Book Review: The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

The story of a remarkable boy called Yann Margoza; Tetu the dwarf, his friend and mentor; Sido, unloved daughter of a foolish Marquis; and Count Kalliovski, Grand Master of a secret society, who has half the aristocracy in thrall to him, and wants Yann dead. Yann is spirited away to London but three years later, when Paris is gripped by the bloody horrors of the Revolution, he returns, charged with two missions: to find out Kalliovski’s darkest deeds and to save Sido from the guillotine. With a tangle of secrets, a thread of magic and a touch of humour, the follies of the aristocracy and the sufferings of ordinary people are unfolded as their lives move relentlessly towards the tragic and horrific days of the Terror. THE RED NECKLACE is not only a tremendous adventure story but a vibrant and passionate picture of Paris in turmoil and of a large cast of memorable characters.

What do you get when you combine Historical Fiction (my favorite genre) and this guy? (Tom Hiddleston for those of you who don’t know.)


You get me buying and listening to my very first Audio book ever. I have to say I am sold. From the audiobook point I love Hiddleston’s read of this not only because it is his very deep and sexy voice that reads it but he does different voices for the characters. I loved that!

Now onto the book itself, well I really loved it. This novel had everything you want to see in a good Historical Fiction (okay everything I want to see). Action, suspense, drama a little bit of a love story and of course a lot of history. The French revolution is one area where I know a little bit but not a lot because I just have not studied it as much as I could have. I felt like I got a nice education though and this book goes right into the favorite category with the other handful of books I have read on the subject. I also LOVE the magic references throughout and the magic work Yann and his friends can do.

Sido and Yann are an amazing pair of characters and ones I am going to enjoy reading more about (it is a series). There were times when Sido’s instance not to leave her Father bothered me, but then I asked myself if it was me wouldn’t I be the same way? Even if my Dad was not the best person in the world if he was the only one I had in the world, wouldn’t I do the same? I came up with a yes. In short, read this book or even better listen to it. Two thumbs way up from me.

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