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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade 7–10—As the first embers of the French Revolution begin to burn, Yann Margoza, a year-old voice. Read "The Red Necklace" by Sally Gardner available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. The story of a remarkable boy called. Read "The Red Necklace" by Sally Gardner available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann.
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Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her from a fearful villain named Count Kalliovski. It will take all of Yann's newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of Sido's past and his own and to fight the devilish count. The Hunger Games: Special Edition. Suzanne Collins. Allegiant Divergent Trilogy, Book 3. Veronica Roth. Julie Kagawa. Kristin Cashore. The Winner's Curse. Marie Rutkoski. Insurgent Divergent Trilogy, Book 2. The Iron Knight.
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I Am Number Four. Pittacus Lore. We Were Liars. The Distance Between Us. Kasie West. I love historical fiction, but I didn't exactly care for The Red Necklace. In an old theater in , France, a boy named Yann Margoza had a unique talent for throwing his voice and reading people's minds. He works with two magicians, one of whom a dwarf that raised him as his own. One night, they are invited to perform in front of the Marque de Villeduval and Count Kalliovsky at the marques's home.
That is the night Topolain, the magician, is murdered. Tetu the dwarf and Yann are next if they don't escape from the house and France immediately. Helping them get away is a young girl named Sido, the marques lonely daughter.
Once out of France, Yann keeps the girl in his thoughts while learning English in London. Two years later, when news that Sido is being forced to marry the evil Count Kalliovski in order to pay off the marques's dept, Yann is determined to rescue her. The man has a voice made for this, and acts out most of the characters, which is simultaneously hilarious and arousing. He's very talented, and his normal speaking voice is enough to make me swoon, so hearing him affect different dialects and accents is thoroughly enjoyable for me.
However, not even Henry V could save this book. Don't get me wrong, driving around listening to this man talk certainly made my days much more fun, but it would have been better if the subject matter was as interesting as the narrator. Magic and historical fiction! I was sold from the beginning. You don't see that too often and I picked up the book with eager hands. Yann is a gypsy boy who can throw his voice, read minds and sometimes even see into the future. On one fateful night he loses his gift, but not before he meets the limp but beautiful Sido.
They don't know it yet, but they will see each other again and have much more impact on each other than they could imagine. The plot is shrouded with mystery and hidden secrets. Ma Magic and historical fiction! Magic in the book was handled well and it's especially interesting to see the take on gypsy magic. We don't see it often in books and it gives the book more realism, if that makes sense. The backdrop of the French Revolution progresses throughout the book and we see just how out of touch the wealthy were.
Something that we even see today I think. Revolution is in the air though and Yann and Sido just like everyone else will fall into the conflict.
I am very picky about my villains. Usually I don't find them evil enough or kind of dim-witted. Not the case with Count Kallioviski. He is the epitome of what a villain should be. He has no mercy but you see his vulnerability and his motives.
Most of all he is a worthy opponent for our protagonists. Yann and Sido are fragile youths when the book begins, but when the book ends they become strong young adults. Thankfully their adventure is not quite over and I will be begging my library to get its sequel The Silver Blade. View all 6 comments. I am going to be completely honest and tell you all that the only reason I found out about this book was because I became a fan of the lovely Tom Hiddleston, and I found out that he read this book for the audio version.
Upon this discovery, of course I was excited. And of course I immediately marked it as a to-read, to read instantaneously after I get back from vacation, to scavenge my shelves periodically for this book. Because he's Thomas William Hiddleston, the handsome British villainous acto I am going to be completely honest and tell you all that the only reason I found out about this book was because I became a fan of the lovely Tom Hiddleston, and I found out that he read this book for the audio version.
Because he's Thomas William Hiddleston, the handsome British villainous actor with a sad face that us fangirls have come to love unconditionally. And if he were reading an obituary, I'd still listen to it with the same amount of fascination as a historical fiction novel. Now that I've read the synopsis, it actually looks very good! I've never tried reading historical fiction before.
The closest I've gotten to them are with medieval novels. But I'm willing to give it a try mainly for Tom because the plot seems interesting and, well, I want Tom Hiddleston to read for me.
