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Book Title: The Silver Blade|
The author of the book: Sally Gardner
Edition: Orion Children's
Date of issue: October 1st 2009
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Reader ratings: 7.8
ISBN 13: 9781842555972
Format files: PDF
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I think this one comment sums it all, "Gardner just keeps getting stranger and better." The Telegraph
The sequel to The Red Necklace certainly does not dissapoint. This one is darker in tone and there is even more dread of death upon everything. Seriously, I almost felt like I could smell the blood. Yann Margoza has become a Robin Hood of sorts. He uses his extraordinary powers to help people escape the unforgiving guillotone and becomes to be known as the Silver Blade. Sido on the other hand is safe in London, but is not as safe as everyone assumes. And as most people guess (I'm sure this really isn't a spoiler) that Count Kalliovski still roams the catacombs of Paris.
The plot to this story is very intricate so it's important to pay attention to names. I actually had a hard time remembering who was who sometimes. Sometimes I'd have to flip pages to jog my memory. It may have been because I didn't read it in one stretch, but again I urge future readers to pay attention. You get sucked in so easily in this world. Gardner's descriptions are just so rich and fit this time period. The French Revolution is often painted as something relatively heroic and as a reader I learned just how much went wrong even after the nobles were overthrown. Extremes of anything never work.
Yann is such a character. I now really understand why people use that phrase now. He's such a flawed hero and you root for him anyway. I was bit let down when we didn't get to see so much of Sido, but really this is Yann's story. Though of course a big part of why and how he does things is because of her.
The ending is just right, even if it isn't totally explained. I think it's that way to give you the sense that the gypsy magic is still suppose to be a bit of a mystery to us. One part that irked me was how Anselm's part played out and there is this one character that I believe was only used to make a point. That aside though, do pick up the book. You won't be able to compare it to something you have read before; it really is delicioulsy different.
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Read information about the authorSally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a very successful costume designer, working on some notable productions.
After the births of twin daughters and a son, she started first to illustrate and then to write picture books and chapter books, usually with fairytale- or otherwise magical subject matter. She has been called 'an idiosyncratic genius' by London’s Sunday Times.
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