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The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner
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May 22, 12

Read in April, 2012

The Silver Blade was a very good follow up to the Red Necklace. Unlike the first book, this one starts off at a faster pace, getting right to the action. One of the characters was described so well that I developed a profound hatred, and wished the character would die at every corner. This character was Anselm, who was found as a baby in a basket of putrid entrails, but now shines with an unnatural glow, tried to kill his mother (and several others) and overall has an "evil" outlook. Gardner applies several descriptive adjectives in addition to the character's actions to add to the effect, such as "Red, raw rage..." and "I will kill you,".
One of my favorite passages of the book was where Yann Margoza levitates Anselm's fat, murderous, butcher of a father, and ends up bursting his heart. "Never had Anselm been so aware of his own mortality as he was in those few seconds before his father's diseased and swollen heart burst. The butcher's lifeless body was left hanging, a worthless lump of meat." (Gardner 57)
From the lively characters to the enigmatic scenes, Gardner maintains the reader's attention (including mine, which tends to wander) for the entire book, starting with a fast paced introduction, and ending with a climatic battle to the very end.
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message 1: by Jeana (new)

Jeana Great review. I will certainly add this to my reading list now!


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