Friday, October 2, 2009

The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner


As the French Revolution descends into nightmare, Yann Margoza, a mysterious and extraordinary practitioner of magic, uses his skills to hlep spirit refugees out of France. If he fails, their fates lie under the blade of the guillotine. But the question of Yann's true identity and the kidnapping of his true love, Sido, expose him to dangers that threaten to destroy him. With Paris on the verge of collapse, Yann must summon all his strength and courage to rescue his beloved Sido and outwit the devil's own--this time for good.


Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 9/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 9/10
Total Score: 68/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Small amount.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Some drinking and drunkenness.
Sexual Content: Some narration/speculation and one implied scene.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Many, many murders via guillotine and other...ahem...methods. Some violence.


I loved The Red Necklace, but this sequel was even more exciting, even more invigorating, even more romantic and adventurous and thrilling! Gardner's omniscient third-person narrative is as enthralling and not-quite-fairy-tail-ish as the prequel. The Silver Blade, which follows the story of Yann, is altogether more dark and hopeless, yet the beloved characters are stronger and more grown-up. Believe me, even if you didn't particularly like The Red Necklace, you will love The Silver Blade.

Yann is such a great character in this book--he's assured and mysterious and brave. His love for Sido is heart-melting and alive in this installment, more so than it ever was in the previous one. They encounter obstacles--as every good pair of lovers must--that strengthens their bond. In addition to this, there were many surprising and bone-chilling twists and turns to the well-developed plot line that completely disillusioned me about the horrors of the French Revolution.

Sally Gardner has once again created a topsy-turvy historical piece with a brilliant design and a dark setting. The Silver Blade will make you shiver, chill, and tingle from the beginning to the end!


  1. Excellent review. I love the dashing hottie on the cover.

  2. Hey!
    I just finished the silver blade today and I thought it was AH-mazing. I think the seven sister macabre are my favorite characters. haha thanks for posting this review... it's an awesome book. I check you blog everyday for new suggestions, so thanks i guess. :)


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