Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Red Necklace

Sido, the daughter of the Marquis de Villeduval has not had a happy life. After the death of her mother when Sido was only an infant, her father (an unbelievably pompous, naieve, and selfish French aristocrat) sends her to a convent and is happy to be rid of her. Yann Margoza, a Gypsy with magic abilities, has been working in the theater with a dwarf named Tetu who is the only family he's ever known.

As the French Revolution takes its bloody toll in Paris, Yann and Sido are thrown together, both haunted by the same enemy - Count Kalliovski who is a merciless financier, murderer, and supporter of the horrific deaths taking place in the name of the Revolution.

This one was a page turner. The French Revolution was so horrifying a backdrop that it made me squirm at times. The mob mentality and brutal executions. While the ending was fairly predictable, it seems as though there may be a sequel in the works.

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