As if my collection of audio books wasn’t big enough, our Favorite this week is going to add to the pile. Take the French Revolution, add a 14-year-old magician’s assistant and a 12-year-old marquis’s daughter, stir in a little magic…and ask Tom Hiddleston to read the resulting story 🙂 It’s The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner, a well-reviewed Young Adult Historical novel. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:
A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann Margoza, and his guardian, a dwarf, work for the magician Topolain in 1789. On the night of Topolain’s death, Yann’s life truly begins. That’s when he meets Sido, an heiress with a horrible father. An attachment is born that will determine both their paths. Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her from a fearful villain named Count Kalliovski. It will take all of Yann’s newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of Sido’s past and his own and to fight the devilish count.
Alas, Tom’s narration is only available in the UK at Audible or on CD, but here’s a little taste via Youtube: