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The Silver Blade [Reading] ➷ The Silver Blade By Sally Gardner – A touch of magic A daring rescueMysterious Yann returns to revolutionary France in 1794 to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine His darling Sido is in England safe A touch of magic A daring rescueMysterious Yann returns to revolutionary France in to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine His darling Sido is in England safe from the Reign of Terror But while the two are apart Yann’s Gypsy origins prejudice Sido’s guardian against their marriage spoiling their longed for reunion When Sido is kidnapped under strange circumstances however Yann must use all his strength and courage to outwit the fearful count rescue Sido and help save all of France.

About the Author: Sally Gardner

Sally 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 ve.

10 thoughts on “The Silver Blade

  1. Cara Cara says:

    I think this one comment sums it all Gardner just keeps getting stranger and better The Telegraph The seuel to The Red Necklace certainly does not dissapoint This one is darker in tone and there is even 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 ParisThe 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 workYann 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 herThe 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

  2. Louise Louise says:

    35 stars Love the love letters sigh

  3. Miss Clark Miss Clark says:

    35 Stars read 16 17th November 2009Seuel to The Red Necklace and the conclusion of Gardner's French Revolution seriesThe story picks up approximately 18 months after the ending of The Red Necklace Yann Margoza has been in France all this time rescuing people from the guillotine and the atrocities of the Revolution risking everything in a dangerous bid to save lives following the tradition of the Scarlet Pimpernel Yann has come to be known as the Silver Blade and it grows ever perilous for him and his companions to continue their operationsMeanwhile Sido has been in London with her Aunt and Uncle Laxton Her separation from Yann weighs heavily on her soul and she just wanders through her life bereft of comfort and purpose feeling ever trapped It is not until she and Yann begin to exchange letters that she starts to live again With the exchange of these missives the communication of thoughts desires ideas Yann and Sido fall deeper in love until Yann declares himself to SidoOf course at this point things take a horrible nasty turn toward doom and the total ruination of our leading cast's hopes and dreams For Count Kalliovski survived in a manner of speaking and is hell bent on obtaining Yann's powers To that end he abducts Sido who carries Yann's talisman Yann must face the truth of who his father was and find a way to save Sido while around him Paris is collapsing as the Reign of Terror bears its final bitter fruitAs before I enjoy Sally Gardner's style It is highly visual and vivid Just thinking of her description of Count Kalliovski's catacomb residence gives me the chills because I can picture it all too clearly But I would have liked backstory on Anis and Kalliovski What did actually occur between them? Did Anis ever love him? He was obsessed with her but did she willingly carry his child? Was she forced? Then he killed her in a rage when she told him his future? She told him he had a choice two roads I wish that had been fleshed out I also wanted a logical solid set up for how Kalliovski was defeated All we have is a Gypsy story about a dog the devil's own a shell and an abyss Huh? And I still think Sido would have benefited from personality being shownFor all those concerned there is the usual gore bloodshed brutality and inhumanity associated with this tragic time period as well as a scene of implied sexAlso the original ending was lost due to a computer mishap and rewroteso it would be very interesting to see how it would have differed

