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The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
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Jun 09, 2008

really liked it
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Read in June, 2008

I loved Sally Gardner's I, CORIANDER, and was eager as could be to get my hands on the ARC for her next book. I was an even happier girl to find that her next book was one that combined two of my favorite topics: the French Revolution (yes, this is a direct result of the Les Miz obsession of my teenage theatre years) and GYPSIES! (Seriously. What is it about the word "gypsies" in any form that I find so irresistible?!)

And glad to say that THE RED NECKLACE was totally engaging, well-written, well-plotted, and a darn good read. Twice in a row now, Sally Gardner has done a fascinating job of twining together magical realism and historical fiction in a way that makes me find her totally original stories seem deliciously lush and immediate. I often tell writers at conferences that I appreciate "historical fiction with a twist" and I think this is a great example of what that means--either side of this story by itself -- just the historical fiction piece of this, or just the story of the relationships -- could have been a bit flat, but combining it with the aura of creepy magic and mystery took it to a totally different level. All in all, consider me a permanent fan of Sally Gardner--I'll read anything of hers you give me.

Interestingly, the ARC had much more of a GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY-inspired-esque cover than the one on this site. I'm wondering if this is the UK cover? It looks very adult non-fiction to me, which sometimes equals "British sensibility"....

Also, **SPOILER ALERT** I'm curious for anyone who's read it -- did this seem to hint at a sequel to you? Or did I misread and/or misinterpret the part where Death goes out and finds Count Kalliovski -- to me that meant maybe he wasn't dead after all, in which case, watch out, Yann and Sido?? Or no? How did other people read this?
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Miss Clark Yes!!! The ending really made me think that there had to be a sequel or something b/c that was a set up if I've ever seen one. And I would be quite glad of a sequel as I think these characters deserve one. Nice review!

Cara You are definitely right on the money. There is a sequel The Silver Blade. Haven't read it yet but I expect to deliver;)

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