blade is just as intrigue, romance, and action-packed as its predecessor. Yann pulls off daring escapes, clever tricks, and ridiculous disguises. Sido struggles to get settled in England, where her Aunt and Uncle are the social center of French émigré life and where her Aunt hopes Sido will find a financially secure husband. Sido and Yann each pine for the other, and they communicate through letters that could put them both in danger. This is all well and good. Touching, emotionally complicated, blah blah blah.

    The real problem is Kalliovski. He's not quite as dead as we were all lead to believe at the end of The Red Necklace.

    "But it is his face beneath the hat that makes all the rest quite forgettable. Those black eyes do not look human, so dark and dead, eyes from which no light shines. His skin is like tallow wax, his hair, swept back, is black, his lips a red wound. This is a face of nightmares.

    Kalliovski goes walking here every night, the smell of blood drawing him time and time again to the guillotine. It is like a fine wine to his nose, a perfume to savor. He takes a last deep breath, inhaling the scent of death before setting off toward the Pont Neuf. He walks without a shadow to mark his passing."
    p.9

    I thought this was going to turn into a vampire book. I was really disappointed and worried, for a while, thinking that Kalliovski was going to drink all the blood left in Paris. I shouldn't have been; Gardner is way too classy for that. She draws on some obscure Gypsy legend that was briefly mentioned in the first book to explain Kalliovski's not-dead-ness instead, and it doesn't involve blood-sucking.

    Things get a lot more magical and dark in this installment of Yann and Sido's story. Yann, himself, goes through a lot of self-doubt and darkness in his own heart, leaving Sido, T?tu and everyone else behind while he basks in his own self-pity. But he grows and becomes stronger. This is, once again, his story. At least this time he gets to be on the cover of the book.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

    The Silver Blade

    It's year 1794, after the French Revolution, and even though the crown has fallen, France's Plight for freedom still continues in the period of the Jacobin Terror otherwise known as Reign of Terror which is at its height. In streets paved by hunger, anguish, and blood, mysterious young Romany Yann, walks in the path of a traitor as he works against the revolutionaries to smuggle out the aristocratic refugees who cower at the sight of the man killing machine known as the Guillotine. Fear hangs in the air and tensions run thin when a single word can betray someone to a death by the Guillotine and no one can be trusted any longer. Not even the Government. But Yann Margoza is no ordinary man with the heart of a "heroic trickster". He's a legend known as the Silver Blade and Savior to all those in need of escape the clutches of the Revolutionaries. Skilled in navigating through the underground city of beneath Paris he is easily able to rescue all of the escapees which seek his help but his most redeeming factor is his ability to control the Romany Treads of Light, which gives him the abilities to immobilize people and move inanimate objects, a useful quality for someone who is engaged in such a dangerous business which involves transporting aristocrats to London and away from the Guillotine. With Yann's fateful friends Dideir and Tetu, Yann uses his actor's skills as a cover up and continues to use his Roma gifts to spirit French aristocrats to safety as the Silver Blade.
    Meanwhile in the heart of London, Yann's beloved Sidonie pines for Yann in the safety of her uncle's large mansion. Their relationship lies further than just Yann saving her from the clutches
    of her insane suitor Count Kallioviski. As they continue to write letters back and forth Sido's protective aunt begins to grow suspicious, fearing that their relationship is more than just friendship and forbids them from their long-for reunion for Yann' gypsy heritage keeps him shunned from the upper classman. Even though the both of them continue their fight to keep their passion from ending the differences in their class and status makes it difficult for the two them to envision a future together forever. Count Kalliovski, dead but walking the streets after a pact with the forces of evil, is back and he has sinister designs for both Sido and Yann who thwarted him and cause his death. His heart cold as death, contains no humanity and he is working his dark strings, which contradict Yann's which are made of light, from a magnificent palace deep within the Parisian Catacombs which hold the headless bodies of the residents of Paris and is steeped with horror and darkness. In the midst of Yann's battle against the despair of Robespierre, Sido is kidnapped under strange circumstances. Now, Yann must use all his courage and strength to outwit the devil Count Kallioviski and rescue Sido without falling into Kallioviski's clutches, but little does he know that Kallioviski wants Yann's powers and the result of this fight might involve the fate of all Paris.
    I loved this book, between the romance, the adventure, the blood, and the history. I recommended this book for anyone who enjoys historical romances.

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