  4. Amelia, free market Puritan Amelia, free market Puritan says:

    Usually when it comes to seuels I like the first book better but in this case I would have to say that I found The Silver Blade much action packed and gripping than its predecessor That's not to say that The Red Necklace is boring but this book has a much amplified story It's a teen version and generally less boring version of The Scarlet Pimpernel and I have reasons to think that Sally Gardner intended it that way at one point in the story a character is surprised at the hero's appearance saying he expected him to be older and an Englishman Then at the end there is a scene almost exactly like the finale in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities i mean ALMOST EXACTLY I found the similiaries charming and kind of tongue in cheek but that's just me I read many reviews before diving into this seuel and so I was expecting the continuing love story between Yann and Sido to be wishy washy but I was surprised by the uality of writing on the author's part to make me really care about what they're going through I found their letters sweet and touching instead of annoying I just really like characters who are true to each other so I found these two to be uite refreshing There is way magic or whatever you want to call it in this book and that's not altogether a good thing It's like Sally Gardner is so desiring to keep her readers in the dark until the last minute she doesnt give us enough clues as to what exactly she's talking about This book is directed at MS HS age readers and I'm in college so my age should have given me an advantage in deciphering what exactly she was talking about but it didnt help and throughout the story I remained a bit flabbergasted as to what was going on The Gypsy magic part of the story just seemed really confusing and vague and I still am not entirely sure how orders of events were worked out And there's one aspect of the story in particular that just doesnt sit well with me a character discovers secrets about said character's father and mother but the relationship between the father and mother is never fully detailed so it makes me wonder if the mother was a victim or a word that rhymes with 'tank' I dont know it was just weird The explanation given never really made sense nor did it completely satisfy So I don't know BUT Gardner did a better job in the historical department Danton Robespierre and other real life figures are adeuately explained in this story and I greatly appreciated the many references to the National Guard the Concierge sp? and other aspects of history The ending if there's ever a part of a story in which I am at my most critical it's over the ending I am about 89% happy with the way the last 100 pages were handled but I think that at one particular time Gardner's priorities got a bit out of sync I've given my THIS IS A 'YA' BOOK SO YOU AUTHORS SHOULD WATCH WHAT YOU WRITE speech on other reviews and I hold to my ideas The event in uestion was not handled in a bad or explicit way and perhaps not even in an inappropriate way I'm still perched on the fence about it I just wish it could have been placed closer to the ending that's all I don't want to say that it wasnt necessary but I think it just happened at the wrong time So all in all it was uite an enjoyable read With a bit of editing I could see myself reading this book and The Red Necklace to my future students and in the meantime I would certainly recommend this book and its predecessor

  5. Valerie Valerie says:

    I'm glad I read this even though I liked the first better Very interesting great writing and certainly informative in the French Revolution aspect The book starts a couple of months after the first ended Yann and his crew are helping people escape France Sido and Yann are in love still and have sent letters to each other though it is dangerousI believe that the villain in this one is scarier a plus point for me I must say he is really really bad and evil and wicked I mean literally his lair is made up of bones human bones It is mentioned uite a few times Also his motto is Have no mercy show no mercy Not exactly original and a bit of overkill There are a few other things that I felt were emphasized than they should have and just gone on with the plot Kind of like a joke that had a good punch line but then the comedian just kept adding on to it when it really would've been better if they just bowed out with everyone laughing That was mostly what I had a problem with about the book I liked that this had action and suspense Lots of tension on Yann's side of the story Sido doesn't play as big of a role as I hoped she would but Yann's side of the story is interesting most of the time anyways That is until he starts getting really all melodramatic and mournful The point of view is switched between uite a few characters I forgot if this happened in the first but I'm thinking it did Not as great as I was hoping but honestly not a bad read

  6. Mary-Kathryn Mary-Kathryn says:

    25 stars

  7. Teresa Teresa says:

    Do you ever pick up a book and actually shake with the anticipation of it being as good as the author’s previous books and then as soon as you start reading it you never want it to end? Well that’s how I felt about The Silver Blade In this seuel to The Red Necklace we are reacuainted with Yann Margoza the young Romany magician and Sidonie de Villeduval the young aristocrat orphan as well as a host of other familiar characters we have grown to love or hate including the dwarf Tetu and the formidable Count Kalliovski It is March 1794 in the midst of the Reign of Terror where distrust and degradation prevail It is indeed “the best of times” “the worst of times” and Sally Gardner succeeds in portraying the best and worst of human nature in this dark magical tale The “best” is represented by the selfless heroism of Yann who helps aristocrats escape the spectre of the guillotine whilst the “worst” is the very palpable evil of Count Kalliovski who resides in a twilight world in the catacombs under the city spinning his dark threads and relishing the depravity and corruption which pervades post revolution ParisIt’s a story about good versus evil a love story a story about friendship and loyalty and it also gives us an insight into an historical period of great turmoil and change There is magic romance a hint of gothic coupled with vivid vignettes of Parisian life in all its post revolutionary sualor The writing is beautiful never forced and everything is cleverly woven together like an intricate tapestryI would urge any fans of well written historical fiction aged 9 to 99 to read The Silver Blade and to succumb to the seduction of this master storyteller It could be read as a stand alone but you will get a much richer reading experience by reading The Red Necklace first

  8. Tammie Tammie says:

    The Silver Blade is an excellent ending to the Red Necklace I'm so sad there won't be any in this series Sally Gardner is now on my favorite author list

