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The Silver Horse

(The Chain of Charms #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Book 2 in the Chain of Charms series, a brilliant new adventure series set amongst the gypsies of Cromwell's England.

From the bestselling author of the Witches of Eileanan series.

Once there was a gypsy queen who wore on her wrist a chain of six lucky charms - a golden crown, a silver horse, a butterfly caught in amber, a cat's eye shell, a bolt of lightning forged from the
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published 2006)
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I found this story kind of sad. Emilia and Luka are on the next step of their journey to try and find help for their family. And yet, the people who are supposed to be closer than kin are the very ones who turn their backs on the children. And also decide to take advantage of them. No matter that it is a family trying to take care of themselves, my heart broke a little for both gypsy children the further the story unfolds.

This is a reread of the Chain of Charms series, and although it has been o
I didn't realise how accurate the author's writing was, and how true it mirrored history.

It was a lot more fast-paced compared to the first book in the series, and was very well plotted out.
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
A fun and quick paced novel that reminds me of the old school adventure stories for children that I read in my youth. I particularly enjoyed the horse race towards the end of the novel.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Rating: 4 stars - fun read that was easy to digest

"Fly like the wind, my darling," she murmured. "Fast as the hot desert wind. God made you to fly like an eagle."

I've never read the first book in this series, but the second book is pretty easy to follow even without having read the first one. Emilia and Luka Finch are gypsies. Their family has been thrown into gaol after being accused of vagrancy and murder, and now they're on a quest to collect six ancient gypsy charms and save their family fro
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the first book years ago and this just happened to be in my library so I picked it up.
Alison Condliffe
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Loving this series and the adventures of Luka and Emilia. Enjoying learning about gypsy life under Cromwell rule.
Sean Harding
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second in the six part series is another engaging story and well paced and plotted. A good entertaining read.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
N read.
Karen Field
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the series.

Emilia and Luka are on the run from a thief-taker, Coldham. They must retrieve six charms from their gypsy kin as Emilia (and her grandmother, who told her about the Chain of Charms) believe in their magical powers, which will surely save their imprisoned family from the gallows. Luka, on the other hand, isn't convinced so he's trying to come up with an alternate method of saving the family. They are only thirteen and the burden is huge.

They have the gypsy c
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed book two :) I like that the plot is starting to get more interesting and we're starting to find out more about certain characters. I thought it was really fast-paced, though, which I understand it needs to be because they need to get everything done within the span of a month, but there were a few parts in this book that I thought could have had a little more time spent on them and have more detail.
I also really liked (though it annoyed me at first) the end of this book because i
Niamh Griffin
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The second book in the series - Emilia and Luka are still on the run, trying to find the second charm in order to free their family (well, that's what Emilia is doing - finding the charms - Luka doesn't quite believe in them). It's only been a week since I listened to the audiobook but I can't quite remember what happened. The books kind of blur into one, should have written my reviews straight after I finished listening to the respective book. oh well. it was fun, that I can remember! :) ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
I really enjoyed this book too, the second in this series about Gypsys and their quest to find the charms of their family and put them together again. Luka and Amelia along with their dog, monkey and bear meet up with the Hearn family in this book as they journey along to find help for their family who have been thrown in jail.
Kara Bianca
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh man these are just so fun! Some of the best middle grade I've ever read. I never feel like I'm being talked down to, and although these are quick, they manage to hit in all the right emotional places. I'm so excited to finish this series next year! ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lachlan
This book was pretty good but it ended really quickly. I had been waiting to read it for ages because I could never find it.

I think Tom Whitehorse was caught up in the Royalist plot and that was why he was there.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Really liked the entire series
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful series, my favourite when I was younger, I would recommend to all younger readers or anyone for that matter
Mia Scarlet Star
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I simply loved it how Emilia loved a horse named Ailda and how she had to race and simply everything was just amazing!
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