Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Ninja Reviews...The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

Set during the turbulent times of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace follows the life of young Yann Margoza. Born into the life of a performer, he has traveled with a dwarf and a magician, helping them perform various tricks for numerous audiences across France. However, when a Count Kalliovski invites them to a special performance at Marquis de Villeduval's chateau, Yann's world becomes filled with death and shady pasts.

Sally Gardner smoothly transitions the reader to a previous time, as the reader follows the lives of Yann, a young gypsy with extraordinary gifts, and the Marquis' unfortunate daughter, Sido. The reader gets to see how, at the worst possible time in French history, the life of a simple performer gets intertwined with the realm of nobility.

The Red Necklace will draw you in with unforgettable characters.

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