Isobelle Carmody was 14 years old when she began writing The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Forty-three years later, the final book has arrived. With the release of The Red Queen, the writer brings to a close three decades of her young adult fantasy series while hinting at ‘plenty of doors. My second part of my The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody thoughts. See the previous one here. MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW. Seriously, don’t read on if you.

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The Red Queen: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 7

Mar 10, Renee rated it it was ok Shelves: Additionally Elspeth often makes assumptions ree are quren. I couldn’t help feeling slightly disappointed by some parts of the story, and I’ll list those behind a spoiler tag below. The writing of course was beautiful and really drew me in, it’s so descriptive but not so much that you lose the flow of the novel. October 2, at While I have always and probably always will love this series with a passion, the quality went remarkably downhill from book five onward.

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Jan 09, Eleanor Cummins added it. Award-winning Australian qieen Isobelle Carmody concludes the epic story of Elspeth Gordie, a heroine in the vein of Tamora Pierce’s most memorable and empowering protagonists. It’s an exciting adventure, at its heart, and an utter joy to discover how it plays out. Where can I find it? It spat out fire and I saw wolves falling into a molten gold stream.

Miryum, Ahmedri and Tash? For a finale, it was full of filler that made no sense at all and did not move the plot forward in a cohesive and entertaining way. I’ve made it sound idealistic and being the last book of a long series I suppose it was more light filled and idealistic than the very dark beginnings, however complexity and cruelty and suffering and loss were isboelle present, its positivity was tempered by loss.


A second one, triggered by Sentinel, would destroy absolutely everything and everyone, with no chance of recovery. I don’t know, it simply felt way too long in places that didn’t need to be long and then rushed in areas that I was genuinely drawn into. Dragon, Matthew, Dameon, Gahltha and Maruman?

I knew with a book like this, the ending was never going to be neat and tidy.

I was 10 when I first read Obernewtyn. Or some little girl that she has met on the street? Dec 05, Sarah rated it it was ok. The series debut, Obernewtyn, was first published inand carmod thousands of pages of high-adventure, tense battle scenes and sea-swept romance later Cafmody has released the seventh and final book, the longest yet at 1, pages. Finally finished the series after 5 years, but unfortunately this book wasn’t the ending it deserved.

Firstly all of the characters speak in a stiff and strangely formal way regardless of their background and every single character seems to sound exactly the same, making it difficult to tell the characters apart especially when Carmody forgets who is in a scene and when characters seem to disappear or come out of nowhere.

I both loved and loathed how this ended. It felt like it was Done, but that’s all. She changed when she regained what was hers, but she really does become what she is supposed to be.

Around Book 4 ded realised she had to bring these stories to an end ref had no interest in doing it.

With their post-apocalyptic perspective, Elspeth and her companions discuss and raise questions around the seemingly infallible nature of computer programs – never more relevant than now, it seems, as computers become such an intrinsic part of our everyday lives. And she is the Seeker, after all. There will be spoilers below so you have been warned! It has been present in other books but not to the same extent.

Ten years of becoming attached to characters and somehow now I’m meant to let them go? Who are the white faced lords even?


Not to mention the islbelle truckloads of information we were getting which should have been cut out, should have been cut out! It is as much this intimate journalling of her inner life — this freedom fighter who maintains her humanity in the face of slavery, religious fanaticism, torture, greed, environmental destruction and the tidal waves of fate; this fearless natural born car,ody who is reluctant to use violence or aggression; this woman who discovers community, friendship and love propel her forward just as much as they hold her back — that distinguishes the books from other young adult series.

It’s an impressive weave of tne threads, as small details, foretellings, dreams, characters, chance comments and all come together and are woven in. May 19, at 7: Thanks for telling us about the problem. I love the series – I never really wanted it to end.

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I was so excited and saddened by the release of the final book and now I feel bitter about the resolution because it seems like Isobelle and her editor just didn’t care about wrapping up this world with respect to the characters, plots or her readers. So she view spoiler [ completes her quest, saves the world, ends up in Eden with Rushton although that’s a whole other conversation and everyone’s happy.

Dragon, another favourite character of mine, grew a lot in this book too.

So far, I have only read up to the end of Part One. The first four books were isobellle notch. Others I have talked to have Tolkien, To Kill a MockingbirdLittle Women or some other novel that they read as a child and absorbed into their soul. Thoughts will arrive eventually.