The Silver Blade

The Silver Blade

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by Sally Gardner
     
 

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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, YannÕs Gypsy origins prejudice SidoÕs guardian against their marriage, spoiling their reunion. When Sido is kidnapped under… See more details below

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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, YannÕs Gypsy origins prejudice SidoÕs 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.

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)
From the Publisher
-A luscious melodrama, rich in sensuous detail from horrific to sublime, with an iridescent overlay of magic.+ -Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803733770
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/17/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.24(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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-A luscious melodrama, rich in sensuous detail from horrific to sublime, with an iridescent overlay of magic.+ -Kirkus Reviews

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