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The Red Necklace

(French Revolution #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,526 ratings  ·  1,049 reviews
The winds of change are blowing through Paris in the winter of 1789, both for France and for our hero, a striking and mysterious Gypsy boy named Yann Margoza. He was born with a gift for knowing what people are thinking and an uncanny ability to throw his voice, and he has been using those skills while working for a rather foolish magician. That work will soon end, however ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Orion Childrens
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Nicki Smith I really liked it - some parts were a bit confusing, but overall it was really good. It is fairly accurate in regards to what actually happened and al…moreI really liked it - some parts were a bit confusing, but overall it was really good. It is fairly accurate in regards to what actually happened and also it has a nice story line as well. However, I feel like the book doesn't really finish, you need to read on... If you know what I mean.(less)

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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Tom Hiddleston read this.

Tom fucking Hiddleston read this.

I...must listen to this audiobook.

He could read me a cookbook and I'd happily and joyously listen to it.

EDIT: Alas, I couldn't find the UK audiobook, but I'm reading it anyway. If anyone knows of somewhere I can listen to it, please let me know!

EDIT AGAIN My good friend Sei gave me a link to the audiobook, and now I'm listening and reading it at the same time. :)

Actual Review

Well, it was okay. I love historical fiction, but I didn't
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Les Mis-lite.

OK, I kind of demolished this.
I enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would.
Just shows you don't need angst and star-crossed lovers and douchey boys to make a book interesting.

You need bloody revolutions, headless mannequins, blackmail, intrigue, magicians and a lovely, sweet romance with a girl who is just cute as a button.


Full review to come when my laptop isn't throwing a wobbly.
I just wish there was more on and about the revolution...
Sofia Andersson
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I don't know if my opinion MIGHT be influenced by the fact that Tom FREAKING Hiddleston read this. His voice, his WONDERFUL voice, could make a dictionary sound interesting. I've listened to audiobooks before, but nothing compared to this. Tom Hiddleston is the best narrator I've ever heard. If he narrates the sequel, I will buy it in a matter of seconds.

Now, that I've raved over how wonderful Tom Hiddleston's voice is, let me talk about the book. This book had my attention from th
Christine Roberts
This was my first foray into the Audiobook realm. I am not a fan. I do not like waiting to read, and I am plenty of places where I cannot plug in my headphones and listen to a book. It's a great format, just not the right one for me.

Anyway, about the book itself. I found the story line to be plodding, and the characters very one dimensional. Honestly, this was a generous 1.5 star book for me. "But Christine, you rated it three stars, not one or two! Your brain must be addled, or you can't count
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ginny
Magic and historical fiction! I was sold from the beginning. You don't see that too often and I picked up the book with eager hands.

Yann is a gypsy boy who can throw his voice, read minds and sometimes even see into the future. On one fateful night he loses his gift, but not before he meets the limp but beautiful Sido. They don't know it yet, but they will see each other again and have much more impact on each other than they could imagine.

The plot is shrouded with mystery and hidden secrets. Ma
Read by Tom Hiddleston. Your argument is invalid.
safia ☼
I am going to be completely honest and tell you all that the only reason I found out about this book was because I became a fan of the lovely Tom Hiddleston, and I found out that he read this book for the audio version.

Upon this discovery, of course I was excited. And of course I immediately marked it as a to-read, to read instantaneously after I get back from vacation, to scavenge my shelves periodically for this book. Because he's Thomas William Hiddleston, the handsome British villainous acto
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tom fucking Hiddleston is reading this.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
3.5 stars
“Live your life, Sido, whatever happens. Live in the moment, don’t live with regret.” - Yann

I love Tom Hiddleston's voice, it was so fine and eloquent and distinct. The way he played different characters with his voice was brilliant!

*I like the story, French Revolution with a touch of magic.
*I love our hero Yann, he was so brave and willing to sacrifice everything to save Sido
*I have little liking over Sido, I don't know why she can't leave his father, marquis de Villeduval, which(vie
Disclaimer: I decided to read this book primarily because Tom Hiddleston reads the audiobook and I love Tom Hiddleston. There's also a very famous line in here that his fangirls just love and I wanted to read it in context.

So back to the actual book. I give 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4 stars. It was a good book but there were some things I didn't like about it. One thing I didn't like was how the perspective kept shifting from character to character. One paragraph would be one character's pers
Oct 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star for the book, although Tom Hiddleston's beautiful voice deserves the full five. My poor wasted baby.

The characters were uninteresting, the prose bad, the story dull, the dialogue flat, and the romance contrived. I'm glad I listened to the audiobook for a change, instead of reading it, because Hiddles's voice really was the major redeeming factor here. The last time a book bored me this much it was that Dean Koontz I read, which seems to say it all, really.
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is not exactly a book I would have ever come across by myself or even given a chance if I had. To be honest, the only reason I gave it a go, is because Tom Hiddleston narrates the audiobook.

