07 September 2009
Title: the red necklace
Author: Sally Gardner
Review: Kirthi Rao
Summary: The Book Flap
The winds of change are blowing though Paris in the winter of 1789, both for France and our hero, a striking and mysterious Gypsy boy named Yann Margoza. He was born with the gift for knowing what people are thinking and an uncanny ability to throw his voice, and he has been using those skills while working for a rather foolish magician. That work will soon end, however, and on the night of the magicians final performance, Yann's life will truly begin. That's the night he meets shy Sido, an heiress with a cold-hearted father, a young girl who has only known lonlieness until now. Though they have the shortest of conversations, an attachment is bron that will influnce both their paths.
And what paths those will be! While Revolution is afoot in France, Sido is being used as a pawn of a fearful villian who goes by the name Count Kalliovski. Some have instead called him the devil and only Yann, for Sido's sake, will dare to oppose him.
As in the award winning I Coriander, Sally Gardner has masterfully combined the historical and fantastical in this sumptuous, romantic adventure.
I thought this book was a little confusing, I got bored 25% of the way. I had to force myself to read the rest of it. The romance was a little strange, but sweet all the same. I understood small bits, the most important ones. I de-starred this mainly because I couldn't follow the plot.