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The Silver Blade

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781842557150

Price: £7.99

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A thrilling adventure story set in the French revolution – gripping historical fiction at its best.

With his friend Sido safely in England and the Terror at its height, Yann returns to France to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine. But when Sido is kidnapped, he must use all his strength and courage to outwit the evil Count Kalliovski, and rescue her for a second time.

Set against a vivid historical background, prize-winning author Sally Gardner brings to life the horrors of the French Revolution in this breath-taking adventure, complete with intrepid heroism and a touching love story. The page-turning sequel to Sally Gardner’s novel of the French revolution, THE RED NECKLACE, and the conclusion to Yann and Sido’s story.

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As well as providing a terrific insight into a brutal and sometimes horrific period of European history the reader will find many threads - secrets, magic, heroism and murder as well as a touching love story - to keep them turning the pages to the very end.
There is magic, romance, a hint of gothic coupled with vivid vignettes of Parisian life in all its post revolutionary squalor. The writing is beautiful, never forced and everything is cleverly woven together like an intricate tapestry. I would urge any fans of well written historical fiction aged 9 to 99 to read The Silver Blade and to succumb to the seduction of this master storyteller.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, even more so than the first. I loved the mixture between love, tragedy and the heat of the French Revolution. The descriptive writing in the novel was extremely good and really helped me to believe the story, and above all the plotline was fantastic with a twist I would never have been able to imagine.
Summer (teen reviewer), CHICKLISH BLOG
Another fast-moving, action-packed page-turner
The Bookseller
An exciting, original read
The Observer
Never loses pace from the start until its dramatic end ... a romantic adventure with a very dark side
South China Morning Post
Gardner just keeps getting stranger and better
The Daily Telegraph
It is hard to imagine a contemporary work of children's historical fiction more superbly conceived or more engagingly written. Highly recommended
Books for Keeps
Shiveringly romantic. dramatic and gripping
The Lady
Sweeps the reader along with hardly time to draw breath
Primary Times
A high octane thriller ... an accessible historical title and a gripping read
School Librarian
Rich, suspenseful and moving
The Times
An enthralling and wholly original novel ... a must-read for a new generation
The Times
Constant suspense, beautiful style, strong period feeling and great characters make this one not to miss
The Times