View 2 comments. The way he played different characters with his voice was brilliant! I decided to read this book primarily because Tom Hiddleston reads the audiobook and I love Tom Hiddleston. There's also a very famous line in here that his fangirls just love and I wanted to read it in context. So back to the actual book. I give 3. It was a good book but there were some things I didn't like about it. One thing I didn't like was how the perspective kept shifting from character to character.
One paragraph would be one character's pers Disclaimer: One paragraph would be one character's perspective, the next paragraph would be someone else's. It was a bit awkward. Another thing I didn't like was that Sido was a bit useless. She didn't do much in the book besides be a damsel in distress. Also, the ending wasn't satisfying. Sep 20, Jaye rated it really liked it Shelves: Tom fucking Hiddleston is reading this.
Read by Tom Hiddleston. Your argument is invalid. One star for the book, although Tom Hiddleston's beautiful voice deserves the full five. My poor wasted baby.
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The characters were uninteresting, the prose bad, the story dull, the dialogue flat, and the romance contrived. I'm glad I listened to the audiobook for a change, instead of reading it, because Hiddles's voice really was the major redeeming factor here.
The last time a book bored me this much it was that Dean Koontz I read, which seems to say it all, really. Oct 16, Kirstine rated it really liked it Shelves: This is not exactly a book I would have ever come across by myself or even given a chance if I had.
To be honest, the only reason I gave it a go, is because Tom Hiddleston narrates the audiobook.
But I'm very happy I did. I'll admit I might not have enjoyed it as much as I did if Hiddleston hadn't been the one reading it to me.
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He is a splendid actor and the voices he made and his way of reading certainly mirrors this. He is as talented with his voice, as with everything else.
I had a brilliant This is not exactly a book I would have ever come across by myself or even given a chance if I had. I had a brilliant time just listening to him bringing the various characters to life, sometimes even questioning if he was indeed voicing ALL the people, because it just seemed so unbelievable.
That said, the book itself is pretty good as well. Much of what kept me paying attention, was Hiddleston, but obviously also the plot itself.
I found myself liking this book and its characters, much more than I originally thought I would. I loved the take on gypsy magic, and found the entire plot very refreshing from what I usually read. It wasn't exactly a fast paced or complicated plot, after all it is a sort of childrens' book, but it wasn't too simple either. It was interesting. While Yann and Sodi were very likable characters and very easy to root for, I found the villain, Count Kallivoski, to be quite compelling as well not because he's a nice person, mind you, but because he's interestingly written.
He's unsympathetic, cruel and merciless enough for anyone to eagerly await his demise, but he's not simply evil either, there's a human depth to him, and it's made clear he might not always have been this way, that he might have once wanted to change. I like that, it makes him an excellent villain, because he's got reasons to act as he does, he's got passion or lack there-of.
And man-made cruelty is by far the scariest thing there is, in my opinion. While the ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel and such a thing has already been published it is possible to read it as a single book. I'll admit, though, that it actually left me wanting to read the next one, because while it isn't a cliffhanger, it doesn't exactly wrap things up either.
Still, we'll see if I ever get around to the second one, since there's no Tom to read that one aloud to me. Other than that, it's brilliantly executed, the book never loses focus, it's got a rich and flowing language and is all in all just a really good book. I still recommend you get the audiobook if you intend to read it, Tom Hiddleston's narration made "reading" it a rather more fun and thrilling ride. 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 Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo. 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. The Marquis de Villeduval, Sido's father, is an utterly despicable - if somewhat flat - character with nary a redeeming quality. View all 3 comments. Mar 28, ash hc rated it really liked it. I read this book for the first time like 6 years and re reading now I find I can appreciate it so much more now.
The story is centered around two characters, the first of which is Yann, a magician's assistant who can throw his voice and see into people's minds. The second character is Sido, the unloved daughter of a rich, pompous and foolish Marquis who is neck deep in debt but who refuses to se the folly of his ways.
Sido is engaged to marry the dark and threatening Count Kalliovski, who has mo I read this book for the first time like 6 years and re reading now I find I can appreciate it so much more now. Sido is engaged to marry the dark and threatening Count Kalliovski, who has most of the aristocracy in debt and who has a thirst for Yann and Yann's mentor, the dwarf Tetu's blood.
