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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 more 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 read. I 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 actor For 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. This dark, foreboding sense of power is wonderfully creepy and tantalizingly real. There 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.


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  4. Aug 01, Abbie rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , youngadult , historical , adventure , french-revolution. It is , and the Reign of Terror is at its height. Having disposed of many of the aristocrats, the people have turned on each other, and anyone who ever served an aristo is in danger. Yann Margoza is working with a group of trusted friends as a masked magician in the most popular show in Paris.

    Everyone knows him as the Harlequin, but this is just a cover for his true mission. With the help of Didier, his trusted friend, and the threads of light, he is smuggling people out of Paris to safety, It is , and the Reign of Terror is at its height.

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    With the help of Didier, his trusted friend, and the threads of light, he is smuggling people out of Paris to safety, sometimes right under the noses of their jailers. Sido is in London living with the Laxtons, her aunt and uncle, but only Henry Laxton knows what Yann is doing because he is part of the network. Juliette Laxton knows Sido is in love with Yann, but she cannot condone this love between her beautiful aristocratic neice and a gypsy who gave up his future to be an actor.

    Despite each new revelation about Yann, Sido is devoted to him and longs to see him again. Sido and Yann saw Count Kalliovski die in the September Massacre, but perhaps Tetu is right, and the evil Count really was saved by the devil. Now the lovers are both in danger from the Count's dark magic world hidden beneath the streets of Paris in catacombs filled with human bones. Though the story is not as intricate and well-structured as "The Red Necklace," this book is fast paced, exciting, and romantic.

    Fans of the first book will be satisfied! A single word is enough to betray someone to death by guillotine. Everyone is suspicious of everyone else, no one can be trusted. Yann is in Paris, using his various gifts and skills to save French aristocrats from the guillotine. The evil Count Kalliovski has designs on both Sido and Yann.

    He wields his power from his lair deep within the Parisian catacombs, assisted by ghosts and his demonic dog, Balthazar. Can Yann overcome his own demons to rescue her? What has been done is done. No tomorrows can unpick history. Can good triumph over evil? Can Yann and Sido find happiness together despite the barriers between them?

    Ms Gardner writes an entertaining and engrossing story. Just the right mix of heroism and magic. I closed this book wanting more. Jennifer Cameron- Smith I particularly like the setting of the French Revolution in this book. I think it gives the story an edge.

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    I liked how Yann is the focus in this story. I think Sido received her closurer in the first book and if it weren't for the fact that she's tied to Yann, we wouldn't even really need to see her in the book. I liked the mystery of the silver blade. It's impressive that Yann was rescuing french aristocrats right under the noses of the national assembly. I also thought it was amusing he left a calling card. He made himself an enigma.

    I enjoyed how discovered who he really was and sometimes being connected to a person isn't important. I also enjoyed the dealings with Count Kalliovski. What a creepy man! I never really understood why he wanted Sido so badly though. Except maybe for the simple fact that she got away from him and nobody ever did.

    Seemed like a drastic reason for making a deal with the devil. I also enjoyed his dog. It was an interesting addition to the story. I wonder if there will be another one in this series. I think there is room for more. Yann is just understanding his powers. Plus, the revolution isn't over yet. Not sure were it could go though. But, I would read it. Mar 02, Mary rated it it was ok Shelves: middle-school-books , high-school-books , historical. This book will work best for someone who knows something about the French revolution; others with no familiarity may find it somewhat confusing.

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    A lot goes on in this story - maybe too much. Yann Margoza is a gypsy actor in France, who was raised by a dwarf Tetu after Yann's mother was killed. Yann has magical abilities to control thoughts and movements, which he uses to try to save members of the nobility and their innocent family members who are being condemned in endless and indiscriminate nu This book will work best for someone who knows something about the French revolution; others with no familiarity may find it somewhat confusing.

    Yann has magical abilities to control thoughts and movements, which he uses to try to save members of the nobility and their innocent family members who are being condemned in endless and indiscriminate numbers to execution by guillotine. Not only must Yann avoid the dangers of being discovered trying to smuggle the condemned out of the country, but he is also sought by his magical evil counterpart, Kalliovski, who lives in catacombs beneath Paris amid gold-plated skeletons, making automata from the severed heads and organs of the dead.

    Then there is Sidonie Villeduval, who is in love with Yann, whose father is one of Kalliovski's victims, and who Yann has removed to safety in England.

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    Sido lives with her aunt and uncle, and although she lost all the wealth and property that her family owned in France, she is still of noble birth and expected to marry someone suitable, not Yann. Pretty morbid for a children's book but it is a fascinating read! Full of intrigue and suspense, it kept me going the whole time. I loved the characters, there were a few parts that didn't seem to flow but very small details.

    The connection to the first book flowed very very well.