But I'm very happy I did. I'll admit I might not have enjoyed it as much as I did if Hiddleston hadn't been the one reading it to me. He is a splendid actor and the voices he made and his way of reading certainly mirrors this. He is as talented with his voice, as with everything else. I had a brilliant
Jennifer Wardrip
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THE RED NECKLACE is a fascinating tale of the French Revolution, the story of Yann, a gypsy boy, and Sido, the daughter of a Marquis. As fate would have it, their histories are intertwined in a way that both need the other if they are to have any hope of surviving the bloodbath of the Revolution.

Gardner's thorough research and grasp of the zeitgeist is apparent. The power of gypsy magic was a well-accepted fact of the time period and the inclusion of
EJ Johnson
Apr 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I was shocked at how poorly written this book was. The author has won awards for other books. I hope they were written better than this was.

The book takes place during the French Revolution. It has a great storyline just poorly put together. Yann is a gypsy who can read minds and throw his voice which he does in a stage act with a Magician and a dwarf who has his own "supernatural" talents. Meanwhile there is a very crafty bad guy who kills people and leaves behind a red garnet necklace which i
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The scholarship that went into this book was fabulous! I really thought I was there! It didn't grip me in the way that I, Coriander did, though.
It's my opinion that The Hero was a little too much "comic-book handsome, dark, mysterious lad who seeks the answers to the questions that haunt him about his past," and The Heroine was just too much "blonde hair blue eyes fair skin, sweet, loyal temperame- *hork*." (So sorry about horking, there. She didn't affect me like that when I was reading her. M
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valerie by: Ginny
This book is unique, but then again I haven't read any other book about the French Revolution. In school they kind of just skim the French Revolution so I didn't know completely what to expect on the historical front. The story isn't directly in the action, at least in the beginning, but our heroes really get involved in the violence in Paris about half-way through.

The first half of the book was good though I like the second half better. Yann and Sido meet once and never forget each other thoug
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Really struggled to get into this one, and once I was in, I didn't want to be. It was simply the top book on a pile of to-read books I was keeping on the coffee table, but I wish I'd picked something else instead. The characters weren't interesting me at all, and the plot felt odd and disjointed. I get to certain points in books that if I'm lost, I'm lost forever. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever, heh.

However, I can see the appeal. It's dark, and there are particularly morbid scenes
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Magicians, gypsies, aristocrats and the French Revolution. A beautiful cover. Adventure, thrills, magic. The book promises a lot.

Unfortunately, it is a thoroughly amateur effort. The writing is pedestrian and never lives up to the potential of the story. The time line is not handled coherently - at one point, the book leaps forward by two years. A lot of the time, the chapter starts close to one character, only to change perspective a few paragraphs in. The story is rarely sustained - it sort of
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Three stars for the book itself; one bonus star for the audiobook performance by Tom Hiddleston. Actually, if I could I would give that reading all the stars. ALL THE STARS. IN THE WORLD.

Not that I have strong feelings about it or anything.
The Book Queen
Aug 16, 2015 marked it as maybe-read
I've enjoyed a couple of Sally Gardner's works before, so I might pick this one up.
Kelly Rose
Oct 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Tom Hiddleston did an audio book. Tom Hiddleston. Now I have to read it.
Cian Morey
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
The Devil's own is on your trail.

I liked this book. I really did. But from an objectively critical viewpoint, I cannot really say why.

The Red Necklace is a tale of intrigue and death neatly woven through the early days of the French Revolution, with some shadowy magic looming at the fringes. We follow Yann Margoza, a young man from a small-time theatre troupe who becomes entangled in affairs that force him to turn to a part of himself that he has always been trying to hide; and Sido de Villeduva
Lisa Mandina
Another in my physical reading journal I needed to add.
Miss Clark
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a fantastical bent
Our story is over, though in its end lies its beginning.

A gorgeous story, with lovely descriptions and superb narration throughout, and an interesting plot. It is light on characterization, which is painted in rather broad strokes, with the protagonists spending very little actual time together. More of the main relationship is propelled through mystical/ emotional means.

Sido, the shy, neglected and mentally/ verbally abused daughter of the weak and spineless Marquis de Villeduval is a decent
This book isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not one that's going to stick with me nor do I have any ambition to look into the sequel. I'll talk strengths and then weaknesses.

The characters in this are generally wonderful and I think Gardner did a fabulous job capturing the atmosphere of France on the cusp of the revolution - there was obvious and real tension between the haves and have-nots with the haves being entirely frivolous and the have-nots being literally treated
Danielle Long
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

The only reason why this is getting 4 stars is because of the audio book, if I had to read this book by itself, I would be slightly bored to tears. It comes up flat in some areas.

The wonderful British actor Tom Hiddleston reads this version of the audio book (went through a crazy way to get this particular audio book b/c it's not sold in the states). He was excellent with all the characters' voices. The book takes place right before all hell breaks loose in France during the reign of Louis the X
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it

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, wel
Melissa Chung
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was thinking about the rating of this book for a few hours now and I still have the same feeling. It was a 5 star. If I read it in it's physical form maybe it would have been different, but alas I listened to this book. The ever handsome and breathtaking Tom Hiddleston narrated this book and he did a superb job. Not only was there different accents for each characters, but he did a great service to the girly voices as well ;)

This book is about the French Revolution, a couple of gypsies, a pass
Aoife Walsh
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve ...more

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