The story had equal parts mystery, magic and murder. It was fairly accurate to history and had the feel of both a historical fiction and a fantasy read. It was a rich world Gardner created and with that world came a cast of vibrant characters, each with their own flair.
The kind of characters you don't forget easily. I personally think the story would have been more enjoyable if he had been more developed. Overall it was an enjoyable story that I was totally immersed in. It flowed nicely and the plot was crafted well, picking up pace from the first chapter.
It's a bit more of a pre teen read but I liked it nonetheless. Apr 08, EJ Johnson rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I was shocked at how poorly written this book was.
The author has won awards for other books. I hope they were written better than this was. The book takes place during the French Revolution. It has a great storyline just poorly put together. Yann is a gypsy who can read minds and throw his voice which he does in a stage act with a Magician and a dwarf who has his own "supernatural" talents.
Meanwhile there is a very crafty bad guy who kills people and leaves behind a red garnet necklace which i I was shocked at how poorly written this book was. Meanwhile there is a very crafty bad guy who kills people and leaves behind a red garnet necklace which if worn would look like a slashed throat. He has been extremely generous with many very unwise people and is now about to call in his debts.
The author would just throw in melodramatic sentences where there was no preamble or followup. For example, a young girl is looking out a convent window on a rainy scene and is sad because she can't remember the face of her dead mother.
That's it. No statements before that she is thinking about her mother, no statements after. That was the way it was throughout the book. I don't recommend this book to anyone because it shouldn't have been printed as is. View all 4 comments. The scholarship that went into this book was fabulous!
I really thought I was there! It didn't grip me in the way that I, Coriander did, though. She didn't affect me like that when I was reading her. M The scholarship that went into this book was fabulous! Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's a kid's book. That's no reason not to expect more. I fell utterly in love with so many of the other characters or I despised them, as Gardner pleased. One thing I especially loved about the characters in this book is that they had personality traits that were not required to advance the plot.
Some people were passionate just because they were passionate. Another character was a little person just because he happened to be a little person.
No agenda, nothing. It is such a relief to me when I can trust an author to just tell me who her characters are instead of being tricked into noticing that someone loves brandy because it will be important later. Carrington MacDuffie. She's strikingly fabulous. In fact, I'm gonna go find other books she's read so she can read to me more. But there are two sides to the audio of this book.
On the one hand, the reader was so skilled that I didn't even have to suspend my disbelief when a male character or a female character was talking. I didn't have to think , even. They just were. The narrator captured masculinity, femininity, cowardice, bravery, inattention, malice- she was a superstar.
She painted vibrant, rich personalities and mannerisms on the people in the story without caricaturing 'em. Definitely snap up any book she reads. On the other, it is really, really, really not necessary to have all the french characters in the book speak their English with a French accent.
The book is set in freaking France. It might be the narrator's choice, or it might be the director's choice. For cripes sake. Enough with the superfluous accents. It's annoying. Yeeees, there is a plot point in which a character's accent comes in to play, but the funny thing about books is that the author will tell us when there's an accent. I really, really doubt zat zee 'ole bouke is wri-tan leik zis so 'as to aksentuate ze Franchness.
Jan 09, Valerie rated it really liked it Recommended to Valerie by: This book is unique, but then again I haven't read any other book about the French Revolution.
In school they kind of just skim the French Revolution so I didn't know completely what to expect on the historical front. The story isn't directly in the action, at least in the beginning, but our heroes really get involved in the violence in Paris about half-way through.
The first half of the book was good though I like the second half better. Yann and Sido meet once and never forget each other thoug This book is unique, but then again I haven't read any other book about the French Revolution. Yann and Sido meet once and never forget each other though they don't meet again until years later.I am going to be completely honest and tell you all that the only reason I found out about this book was because I became a fan of the lovely Tom Hiddleston, and I found out that he read this book for the audio version.
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The characters in this are generally wonderful and I think Gardner did a fabulous job capturing the atmosphere of France on the cusp of the revolution - there was obvious and real tension between the haves and have-nots with the haves being entirely frivolous and the have-nots being literally treated little more than pieces of furniture - and then also capturing the bloody massacres that followed the start of it.
The Silver Blade. On the one hand, the reader was so skilled that I didn't even have to suspend my disbelief when a male character or a female character was talking.
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