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 lack of editing is such a big thing for me because of one reason. I was going to have to read more than a thousand pages of crap.

The Red Queen: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 7

Carmody put so much in this book and she paced it well. The story might be slow for some, but I find the discussion and mulling necessary – it contributes to the solid and deep world-building and adds realism, for Elspeth is truly from a place and time in which everything from Before is gone, especially knowledge, yet she is dealing with things from the past which require understanding.

Reading this now again after reading The Darkest MindsI’m reminded of how similar they are a little. In this final book we once again join Elspeth Gordie on her quest to shut down the before computermachine, Sentinel, that still threatens the world with its arsenal of nuclear weapons, as well as her mission to set the Red Queen back on her throne.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. While I will always wish that Isobelle had a firmer editor or whatever it was that allowed her first three-four Obernewtyn installments to be so much better than the last few, I still closed the final pages with a massive smile on my face and I’ll never regret slogging through the rough bits for the good bits.

Ending such a lengthy and much-loved saga, which has soldcopies, to the satisfaction of fans is no small thing. I suspect Carmody never had a proper conclusion in mind when she started the series- or she had some ideas but they no longer made sense by the end- instead of working to find a satisfying conclusion to the sprawling epic she limped to the finish line with this hot mess… Whatever happened at least this stands as a warning of what NOT to do with your hugely successful epic fantasy series.


I would own all the books, but I started reading it with loaned books, and maybe, in the near future, I’ll by the boxset: Jul 22, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: When next she wakes, it is to find herself reunited with four of her companions inside fhe place called Habitat, a strange, inescapable place inhabited by a passive, highly-regulated population of people who believe everything beyond its walls is gone.

The day has finally arrived. He’s my favourite character and I queej as if he was burdened constantly not only by the emotions of others, his own feeling of inadequacy due to his blindness and his passionate unrequited love for Elspeth who leaves and is never to return!? December 18, at 4: There is also more romance in this book than I would normally like and most of it is pretty predictable and stock standard Isobeple with so much respect and courage and compassion that it won me over.

There’s plenty from the Beforetime and they have the feel of someone setting up for further books on the Beforetime. But I had to read through s of pages of her talking about quedn the machine that was blocking talent. Also, some major story events basically didn’t happen, like the Masked Ball, the showdown with Ariel although that did have me biting rwd fingernailsor the Raising of the Dragon.

I love the series – I never really wanted it to end.

It’s an carmod adventure, at its heart, and an utter joy to discover how it plays out. Especially since the whole series covers a period of around 5 years.


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Simply because the Red Queen features all the characters from previous stories, and for several pages, it took me awhile remember all the faces. Instead, the killing of BOT happened so quickly and was done with an ease which I did not think equated to the scale of idobelle quest and the incredible amount of preparation she underwent. Jun 13, Cassidy rated it it was ok. The sixth book, The Sendingended with Elspeth Gordie and her companions finding the Beforetime city in the desert, and being rendered unconscious by a man in a silver suit.

I first read Obernewtyn and the Farseekers inwhen The Farseekers was recommended in my primary school library after winning the Children’s Book Council of Caarmody award. Finally, the last page. It was released on a Thursday and I trekked to my local shopping centre to track a copy down.

Lets move on to the characters. Slap in the face after slap in the face. And yes, my rating is biased carmldy the fact that I’ve loved this series for so long and now it’s over!

The Red Queen: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 7 by Isobelle Carmody – Penguin Books Australia

These books truly have been a labour of love. I enjoyed Daemons, Swallow and Ana’s character development thoroughly, though I thought that Dragons’ character development took a backwards twist, I felt that I got more development from Quen the speci character we met in habitat than from the Red Queen herself. Maybe that’s a slight spoiler, but this is where the reader is a step ahead of the Misfits in figuring things out – it was an easy guess that God and the ‘tumen’ were artificial lifeforms carmodj the Beforetime.