  9. Mara Mara says:

    I will start off by saying that I like The Red Necklace better than its seuel Sally Gardner likes weird in her stories and The Silver Blade is certainly no exception I thought the first one was weird Well the weirdness factor is vamped up for this two book series's finale While the weirdness in The Red Necklace didn't detract from the story it did in this one because it was so embedded in the storylineKalliovski isn't dead naturally The devil has claimed his soul and brought him to life Whether or not that is literal I am still not entirely certain but judging by how Kalliovski meets his demise in The Silver Blade I am thinking that it is meant literally I mean Kalliovski can't go out in the daylight no he isn't a vampire he lives in the catacombs and he has one skeletal hand And I don't mean a hand so withered it looks skeletal it really is just bone At least I think That is one problem and appeal to Sally Gardner's stories You are never certain whether something is meant to be taken literally or if it just figurative; if it is the character's way of expressing how they viewed something or if that is really what they saw It is hard to put into words what exactly I mean It is like there is a sheer screen laid over the true image and if you look closely you can see a ghastly rendition of what is being said It can be very frustrating in her stories but it is also oddly enough what I like about themThat said I must reassure you that all of the characters are just as likable sensible and good as they are in The Red Necklace Yann and Sido's love for each other is given of a forefront but it isn't at all annoying Not a slushy young romance that is common among Young Adult authors Yann does react violently and irrationally to the news that he is Kalliovski's son and I was worried that Sally Gardner would pull in the annoyingly common theme of the hero fighting against his becoming like his father Give that twist a rest already But that didn't happen and I was immensely pleased Yann took a week to recover from the shock of it which is covered in one swift chapter He forgives and moves on though isn't uite as rational in his escapades as he once was Still Yann does in the end act rationally And I cannot sing Sido's praises enough What an intelligent girl She has a good strong head on her shouldersI wish Sally Gardner had laid off on the weirdness I absolutely loved Kalliovski as a villain in The Red Necklace He was creepy he was intelligent he was completely cloaked in mystery and he had things in control But the magic and supernatural aspects of The Silver Blade really take away from Kalliovski I could no long respect him as an intelligent villain He was no scary than your common bad wizard sitting in a tower all day About the only thing that kept him even a little bit on the creepy villain side was his flair for the rich and immaculate dress I was sorely disappointed in the sort of villain Kalliovski had sunk to Really dear Count I expected much better of youThe Silver Blade by Sally Gardner will find its way into my collection if only because I liked The Red Necklace and don't like having incomplete series

  10. Zoe Bray Zoe Bray says:

    With his beloved Sido safely in England and the Reign of Terror at its height Yann Margoza returns to revolutionary France to smuggle out refugees When Sido is kidnapped under strange circumstances Yann must outwit the evil Count Kalliovski rescue Sido and help save all of FranceI thought this book was OK but it certainly didn't live up to Gardner's usual standards Of course it was still an enjoyable read but I think it did admittedly have a few issues I've had trouble sorting out whether it's the book's fault or my own In the end I suspect it's a mixtureWe'll start with the fact that there was a little too much magic used in the plot There was a small amount of it in The Red Necklace which improved the story but in The Silver Blade I think there was far than necessary and it made the plot too far fetched and hard to follow At the point where Balthazar somehow came back from the dead for the third time I got totally lost and fell asleep instead of continuing to readI also didn't like the all perfect angle Yann had taken on; and it kinda annoyed me because there were so many comparisons between how wonderful he was and how stupid other people were They occurred constantly; when he saved a wig maker from two drunk citizens; when he was compared to Basco as a much better actor; when he was thought of as being either honest or a brilliant actorthe list goes on and onFor all that though this was not exactly what you would call a BAD book It was both stunning in terms of imagery and in the depth and intelligence of emotion It was an epic love story that transcended all barriers Further Gardner created a wonderfully mystic magic in the form of light threads and their counterparts – dark threads – through which objects can be manipulated; but it was in the creation of life like manikins that are able to speak and move called ‘automata’ that her sheer brilliance was illustrated This dark foreboding sense of power is wonderfully creepy and tantalizingly realThere are plenty of people who think this is a great book and a few who think it's not so great I'm somewhere in between those two groups However compared to Gardner's usual standard of writing it fell lower than usual But honestly it wasn't that bad a read I would rate it 35 stars

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